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As the year comes to a close, claim professionals and attorneys alike are working hard to resolve those matters ready for resolution and move into 2019 ready to take on new challenges.  Mullen and Filippi will be working hard to wrap up claims before the New Year, so that we can all enjoy the holiday

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William Davis, an Associate Partner in our Santa Rosa office, yesterday obtained a very significant First District Court of Appeal ruling that further establishes that after the 2004 changes to the laws regarding apportionment, asymptomatic conditions and nonindustrial latent pathologies can be causative of disability. The Court of Appeal annulled a WCAB opinion and decision after reconsideration that had rejected nonindustrial causation of disability and the Court stated conclusively that apportionment must be assigned to asymptomatic conditions under Labor Code 4663 where they are causative of disability.

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Thanks Given

With Thanksgiving and all of its fixings around the corner, Mullen and Filippi would like to express its deepest gratitude to all of our clients, and to our hard working staff and attorneys who move our clients’ claims forward to resolution. Thanks are also owing to all of the stakeholders in the workers’ compensation system, including the Judges, clerks, attorneys, and doctors, who work each day to observe the mandates of the California Constitution and accomplish substantial justice in all cases expeditiously, inexpensively, and without encumbrance of any character.

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Springing into Fall

As Fall officially begins in and we all move towards the last few months of 2018, it’s a time to start “closing files” on the year that was and begin planning for the developments that lie ahead.  In that spirit, Mullen and Filippi had its annual partnership retreat which provided opportunities to build stronger partner

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The Intoxication Defense and You

Those of us who defend claims are familiar with most of the defenses based on the “conditions of compensation” found in Labor Code Section 3600, such as “initial physical aggressor”, injury occurring during commission of a felony, etc. In other words, a claim is not compensable if it fails one of these “conditions of compensation.”

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Exempt Drugs and Utilization Review

The latest argument being advanced by the applicant community is that “exempt” medications are not subjected to Utilization Review. We disagree.

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The Fruits of Our Labor

September is the month in which we celebrate Labor Day and the end of summer with a three-day weekend.  Labor Day, which became an official federal holiday in 1894, is a day set aside to commemorate the American labor movement and the struggles, conversations, and compromises between employers, employees, and the broader society, that led

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Mullen & Filippi Client Seminar 2018 – Master the Workers’ Compensation Puzzle

During this series of seminars, we will help you Master the Workers’ Compensation Puzzle. Part of the puzzle pieces you will receive include an Inside View of CAAA 2018; Moves of the WCAB; Roadmap to Early Resolution and the Non-IBR Dispute Process. By the end of the afternoon, your puzzle will be complete providing you with the tools necessary to defend your claims. Read more to register.

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Making Connections

While the mail never stops coming in, with summer in full swing, it’s important when a sunny day comes along to take a deep breath and remember that people are the raison d’etre of this industry. Injured workers, claims professionals, attorneys, Judges, and employers are all trying to balance the interests involved in each claim, by providing benefits and preventing bad practices.

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To Parcel or Not to Parcel, the Complete Edition

Ever since the passage of SB 899, litigation as to which injury is responsible for indemnity obligations to the injured workers has been endless, and Workers’ Compensation Judges and the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board continue to struggle with application of the facially simple principles set forth by Labor Code 4663 and Labor Code 4664.

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