An eagerly awaited 2018 report on the future of health care in California fails to mention workers’ compensation at all. The report, dated March 12, 2018, is under the aegis of University of California San Francisco and is titled “A Path to Universal Coverage and...


One of the recent most closely watched California workers’ comp cases has now been decided. The case is County of San Diego v. WCAB (Christopher Pike), a 2018 case out of the California Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, Division One (see link to the decision...


In 2017 there was quite a flap in the California legislature over a single-payer healthcare bill. That bill, SB 562, known as “The Healthy California Act”, passed the California Senate  in June 2017 by 23 to 17 on essentially a party-line vote. Sponsored by the...


What is the effect on a claim for temporary disability or permanent disability if a worker self-procures treatment that was denied by utilization review and IMR? That was the question in a 2017 WCAB panel decision, Belinda Go v. Sutter Solano Medical Center (ADJ...


How significant will the concept of apportionment based on genetics become? Now that at least one California Court of Appeal decision has given the green light to apportionment to genetic causation, it is an issue being debated in the California workers’ comp...


The term “sudden and extraordinary” might sound like a term suited to describe one of Steph Curry’s game winning three-pointers, or a clutch pass from Tom Brady clinching a comeback win. But in the California work comp world it’s a vague but critical statutory term...

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