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Study Shows Obesity Increases Workers’ Comp Costs

Study Shows Obesity Increases Workers’ Comp Costs

A  recent study published by the National Council of Compensation Insurance (NCCI) concludes that in workers compensation claims where the claimants have a co-morbidity code indicating obesity, medical costs are significantly higher than what is observed for comparable non-obese claimants….

Are Pools and Gardeners Medical Treatment?

Are Pools and Gardeners Medical Treatment?

In the kind of case that boggles the mind and fires-up some state legislatures to reform their Workers’ Compensation laws, a Van Nuys judge awarded an applicant the services of a housekeeper, gardener, pool serviceman and penalized the employer under Labor Code…

“Reverse” Almaraz/Guzman applied

“Reverse” Almaraz/Guzman applied

In a decision after reconsideration a WCAB panel has rejected a 15% PD award to the right knee based on the AME’s standard rating under the AME Guides as outlined in his report.  Instead, the WCAB focused on the AME’s…

Did a Comp Award Lead to a Fraud Conviction?

Did a Comp Award Lead to a Fraud Conviction?

Daly City Councilwoman and former mayor Maggie Gomez pleaded no contest to charges of workers’ compensation fraud, as reported by the Associated Press and several California news outlets.  She is scheduled to be sentenced in San Mateo Superior Court on…

“Pot Luck” at Workplace Causes Injury

“Pot Luck” at Workplace Causes Injury

A recent case dealing with injuries that occur during compensated breaks, especially when they occur on company property, found injury to have occurred in the course of employment or “COE.” In the case of Bank of America v. WCAB (Christine…

Independent Contractor Rule Expanded

Independent Contractor Rule Expanded

The Court of Appeal upheld a WCAB decision expanding the definition of “independent contractor.” The Court found a gardener, who was injured in a fall, was not an employee and therefore his injury was not covered by workers’ compensation.  Lara v….

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