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The team at WorkCompCentral is stunned and deeply saddened by David DePaolo's sudden departure from this world. He passed away Sunday, July 17 in a motorcycle accident. However, we are all committed to carry on and continue to fulfill David's vision of providing workers compensation professionals with the most unbiased news, education and resources in the industry. We will also strive to make this year's Comp Laude® Awards & Gala event the best ever. The Comp Laude® event encapsulates his vision and passion for the industry. David was very proud of the team that he had assembled and we are working very hard to support each other and our valued customers.

Some of David's favorite charities:
Kids Chance of California or Angel Flight West.

David J. DePaolo
10/02/59 - 7/17/16

COVID-19 presumption bills in five states have seen little movement in recent weeks, despite vocal support for the measures when they were introduced last month. In New Jersey, S 2380, sponsored by Senate President Stephen Sweeney, passed the state Senate 27-10 on May 14. An identical bill in the Assembly, A 3999, though, has not budged in the… Read more »
A New York appellate court ruled that a worker could proceed with a Labor Law claim for a fall that occurred at his friend’s residence. Case: Parra v. Cardenas, No. 11518 24965/17E, 05/14/2020, published. Facts: Jorge Parra went to friend Juan Cardenas’ house and suffered injuries when he fell through the roof of the residential… Read more »
A New York appellate court partially revived a worker’s Labor Law action based on an accident that resulted in part of his finger being severed. Case: Spencer v. Term Fulton Realty Corp., No. 11489 154446/16, 05/14/2020, published. Facts: Jhon Spencer worked as a carpenter for a construction project. He claimed he was directed to pass… Read more »
A California appellate court clarified the availability for apportionment of a worker’s permanent disability caused, in part, by a pre-existing pathology. Case: County of Santa Clara v. WCAB (Justice), No. H046562, 05/27/2020, published. Facts: Barbara Justice worked for the County of Santa Clara as a workers’ compensation claims… Read more »
The California Division of Workers’ Compensation posted an order incorporating Medicare’s updated COVID-19 testing codes and fees into the Pathology and Clinical Laboratory section of the Official Medical Fee Schedule. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services published fees for three additional COVID-19 testing codes on May 19,… Read more »
The Washington state Department of Labor and Industries has paid $737,589 in benefits on workers’ compensation claims for COVID-19, according to a report by the Bellingham Herald. As of May 20, the department accepted 931 of the 1,074 claims for the disease caused by the new coronavirus. L&I estimates COVID-19 claims will cost more than… Read more »
The Tennessee Court of Appeals ordered recalculation of the attorney fee and subrogation liens payable in a wrongful death case for a worker killed by a cement mixer truck. Case: Cordova ex rel. Alfredo C. v. Nashville Ready Mix Inc., No. M2018-02002-COA-R3-CV, 05/19/2020, published. Facts: In March 2013, Sergio Lopez died from injuries he… Read more »
A Southern California woman acting as an unlicensed insurance agent faces nine felony counts after her arrest on suspicion of stealing approximately $500,000 worth of client premiums, according to the California Department of Insurance. Ai Ling Lee, 60, of Hacienda Heights, was arrested Friday after allegedly stealing premium… Read more »
Now that one state has tied a COVID-19 presumption rebuttal to providing protective measures for workers — and other states are considering similar moves — many employers have to know intricate details about face masks, respirators and other safeguards. And that's easier said than done, an occupational safety expert said… Read more »
The Oregon Workers’ Compensation Division adopted rules that temporarily reduce the penalty for a first violation of operating without workers' compensation insurance in what it described as an effort to reduce economic burdens on businesses that might be struggling with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Civil penalties for not… Read more »

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