In the past four months, I have provided a discussion of Leckart’s first four rules for cross-examining psychologists and psychiatrists. Essentially, they are: (1) never ask the doctor about the patient, but confine your questions to the doctor’s report, (2) focus your questions on th...Read More
It is not often that workers’ compensation issues become the subject of federal court proceedings. However, as we all know, the lien activation fee imposed by Senate Bill 863 has been challenged as unconstitutional in the Angelotti case.
While the District Court judge imposed a temp...Read More
In the past three months I have outlined Leckart’s first three rules for cross-examining psychologists and psychiatrists. Specifically, they are:
Leckart’s First Rule states the attorney should never ask the doctor about the patient but always confine their questioning ...Read More
NEW! Hamp v. Harrison, Patterson, O'Connor & Kinkead, D064453, (10/30/2014): The 4th District Court of Appeal ruled that an injured worker's malpractice claim against his former attorneys failed as a matter of law.
NEW! Cordova v. BNSF Railway, E056223, (11/06/14): A...Read More
The rains are a ‘coming. The cold is setting in. Turkey day is almost upon us, which, of course, means that we can expect a flood of “Black Friday” related injuries and Christmas decorations starting November 28. But, before we look too far ahead, there’s this Monday, and ...Read More
In September, my monthly newsletter was devoted to cross-examining psychologists and psychiatrists and stated Leckart’s First Rule: Never ask the doctor about the patient, confine your questions to the doctor’s report. As I pointed out, by doing so, no new information can be introduce...Read More
NEW! San Francisco State University v. WCAB (Jones), A141793, (10/22/2014): The California 1st District Court of Appeal has declined a request to publish a September ruling which found that an injured worker was not entitled to a fee award based on amendments to the Labor Code from the passage of...Read More
At a recent workers’ comp conference in Southern California, Workers' Compensation Appeals Board Commissioner Kathy Zalewski noted that the WCAB commissioners had been doing a bit of “crocodile wrestling” over Dubon.
I’ve seen crocodile wrestling in Thailand, a...Read More
Norlina Philbeck worked as a field interviewer in social sciences research for the University of Michigan. As a part of her job, Philbeck was required to travel from her home in North Carolina to various places along the East Coast to interview potential participants for research studies. On Aug....Read More
We feel sure this ruling will be appealed to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. In our view, it won’t stop at the district court level and we will have to await the appellate outcome to be sure where it will all go. However, we are certain this ruling “endangers” or calls into qu...Read More