Workers Compensation Quarterly

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Workers Compensation "Quarterly" Editor
c/o Law Office of Lynn Peterson
111 N. Maryland Ave.,Ste. 200
Glendale, CA 91206-4238

Table of Contents of recent issues are below. Section members can request a copies of past articles in our Members Only Area.

Tables of Contents of Recent Issues

Volume 26, No. 4 -- 2013

This issue if posted in the Members Only Area.

Fear Not the 132a Claim-- Recent Developments in Case Law
by Tracy Sturtevant, Esq.
Oakland, California

George the Bartender and the Retroactive Home Health Care Provisions of SB 863, or Miracle on East Shoreline Drive
by Joe Truce, Esq.
Long Beach, California

2014 Steve Jimenez Memorial Special Recognition Awards Nomination Form
(See the public side of the site for the latest version of the nomination form)

Volume 26, No. 3 -- 2013

This issue is posted in the Members Only Area.

Workers' Compensation Section Executive Committee Seeking Applicants

Salvos from the Bench: An Analytical Response to Not-So-Well-Penned Petitions for Reconsideration
The Hon. Allyson C. Hall
Stockton, California

Insult to Injury: Medical-Legal Billing Collection Post–SB 863
Mona M. Nemat, ESQ.
Colton, California

Filing Documents in EAMS
The Hon. Christopher Miller
Oakland, California

Proving Permanent Disability Post–SB 863: Closing the Door on LeBoeuf
David M. Skaggs
Thousand Oaks, California

The State Bar of California Application for 2014–2015 Appointments
(Current applications can be found online at http://cc.calbar.ca.gov)

Volume 26, No. 2 -- 2013

State Bar Workers’ Compensation Section to Present Special Recognition Awards at Reception on Friday, October 11, 2013

D-I-V-O-R-C-E Breaking Up with Your Client
The Hon. Christopher Miller
Oakland, California

Navigating the Subsequent Injuries Benefits Trust Fund
Kenneth M. Sheppard, Esq.
San Francisco, California

Injuction Dysfunction: Why Section 524(g) Bankruptcy Injuctions Do Not Apply to Workers' Compensation Claims
Eric Ledger, Esq.
Sacramento, California

Volume 26, No. 1 -- 2013

FEHA Red Flags: Common Employer Violations of California’s Disability Discrimination Laws
Neil Pedersen, Esq.
Irvine, California

Medical-Legal Charges and Needless Bill Reviews
Jon C. Brissman
Colton, California

Special Recognition Awards Recipients Announced

Cumulative Index
Vol. 1, No. 1, 1988, through Vol. 26, No. 1, 2013

Volume 25, No. 4 -- 2013

Understanding Social Security Disability Offsets: Aiding Your Clients and Avoiding Malpractice
Anthony J. DeEllis, Esq.
San Diego, California

Filing/Activation Fees, and a Warning to Defendants
Jon C. Brissman, Esq.
Colton, California

Confessions of a Shopaholic: Hand Over Those Manolo Blahnik Heels and Nobody Gets Hurt -- A WCJ’s Rant on Proper Court Attire
The Hon. Allyson C. Hall
Stockton, California

Caution: Increased MCLE Audits Ahead!
The Hon. W. Kearse McGill
Stockton, California

15 Percent Adjustment of Permanent Disability R.I.P. (1/1/05–12/31/12)
Justin Sonnicksen, Esq.
Antioch, California

Volume 25, No. 3 -- 2012

Identifying Third-Party Liability Issues in a Workers’ Compensation Case
Gary Lee, Esq..
San Francisco, California

Panel QMEs: Time to Stop the Madness?
Mark Gearheart, Esq. and Johnny Shiu, Esq.
Pleasant Hill and San Jose, California

From the Lobby Bar at the Hyatt: George the Bartender and the Home Health Care Conundrum, or Is Flipping the Mattress and Fluffing the Pillow Really Considered Medical Treatment?
Joseph Truce, Esq.
Long Beach, California

