Court Allows Injured Worker’s FEHA Claims

A former supervisor for a security firm can proceed with his employment discrimination claims under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA).  A decision by the Sixth District Court of Appeal allows the employees to file for alleged failure to provide reasonable accommodation or engage in the interactive process, wrongful termination, and other claims. … Read More »

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Five Claims Shops Failed DWC Audit In 2020

The Division of Workers’ Compensation’s Audit and Enforcement unit’s review of 36 claims adjusting locations last year found one in ten injured workers shortchanged on their workers’ comp benefits. The auditors reviewed 2,822 claims and found that 284 injured workers were owed nearly $333,000 in unpaid workers’ comp indemnity benefits. The results are detailed in … Read More »

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Delayed Care Due To Pandemic Could Have Costly Repercussions

California’s workers’ comp claims data show a sharp drop off in medical treatments during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic as the state was under a shelter-in-place order. Industry researchers warn that these missed treatments could lead to worse outcomes for the injured workers with employers paying the ultimate bill. The Workers’ Compensation Insurance … Read More »

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Chinese Coronavirus Impacts American Workers’ Comp Claims

The ongoing Coronavirus, or COVID-19, pandemic is creating many problems for the workers’ comp industry that are likely to impact claims both in the short and long-term adversely. Delayed care, extended time on temporary disability, and a limited ability to return injured employees to work are all expected to drive up claims costs for employers. … Read More »

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Claims Adjusters Cited

The Division of Workers’ Compensation has a new report out on the performance of workers’ comp claims adjusters, and the results show a sharp regression in the adjusters’ performance. The results from audits performed in 2018 show that over one in ten injured workers were illegally denied at least some of their workers’ comp indemnity … Read More »

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No TD After Return To Work, Court Rules

California’s Sixth District Court of Appeal says an injured worker was not entitled to receive workers’ comp temporary disability benefits for the time she lost from work in order to attend medical appointments related to the industrial injury. The court’s decision upholds the same finding by the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board. The case filed by … Read More »

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Pilot Debit Card System Planned

A Sacramento Senator is carrying a bill to have State Compensation Insurance Fund engage a pilot program that uses pre-paid debit cards to deliver indemnity benefits to workers’ comp claimants. Sen. Richard Pan M.D. (D-Sacramento) amended SB 880 this month to create the pilot program for temporary disability benefit payments. As currently drafted, SB 880 … Read More »

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