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UR: Money Talk, Injured Workers Walk

As my college buddy ZQ used to say, “JT, money talk, bullshit walk.” In workers’ compensation and Utilization Review (UR), “money talk, injured workers walk.” In workers’ comp, UR is the process [...]

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Us vs. Them

As a Past-President of a local Chamber of Commerce, I often have heard employers say: “Employees want a paycheck but they don’t want to work. Injured workers abuse the system as much as they can, [...]

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My Workers’ Compensation Adjuster Requested A QME – What Does That Mean?

QUALIFIED MEDICAL EVALUATOR: Often a workers’ compensation adjuster will request a Qualified Medical Evaluator (QME) to provide a final expert medical report. A QME is supposed to be unbiased.  [...]

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Workers’ Compensation: Medical Treatment Denied!

Workers’ comp patients are entitled to medical treatment for their on the job injuries according to the California State Constitution and Labor Code.   But why are Injured Workers treated like [...]

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Workers’ Comp IMR: Take As Long As You Want

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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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Undocumented Workers ARE Entitled to Workers’ Compensation Benefits!!

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 [...]

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IMR Unconstitutional?

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 [...]

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Time Is Ticking Away For $5,000 Workers’ Compensation Return to Work Supplement Program!

Senate Bill 863 created the Return to Work (RTW) Supplement Program annual fund of $120 million.  This fund is supposed to provide supplemental payments to workers whose permanent disability [...]

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