Interpreters at Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board (WCAB) Appearances -- A Nuisance or a Necessity?
The Hon. Myrle R. Petty
San Bernardino, California

Volume 25, No. 2 -- 2012

Laches
Jon C. Brissman, Esq.
Colton, California

From the Lobby Bar at the Hyatt: George the Bartender and the Lien Claimant Crisis, or Lien Claimants Get Their Due -- Process, That Is
Joseph Truce, Esq.
Long Beach, California

Benson Places, Done Some Things -- A Combined Analysis of Wilkinson and Fuentes (Which Will Conclude at the Same Time)
David Kizer, Esq.
Pleasanton, California

Administration Answers Lien Questions

Volume 25, No. 1 -- 2012

The Workers’ Corner: Further Thoughts on Serious and Willful Issues
Kevin Lancaster, Esq.
San Francisco, California

An Injured Worker’s Return to Work and the ADA/FEHA
Alyce Maurer, Esq.
Walnut Creek, California

From the Lobby Bar at the Hyatt: George the Bartender Meets the GAF Boys
Joseph Truce, Esq.
Long Beach, California

Cumulative Index
Vol. 1, No. 1, 1988, through Vol. 25, No. 1, 2012
Topical Index to Workers’ Compensation Quarterly
Author Index to Workers’ Compensation Quarterly

Volume 24, No. 4 -- 2012

Why Ms. Ogilvie Had to Obtain a New Attorney: Revisited
Lynn P. Peterson, Editor
Glendale, California

What to Cite and How to Do It Correctly
The Hon. Kenneth Peterson
Portland, Oregon

Reimbursing Workers for Tools and Equipment Carries Tax Risks
Robert Wood
San Francisco, California

From the Lobby Bar at the Hyatt: George the Bartender and the Bed of Begonias, or
Is a Gardener Really a Labor Code Section 4600 Medical Expense?

Joseph Truce, Esq.
Long Beach, California

"I Was Abducted by Aliens" -- A Judge’s Top Ten Favorite Excuses for Attorneys Arriving Late to Court
The Hon. Allyson C. Hall
Stockton, California

State Bar Seeks Nominations for the 2012 Steve Jimenez Special Recognition Awards

Errata

Volume 24, No. 3 -- 2011

Why Ms. Ogilvie Had to Obtain a New Attorney: Ethical Implications in Workers’ Compensation Cases
Michelle D. Brodie
San Francisco, California

Using Independent Contractors? Ten Mistakes That Spell Trouble
Robert Wood
San Francisco, California

From the Lobby Bar at the Hyatt: George the Bartender and the “Hold Harmless”
Debacle, or Abandon Hope All Ye Who Enter into This Agreement

Joseph Truce, Esq.
Long Beach, California

Consulting Experts and the Attorney Work Product Doctrine
Lisa Ivancich
Antioch, California

Volume 24, No. 2 - 2011

State Bar Workers’ Compensation Section to Present Special Recognition Awards at Reception on Friday, September 16, 2011

Ogilvie and the DFEC
The Hon. Lilla Rados
Oakland, California

Qualifying an Expert at Trial
Lisa Ivancich, Esq.
Antioch, California

Special Death Benefits for Local Safety Members
William J. Oppenheimer
San Jose, California

George the Bartender and the Valdez Decision, or Medical Provider Network Loophole Closure, No Detour in Sight
Joseph Truce, Esq.
Long Beach, California

Down for the Count
The Hon. Christopher Miller
Oakland, California

Volume 24, No. 1 -- 2011

Should the Right Hand Know What the Left Hand Is Doing?
William A. Herreras, Esq.
Grover Beach, California

George the Bartender and Page 427 of the AMA Guides, or a Reading from the Holy Book of Impairment
Joseph Truce, Esq.
Long Beach, California

