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Workers' Compensation News

Serious and Willful for Employers - Part 1 05/10/2003
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California Labor Code section 4553 appears relatively simple, and inconsequential to the average reader:"The amount of compensation otherwise recoverable shall be increased one-half, together ...Read More
4659, State Average Weekly Wage & Valuation 05/10/2003
State: CA | Segment: | 915 | 0
AB 749 introduced a little noticed amendment to Labor Code section 4659, Calculation of Life Pension. The change introduced subparagraph (c) which now requires that life pensions for injuries after 1/1/...Read More
Recent Cases Affecting Return to Work Issues 05/10/2003
State: CA | Segment: | 965 | 0
In our December 2002 I reported on a WCAB decision that held an employer liable for several years of retroactive VRMA when a treating physician reversed his QIW determination. ...Read More
Fundamentals of Work Comp Law - Part 8, Final 05/10/2003
State: CA | Segment: | 1808 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The following article is the eighth and final in a series for attorneys and other professionals just getting started in workers' compensation. A list of the earlier segments is at the end of this article. This article presents an excellent checklist for the start of an applicant's practice. ...Read More
Grouped Surgical Procedures and the ACS List 05/10/2003
State: CA | Segment: | 1234 | 0
Workers' Compensation Auditor and Bill Review Specialist, Mary Saxon, recently humbled the experts at workcompcentral.com with the following question: "In regards to outpatient surgery facility fees and CA: "When using the ACS Grouper List and rates should multiple surgeries from t...Read More
Aggressive, Conservative Low Back Alternative 04/26/2003
State: CA | Segment: | 811 | 0
Lower back pain is one of the major medical problems plaguing individuals, sports enthusiasts and members of the work place. 85% of Americans will suffer from some sort of lower back injury in their lifetime. A percentage of these individuals will be diagnosed with conditions that, in today's medica...Read More
Work Comp as an Employer Marketing Tool 04/26/2003
State: CA | Segment: | 785 | 0
Workers' compensation is typically viewed upon as a cost item for most employers - that line item on the budget that recently has grown out of control adding millions of dollars in cost to business' ability to earn a profit. But at this moment in current history employers have a very unique opportun...Read More
Business Writing for the Claims Examiner 04/26/2003
State: CA | Segment: | 820 | 0
The workers compensation claims examiner is probably the ultimate example of the old school educational emphasis on the three r's: reading, [w]riting and [a]rithmetic. The claims examiner needs be adept at math for performing calculations related to disability and indemnity. Reading all day long is ...Read More
Selecting a QRR Does the Choice Matter? 04/26/2003
State: CA | Segment: | 1108 | 0
Some applicant attorneys and claim examiners adamantly insist on using only certain counselors. Others maintain that the choice of QRR doesn't matter - the plan will cost $16,000 regardless of the QRR selected so why bother negotiating or disputing a particular choice? Who is right? ...Read More
Fundamentals of Work Comp Law - Part 7 04/26/2003
State: CA | Segment: | 5808 | 0
The following article is the seventh in a series for attorneys and other professionals just getting started in workers' compensation. A list of the earlier segments is at the end of this article. This article goes over the review process including reconsideration and appellate review. Aut...Read More
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