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Workers’ Comp eNews

Articles from the monthly enews of the Workers’ Compensation Section

Greetings to my fellow stay at home and virus survivor community. It is hard to believe that so little has changed since I sat down to write last month’s article. Many of us are still sheltering at home and others are working in half empty offices, keeping our distance and wearing face coverings hoping that the measures we take will protect us. We watch the news obsessively and look for something to give us hope. Read more
Navigating an Applicant’s claim through the California workers’ compensation system when the Employer was uninsured for workers’ compensation at the time of injury can be tricky. The following is a guide with some of the most pertinent steps we utilize when representing an Applicant with a UEBTF workers’ compensation claim/case. Read more
Since March 16, 2020, the Division of Workers’ Compensation and the WCAB have issued a series of emergency decisions and directives, including two En Banc rulings of the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board, addressing numerous urgent matters that have arisen in the wake of the global Coronavirus pandemic, ranging from calendaring of hearings to electronic service by the WCAB. Read more
As is now common knowledge, Covid-19, commonly called the "novel coronavirus" or just the "coronavirus," is spreading rapidly across the many parts of the world, including California. Countries around the world are taking dramatic steps to combat the spread of the virus. What does this mean for workers' compensation in California? Read more
The editors of the Workers’ Compensation Section Enews would like to give section members a view into the outstanding work of the Community Outreach subcommittee. In this new column, we will periodically highlight through photographs and captions the recent activities of the Community Outreach subcommittee. Read more
Hello, my name is Erin Wintersteen and I am the Chair of the Awards and Recognition subcommittee. This is my third year on the Executive Committee and my second year serving as the Chair of the Awards subcommittee. It has truly been a pleasure to serve my community in this manner. Read more
Hello everyone. I am sitting here at home contemplating what has happened since my last article in March. Like all of you, my life and my law firm have been deeply affected by the outbreak of the Coronavirus throughout the entire world. Read more
It’s Monday morning, you turn on your computer, and marvel at the infinite number of e-mails of which need responding. You scratch your head as you start the process of prioritizing what will get attention first. Suddenly, the phone rings and it’s your client. She says she just received a panel of chiropractic physicians requested by applicant’s counsel and does not understand why a chiropractor would be evaluating a right hand injury. Read more
The CLA Workers’ Compensation section established the Unpublished Cases Review and Legislation Subcommittees as permanent standing groups. I have the privilege of serving as chair of both subcommittees. The former reviews all cases originating with the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board, and selected additional Court of Appeal decisions, originally designated as unpublished. Read more
I find it hard to believe that it is already March. If you are like me, you are still getting over the holidays and trying to figure out how to make the most of this year. As we try to resolve the issues left over from last year and as we approach Spring, the new Rules of Practice and Procedure for the WCAB have taken center-stage in our daily practices. Our CLA WC Section Education committee has been busy preparing for the next big conference which will feature several panels designed to educate practitioners about these new rules. Read more

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