Lien Claimants liens are deemed satisfied with no further payment due for failing to follow required procedures

This is an order denying reconsideration case

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

The applicant was standing on a curb using a shovel. A car struck the shovel
which flew into his shoulder injuring his shoulder. The car came within a foot of hitting him. The applicant was taken to the hospital where he was in shock about the accident.

The defendant admitted the neck and left shoulder injury but denied the psychiatric claim. The applicant received psychiatric treatment. A psychiatrist diagnosed the applicant with post traumatic stress disorder and an adjustment disorder with depressed mood.

At trial the applicant testified to nightmares and paranoia with cars backing up. The Workers’ Compensation Judge (WCJ) found the psychiatric case compensable. The WCJ found that the psychiatric injury was a direct result of the work incident itself. The WCJ reasoned that Labor Code section 4660.1 (c ) (1) did not apply to the facts. This only applies when the psychiatric injury is a compensable consequence of the original injury.

The Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board (WCAB) reviewed on reconsideration. They reviewed the statute and the Wilson case. The panel concluded that there was substantial medical evidence that there was a compensable direct psychiatric injury. Therefore, 4660 did not apply.


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

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