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Vol 1, Issue 42

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The State of Private Self-Insureds
Claim volume fell in 2009, average claim costs rose sharply
In This Issue
* FEATURED ARTICLE: Self-insured claim volume
* PANEL DECISIONS: Temporary disability; Jurisdiction - out of state injuries
* BLOG ROUND UP: fraud, CCCs
* NEWS HEADLINES: Lien conferences scheduled
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CWCICalifornia Private Self-Insured Claim Volume Fell in 2009, But Average Claim Costs Continued Up, by California Workers' Compensation Institute. Private self-insured employers in California reported 10,463 fewer work injury claims in 2009 - a claim count that was down 11.2 percent from 2008 -- but their aggregate claim costs fell just 4.1 percent as the average amount they paid per claim rose sharply according to new data issued by the California Office of Self Insurance Plans (OSIP). > Read more

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Temporary Disability; Amount of Benefit. WCAB held that, pursuant to LC 4661.5 as interpreted by Hofmeister v. W.C.A.B., applicant was entitled to retroactive temporary disability indemnity payable at rate in effect at time retroactive payments were made, and that WCJ misconstrued plain language of LC 4661.5 by awarding temporary disability at rate in effect at time payments of temporary disability were initially made at incorrect rate based on her finding that, because applicant had previously received partial temporary disability payments, LC 4661.5 was not applicable. See Jusufbegovic panel decision.


Jurisdiction; Out-of-State Injuries. WCAB held that it had no jurisdiction over professional football player's claim to extent injuries occurred while he was employed under a second contract by Houston Texans and by New York Giants, when he was not a California resident at time he entered into employment contracts with these teams, contracts for hire were not made in California nor was he regularly employed in California, and fact that his sports agent who helped negotiate contracts lived in California did not provide sufficient nexus to confer jurisdiction.  See Ioane panel decision.

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Fraud SignWorkers' Comp  Fraud Blotter 9/23/2010 - recent arrests, charges, convictions, investigations. Read it.         

Cal Comp CasesCalifornia Compensation Cases September Advanced Postings 9/22/2010. Read it

Cal Comp CasesCalifornia Compensation Cases September Advanced Postings 9/20/2010. Read it
P884 thumbnailShift Work Sleep Disorder. Shift work sleep disorder, also called shift work disorder, is a circadian rhythm sleep disorder characterized by symptoms of tiredness, fatigue, difficulty sleeping and excessive daytime sleepiness. Shift work sleep disorder can lead to accidents and injuries at work as well as errors in judgment and absenteeism. Unlike other circadian rhythm sleep disorders, shift work sleep disorder is an occupational hazard and resolves completely with a switch to a regular daytime schedule. Read it.
> CA: DWC Posts New FAQs
> CA:
2nd DCA Affirms Restraining Order Against  Workers' Comp Defense Attorney
> CA:
2nd DCA Denies Review of Mendoza En Banc Decision on Rule 3
> CA: Los Angeles District Office Schedules Conferences to Discuss Consolidation of Interpreter Liens, Durable Medical Goods Liens
> CA: Injured Jockey Denied Stem Cell Treatment

> CA: Ventura County to Receive $1.65M in Settlement With National Union Fire Insurance
> CA:
Labor Commissioner Issues $450,000 in Citations During Enforcement of Restaurant Industry

> CA: Obama Nominates Workers' Comp Defense Attorney to Federal Maritime Commission

> CA: 3rd DCA Upholds Fraud Convictions, Except for One Count, of Corrections Officer
> CA: DWC Posts New WC Poster, Claim Form, Notice of Potential Eligibility

> CA: DWC Post Revised Draft UR Regs for Public Comment

> CA: Modesto Motel Owner Arrested for Alleged Insurance Fraud. > Statement By OSHA Assistant Secretary On GAO Whistleblower Protection Program Report
> Telecommuting And Workers' Compensation
> NCCI Posts Proposed Changes to Experience Rating Plan Manual
> ACOEM, IAIABC Publish Guide to Best Physician Services in Workers' Compensation
Bayside Capital Partners to Acquire Majestic Capital
> New Certification Helps Producers Bring Risk Management Strategies To Employee Benefits And Wellness
> OSHA's Quest to Uncover Hidden Injuries
> Driving Fatalities Caused by Using Cell Phones, Texting Soared in Past Three Years
> Double-Digit Hikes for Some Medicare Drug Plans
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> Judge Majorie Fireman of the Los Angeles District Office will retire at the end of September 2010.
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