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ScoreboardScore One for Claims Industry on Temporary Total Disability Benefits
1st DCA signals R10101.1 does not require payment of TTD benefits at maximum rate absent documentation of earnings supporting a lesser rate
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* RECENT PANEL DECISION: Americans With Disabilities Act
* NEWS HEADLINES: Bill proposes SOL for lien filings

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Temporary total disability

Shaw Jacobsmeyer NEW VERSIONCalifornia: 1st District - No Presumption Earnings Are Maximum Where Documentation Is Lacking, by Richard M. Jacobsmeyer, Esq. The First District Court of Appeal has reversed a W.C.A.B. decision that really involves a technical issue for calculating and paying TTD under under the guise of modifying a penalty award. In a published decision the Court has made a ruling on an issue involving $40 that potentially involved millions of dollars in TTD benefits systemwide. What appears to be a minor squabble over an almost imperceptible penalty amount is in reality as significant statement of the law on payment of TTD benefits...

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fentanyl prescribing patterns


CWCI Research Spotlights Fentanyl Prescribing Patterns in California Workers' Comp. In a study published last month, the California Workers' Compensation Institute found that the top 10% of doctors who prescribe extremely potent, highly addictive Schedule II opioids for injured workers in California account for nearly 80% of all workers' compensation prescriptions for these narcotic drugs, and that nearly half of the prescriptions were for minor back injury claims. In a follow up to that study, CWCI examines the prescribing patterns for fentanyl, the most potent of the Schedule II opioids. Using the claim sample from the earlier study, the new report analyzes prescription data from the 16,890 California work injury claims in which Schedule II drugs were prescribed, as well as from the 5,253 non-surgical medical back claims from the sample, to measure the extent to which fentanyl is being used in California workers' compensation. Read more.

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Workers Memorial Day CCKids' Chance of America - Protecting the Dream - Workers' Memorial Day, by Peggy Hassler, Executive Director, Kids' Chance of America. Sadly, our modern, media-saturated world takes little notice of work-related injuries, illnesses and deaths. Workers' Memorial Day is an opportunity to highlight the preventable nature of workplace accidents and illnesses and to promote campaigns and organizations in the fight to improve workplace safety and the quality of life for workers. The slogan for the day is Remember the Dead - Fight for the Living. Read more.

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WrestlerThe Masked Wrestler's Lament.

In this moving ballad, Lex Larson sings about a man who is collecting workers' comp benefits while working as a professional wrestler who wears a mask, but things start to unravel when the script calls for his opponent to unmask him. Listen to the song here.


Lex Larson 2011 CCLex Larson is the author of Larson's Workers' Compensation Law (LexisNexis).

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WCAB Powers; Federal Law; Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). WCAB denied defendant's request for removal from PWCJ's order continuing proceedings which was issued after DWC Statewide Disability Coordinator determined that applicant alleging psychiatric injuries in 2003 and 2004  was entitled to a one-year continuance as a disability accommodation under federal ADA and state law, when WCAB, citing James & Christine C.  (2008) 158 Cal. App. 4th 126, 70 Cal. Rptr. 3d 715, found no basis to conclude that giving applicant a one-year continuance, by itself, would "fundamentally alter the nature" of the proceedings before WCAB, that PWCJ was required to administratively grant a continuance in accordance with ADA even if a continuance might not have been appropriate under Labor Code § 5502.5 and 8 Cal. Code Reg. § 10243 and if continuance was granted without defendant having had prior notice and opportunity to be heard because ADA preempts any state statutes or regulations that would provide lesser rights or remedies for a qualified individual with a disability, and that because continuance was granted as an ADA accommodation and not under Labor Code § 5502.5 or 8 Cal. Code Reg. § 10243, defendant did not show substantial prejudice or irreparable harm under workers' compensation laws so as to justify removal. See Neldaughter panel decision.

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CA: Court of Appeal Upholds $1.5M Verdict in LAPD Officer's Disability Bias Lawsuit.

CA: DIR Revokes Mainstay Business Solutions' Certificate to Self-Insure.

CA: Voters Back Stripping Public Employee Pensions.

CA: Senate Committee Passes SB 863 Statute of Limitations for Lien Filings.

CA: SB 923 Would Mandate OFMS Based on RBRVS by 1/1/2012.

CA: SB 127 Would Require Annual Adoption of AMA's CPT Codes.

RIMS Benchmark Study Shows Decrease in Average Renewal Premiums for P/C Insurance.

Liberty Mutual Opposes Proposed $450M AIG Workers Comp Class Action Settlement.

Workers Comp Insurer Majestic Capital Ltd. Files for Bankruptcy.

US Supreme Court Reject's Request for Expedited Review of Lawsuit Against Federal Health Care Reform Law.

Coventry Health Care Posts Quarterly Earning Results.

SeaBright Holdings Posts 1Q 2011 Results.

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