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October 25, 2006

Veto Keeps Permanent Disability Dilemma at Bay

Authors: Ronald A. Peters
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Los Angeles Daily Journal

In this article authored by Littler Mendelson attorney Ron Peters, the recent history of Workers' Compensation in California is followed along with the nature of permanent disability benefits. Peters dissects the current state of Permanent Compensation Benefits, and describes how the system "spun out of control". Peters notes that, " Employers, their insurance carriers, and attorneys have long believed that the workers' compensation system spun out of control because applicants' attorneys had a monetary incentive to maximize an employee's permanent disability." Peters also discusses the governor's veto of SB 815 and notes it is "a step in the right direction."