One of the larger questions surrounding the 2012 SB 863 California workers’ comp reforms is how “catastrophic” will be interpreted. Labor Code 4660.1(c) was added to prevent permanent disability ratings for psychiatric disability (and sleep and sexual dysfunction) for post 1/1/2013 cases “arising out of a physical injury”. This would encompass so called “physical-mental” injuries

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The 2013 California legislative season is over. This year it ended with Governor Brown nixing six bills that either involved workers’ comp or had workers’ comp ramifications. Here is a list of the six vetoed by Brown: 1. SB 258 (Lieu). Brown’s veto message indicated that he did not oppose the bill’s provisions that relate

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Workerscompzone has been on the road (in Catalunya) for the last 2 weeks, and thus less blogging on California’s workers’ comp scene. Next year there will probably be a vote on whether Calalans want to secede from Spain. Judging from the amount of red and yellow Catalan independence flags draped from apartments around Barcelona and

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A DWC newsline summarizes he proposed changes in the IMR regs:http://www.dir.ca.gov/dwc/dwc_newslines … f#zoom=100 One particular recent concern about IMR has been the reports that Maximus was acting on cases where the carrier had failed to submit medical reports.I wrote about that several months ago in a post titled “Sandbagged”:http://www.workerscompzone.com/index.ph … 712-190054 Will the revised proposed

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