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WCIRB: Fewer — but More Costly — Claims Expected Under Newsom's COVID Presumption

  • State: California
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California could see fewer than expected workers’ compensation claims related to COVID-19 unde…

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Matt Newberry May 29, 2020 a 8:05 am PDT

It seems the WCIRB felt political pressure to reduce the projected cost figures of Governor Newsom's actions.

Steven Chandler May 29, 2020 a 9:05 am PDT

How does one make a presumption of industrial causation with respect to a pandemic - a disease which does not discriminate yet affects individuals worldwide? When one works, on average, 40 our of 168 hours of the week - are they supposedly immune during the other 128 hours of the week with no consideration to the many who are not following the shelter in place order? And, to reduce the investigation period to 30 days - how does one even logically obtain medical records in this? This usually takes 30 days or longer. This is nothing more than a substantial cost shift to employers who are already hurting financially. It will result in more job losses and litigation, ultimately a boon to applicants' attorneys.

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