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THE MEDICAL REPORT - Part 1 of 6

By Jeff Stander
John Jones filed a claim alleging that he injured his back at work.  California Constitution, Article XIV, Section 4, expressly empowered the Legislature to devise a system to compensate industrially injured workers so as to achieve substantial justice inexpensively, expeditiously and without encumbrance of any character.  The Legislature proceeded to enact Labor Code Section 3600 to express the conditions of compensation for employer liability, Labor Code Sections 4650 and 4656 to define entitlement to Temporary Disability, Labor Code Sections 4658 – 4662, governing entitlement to Permanent Disability, Labor Code Sections 4663 and 4664 pertaining to apportionment of Permanent Disability and Labor Code Sections 4700 – 4706.5 regarding death benefits.  The common denominator underlying this entire scheme which determines whether Mr. Jones is entitled to workers’ compensation benefits, and if so, the extent thereof, is expert medical evidence.
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