WCAB Urged To Continue Remote Hearings

The Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board commissioners heard nearly uniform support for proposals to continue allowing remote operations at the various boards and only limited support for resuming some in-person hearings. The Board’s proposal for a “meet and confer” requirement for Subsequent Injuries Benefits Trust Fund cases also received pushback from the head of the SIBTF. … Read More »

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Court Approves Wider Use of Rating Permanent Impairment By Analogy

A newly published decision by the Third District Court of Appeal gives physicians greater latitude to apply Almaraz/Guzman to an injured worker’s case and rate their impairment by analogy in cases where there is no objectively measurable disability. The court also rejected the employer’s argument that rating by analogy should be limited only to “complex … Read More »

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WCAB Offers Relief On Pro Athlete Claims But Legislation Seen As Key

A key legislative committee is set to hear a bill later today to cut off the flow of California workers’ comp claims filed by out-of-state professional athletes, especially those for cumulative trauma (CT) injuries. California’s liberal benefits and litigation prone system encourage filing of these claims by these out of state former athletes. While passage … Read More »

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