Should California’s workers’ comp system have a fee schedule for vocational expert witnesses? That’s what is being contemplated in AB 1168. The bill, sponsored by Sacramento -area Democrat Richard Pan, is set for hearing in the California Senate Labor and Industrial Relations committee on Wednesday. The bill would require the DWC to hold hearings and

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Some of you have been twiddling your thumbs for the last several years waiting for a titanic appellate court battle between conflicting appellate districts on the Almaraz-Guzman doctrine. Stakeholder groups made a pretty penny sponsoring seminars on the impending battle. Charlatans came out of the woodwork, barnstorming the state with their seminars and tutorials. Early

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UPDATED/CORRECTED ENTRY: after this post, Governor Brown today vetoed the state budget passed last night. State Treasurer Bill Lockyer anounced that Wall Street would not finance state revenue needs based on some of the budget’s assumptions. So the sale of WCAB district offices again is in limbo……………… The sale of California state buildings is on

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In any large industry, there are temptations to cut corners. Workers’ comp is no exception. Among those who may be tempted are some medical providers. Today a 181 page indictment was announced in Orange County. Prosecutors have charged Newport Beach radiologist Dr. Sim Carlisle Hoffman with alleged $17 million in workers’ comp fraud. Other alleged

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