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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SCIF’s Monday announcement that it will not be increasing its comp rates at this time puts added focus and pressure on Steve Poizner. The State Compensation Insurance Fund announcement follows rate filings by a number of insurers (including Chubb) who plan to reduce comp insurance rates even further. The Workers Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau has

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Human behavior is a fascinating thing. People lining up in the dead of night outside electronics stores for a chance to stampede for teaser deals. Long haul truckers taking philosophy classes downloaded into their iPods off of iTunes. We’re all writers and editors now. There’s an encyclopedia-Wikipedia.org-that everyone, everywhere is free to create and edit.

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It’s Thanksgiving. Being a lawyer has been good to me and most of my colleagues in the workers’ comp field. But perks? The workers’ comp industry doesn’t have many perks. Yes, the occasional A’s game ticket. And periodic educational junkets and forums. Not much else. You can only use so many pens and hi-liters from

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