Cumulative Index
Vol. 1, No. 1, 1988, through Vol. 24, No. 1, 2011
Topical Index to Workers’ Compensation Quarterly

As Heard at the DWC Conference
The Hon. Paige Levy
Marina del Rey, California

Volume 23, No. 4 -- 2011

An ERISA Primer for the Workers’ Compensation Attorney, Part I
Ruth Silver Taube, Esq. and Melvin D. Silver, Esq.
Melvyn D. Silver, Esq.
Sunnyvale, California

From the Lobby Bar at the Hyatt: George the Bartender and the Future Earning Capacity Gambit, or Why “Experts” Always Seem to Prosper
Joseph Truce, Esq.
Long Beach, California

Required Elements to Prove a Serious and Willful Claim

The Workers’ Corner
Kevin Lancaster, Esq.
San Francisco, California

Ask the Judge

Volume 23, No. 3 - 2011

10 Reasons to Worry About Worker Status Disputes
Robert W. Wood
San Francisco, California

Sixth Annual State Bar Workers’ Compensation Section Special Recognition Awards Presented

George the Bartender and theAlmaraz/Guzman II Exception, or “And the Coveted Almaraz Trophy Goes to”
Joseph Truce, Esq.
Long Beach, California

The Workers’ Corner
Kevin Lancaster, Esq.
San Francisco, California

Understanding Venue Issues
Brian Duncan, Esq.
Fresno, California

An Update on Permanent Disability Increase/Decrease
David H. Parker, Esq.
Fresno, California

Erratum to “Interest on Workers’ Compensation Medical Treatment and Medical-Legal Liens,” (Volume 23 No. 2)
Jon C. Brissman

Volume 23, No. 2 -- 2010

Ignorance Is Not Bliss: A Review of Selected California Rules of Professional Conduct
The Hon. W. Kearse Mcgill
Stockton, California

Getting the Most Out of Your Vocational Expert: Almaraz/Guzman & Ogilvie
Lisa Suhonos, MS, CDMS, ABVE.
Carmichael, California

From the Lobby Bar at the Hyatt: George the Bartender and the Rapidly Closing Window for a Second Surgery Opinion, or Why are the “Missiles” Still in Their Silos?
Joseph Truce, Esq.
Long Beach, California

Volume 23, No. 1 -- 2010

Almaraz/Guzman II: Incorporating the AMA Guides’ Philosophy and Methods in Accurate Impairment Rating
Thomas Martin, Esq.
Santa Ana, California

A Defense Perspective on Almaraz/Guzman
Richard M. Jacobsmeyer
Oakland, California

Cumulative Index Vol. 1, No. 1, 1988, through Vol. 23, No. 1, 2010

Volume 22, No. 3, 2009

Let the Claims Begin… The First 90 Days
Kimberly T. Pham, Esq. and Dana E. Mitchell, Esq.
San Jose, California

George the Bartender and the Challenge of the New WCAB Rules
Joseph Truce, Esq.
Long Beach, California

Post–SB 899 Depositions
H. Neal Wells IV, Esq. and Sarah R. Wolk, Esq.
Woodland Hills, California

Volume 22, No. 2 -- 2009

How to Succeed with Your Petition for Writ of Review
Peter Ray, Esq.
Los Angeles, California

Five Strategies for Lowering Your Law Firm’s Technology Costs
Johnny Fuery
Oakland, California

Availability of Third-Party Credit Arising from a Medical Malpractice Case in Workers’ Compensation
Michael Ingler, Esq.
Long Beach, California

Volume 22, No. 1 -- 2009

Report from the Chair
Sara Ponzio, Esq.
San Francisco, California

Point-Counterpoint: Vocational Rehab 2009
Gary Nelson, ESQ., and Richard D. Owen, ESQ.
Modesto and Glendale, California

