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Commutations and the Life Pension Gap 06/07/2003
State: CA | Segment: | 1509 | 0 | Popular with Insurance
An area of confusion that seems to come up regularly, especially for those that are new to adjusting work comp claims, is commutation and the effect it has on an Award.Commutation is specifically authorized by Labor Code section 5100: At the time of making its award, or at any time t...Read More
Writing a Decent Med-Legal Report - Part 1 06/07/2003
State: CA | Segment: | 2061 | 0 | Popular with Injured worker
One of the most frustrating things for an attorney involved in workers' compensation litigation is a poorly written medical-legal report. The basic reality is that there simply are not enough physicians that know how to write good, soundly supported medical reports, let alone solid, rateable, perman...Read More
Self-Imposed Penalties on VRMA on Appeal 06/07/2003
State: CA | Segment: | 1389 | 0
Late last year, in the California Workers Compensation Appeals Board (Board) en banc decision of Rivera v. Tower Staffing Solutions, SCIF and Calvin Crump v. LAUSD, Helmsman the Board noted that there was no basis...Read More
Safety, OSHA, and Preserving Jobs 05/24/2003
State: CA | Segment: | 734 | 0
Employees need to be aware that there are safety regulations applicable to many industries, and violations of those safety regulations may be cause for additional compensation under most state workers' compensation systems. In California, the value of benefits may be increased by 50% if there is a f...Read More
Subrogation From a Different Perspective 05/24/2003
State: CA | Segment: | 832 | 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: | 1106 | 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: | 4491 | 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: | 1391 | 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: | 4134 | 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: | 981 | 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
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