The LA Times  published a July 2018 investigation on California workers’ comp (see the link at the bottom of this post). The piece runs under the headline “Workers claim injuries all over their bodies for big payouts-but continue their active lives.” It’s an interesting article. The writers seem to be fusing three stories. One is

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Each year the WCIRB prepares a report on California workers’ compensation losses and expenses during the preceding year. And each summer the WCIRB does a State of the System analysis. The workers’ comp system involves people, not just stats and charts. We must never lose sight of that, with the life story of injured individuals

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The California Supreme Court has rendered a 4-3 decision in Hassell v. Bird (see link to the decision at the bottom of this post). This case may be of interest to attorneys, doctors, insurance brokers and other providers who service the California workers’ compensation system. We live in a mobile, internet world. Increasingly it seems

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Governor Brown has finally filled one of the open slots on California’s Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board. However, in a move that has puzzled many in the industry, the nod went to an apparent old Brown friend who has no apparent legal training or workers’ comp industry experience. On June 22, Brown’s office issued the following

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Will many utilization review organizations miss the upcoming July 1, 2018 California deadline for UR accreditation? That is looking increasingly likely. Labor Code section 4610(g)(4) requires UR programs to be accredited by July 1, 2018. This provision, added as part of the SB 1160 reforms in 2016, provides that until the AD adopts rules selecting

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