Cumulative Index Vol. 1, No. 1, 1988, through Vol. 22, No. 1, 2009

Volume 21, No. 2 -- 2008

Recipients Selected for 2008 Steve Jimenez Memorial Special Recognition Awards

Workers’ Compensation Summer Symposium and Annual Meeting Programs
Lynn P. Peterson
Glendale, California

Senate Bill Appropriates Funds to Enforce Medicare Secondary Payer Statute
Douglas L. Shaw, C.P.A., C.M.A.
Oviedo, Florida

Top Ten Mistakes in Doctors’ Reports (and How Doctors Can Fix Them)
Hon. Colleen S. Casey
San Francisco, California

ERISA—What You Need to Know
Sara Smith Ray, ESQ.
Woodland Hills, California

Volume 21, No. 1 -- 2008

The Development of Arbitration As a Dispute Resolution Tool in California Workers’ Compensation
Richard D. Owen
Glendale, California

EAMS Events–Spring 2008
The Hon. Keven Star And the Hon. Neil Robinson
Sacramento, California

Cumulative Index: Vol. 1, No. 1, 1988, through Vol. 21, No. 1, 2008

Volume 20, No. 4 -- 2007

Workers’ Compensation Section Proposes Division of Workers’ Compensation Mediation Program
Steven Siemers and Richard D. Owen
Oakland, California, and Glendale, California

EAMS: A Change for the Better
The Hon. Keven Star and the Hon. Neil Robinson
Sacramento, California

Steven J. Jimenez
June 14, 1955–December 30, 2007

Steve Jimenez Memorial Special Recognition Awards
2008 Recognition Nomination Application

Get Involved
A Little Note from Your Editor

Volume 20, No. 3 -- 2007

The 2007 Revised WCAB Survival Guide
Edited by H. Neal Wells IV, Esq.
Woodland Hills, California

California Supreme Court Affirms Fuentes Rule for Calculation of Permanent Disability Indemnity: An Applicant’s Attorney’s Viewpoint
Robert G. Rassp, ESQ.
Sherman Oaks, California

How Can You Defend a Case When All Around You Are Settling Out? A Tale of Intrigue and Adventure with Labor Code Section 5005
Michael Ingler, ESQ.
Long Beach, California

Volume 20, No. 2 -- 2007

Third Annual State Bar Workers’ Compensation Section Special Recognition Awards to be Presented at Special Reception September 28, 2007, in Anaheim

Advocacy in Mediation: How Workers’ Compensation Attorneys Can Get the Most for Their Clients Through Mediation
Steven Siemers, Robert Heywood, And the Hon. George Mason
Oakland, California

Workers’ Compensation Section Annual Meeting Programs

Getting Help When You Need It— If a Lawyer Has Significant Personal Problems, Who Should Be Called for Professional Consultation and Help?
Richard Carlton
San Francisco, California

Volume 20, No. 1 -- 2007

Officers, Executive Committee, and Advisors 2006–2007

Cumulative Index: Vol. 1, No. 1, 1988, through Vol. 20, No. 1, 2007

National Recovery Contractor forNew Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) Recovery Claims

Volume 19, No. 4 -- 2006

The Weekend Was Fantastic—Did You Miss It?
Lynn P. Peterson

Memorandum - Questions and Answers for Part D and Workers' Compensation Medicare Set-aside Arrangements

Summary of Recent Significant Decisions in California Workers’ Compensation Law
January–August 2006

The Hon. Pamela Foust

When Mary Poppins Files a Claim Form: Handling Residential Employee Cases
H. Neal Wells Iv, Esq.

