This past Friday the California Commission on Health and Safety and Workers’ Compensation (CHSWC) met in Oakland. If there was little policy drama in the policy presentations, other aspects of the meeting had drama. Apparently concerned that protesters or rowdy commenters would disrupt the meeting, CHSWC staffers or members arranged for a watchful presence from 2

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After years of doing workers’ comp, I must say that it is rare to have an injured worker  client ask what medical treatment costs. Perhaps that is just human nature, since when someone else is paying the bill we tend to feel free of concerns about whether we can pay. Since workers’ comp in California

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You might have thought that news of bad behavior in California’s workers’ comp system was hitting bottom. After all, could it get worse? Allegations of legislators taking money to help charlatans who profited off of the backs of injured workers (literally). Scads of doctors alleged to have taken kickbacks for prescribing questionable compound medicines one of which allegedly

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California’s Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board has issued a new “Significant Panel Decision” today, Jennifer Patterson vs. The Oaks Farm and CIGA. Patterson is notable in various respects. First, it is the first major decision authored by new WCAB Commissioner Kathy Zalewski. Second, the decision is one of the first of which I’m aware that addresses

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I’ve been attending the 2014 California Coalition on Workers’ Compensation annual conference at Disneyland, which wrapped up yesterday. On Wednesday the conference kicked off with a blogger’s panel featuring myself, insurance consultant and blogger Peter Rousmaniere, Workcompcentral.com publisher David DePaolo, and WorkersCompensation.com publisher Bob Wilson.  Mark Walls of Safety National Insurance moderated a lively discussion

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