2007 was a tough year for SCIF. 2008 promises to be a year of change for SCIF as well. SCIF. It’s California’s largest workers’ comp insurer, the quasi-public State Compensation Insurance Fund. SCIF competes with other carriers in the market. SCIF’s market share has dived over the past few years from roughly half of the

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2008 promises to be an active year in California workers’ comp. Here is my subjective list (in no particular order) of the top things to watch for in 2008. I’ll include links to prior posts I’ve done on some of these issues. 1. APPOINTMENT OF NEW WCAB MEMBERS The statewide Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board currently

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In California, 2007 was generally a year of transition in California workers’ comp. Some old cases are being played out under a mixture of old and new rules. But for many workers, the 2003 and 2004 reforms are controlling. Insurers are very happy with the results, as are most large employers and self-insured groups. Meanwhile,

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Lacking lawyers, justice is denied. That’s the title of a major piece by Daniel Costello in yesterday’s Los Angeles Times. Costello examines the effects of the 1975 cap on California medical malpractice awards known as MICRA. MICRA (the Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act) puts a $250,000 limit on awards for non-economic damages (such as pain

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In an advisory rate finding decision sure to please California employers, Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner yesterday rejected the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau’s recommendation that insurers increase comp rates. You can see the decision here:http://www.insurance.ca.gov/0400-news/0 … /Decision_ The WCIRB’s forecasts have often been way off the mark. They’re a gang that can’t shoot straight. Once

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