RGW Significant Cases

Hikida vs. WCAB (Costco Wholesale Corp.) (B279412): Rowen, Gurvey & Win triumph in major case at Court of Appeal effecting all injured workers' rights in California

2nd District Court of Appeal, June 23, 2020

The applicant had developed complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) as a result of failed surgery, which was authorized by her employer, Costco, to treat the industrial carpal tunnel injury to her hands.  The WCJ found that although the CRPS was the sole cause of the permanent disability leaving the applicant totally disabled, because the AME in orthopedics had found 10% apportionment to non-in...

Nilsen vs. Vista Ford (78 Cal. Comp. Cases 722): Injured Worker awarded 100% permanently disabled due to chronic pain

Court of Appeal, Second District, May 10, 2020

Defendant argued that the permanent disability for chronic pain should be apportioned as found by the orthopedic panel qualified medical evaluator.  The rheumatology panel qualified medical examiner and psychiatric found 100% permanent total disability due to the injured worker’s chronic pain, psychological condition and other symptoms related to chronic pain.  Rowen, Gurvey &...

de La Cerda v. Martin Selko & Co. 2017 Cal. Wrk. Comp. P.D. LEXIS 533: PD Addition Method for Synergistic effect over CVC

WCAB Van Nuys District Office, April 21, 2020

The WCAB overturned the Workers' Compensastion Judge, indicating that he should not have discounted the internal AME’s medical opinion whereby the doctor found that the addition of the applicant’s disabilities together more accurately represented the totality of disability, rather than using the Combined Values Chart, which effectively compacts the overall disability.   That...

Boone v. State of California - Department of Transportation: RGW secured a 100 percent permanent total disability award for the applicant, including 24-hour home health care.

WCAB Riverside District Office, April 1, 2020

Rowen, Gurvey & Win secured a 100 percent permanent total disability award for the applicant, including 24-hour home health care. This result was obtained following an appeal filed in response to the lower court's decision granting the applicant only a 40 percent permanent disability award, with limited home health care.   

Belling v. United Parcel Service, Inc. (2015 Cal Wrk. Comp PD Lexis 738): Injured Worker is Entitled to Previously Requested Medical Treatment

WCAB San Francisco, December 21, 2015

Defendant ignored injured worker's treatment requests for 6 months after the WCAB found injury.  WCAB indicated that the defendant had a duty to reach back in the medical file, send all requests for authorization to UR  and provide the injured worker's medical treatment.   

Williams v. County of Los Angeles (ADJ7388209) (WCAB Van Nuys District Office): Injured worker entitled to continued home health care when there is no change in condition

WCAB San Francisco, September 14, 2017

The WCAB upheld a finding by the WCJ of entitlement to 24/7 home health care.  The defendant had been authorizing 8 hours of home care 5 days per week through an agency for some time, but there had been medical reporting by the treating physicians through the years indicating that 24/7 home care was medically necessary.  Her adult son had been providing the rest of the home care that was...

Lopez vs. General Wax (ADJ9365173) (WCAB Van Nuys District Office): Rowen, Gurvey & Win secured 100% PD Award and prove a traumatic amputation was a violent act, allowing for psychiatric PD

WCAB San Francisco, June 19, 2017

While working as a candle maker for the employer, the applicant got her right index finger stuck in a machine, resulting in a partial amputation of the finger.  The date of injury was post-1/1/2013.  The WCJ found the applicant to be 100 percent disabled indicating that the “violent act” exception under Labor Code 4660.1(c), resulting in a psychiatric injury. 

Sherman vs. Los Angeles Unified School District (ADJ1001518 & ADJ2087652) (WCAB Van Nuys District Office): Injured Worker Awarded 98% permanent disability while continuing to work for the Defendant

WCAB San Francisco, October 28, 2005

The Defendant sought reconsideration of a Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board due to a dispute of PD in the amount of 98% because the injured worker continued her employment with the Los Angeles Unified School District and the employer argued that the injured worker’s arthritis was not related to work.  The WCAB ruled the Award for 98% was supported by the medical evidence, granti...

Ferrona vs. Warner Bros., Time Warner Entertainment Co. (80 Cal Comp. Cases 831): Home healthcare cannot be stopped without determining the injured worker had a change in medical condition.

Court of Appeal, Second District, July 14, 2015

Defendant agreed to provide home health care services and then stopped providing them without showing a change in the injured workers’ circumstances or condition.  The WCAB determined the Defendant must provide home health care for 24 hours a day/7days a week. 

Samaras vs. Deluxe Laboratories (80 Cal. Comp. Cases 740): Injured Worker awarded right to select a new primary treating physician and to return to the WCAB for medical care disputes

Court of Appeal, Second District, May 29, 2015

Defendant claimed the injured worker could not select a new primary treating physician and ignored the new primary treating physician’s timely, valid requests for authorization.  The WCAB sided with the injured worker and Rowen, Gurvey & Win that the original medical reporting at discharge found the need for future medical care.  The WCAB allowed the injured worker to select a...

Vasquez vs. Providence St. Joseph Medical Center (2016 Cal. Work Comp P.D. Lexis 576): Replacement PQME panel Denied for supplemental reporting not received within 60 days

WCAB San Francisco, October 17, 2016

Parties had each separately requested supplemental reporting from the PQME.  Six months after the defendant’s initial request, defendant objected to the PQME as untimely and requested a replacement panel.  However, two days before the request was made, the PQME had issued the supplemental report in response to both parties’ requests.  WCJ denied defendant’s request...

Balderrama v. CKE Restaurants DBA Carls Jr. Restaurant (Case No. ADJ9465055): RGW secured a 75 percent permanent disability award for the injured worker at trial.

WCAB, January 23, 2020

Rowen, Gurvey & Win secured a 75 percent permanent disability award for the injured worker at trial.  The award includes future medical care for the client's lumbar spine, hypertension, and other internal injuries, even though the defendant had only accepted the lumbar spine as industrial.     

Melton v. Hughes Market (Case No. ADJ3801057, ADJ3494506, ADJ3901888, ADJ612554): Secured a 100 percent permanent total disability award for the injured worker at trial.

WCAB, September 3, 2019

Rowen, Gurvey & Win secured a 100 percent permanent total disability award for the injured worker at trial based on fibromylagia. The case was appealed and the appeal was denied. 

Leonard v. Santa Monica - Malibu Unified School District (Case No. ADJ9713798): Secured a 74 percent permanent disability award for an injured worker.

WCAB Van Nuys District Office, December 20, 2019

Secured a 74 percent permanent disability award for an injured worker who developed cancer resulting from exposure to PCB in the workplace.  The award was based on finding a permanent psychological disability under the 'catastrophic injury' exception for a post-1/1/13 date of injury.  Defendant appealed the Court decision; however, the appeal was denied.  

Beraun v. Verizon Wireless, Union Fire Insurance Company (Case No. ADJ9038965): Defendants appealed the decision of the court, and the case was settled favorably during the appeal process.

WCAB, April 20, 2018

Injured worker sustained a head/neurological injuries, among others, resulting from a sudden closure of an automatic door, which hit him in the head. Counsel successfully established a psychological injury under the 'violent act' exception for a post-1/1/13 date of injury, with resulting 79 percent permanent disability award for the applicant.   Under California's reform legislation, enacted...