Calif. Panel OKs Workers' Comp Bill Despite Opposition

Law360, San Diego (June 13, 2012, 8:49 PM EDT) -- A measure seeking to allow injured workers who have previously settled future medical care claims to collect attorneys' fees if they are successful in challenging an insurer's denial of treatment recommendations cleared a California panel on Wednesday, despite objections it would penalize law-abiding employers and trigger more suits.

The Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee voted 6-0 to pass Assembly Bill 1687, authored by Assemblyman Paul Fong, D-Cupertino, that proposes to require the administrative director of the state Division of Workers' Compensation to notify injured workers...
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