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Workers' Compensation News


Tihin: Combat Unreasonable Travel Time on LC 5710 Fee Requests 12/11/2019
By: George B. Tihin
State: CA | Segment: Top | 450 | 1
A 33-year-old panel decision is useful in knocking down unreasonable requests for Labor Code 5710 fees by faraway applicants' attorneys opting not to hire a local contract attorney to take a deposition. ...Read More

Castillo: Hands in the Cookie Jar 12/10/2019
By: Michael Castillo
State: NA | Segment: Top | 348 | 0
The hits keep coming for gig economy employers who continue to do everything they can to turn a profit while denying adequate pay and safety net benefits to their workers. ...Read More

Gill: Is it QMEs' Responsibility to Determine Whether Their Training Allows Evaluation? 12/09/2019
By: Jaskaran S. Gill
State: CA | Segment: Top | 433 | 0
We have all learned the importance of obtaining a qualified medical examiner in a desirable specialty before an applicant's attorney seeks a more liberal panel in chiropractic medicine or other less desirable specialty. However, occasionally, the applicant’s counsel is able to win the d...Read More

Holden: Attorney Evaluation Remains Privileged 12/06/2019
By: Joshua G. Holden
State: AL | Segment: Top | 256 | 0
On Nov. 27, the Alabama Supreme Court released its opinion in Ex parte Dow Corning Alabama Inc., et al. In this case an employee was injured while working for Alabama Electric Co...Read More

Paduda: Who Are Those Guys? 12/05/2019
By: Joe Paduda
State: CA | Segment: Top | 426 | 0
That’s the question many have asked when told a handful of California physicians file most of the utilization review and independent medical review requests.  ...Read More

Castillo: Struggling to Keep Up 12/04/2019
By: Michael Castillo
State: CA | Segment: Top | 254 | 0
As the holiday shopping season kicks into high gear, it's important to remember to exercise kindness — and, more importantly, patience — with the retail workers helping you track down that perfect gift. ...Read More

Paduda: Time for an Effective Workers' Comp Opioid Solution 12/03/2019
By: Joe Paduda
State: LA | Segment: Top | 359 | 0
Monday's WorkCompCentral arrived with William Rabb’s report on the use of opioids by workers’ comp patients in Louisiana. ...Read More

Larres and Kamin: 3rd DCA Finds Applicable Interpreter Fee Schedule, Dismisses Liens 12/02/2019
By: Louis A. Larres and John P. Kamin
State: CA | Segment: Top | 505 | 0
California’s current rules and regulations already contain an interpreter fee schedule, and interpreters who fail to request a second review of carriers’ explanations of review risk dismissal, according to a new published decision from the 3rd District Court of Appeal in a case litiga...Read More

Torrey: The Misclassification Debate Surrounding Platform-Based Gig Workers 11/27/2019
By: David B. Torrey
State: NA | Segment: Top | 556 | 0
In "Gig-Dependence: Finding the Real Independent Contractors of Platform Work," Keith Cunningham-Parmeter argues that the traditional common law right of control test is inappropriate and unwo...Read More

Paduda: What's Up With Paradigm? 11/26/2019
By: Joe Paduda
State: NA | Segment: Top | 326 | 0
Paradigm is evolving rapidly, and none too soon. A data-driven firm known for taking risk on catastrophic claims, Paradigm has strengthened its behavioral health offerings and added case management, specialty and network services, all intended to make the company one...Read More
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