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Case Law Updates for July 2017

Posted by Michael W. Sullivan on Jul 17, 2017 11:00:00 AM

To keep Sullivan on Comp up to date on a monthly basis, our team dives into each panel decision and new laws to include an explanation of how each case fits within the workers' compensation scheme. Below is a sampling of this month's updates. Complete discussions of these topics can be found on Sullivan on Comp.


In Sywassink v. Pacific Gas and Electric Co., 2017 Cal. Wrk. Comp. P.D. LEXIS 205, the WCAB held that a defendant was not entitled to credit pursuant to LC 3852 et seq for its workers' compensation liability for an applicant's recovery from the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP).



In Bass v. State of California, Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation, 2017 Cal. Wrk. Comp. P.D. LEXIS 213, the WCAB upheld a WCJ's finding that an applicant sustained a single cumulative trauma injury to the end of his employment, even though he had two different dates of injury under LC 5412 for his heart and orthopedic injuries.

In Zhu v. WCAB (2017) B278696, the 2nd District Court of Appeal held that an injury suffered by an in-home caretaker for the Department of Social Services (Department) was compensable when she was struck by a car while riding her bike between two patients' houses. 



In Henry v. Superior Court of California, 2017 Cal. Wrk. Comp. P.D. LEXIS 217, the WCAB held that an applicant was not entitled to temporary partial disability on a wage-loss basis for the time she spent seeking medical treatment during working hours.

In McKenny v. Southern California Edison, 2017 Cal. Wrk. Comp. P.D. LEXIS 200, the WCAB concluded that a defendant could continue disputing the need for medical treatment on threshold issues following a UR denial of care.

In Marciel v. Atwater Elementary School District, 2017 Cal. Wrk. Comp. P.D. LEXIS 199, the WCAB found that an IMR determination was plainly erroneous, and the mistake was not a matter subject to expert opinion when the IMR reviewer denied medical treatment authorized by a defendant's UR.

In Stevens v. Outspoken Enterprises, Inc., 2017 Cal. Wrk. Comp. P.D. LEXIS 228, the WCAB on remittitur from the 1st District Court of Appeal concluded that the applicant's request for housekeeping and personal care services was denied without authority.


In Loyd v. Dolan Concrete Construction, 2017 Cal. Wrk. Comp. P.D. LEXIS 198, the WCAB rescinded a WCJ's award for a temporary disability rate of $764 per week because it did not adequately reflect the applicant's earning capacity.


In Torres v. Greenbrae Management, 2017 Cal. Wrk. Comp. P.D. LEXIS 230, the WCAB held that impairment for an applicant tree trimmer's psychiatric injury was compensable and that the mechanism of his injury constituted a "violent act" pursuant to LC 4660.1(c)(2)(A).

In Cann v. Desert View Auto Auction, 2017 Cal. Wrk. Comp. P.D. LEXIS 214, the WCAB granted removal and rescinded a WCJ's order allowing a court reporter to fully record a defendant's vocational evaluation.

In Hikida v. WCAB (2017) B279412, the 2nd District Court of Appeal held that an employer is responsible for both the medical treatment and any disability arising directly from unsuccessful medical intervention, without apportionment.


In Nedjar v. Parsec, 2017 Cal. Wrk. Comp. P.D. LEXIS 224, the WCAB adopted a WCJ's decision denying a defendant's petition to compel an applicant's twin brother to appear at a mandatory settlement conference (MSC) and to produce certain documents including a Social Security card, and/or resident alien documents and/or documents to demonstrate legal residence.

In Lopez v. County of San Joaquin, 2017 Cal. Wrk. Comp. P.D. LEXIS 197, the WCAB held that an applicant was entitled to be re-evaluated by an AME and a QME in connection with her petition to reopen when she previously received an award based on the physicians' opinions.

In Maya v. All Commercial Industries, 2017 Cal. Wrk. Comp. P.D. LEXIS 223, the WCAB denied reimbursement to a copy service for work done at the request of the applicant's third attorney of record.


In Hikida v. WCAB (2017) B279412, the 2nd District Court of Appeal held that an applicant's petition for writ of review challenging the WCAB's opinion on apportionment was timely even though she did not appeal the WCAB's original opinion on the issue.

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Sullivan on Comp Publishes “Special Report: SB 863 Five Years Later” E-book

Posted by Michael W. Sullivan on Jul 11, 2017 8:17:00 AM

New Sullivan on Comp publication provides comprehensive analysis of recent significant changes to the California workers’ compensation law and is available as a free, downloadable e-book.

Special Report: SB 863 Five Years Later

LOS ANGELES, CA (PRWEB) July 11, 2017— Sullivan on Comp, a California Workers’ Compensation legal treatise publisher, today announced the release of the new “Special Report: SB 863 Five Years Later” e-book. This comprehensive, 285-page book is available online as a free download at

"Every stakeholder in the California workers’ compensation system needs to have a firm grasp of SB 863,” said Michael Sullivan, lead author of Sullivan on Comp. “But its impact is ever-changing because the law evolves rapidly.”

There are over 500 persuasive cases and approximately 20 binding or significant cases interpreting the provisions of SB 863. Currently there are roughly 20 different sets of regulations implementing SB 863, with others still in development.

Senate Bill 863 (SB 863) was passed on August 1, 2012 and established significant changes to the California workers’ compensation system. Since this legislation passed, administrative regulations have been promulgated, case law has issued, and subsequent legislation has been advanced to clarify the reforms. Employees, employers, and their representatives need to constantly adjust to the new practices as they are adopted into law.



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