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Dismissal in Salvadore Puccio v Online Graphics

Mr. Collins prevailed on a 100% permanent total disability stroke case by overcoming the industrial causation finding of the AME in Cardiology through deposition testimony and legal briefing. The Trial Judge Ordered the Applicant to take nothing. The case is currently pending on...
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CCMPT wins huge AB1309 Sports Filing Deadline Case

This case involved a former professional hockey player alleging a CT injury to multiple body parts. The case was filed with the WCAB on 9/16/2013 and served on all Defendants on the same date. Since this date came after implementation of the AB1309 amendments to Labor Cod...
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Firm Receives a Take Nothing

The matter was received in our office as a new referral on June 17, 2014 and involved a denied specific injury. The Applicant claimed to have injured his shoulder on 11/1/13 as a result of lifting a bag of flour. In addition to the shoulder the Applicant also claimed sleep...
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Firm Receives a Take Nothing on Stress Claim

Applicant Claimed injury to her Psyche on a cumulative trauma basis. The applicant was the supervisor over a department that wrote over $2 mil in loan guarantees that were later found to be fraudulent. The FBI investigated the fraud and the applicant was involved in attempting to...
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Firm prevails at trial in back surgery dispute using Labor Code Section 4610(g)(6)

This was an accepted low back injury. DRE II – 9% after apportionment to preexisting injury. AME retro P&S’s him last year when he was evaluated. Tried to settle but AA gets treating reports to request surgery. Double fusion is requested. UR denies it. IMR is requested....
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Roy Hilton v Atlanta Falcons – Arbitration Decision

Applicant filed his claim over 35 years after retiring from the NFL in 1976. In the Application for Adjudication, CIGA was named as a party-defendant to represent the interests of Mission Insurance Company on behalf of the Atlanta Falcons. CIGA subsequently denied liability, and...
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Firm Prevails at Trial Involving QME Specialty

In the matter of Hugo Cisneros the applicant filed a claim for specific injury to his low back while performing lifting activities at the insured, Bayview Vineyards Corporation. Applicant’s counsel submitted a request for QME panel list in the field of chiropractic...
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Summary of Practice Tips from the 10/15/2011 Workers’ Compensation Seminar at WorkerCompCentral in Camarillo, California

1. When opening a case, assume it will go to trial. This will provide a better more organized approach to asserting your client’s position even if it does not end up going to trial. 2. When considering denials, consider the following: If a defendant denies a case based upon a...
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Firm prevails on reconsideration: a .187 Blood Alcohol level precludes recovery based on LC section 3600(a)(4) defense

The WCAB in a panel decision has overturned the WCJ’s finding allowing a lien claimant to recover on a $305,200.00 lien based on LC section 3600(a)(4).  The panel in a split decision found the Applicant was intoxicated at the time of his fall and overturned the WCJ’s award to a...
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