Is vocational expert necessary to prove that a worker is 100% disabled, or can medical expert evidence establish a total permanent disability? This is an issue that arises in the most serious workers’ comp cases, usually in the context of an argument that under Labor Code 4662 (permanent total disability according to fact) or the LeBoeuf case

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David DePaolo passed away over the weekend. This is a tremendous loss for the workers’ comp industry, both in California and nationally. It’s really hard to believe. David, president of Workcompcentral.com, spoke on a bloggers panel with me just 3 days ago at the closing plenary session at the Disneyland CCWC conference. On our panel, David’s wit and

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2016 is half done, so it’s time for my annual mid-year look at California workers’ comp. Here, in no particular order, are the events and themes that seemed to stand out in the first half of 2016, with a bit of commentary: 1. Regulatory activity in the first half of 2016 was quiet. By mid 2016

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Is the Labor Code Section 4610.6(d) 30 day time-frame limit during which Maximus “shall” issue an Independent Medical Review determination “mandatory” or “directory”? That’s been one of the lingering uncertainties some four years after the passage of SB 863. And it’s a question that is at stake in several cases that have been pending at

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Interest in the difference between California workers’ comp as practiced in Northern vs. Southern California continues to build. This was the topic at the 2016 WCIRB Annual Workers’ Compensation Conference in San Francisco, framed as “The California Conundrum. One System. Many Outcomes”. I missed that meeting, but David DePaolo has done three thoughtful blog posts

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