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Workers’ Compensation insurance carrier denies care, defies judge’s order to provide care, patient dies, WCAB orders an audit of Sedgwick to examine pattern and practice of denials of care.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Contact: Steve Hopcraft 916/457-5546, Steve@hopcraft.com; Twitter: @shopcraft
 

From WorkCompCentral

WCAB Refers Sedgwick to Audit Unit for Unreasonable Delays

By Workcompcentral.com, Originally Published May 6, 2013

“We have rarely encountered a case in which a defendant has exhibited such blithe disregard for its legal and ethical obligation to provide medical care to a critically injured worker,” the [Workers’ Compensation] Appeals Board said. “Sedgwick CMS, acting as claims administrator for the Kroger Co./Ralph’s Grocery Co., demonstrated a callous indifference to the catastrophic consequences of its delays, inaction and outright neglect. …” (emphasis added)

For the full article, click here: https://ww3.workcompcentral.com/news/story/id/e29d5339e8a509b3e0fc72b293bb60c0g

 

Stakeholders Say Low Penalties Encourage Carrier Delays

By Greg Jones, Originally Published May 7, 2013

Allegations that Sedgwick CMS repeatedly denied care to an injured worker who suffered from a fatal infection contracted during surgery illustrates that California workers' compensation carriers have no incentive to authorize treatment or pay benefits or bills on a timely basis because the penalties for violations amount to little more than a slap on the wrist, attorneys, vendors and providers said on Monday.” For the full article, click here:

https://ww3.workcompcentral.com/news/story/id/8a1ff9c00931be85dbf524569d42b150g

To read the Romano decision, click here: http://www.workcompcentral.com/pdf/2013/misc/RomanovKroger.pdf

 


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