Calif. Biz Group Backs Docs In Workers' Comp, Med Mal Row

By Y. Peter Kang (January 9, 2017, 11:02 PM EST) -- The California Chamber of Commerce recently filed a friend-of-the-court brief in a California Supreme Court case that will decide whether doctors appointed by workers' compensation review boards who make certain medical decisions can be sued for medical malpractice.

The state business advocacy group said in a Jan. 5 amicus brief that the intermediate appellate court got it wrong by ruling that utilization review doctors — who decide whether a worker still needs a given medication but do not examine the patients personally — have established a physician-patient relationship and therefore owe a duty of care to injured workers.

"If allowed to...

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