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Missed the Deadline for RTWSP? It may not be too late!

DIR Issues Notice of Public Hearing on April 15, 2016 for Proposed Modification to Return-to-Work Supplement Program There are timelines associated with obtaining the Return-to-Work Supplement Program (RTWSP) check of $5,000.  At this time an application for the Return-to-Work Supplement (RTWS) must be received by the Return-to-Work Supplement Program within one year from the date the Voucher was served on the individual or within one year from the effective date of the regulations, whichever is later. 8 CCR Section 17304.  This deadline has run for many injured workers as of April 13, 2016 (1 year from the April 13, 2015 effective date).  The California Applicants’ Attorneys Association (CAAA) has petitioned… Read More »

Be Prepared for the Deposition

Insurance defense attorneys always want to take the injured claimant’s deposition because that is when the defense attorney makes their money. The insurance defense attorney also tries to make the injured claimant look bad, often through no fault of the plaintiff. Insurance defense attorneys take classes on how to make the injured claimant look bad for reasons that often have nothing to do with the case. Sometimes our clients have had previous cases and I always ask what was done to prepare them for their deposition. It is amazing how many say that they met with their attorney for 30 minutes before the deposition started, or worse, there was no… Read More »

Workers Comp IMR

The Court of Appeals in Stevens ruled that workers’ compensation IMR does not violate the California Constitution.  IMR or Independent Medical Review, is the process in workers’ comp where a state-appointed, non-examining, anonymous physician spends less than 15 minutes and gets paid $60 to review medical treatment denials in workers’ comp cases, and issues a final, non-appealable decision that 90% of the time denies medical treatment recommended by the injured worker’s doctor.  The Court, in an astonishing display of ignorance, held that not only does the IMR scheme provide due process to injured workers, but is better than the prior process where an examining physician decided medical treatment disputes, and… Read More »