Ca. Workers' Comp. Quarterly 2021, Vol. 34, No. 1
- A Closer Look at the New Med-Legal Fee Schedule
- Homeowner Claims Cheat Sheet
- In This Issue
- Let's All Get a Grip on Grip Loss
- Medical-Legal Billing Flowchart (with Non-Ibr)
- Mpn Transfer Care—Who Is in Control and What Does That Mean?
- Temporary Disability During the Covid-19 Era
- Walking on Eggshells: Properly Apportioning to Causation of Permanent Disability and Not Causation of Injury
- Workers' Compensation Section 2020-2021 Executive Committee Roster
- The Importance of Understanding Legal Authorities in Workers' Compensation Cases
The Importance of Understanding Legal Authorities in Workers’ Compensation Cases
James Rossi, Esq.
Simi Valley, California
Over the years, you have probably heard or read about changes in the law, big cases that have come down, and the like. Each time a new legal authority arises, it is important to know the impact that authority has on the state of the law. To assist in determining the value of a legal authority, this article discusses the relevance of the most common types of legal authorities in California workers’ compensation.
For starters, the mother of all legal authority in California workers’ compensation is the California Constitution. The Constitution provides the Legislature with the power to create the workers’ compensation system (Cal. Const., art. XIV, §4). All statutes, rules, and court decisions must be consistent with the Constitution.