Workers’ compensation in California is about to enter the tar pit of genetics, That’s the take-away from City of Jackson v. WCAB (Christopher Rice), an April 26, 2017 ruling by the California Court of Appeal 3rd District that has been certified for publication (the entire opinion is at the bottom of this post). Writing for

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Despite his promises, President Trump may not be draining the swamp. But in the California workers’ comp world, the medical provider swamp is being drained, little by little. Yesterday came word that scores of physicians up and down the state had been charged in a kickback scheme involving compound medications, transdermal creams, and urine tests. Allegedly,

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Most of the focus of various workers’ comp studies are on the “back end” of workers’ comp. By that, I mean studies on medical costs, the litigation process, indemnity cost trends, loss adjustment and medical cost containment expense, prescribing practices, provider abuse and the litany of other topics that I cover in this blog from time

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We’re starting to get more input from the California WCAB on what constitutes a “violent act”. In May 2016 the WCAB addressed the issue in Deborah Larsen v. Securitas Security Services (2016 Cal.Wrk.Comp.P.D.LEXIS 237). Larsen was in a parking lot doing her walking patrol as a security guard when she was hit from behind by

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