“Rust” Movie Fatality Raises Host Of Workers’ Comp Issues

The fatal shooting of one worker and the severe injury of another during a movie shoot gone wrong are likely to create disputes over jurisdiction, benefits, and potential tort liability. The injuries occurred on a movie set in New Mexico. The workers are from California, where the workers’ comp policy was produced, but the insured … Read More »

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Vendors Figure Ways Around SB 863 Savings – Employers Could Be Stuck

California’s insured employers, workers’ comp carriers, and self-insured employers are concerned. They fear state officials are developing regulations that will give medical interpreters and copy services a way to escape SB 863’s cost control measures for liens – a way into more litigation. Nearly half the promised savings from last year’s reform are at stake … Read More »

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Allweiss Receives Carrie Nevans Award

Well-respected defense attorney Saul Allweiss has received the Carrie Nevans Community Service Award for 2012 in Southern California from the Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC). Allweiss has been active in workers’ comp since 1976 and is a familiar face in the workers’ comp industry, counting Safeway as one of his clients. Nevans served as DWC … Read More »

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The Most Influential People in Workers’ Comp for 2010

Welcome to the inaugural year of Workers’ Comp Executive’s Most Influential People in California Workers’ Compensation. We started by selecting a number—the top 50–but quickly realized that there were more than that. The process wasn’t easy, considering the large pool of qualified people we had to choose from. This project was a joint effort by publishers, … Read More »

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WCAB Supports Sanctity of Pharmacy Networks

Pharmacy benefit networks (PBNs) have been touted as a significant element that could lower costs for California’s workers’ comp system while improving the overall quality of medical care, but their adoption has been constrained by a lack of regulations from the Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) as well as a dearth of case law supporting … Read More »

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WCAB Panel Decision Raises Hopes for Ogilvie Stay

Has the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board (WCAB) issued a reprieve in Ogilvie? Clearly it has not. A panel of commissioners ruled to slash a permanent disability (PD) award to reflect the pre-Ogilvie rating until a final appellate decision is reached. Some defense attorneys hope it will help drive the argument in the appellate court for a … Read More »

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Supreme Court Case Promises More Litigation, Attorneys Say

A case now in the hands of the California Supreme Court poses dire consequences for employers and Governor Schwarzenegger’s workers’ comp reform: the ability and effectiveness of utilization review to control workers’ comp costs. Depending on the outcome, the case could dramatically increase the amount of litigation in the workers’ comp system, say defense attorneys. … Read More »

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Punting To a Less Expensive Forum

Is a unionized setting really necessary to move workers’ comp payments and benefits disputes into the world of arbitration? State law says it is, but recent federal case law and a case now pending before the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board may have a different say on the matter. The outcome has the potential to save … Read More »

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