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Subrogation From a Different Perspective 05/24/2003
State: CA | Segment: | 824 | 0
We have in the past presented articles on subrogation: Subrogation for the Claims Examiner parts One and ...Read More
Serious and Willful for Employers - Part 2 05/24/2003
State: CA | Segment: | 1078 | 0
Our last article in this series introduced the concept of "serious and willful misconduct" of the employer with a review of Labor Code ...Read More
Non-attorneys, Law Firms and Reg 10773 05/24/2003
State: CA | Segment: | 4351 | 0 | Popular with Legal
While attorneys may use non-attorney members of their firm to represent clients before the California Workers' Compensation Appeals Board (WCAB), particular attention needs to be paid to recently added Title 8, CCR, ...Read More
Preventing Delays When Billing for Supplies 05/24/2003
State: CA | Segment: | 1366 | 0
As a Workers' Compensation Auditor and Bill Review Specialist I see numerous claim payments being held up on claims where supplies and materials are billed and the invoice is not attached to show the actual cost of the supplies and/or materials. This may result in a significant delay in getting paid...Read More
Serious and Willful for Employers - Part 1 05/10/2003
State: CA | Segment: | 4051 | 0
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: | 969 | 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: | 1014 | 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: | 2034 | 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: | 1301 | 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: | 858 | 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
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