Average Weekly Wage Up Over 5%

The 2023 minimum and maximum weekly benefit rates for temporary total disability (TD) and permanent total disability (PD) are increasing by 5.159% for 2023. The weekly minimum for will be … Read More »

The Distinction Between Permanent, Temporary Disability

A chassis mechanic who retired early due to knee pain from an earlier industrial injury was entitled to permanent not temporary disability benefits under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the difference in designation means that Robert Carrion is entitled to retroactive cost-of-living adjustments dating back … Read More »

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Short-Term Disability Up 68% For State Agencies

California taxpayers are paying 42% more for treating injured state employees than they were just five years ago as the state’s workers’ comp costs have ballooned to $656 million a year. One key cost driver is the rapid increase in spending for short-term indemnity benefits that have skyrocketed 68% over this same time to $152 … Read More »

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Court Gives Deputy Second Shot at Tax Free Disability Retirement

A former Fresno County Sheriff’s Deputy with bad knees will get a second chance at winning a taxpayer paid tax-free retirement package. The Fifth District Court of Appeal in a newly published decision is ordering the trial court to take a new look at Thomas Alberda’s application for a service-related disability retirement due to injuries … Read More »

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Court Rejects Negotiated Bump Down In Permanent Disability Case

A California Court of Appeal is denying the City of Sebastopol’s request to enforce the full terms of a negotiated settlement it reached with an injured worker after a workers’ comp judge refused to sign off on the deal. The court says the city is not entitled to the 15% decrease in the award that … Read More »

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News Digest 6/11/2008

Publius Looks at Two Recent Decisions Chiropractic treatments and permanent disability rating schedules were recently the subject of important judicial decisions. Publius’ take on the decisions will shed light on … Read More »

Does PD Boost Mean Inadequate July Rates?

Insurance carriers and employers expect the new permanent disability rating schedule to boost costs by hundreds of millions of dollars after it takes effect in January 2009. Employers also expect a surge in claims for injuries that have gotten an increase in future earning capacity. The result will be increased rates. Employers are counting on … Read More »

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News Digest 5/16/2008

Ventura to Rehire Firefighter Who Was Forced to Go on Disability Ventura city officials agree to pay $750,000, in addition to more than two years of back pay and benefits, … Read More »