Lately there has been intense interest in how California’s workers’ comp system in dealing with cases of severely disabled workers. Today ProPublica and NPR released yet another installment in their series on the devolution of workers’ comp. That piece (see link below) mentions both the Mercado case and Frances Stevens v. Outspoken Enterprises, which is

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The California Insurance Guarantee Association has dropped it its Petition for a Writ filed in the California Court of Appeal, 3rd District in the case CIGA VS. WCAB (Smith). Pursuant to CIGA’s recent request, the 3rd District issued a March 18, 2015 order that “Pursuant to petitioner’s written request, the petition for writ of review filed

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Delays in the Independent Medical Review process are no laughing matter for workers who are waiting for a determination on treatments sought by their physicians. Still, I’ve had to chuckle as I read a series of articles in Workcompcentral.com over the last few days about the question of missing medical records in IMR cases. This

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Normally workers’ comp doesn’t get much national media attention. To begin with, it is somewhat arcane . And with systems varying from state to state, it is not an easy subject to cover. Generally, there is not much headline appeal in the topic. Economic justice is becoming a more frequent topic in the media, but that

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Gender bias has no place in California workers’ comp. That’s the premise of AB 305, a bill being sponsored by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez of San Diego. At a press conference yesterday Gonzalez spoke about her bill, flanked by Christine Pelosi, Chair of the Democratic Party Women’s Caucus, Catherine Cobb of Teamsters Local 2010 and members of

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