ANOTHER CONFLICT BREWING?

Is another workers’ comp conflict in the making? That’s the take by Dan Walters, one of the most senior and savvy journalists on the Sacramento scene. Walters has observed political wars over California workers’ comp going back decades. His most recent piece on...

LOOSEY GOOSEY

Over the years I’ve been amazed about the loosey goosey approach many attorneys have towards the QME process. Not sending medical records to the QME at all, sending too many medical records, sending medical records at the last minute, sending undisclosed sub rosa...

INTERESTING APPROACH

Recently I became aware of an interesting experiment by the SCIF, the State Compensation Insurance Fund. Titled the “Injured Worker Incentive Program”, this SCIF program (see link below) promised certain monetary incentives to those who it deemed in compliance with...

FITZPATRICK and 4662(b)

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I- I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference” -Robert Frost The paths one chooses can make a big difference. That’s the ultimate takeaway from a September 2018 California Court of Appeal (Third Appellate...

SJDB UNDER THE MICROSCOPE

The California Department of Industrial Relations has recently done two presentations on the Supplemental Job Displacement Benefit (SJDB) program. Slides were presented at the June 2018 and September 2018 meetings of CHSWC (see link to the slides at the end of this...

TREATMENT ACCESS STUDY

At a September 27 CHSWC, RAND researcher Kandice Kapinos PhD presented preliminary slides on a study of injured worker medical treatment access. The slides, titled “Access to Medical Treatment for Injured Workers in California: Year 2 Report” can be seen at the link...
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