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California 1, Lawyers 0, (Worker's Comp.)

Sat Apr 17, 2004 1:16 am

New worker's compensation legislation was hammered out by the legislature and Gov. Arnold at the 11th Hour. Arnold is holding a new ballot measure initiative over the heads of the Democratic controlled state assembly and senate.


From the Orange County Register:

The bill, pushed by Schwarzenegger while simultaneously threatening the Legislature with the ballot initiative, aims to wring billions of dollars in cost savings from a system that saw $17.9 billion in claims last year by setting new limits on medical benefits, standardizing medical practices and making injured workers use doctors approved by employers and their insurance companies. It also prevents the state from telling insurers what they can charge for workers' compensation coverage.

Opponents of the bill, including attorneys and many injured workers, have largely blamed insurance companies for a surge of premium hikes, saying insurers haven't passed costs of last year's reforms to employers. Many Democrats agree, even those who intended to vote for the reform bill.

http://customwire.ap.org/dynamic/stories/C/CA_WORKERS_COMPENSATION_CAOL-?SITE=CAANR&SECTION=STATE&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT



Seems that workers will have to use network doctors instead of the doctors of their (and their attorney's) choice. Will cut down on the fraud. Should save the State 7 billion a year.

The lawyers and chiropractors are not happy about this at all!

Great Job Arnold!

[Edited 2004-04-16 18:18:41]
 
Greg
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RE: California 1, Lawyers 0, (Worker's Comp.)

Sat Apr 17, 2004 4:32 am

It's a huge abuse. All ethical attorneys welcome such relief. Not sure about the chiropractors, however....
 
johnboy
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RE: California 1, Lawyers 0, (Worker's Comp.)

Sat Apr 17, 2004 10:53 pm

Funny someone should bring this up, but a couple of years ago I strained some muscles in my neck at work, and some co-workers suggested that I go to the chiropractor for help.

I figured he would do about a week's worth of treatment and then send me on my way (having never been to the chiropractor before, I didn't know what to expect). I even brought my own spinal series of X-rays from the hospital (I'm a nurse, so it's easy and free to go over and get a few quick shots).

Not only did he tell me that the "curvature" in my neck was "poor," but he told me to come back every day for a couple of weeks, then for the next three weeks, I came back 3X a week! No other mention of exercises at home to help me out, no other physical therapy.. NADA.

I quit going after that because I was feeling so guilty about sticking the state of California with payment for an injury that was over and done with about three weeks prior. I'm sure he would have had me coming back for up to the maximum allowable limit if I hadn't made that decision.

MANY,MANY people at work have used bogus excuses for workers comp. My favorite one is the "hostile work environment" which leads to "stress leave." I know one chick who's been off for two years for that one, and another who actually DID have back surgery, but is still getting paid for it after two years!

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