This renowned work features more than 6,000 case discussions and valuable advice from a leading authority in California workers’ compensation law.
Since 1980, the late Judge Sheldon St. Clair’s California Workers’ Compensation Law & Practice has been the “go to” resource when tough questions arise.
California Workers’ Compensation Law & Practice provides start-to-finish guidance – over 1,400 pages – on readying and trying your case. You receive detailed explanations of procedures, strategies for circumventing traps and maximizing opportunities, solutions to common problems, and governing law for:
Determination of medical issues
- The AME/QME process
- Required notices
- Formal medical evaluation procedures
- Reports of medical evaluations
- Recovery of medical-legal costs
- Filing or serving reports
- Medical records
- Pre-trial discovery
- Setting for trial
- Expedited hearings
- Mandatory settlement conference
- Disqualification of WCJs
- Arbitration process
- NIT procedures
- Finding and award or order
- Interest and cost
- Lien claim procedures
- Credit, restitution, commutation
- Enforcement of awards
REVISION 17 HIGHLIGHTS
This edition keeps you up-to-date with hundreds of new cases and new text in all 24 chapters covering these and many other topics:
- LC §2750.3 codifies the California Supreme Court’s decision in Dynamex Operations v. Superior Court
applying the ABC test on employment to eligibility for workers’ compensation benefits beginning July 1,
2020, but exempting many occupations and service providers.
- LC §3212.15 creates a legal presumption of injury for certain firefighters and peace officers who claim to
suffer a post-traumatic stress disorder.
- Effective January 1, 2020, the Rules of Practice and Procedure have been reorganized, renumbered,
- What constitutes a “catastrophic injury” for purposes of LC §4660.1(c).
- Requirements for lien declarations pursuant to LC §4903.8.
- Petitions for medical information by non-physician lien claimants.
- Dismissal of lien for failure to appear.
- Objections to necessity of medical-legal expense.
- Statute of limitations for petitions for serious and willful misconduct benefits.
- Commissioner’s conferences.
- Good faith effort to resolve liens no longer required.
- Standing to set aside a compromise and release agreement.
- Interpreter fees for applicant to understand C&R agreement.
- Amended orders approving compromise and release.
- Claim application form and filing and service procedures.
- Regulation of non-attorney representatives including notice of representation requirements.
- Substitution and dismissal of attorney and non-attorney representatives.
- Establishing the date of cumulative trauma injury for purposes of the statute of limitations.
- Obtaining a QME panel in a different specialty.
- Ex parte communication with AME or QME.
- Function of Conference WCJ.
- Examples of final orders from which reconsideration may be sought; hybrid orders.