Volume 19, No. 3 -- 2006

Second Annual State Bar Special Recognition Awards to Be Presented October 6, 2006: Lifetime Achievement, Outstanding Lawyers, Outstanding Judge, and DEU

Summary of Recent Significant Decisions in California Workers’ Compensation Law
Spring 2006
The Hon Bert Cohen, Pamela Foust and Robert Kutz
Stockton, Santa Monica, and Eureka

Workers’ Compensation Programs at the 2006 Annual Meeting

Volume 19, No. 2 -- 2006

Alternative Dispute Resolution in Workers’ Compensation: From Ombudsman to Mediator to Arbitrator
Steven Siemers, Esq.
Oakland, California

Objecting to Spine Surgery Requests: Procedural Challenges Under Labor Code Section 4062(b)
Roy Woolfstead and Pamela Owens
Redding, California

How to Depose a Psychiatrist
Irwin Savodnik, M.D.
Torrance, California

CMS Memorandom
Gerald Walters

Volume 19, No. 1 -- 2006

The WCAB Survival Guide
H. Neal Wells, IV
Woodland Hills, California

Cumulative Index
Vol. 1, No. 1, 1988, through Vol. 19, No. 1, 2006

Volume 18, No. 4 -- 2005

Substantial Evidence of Causation Apportionment
The Hon. Pamela W. Foust
Santa Monica, California

2005 Glossary of New Cases and Regulations
The Hon. Colleen S. Casey
Stockton, California

Use of the Post–899 Rating Schedule
Robert G. Rassp, Esq.
Sherman Oaks, California

Attorney of the Year, Judge of the Year, and Lifetime Achievement Awards

Volume 18, No. 3 -- 2005

Can Labor Code Section 4903.5 Be Applied Retroactively?
Jon C. Brissman, Esq.
Colton, California

Escobedo and Degenerative Changes
Robert C. Proctor, Esq.
Sierra Madre, California

Memorandum - Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) Workers' Compensation (WC) Additional Frequently Asked Questions
Gerald Walters

The AMA Guides: A New Paradigm in Rating Disability in California
Steven D. Feinberg, M.D., and Christopher R. Brigham, M.D.
Stanford, California, and Portland, Maine

Volume 18, No. 2 -- 2005

First Annual State Bar Lifetime Achievement, Outstanding Lawyer, and Outstanding Judge Awards

Surviving Utilization Review and the ACOEM Guidelines
Steven Feinberg, M.D.
Stanford, California

A Website List for the Computerized Workers’ Compensation Practitioner
H. Neal Wells IV, Esq.
Woodland Hills, California

The Workers’ Compensation Section Of TheStateBar of California Honors Extraordinary Achievements in Workers’ Compensation Law

The State Bar of California Annual Meeting Workers’ Compensation Section Education Programs

To Cure or Relieve: The Reform Acts and the Basic Principles for the Provision of Medical Treatment
Jesse N. Rsoen, Esq.
Oxnard, California

Volume 18, No. 1 -- 2005

Liens Gone Wild—the Ever-Changing Lien Laws
H. Neal Wells IV, Esq., And Karinneh Avaness, Esq.
Woodland Hills, California

Cumulative Index
Vol. 1, No. 1, 1988, through Vol. 18, No. 1, 2005

Volume 17, No. 1 -- 2004  

Overview of Changes to Workers’ Comp Law: SB 899
Colleen Casey, Esq.
San Francisco

Questions About the Effect of SB 899
Robert Rassp, Esq.
Sherman Oaks

ATTENTION! There Are Changes To Your Rights

Finding Your Way Through SB 899
Richard D. Owen, Esq.
Glendale

Volume 16, No. 4 -- 2003  

From Commissioner to Practitioner
Colleen Casey, Esq.
San Francisco

2004 Spring Education Conference

Cumulative Index

Volume 16, No. 3 -- 2003

Who Should Pay? User Funding in Workers’ Compensation
The Hon. Adrienne Allen
San Bernardino

New California Reform Law Summary

Frequently Asked Questions

Legislation, Practice and Ethics Committee Reports
Steven Jimenez Esq.
Sacramento

Application for 2004–2005 Appointments

Letter from the Chair
Patti Beyer

Volume 16, No. 2 -- 2003

The Rules of the Game: Fraud and Restitution in the Workers' Compensation System (Part Two)
by David Allen Kizer, Esq.
San Francisco

