An initiative to repeal most of the workers' compensation
reforms enacted over three years in California:state has gotten the go-ahead to
begin collecting signatures. The initiative, led by workers compensation
plaintiff attorney William Morris, needs 433,971 signatures by Sept. 10 to be
put on a statewide ballot next year.
Among other things, it would reinstate the unlimited right
of an injured worker to choose his or her own doctor, eliminate the right of
employers to challenge treatment and diagnostic evaluations, and eliminate the
need for most pre-approvals for medical treatment of injured workers.
As expected, big business is already on the offensive with
the California Chamber of Commerce forming a coalition to fight the measure.
Earlier attempts to roll back some of the enacted reforms either lacked
legislative support or were vetoed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
This will be another interesting legislative fight to
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