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Lump Sum Settlements: Should You Sign? 01/03/2004
State: CA | Segment: | 7047 | 0
Common questions arise all the time in the workcompcentral Injured Workers Forum. The following dialogue, edited for clarity and readability, concerns lump sum settlements in California (though the advise is applicable to mos...Read More
Discovery and the Unrepresented Injured Worker 01/03/2004
State: CA | Segment: | 4048 | 0
One of the more confusing topics in advanced claims management is discovery, and in particular discovery rights when an injured worker is not represented by an attorney. This topic was recently addressed in the workcompcentral.com ...Read More
Millbauer & UEF - WCAB Guidance on the Uninsured 01/03/2004
State: CA | Segment: | 983 | 0
Attorneys that have had the great misfortune of filing a case against an uninsured employer in the past have had to deal with what seemed like the never ending bureaucratic nightmare of the Uninsured Employers Fund (UEF). In its best permutation, it would seem that both the applicant and the defense...Read More
VR for Pre 2004 Cases (Or We Didn't Get Names...) 01/03/2004
State: CA | Segment: | 1011 | 0
VR for Pre 2004 Cases (Or, we didn't get names but the rumor is false...) Defense attorneys, at their recent conference in Monterey, were advised by a Legislative staff member that the Legislature "intended" to end VR services for all pre-2004 cases effective 12/31/03...Read More
Observations & Questions About the Lien Fee Regulation 01/03/2004
State: CA | Segment: | 969 | 0
SB 228 introduced new Labor Code section 4903.05, which became effective on the first of the this year, 2004. That new code section required the Division of Workers' Compensation to collect a one ...Read More
Sage Advice on Dismissing Your Attorney 01/01/2004
State: FL | Segment: | 736 | 0 | Popular with Legal
A workcompcentral.com user wrote: My attorney just sent me a letter saying he is off the case because I am second guessing him and a substitution of attorney for me to sign. Do I have to sign this? I don't want to be pro-per and for him to get a large sum of my money being he has not ...Read More
The Workers' Compensation Crisis; The Hidden Truth 2 12/20/2003
State: CA | Segment: | 1100 | 0
The Workers' Compensation Crisis; What You Need to Know & What They Don't Want You to Find Out: "The Hidden Truth" Part 2 of 5 3 Keys to Reduce Your Work Comp Premiums The ...Read More
Voc Rehab in California is Not Dead (for Public Employers) 12/20/2003
State: CA | Segment: | 969 | 0
Reform bills that were signed into law in September and which go into effect in California on January 1st repeal vocational rehabilitation as an available benefit to injured workers. But does this mean the end of vocational rehabilitation as a part of workers' compensation in the state? While the Se...Read More
An Explanation of Psychological Tests 12/20/2003
State: CA | Segment: | 1033 | 0
Explanation of Psychological Tests Bernard Bauer, Ph.D. Psychology Psychological testing in the medical-legal arena is of great importance, and understanding the role tests play in the formation of a medical-legal psychiatric or psychologic opinion is critical to the attor...Read More
Mandatory Continuing Education for Claims Professionals 12/20/2003
State: CA | Segment: | 1102 | 0 | Popular with Legal
An important theme to the recent wave of California workers' compensation reform bills running through Sacramento is claims examiner continuing education and certification. SB 228 added to the Insurance C...Read More
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