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Independent Medical Review is the appeal process in workers’ compensation for Utilization Review denials of medical treatment. The IMR appeal goes to an anonymous state assigned doctor who issues a binding, non-appealable decision. Labor Code § 4610.6(d) states that the decision shall be made within 30 days within receipt of the supporting documents. The purpose […]
“I think your clients should pay better attention to what they are doing and they wouldn’t get hurt,” Grandma said in a fit of defense attribution. This is not an uncommon attitude that plaintiff’s personal injury attorneys find everywhere, even in usually supportive grandmas. “Yes, yes,” I responded to her to engage her to listen […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
What do real estate sales contracts, uninsured motorist policies, and credit card applications all have in common? Binding arbitration clauses. If a controversy arises, the aggrieved party must go through binding arbitration; they cannot go to court to obtain satisfaction after a wrong. It is no wonder corporations, insurance companies, banks, and employers are eliminating […]
Many undocumented workers are afraid to apply for workers’ compensation benefits due to their immigration status. What they do not understand is that they ARE entitled to workers’ compensation benefits similar to documented workers. Undocumented workers may receive medical treatment, temporary disability payments, permanent disability payments and possibly a lifetime medical award. A lifetime medical […]
When you are involved in an accident, there are many things that race through your mind. The most important is the wellbeing of the persons involved. Make sure you and those in your car are okay. If not, get help immediately. If safe, make sure those in other vehicles are okay and get help for […]
The California Supreme Court put the fox in charge of the henhouse (Howell v. Hamilton Meats & Provisions, Inc. (2011) 52 Cal.4th 541) and patients and medical providers are getting nervous. In Howell, the Supreme Court stated that it makes more sense (to them) to let health insurers determine the measure of damages in a […]
IMR Unconstitutional? Workers’ compensation law has never really made sense. Is it workers’ comp, or is it employers’ protection? Is workers’ comp law here for injured workers, to make sure injured workers get adequate medical treatment and fair compensation so they can recover, get back to work, and feed their families, or is it […]
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