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CA Department of Workers' Compensation (DWC) Posts Proposed Further Amendments to its Workers’ Compensation Information System (WCIS) Regulations and Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) Implementation Guides
By Lonce LaMon and the Department of Industrial Relations, Division of Workers' Compensation of the state of California - November 30, 2016

The California DIR’s Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) today posted proposed regulations further revising its Workers’ Compensation Information System (WCIS) regulations and Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) Implementation Guides. Members of the public are invited to present written comments regarding the proposed modifications to until 5 p.m. on Thursday, December 15.

Following the Office of Administrative Law’s publication of DWC’s initial draft of these regulations, a public hearing was held March 28. A second draft of the regulations was released for a 15-day comment period, which ended on June 9.

L.A. Area Applicant Attorney States Donald Trump's Upcoming Presidency Likely To Effect California And Other States' Workers' Compensation Claims Volumes
By Lonce LaMon - November 28, 2016

One Los Angeles area applicants’ attorney, Belal Hamideh, who has offices in Long Beach and downtown Los Angeles, believes President-Elect Donald Trump’s plan to seriously tighten immigration policy is likely to have an effect on states’ workers’ compensation.

Since Trump has promised to come down hard on immigration with plans to build a wall, triple the number of ICE agents, and discontinue “catch and release”, Hamideh believes “there will be less undocumented immigrants in the United States” and this may have a substantial, indirect effect on the amount of ongoing workers’ compensation claims. 

Applicant Attorney Fees Increase In Florida. Ripple Effect From Florida Supreme Court Ruling Could Predictably Reach The West.
By Lonce LaMon - November 23, 2016

For Florida, the National Council on Compensation Insurance Inc. (NCCI) has produced numbers stating that the average Florida applicants’ attorney fee per award was $4,978.00 between May 2016 and September 2016.  But the average applicant attorney fee from May 2015 through September 2015 was $4,095 per award.  These numbers were sent to Business Insurance Magazine on Monday, November 21st 2016.

Clearly showing an increase from 2015 to 2016, the point can be made that the April 28th 2016 ruling from the Florida Supreme Court declaring the mandatory fee schedule in section 440.34 as unconstitutional served as a catalyst to this increase.  It was ruled that 440.34 is a violation of due process both under the state and federal Constitutions because it creates an irrebuttable presumption that precludes any consideration of whether the fee award is reasonable to compensate an applicants’ attorney.   

1.6 Million Dollar Work Comp Claim For Truck Crash In Fort Myers Is No Case Of Fraud
By Lonce LaMon and NBC news article - November 22, 2016

Roy Denson of Fort Meyers, Florida, was a city employee when he crashed his truck while on the job in 2008.  Since that time—over eight years—the city of Fort Meyers, on the west coast of Florida, has paid over $1,600,000 on Denson’s claim.

This is not a case of fraud.  Such a to-do gets made about fraud in workers’ compensation because it’s such a huge reality.  But the city attorney of Fort Myers believes the expenses of this claim are all legitimate.  Such costs for serious physical injury and hospitalization get to these big numbers.

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