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Vol 1, Issue 27

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Temporary Disability Outcomes Post-2004 Reforms 
New CWCI study says TD outcomes have continued to improve
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* PANEL DECISIONS: AMA Guides, sanctions
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A Note From the Editor

Robin Kobayashi
Dear WC Professionals:
Mark your 2011 calendars and get ready to celebrate 100 years of workers' compensation in our country. More details to follow...
Robin E. Kobayashi, J.D.
LexisNexis Editorial & Content Development
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CWCINew CWCI Study Takes an Updated Look at California Workers' Comp TD Outcomes. New research from the California Workers' Compensation Institute confirms that temporary disability (TD) outcomes in California's $8 billion workers' compensation system have continued to improve since the enactment of 2004 reform legislation. Read more.

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Each week we report 2 to 3 recent panel decisions that we're considering for the LexisNexis® services:

Permanent Disability; Rating; AMA Guides. WCAB held that QME's reports constituted substantial evidence under standards set forth in Almaraz/Guzman to support WCJ's finding that applicant's injury to left lower extremity resulted in 30% PD, when QME provided measurements as well as a reasoned explanation as to why he used specific tables in AMA Guides to determine applicant's level of impairment based upon range of motion findings and nerve deficits,  and provided specific findings on diagnostic testing and calculations for each impairment; WCAB rejected defendant's contention that specific sections of AMA Guides require physicians to provide specific measurements in reports, as AMA Guides impose no requirement as to how detailed physicians must be in presenting evaluation and no statement that measurements must be presented in a particular format. See Gonzalez panel decision.


Sanctions. WCAB issued notice of its intention to impose $250 sanction on defense counsel for filing verified petition for reconsideration containing apparently false statements regarding applicant's alleged failure to list on her pre-trial statement a medical report admitted into evidence and relied upon by WCJ in finding that applicant sustained injuries, when, in fact, medical report had been listed as an exhibit on pre-trial statement. See Cardinale panel decision.


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Fraud SignWorkers' Comp  Fraud Blotter 6/10/2010 - recent arrests, charges, convictions, investigations. Read it.  
Cal Comp CasesCal. Comp. Cases May Advanced Postings 6/8/2010. Multiple injuries. Attonrey's fees. WCAB jurisdiction/vocational rehabilitation. Read it
Virginia SignVirginia Court of Appeals Cites Rassp's "The Lawyer's Guide to the AMA Guides and Calif. Workers' Comp " as Authority on AMA GuidesRead it.
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Rule 30(d)(3) OUT! by Nigel Scott Baker, Esq. Read it.
William Fazio 
Structured Settlements 101, by William B. Fazio, Settlement Consultant. Read it.
Stephen Vaughan
The Undocumented Longshore Claimant: Bollinger Shipyards, Inc., et al. v. Rodriguez, by Stephen M. Vaughan, Tucker, Vaughan, Gardner & Barnes. Read it.
california top cases
California Top Cases (updated 6/12/2010), powered by Cal. Comp. Cases
> Koscki v. Herbert
> Uwaydah v. Roth
> Polanco v. Truck Insurance Exchange
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