The New Rules of Practice and Procedure
by Jesse N. Rosen, Esq.
Calabasas

Volume 16, No. 1 -- 2003

The Rules of the Game: Fraud and Restitution in the Workers' Compensation System
by David Allen Kizer, Esq.
San Francisco

Proper and Improper Use of Depositions
by Alfred E. Marotta, Esq.
Nowalk

Use of Rehabilitation Professionals and Other Methods of Overcoming the Anomaly of the Psychiatric Protocols
by William J. Oppenheimer, Esq.
San Jose

Volume 15 -- 2002

AB 749 Highlights: Benefit Structure and Legal Issues
by Robert G. Rassp, Esq.
Sherman Oaks

The New Bill Examined: Death Benefits Alive and Well
by H. Neal Wells, IV, Esq.
Woodland Hills

Employer Beware: Some Hiring Tips
by H. Neal Wells, IV, Esq.
Woodland Hills

Depositions Done With an Interpreter
by Rod Olguin
Fresno

Allison Wonderland
by Henry K. Gaus, Esq.
San Jose

Volume 14, No. 3 -- Fall 2001

Section Response to Preliminary RAND Report
by Robert Rassp, Esq.
Woodland Hills

Labor Code Provisions Relating to Prisoners
by Karen Jefchak, Esq.
Century City

The Section's Internet Connection
by H. Neail Wells, IV, Esq.
Woodland Hills

Volume 14, No. 2 -- Summer 2001

May I Have Your Assistants?
by David Kizer, Esq.
San Francisco

Proper and Improper Withdrawal From Legal Representation
By Alfred E. Marotta, Esq.
Norwalk

Volume 14, No. 1 -- Spring 2001

Appellate Case Review -- A Handy Summary of the Published Cases of the Supreme Court, Courts of Appeal, and En Banc Decisions of the SCAB in the Year 2000
by William Malecki, Esq.
San Francisco

Report From the Chair: The Rand Study
by Robert G. Rassp
Woodland Hills

The Nuts and Bolts of Nerve Blocks
by Steven Richeimer, M.D.
Santa Monica

California Commission on Health and Safety and Workers' Compensation
The Hon. Susan Hamilton
San Francisco

Volume 13, No. 4 -- Winter 2000

Annual Report of the Workers' Compensation Section of the State Bar of California 1999-2000
by H. Neal Wells IV, Esq.
Woodland Hills

Employer Fraud
by Patricia Beyer
Fresno

Workers' Compensation Recoveries and Medicare Planning
by William L. Winslow, Esq.
Los Angeles

Cumulative Index

Volume 13, No. 3 -- Fall 2000

Should We Treat "Temps" as Special Employees?
by Bill K. Gray, Esq.
Redding

WORKERS' COMP ATTORNEYS!!! Why Aren't You a Certified Specialist?
by Maynard "Skip" Tescher, Esq.
Redding

Examination of the Hand
by Mark A. Mandel, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Los Angeles

Volume 13, No. 2 -- Summer 2000

State Safety Officer Presumptions
by William E. Malecki, Esq.
San Francisco

Report from the Chair
by H. Neal Wells IV, Esq.
Woodland Hills

The Aftermath of Melissa Williams
by Glen Grossman, Esq.
Salinas

Confidentiality in Medical Information Act: An Initial Analysis of the Narrowed Workers' Compensation Exemption
by Leonard J. Silberman and Susan Vanost Silberman, Ph.D.
Santa Ana

Volume 13, No. 1 -- Spring 2000

Division of Workers' Compensation Promulgates New Forms
by Richard Gannon
San Francisco

New Forms

Report from the Chair
bu H. Neal Wells IV
Woodland Hills

Another View of Elections
by Deborah Lieberman, Esq.
San Francisco

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