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Voc Rehab - Part Two: How Does the Process work? 10/09/2004
State: CA | Segment: | 298 | 0
(This is the second in a two-part series for pre-2004 dates of injury cases) In the first article, we looked at the initial interview, preparing for the meeting with the vocational counselor and what to expect. This article will give you some ideas on some of the steps as you continue th...Read More
Vioxx Recall and Compensation/Subrogation Issues 10/09/2004
State: CA | Segment: | 347 | 0
On September 30, 2004, the pharmaceutical giant, Merck & Co., pulled the pain killer, Vioxx, from the market. The much prescribed medication for back and other joint pain/injuries has been linked to patients taking this medication to be twice as likely to have a heart attack or stroke. The ramific...Read More
Vocational Rehabilitation: What to Expect, Part 1 09/25/2004
State: CA | Segment: | 1034 | 0
This article relates to dates of injury pre-2004.One day, you were working. Life seemed to be going along just fine. Then, you had an injury and you found yourself in the workers compensation system. Sometimes, letters arrive in the mail, with information that is hard to understand. ...Read More
VR Case Law Update 09/25/2004
State: CA | Segment: | 402 | 0
L.C. section 139.5 doesn't apply to injuries after 12/31/03 - but there are still plenty of cases left in the courts with issues to be resolved. Is a modified job offer valid if made via letter rather than a DWC Form RU-94? There are previous cases indicating th...Read More
Vocational Voucher System Can Work! 08/01/2004
State: CA | Segment: | 417 | 0
The following letter is reprinted by permission from the CARRP newsletter; California Association of Rehabilitation and Reemployment Professionals. The editors felt this letter was important to demonstrate that there are professionals dedicated to returning injured workers to gainful employment who ...Read More
Voucher System Regulations - Observations, Comments 02/14/2004
State: CA | Segment: | 589 | 0 | Popular with Legal
The CA Division of Workers' Compensation has posted on their DWC Forum the proposed rules and forms for implementing the Vocational Voucher program recently enacted as a part of the 2004 reform laws. The respo...Read More
Voc Rehab Post Reform - A Clarification on Entitlement 02/01/2004
State: CA | Segment: | 477 | 0
There still seems to be a fair amount of confusion regarding entitlement to VR benefits and services for injured workers with a pre-2004 date of injury who are not ready (or determined eligible) for services before 1/1/2004. A few defense attorneys have advised RU Consultants they will appeal any D...Read More
VR for Pre 2004 Cases (Or We Didn't Get Names...) 01/03/2004
State: CA | Segment: | 576 | 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
Voc Rehab in California is Not Dead (for Public Employers) 12/20/2003
State: CA | Segment: | 554 | 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
Vax-D Alternative to Back Surgery 10/25/2003
State: CA | Segment: | 531 | 0
Vertebral Axial Decompression -- also known as VAX-D -- is a non-surgical alternative to end back pain. This procedure alleviates most of the underlying problems that cause back pain by relieving pressure on vital structures of the spine, including discs and spinal nerves. VAX-D is FDA approved, h...Read More
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