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David J. DePaolo’s Memorial Service To Take Place On August 6, 2016 At Camarillo Airport
By Lonce LaMon - July 25, 2016

A memorial service will be held at Camarillo Airport at Channel Islands Aviation Hanger 265 on August 6, 2016 from 1:00 to 5:00 pm for WorkCompCentral Founder and Chief Executive Officer David J. DePaolo.

DePaolo was killed in a motorcycle accident in the Santa Monica Mountains in Malibu Hills on Sunday, July 17th.   David was born in 1959.

David DePaolo was a surfer who engaged in wind surfing, kite surfing, and conventional surfing, and was a biker, a pilot, and overall a consummate athlete.  As an amateur pilot he flew a 1979 Beechcraft Bonanza and regularly blogged about his excursions in “41 Mike”. 


Landmark Medical Case Now Moving Forward As Nine Separate Complaints In Orange County Superior Court
By Lonce LaMon - July 21, 2016

Kareem Ahmed was seated there chewing gum near the door in the front row of the far back section of Court Room C-55 in the Orange County Superior Courthouse in Santa Ana.  It was Tuesday morning, July 19th 2016.  There are only two rows of seats along that far back section flush against the back wall.

He was wearing a beige suit with a white shirt striped with light pastels.   He never wears a tie.

Kareem Ahmed is the CEO of Landmark Medical Management.  He appears to be Indian, but also has an aura of being Middle-Eastern.  He is accused of an excess of 150 million dollars in workers’ compensation fraud.   His favorite scam—the prescribing of compound pain creams to workers’ compensation patients before SB 863 slammed shut that loop hole that previously didn’t demand any limit on charges for compounds.   He paid kick-backs to numerous doctors and chiropractors for prescribing his creams.


David DePaolo, Workers’ Comp Defense Attorney, Businessman, Founder of WorkCompCentral, and Surfer Dies at Age 56
By Lonce LaMon - July 18, 2016

David J. DePaolo died yesterday, Sunday, July 17th 2016 while riding his motorcycle in Malibu Hills, California.  That is all this writer knows of the circumstances surrounding David’s death, at this time. 

John Riggs, manager of workers’ compensation for the Disneyland Resorts, wrote to me, “What a shock!  I just saw him at the CCWC Conference on Friday.”   I was shocked, too, to read John’s words. I was sad.

But I wasn’t surprised.   It was most likely an accident while riding his motorcycle that killed David.  He had been in motorcycle accidents before.   I remember back in 1996 when Dave had a dirt biking accident and was taken into the hospital for a few days.  He punctured a lung.  When he came out of the hospital I saw him maybe a half-an-hour later walking into his office.  He was so emaciated I remember thinking that he looked like he just stepped out of a concentration camp. 

DePaolo was an eternal boy who was always getting banged up.  It didn’t shock me when I heard he took up flying.  He was always pushing the limits.  I would not have been surprised if DePaolo had taken up base jumping.  


Report on SB 863’s Workers’ Comp Reforms Shows Progress, Benefits for Injured Workers, Employers in California
By Lonce LaMon And News Release From The California Department Of Industrial Relations - July 15, 2016

The California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) and its Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) today released their 2016 report on the progress in implementing SB 863, which was a bill passed on August 1, 2012 and signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown on September 18, 2012.  The bill took effect on January 1, 2013.  

The report updates the efforts to improve benefits for injured workers while moderating rapidly increasing costs for employers.


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July 13, 2016 - DWC Medical Unit Accepting Applications for Qualified Medical Evaluator Examination on October 29

July 8, 2016 - Judge Drops All Charges Against Key Operator, Marisa Schermbeck-Nelson, In Criminal Organization Munir Uwaydah Case In Downtown L.A.

July 6, 2016 - Judge Kathleen Kennedy Vituperates Prosecution in Munir Uwaydah Case As Being Inept And Incompetent. But Prosecution Redeems By Coming Up With 600,000 Pages Of Discovery.

July 1, 2016 - California DWC Posts Interim Report on Assembly Bill 1124 Mandating an Evidence-Based Workers’ Compensation Drug Formulary

June 30, 2016 - DWC Posts Adjustments to Official Medical Fee Schedule (Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics and Supplies)

June 29, 2016 - Berkshire Hathaway Insurers Ordered To Cease And Desist From Selling Illegal Workers' Compensation Policies

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