What is the effect on a claim for temporary disability or permanent disability if a worker self-procures treatment that was denied by utilization review and IMR? That was the question in a 2017 WCAB panel decision, Belinda Go v. Sutter Solano Medical Center (ADJ 10168011) . The result in Go stands, as both the California Court of Appeal and

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How significant will the concept of apportionment based on genetics become? Now that at least one California Court of Appeal decision has given the green light to apportionment to genetic causation, it is an issue being debated in the California workers’ comp community. At the recent 2018 CAAA winter convention at Rancho Mirage I moderated

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The term “sudden and extraordinary” might sound like a term suited to describe one of Steph Curry’s game winning three-pointers, or a clutch pass from Tom Brady clinching a comeback win. But in the California work comp world it’s a vague but critical statutory term that can determine whether an employee of less than six months duration

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