QME evaluations are part of the essential plumbing of the California workers’ comp system. If that plumbing gets too backed up, we have a major mess on our hands. COVID virus is wreaking havoc on our health system and economy right now, threatening to destroy small businesses and whole industries alike. The response of policymakers

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As I noted in my last post, the coronavirus poses a major challenge to the California economy, including the California workers’ comp system. The Bay Area economy is largely shut down under yesterday’s shelter in place orders. Other counties have ordered closures of gatherings, bars and restaurants. In a world where many workers have minimal

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Are we entering so-called “black swan” times? If a pandemic of the COVID-19 is about to crest in the U.S., what might it mean for California workers’ comp? Reduced economic activity and a general sense of panic may surely result, but the breadth, length and severity of the spread make it impossible to predict at

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The arrest of California law enforcement workers for workers’ comp fraud makes a splashy news item in the media.  In recent days there has been the report that a former Santa Clara police officer, Kenneth Henderson,  was arrested for fraudulently misrepresenting his claimed disability. His wife, Mandy Henderson, formerly of the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s

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What does 2020 hold for California workers’ comp? You can self-test your visionary skills by taking the quiz below, the current version of the blog’s yearly call for soothsayers to test their chops. Time to get started. 1. Regarding cumulative trauma claims, in 2020: a) C/T claims will fade as an issue as the number

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