1. Special Report: Applied Materials v. WCAB – Sixth Appellate District Court of Appeal Holds Physician Misconduct is Compensable but Also Upholds Fitzpatrick

    On June 1, 2021, the 6th Appellate District Court of Appeal certified for publication its decision in Applied Materials et al. v. WCAB. In that case, the 6th District Court of Appeal issued a lengthy 73-page decision addressing multiple issues raised by the parties. However, the decision is most sig…Read More

  2. Urgent Report: DWC/WCAB Open District Offices for Walk-Through Settlements Effective Jan. 11, 2021

    Since March 2020, to protect the health and safety of staff and the community, the Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC) closed the district offices for in-person filing. The DWC has only allowed documents to be filed via EAMS, JET file or by mail. On Dec. 15, 2020, the WCAB issued an en banc de…Read More

  3. Special Report: The WCAB Prepares Local Offices for Walk-Throughs

    On Dec. 15, 2020, the WCAB issued its seventh en banc decision regarding COVID-19, “In Re: COVID-19 State of Emergency En Banc –– NO. 7.” This decision suspends CCR 10789(c) which applies to the assignment of judges for walk-through cases. The effect of this is to grant the local district of…Read More

  4. Special Report: Temporary Disability Benefits Due to COVID-19 Stay-at-Home Orders

    The COVID-19 pandemic has had significant financial consequences for many employers and employees. Due to the overall need to protect the public at large from the spread of COVID-19, the state of California and many local governments have issued stay-at-home orders, closing nonessential businesses o…Read More

  5. Special Report:DWC/WCAB Expand Hearing Options – Effective Sept. 14th

    DWC/WCAB Expand Hearing Options Effective September 14 On Sept. 9, 2020, the Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) and the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board (WCAB) announced changes to the upcoming hearing schedule at district offices.[1] Notably, effective Sept. 14, 2020, the DWC will resu…Read More