Workers’ Compensation

Ca. Workers' Comp. Quarterly 2021, Vol. 34, No. 1

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.

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