If you file a DOR a petition for contribution is not required for contribution

This is an order denying a writ of review

This is a very significant case for workers’ compensation principles.

Applicant filed a specific injury and a cumulative trauma. The first defendant covered the specific and part of the cumulative trauma.

Based on  an Agreed Medical Examiner (AME)  the date of the end of the cumulative trauma changed. The first defendant entered into a compromise and release for a cumulative trauma since the AME found no specific injury.

Eight days later the Workers’ Compensation Judge (WCJ) joined the second defendant on the cumulative trauma.

The first defendant filed a Declaration of Readiness to Proceed (DOR). The second defendant objected to the DOR “on contribution issues”. No petition for contribution was filed within one year.

The second defendant claimed to an arbitrator that the contribution issue was barred because no petition for contribution was filed within one year. The first defendant claimed estoppel indicating the second defendant knew of the contribution issue timely by way of DOR and emails. The arbitrator found the contribution issue timely.

The Court of Appeal in denying  the second defendant’s writ indicated that a DOR is satisfactory under Labor Code section 5500.5 and WCAB Rule 10510.  The DOR was deemed sufficient to institute proceedings.

Brotherhood Mut. Ins. V WCAB

 Editor: Harvey Brown
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Harvey Brown
3501 Jamboree Rd. Suite 602
Newport Beach, CA 92660

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