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Business Man with PaperThe Art of Walk-Throughs
10 easy steps for a successful walk-through
In This Issue
* PANEL DECISIONS: AMA Guides, Apportionment
* BLOG ROUND UP: fraud, CCC's, assessment rates, mileage rates
* NEWS HEADLINES: High Court denies review of Mendoza
* JOB POSTING: Defense attorney

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Robin Kobayashi 2010
Dear WC Professionals:

What were the 10 biggest developments in California workers' comp this past year? We'll tell you what we think in next week's issue.

Robin E. Kobayashi, J.D.
LexisNexis Editorial & Content Development

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Permanent Disability; AMA Guides. WCAB rescinded WCJ's finding that applicant incurred 92 percent permanent disability as a result of 8/3/2005 admitted injuries to his neck, back, and bilateral upper extremities and disputed injuries to his cervical spine, and in forms of gait impairment and sexual dysfunction, and, applying LC 4662, held that based upon opinion of AME regarding applicant's physical incapacity due to neurologic effects of his spinal cord injury, as well as his need to use medications, including narcotics, combined with unrebutted opinion of vocational counselor that applicant lost ability to work in open labor market, applicant was entitled to an award of 100 percent permanent disability "in accordance with the fact." See Boatright panel decision. 

Permanent Disability; Apportionment. WCAB rescinded WCJ's finding that there was no basis for apportionment of 78 percent permanent disability (calculated under 2005 Schedule) incurred by applicant as a result of injuries to his cardiovascular and gastrointestinal systems during period 6/13/99 through 6/7/2007 and, while agreeing that defendant did not carry burden of proving overlap between two prior permanent disability awards (totaling 80 percent, as calculated under 1997 Schedule) for cardiovascular injury and current permanent disability so as to support a finding of apportionment under LC 4664(b), held that apportionment was appropriate under LC 4664(c)(1), which prohibits award of "accumulation of all permanent disability awards" totaling more than 100 percent for a specific region of body, including cardiovascular system; WCAB found that LC 4664(c)(1) apportionment must be applied by subtracting prior 80 percent from total possible 100 percent for a current permanent disability of 20 percent. See Gordon panel decision.
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Robert Rassp and Stuart Colburn gear up for the roundtable session

Robert Rassp interviews Jennifer Jordan on Medicare Secondary Payer

Dr. Richard Pimental on return to work & the recession

Julie Gackenbach on employee misclassification & the federal shake up

and much more
Fraud SignWorkers' Comp  Fraud Blotter 12/3/2010 - recent arrests, charges, convictions, investigations. Read it.

California Regulators Announce 2011 Workers Comp Assessment Rates, by California Workers' Compensation Institute. Read it.

 Cal Comp Cases
Cal. Comp. Cases December Advanced Postings 11/29/2010. Read it.


Cal Comp Cases
California Workers' Comp Cases Roundup 12/30/2010. (November 2010 issue now on Read it.


New California Workers' Comp Medical Mileage Rate for Travel On or After 1/1/11, by California Workers' Compensation Institute. Read it.

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