To Litigate or Not: Panel QME Disputes
Adam Dombchik, Esq. Los Angeles, California Yvonne Lang, Esq. Oxnard, California
Have you been wondering what types of disputes related to QMEs come up these days at the district-office level of the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board (WCAB)?
The procedure for obtaining a valid QME panel is not litigated very much anymore. The issues that come up most often at present include specialty disputes, additional panel disputes, timeliness disputes, and, with the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic, the issue of medical-legal telehealth evaluations versus delaying discovery. It is Title 8 of the California Code of Regulations that primarily guides these disputes.