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 »

Convictions for Double-Dipping, Perjury Upheld

The Fourth District Court of Appeal upheld an injured worker’s convictions for multiple counts of perjury and fraud but reduced his sentence by removing a year of court-ordered probation due to recent changes in state law. The convictions stemmed from the claimant working for another employer while collecting temporary total disability benefits, and he also … Read More »

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Temporary Total Disability Benefits Increase For 2017

The state’s minimum and maximum temporary total disability (TTD) rates for workers’ comp claims are increasing effective Jan. 1, 2017. The minimum TTD rate will increase from $169.26 to $175.88, and the maximum TTD rate will increase from $1,128.43 to $1,172.57 per week, the Division of Workers’ Compensation announced. The TTD rates are increasing in … Read More »

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Workers’ Comp Costs Hidden In Minimum Wage Hike

California is on the path to raising minimum wage rates 50% to $15 per hour and experts agree that the change will have a significant impact on employers’ workers’ comp costs. The cost implications are greatest for those with large numbers of minimum wage workers, but the impact will not necessarily stop just with them. … Read More »

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Proposed WCAB Rule 10498-More Friction For the System?

by William J. Armstrong, Esq. & Owen C. Fennern, Esq.   In our system, it has been common for an employer to overpay temporary disability, due to no fault of the payer. As one illustration, if weekly indemnity is being paid pending an AME or QME, it often times takes that doctor 30-60 days to … Read More »

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2013 Temporary Total Disability Rates Boost Workers’ Comp Benefits

On Jan. 1, 2013, the minimum weekly TTD rate will increase to $160 and the maximum TTD rate will increase to $1,066.72, according to a notice from the Division of Workers’ Compensation. Last year’s minimum and maximum were $151.57 and $1010.50 respectively. In addition to the TTD rates, in the 12 months ended March 31, … Read More »

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Average Weekly Wage Increase Boosts Benefits

In spite of California’s rough economy, workers still on the job in the Golden State on average earn more, according to new wage data from the U.S. Department of Labor. And that increase puts workers’ comp carriers, third-party administrators and self-insured employers on notice to increase benefit payments for several classes of injured workers. According … Read More »

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Hospital Worker Nabbed for Workers’ Comp Fraud

A hospital worker employed by the City and County of San Francisco faces workers’ comp fraud charges after investigators found she had been running half-marathon races while out on total temporary disability (TTD). Emily Kathleen Everett, aka Emily Hegner, surrendered to authorities on charges of perjury, grand theft and knowingly failing to disclose an event, … Read More »

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