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
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
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
Workerscompzone is having another birthday. The blog was born in early 2007. That’s over a decade of doing this blog. California workers’ comp had gone through major upheaval in 2003 and 2004. The system was going through aftershocks, and the workers’ comp “community” was in a major period of adjustment. I saw it as a
Every new year I kick off January with a quiz on likely developments in California workers’ comp. Readers can test their insight into probable 2018 happenings in the comp world by taking the following test. Note that in some cases there may be more than one correct answer. Ready to get out your crystal ball and play? 1.