Today the WCAB issued an en banc decision rejecting SCIF’s appeal in the prior en banc decision  of Kris Wilson V. State of California Cal Fire (now “Wilson I”). SCIF had filed for reconsideration, seeking to overturn the WCAB’s formulation as to what constitutes “catastrophic” for purposes of Labor Code 4660.1(c)(2)(B), which governs an exception for

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It’s time to look at what has been happening in California workers’ compensation during the first six months of 2019. While it has not been a particularly eventful stretch, here is my list of the Top 10 Developments in California Workers’ Comp for the first half of 2019, in no particular order: 1.The legislative debate

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PJs are important. No, I’m not talking about pajamas. I’m talking presiding judges. Each district office of the California Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board has a presiding workers’ comp judge, even the smaller “satellite” offices. PJs are an important but largely unsung facet of the California workers’ comp system. Most PJs have a hearing calendar but

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2019 looks like a very modest year for workers’ comp legislation. I’ll give a snapshot of what’s in the hopper in my coming mid-year recap of 2019 California workers’ comp developments. But are there big changes on the horizon? After all, we are in in 2019, some seven years after the 2012 Jerry Brown reforms

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The 2019 NBA finals were a disconcerting reminder of the dangers facing professional athletes. Raptors and Warriors were falling down and crashing into each other again and again. Big guys. Guys like Marc Gasol and DeMarcus Cousins. Could anyone say with a straight face that we should limit cumulative trauma claims? But most dramatically, we

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