Another Reason to be a Proud Member Of the CAAA

Posted By Thomas F. Martin, PLC || 7-Oct-2015

The injured workers of California finally had an opportunity to weigh in on the so called Independent Medical Review (IMR) process. This process is conducted by an anonymous physician that never examines the injured worker, but still can deny the medical treatment that the employers network doctor requests.

On September 30, 2015, the California Court of Appeal heard oral argument in Stevens v. WCAB, which questions the constitutionality of the IMR process.

Joe Capurro, Esq., on behalf of CAAA, filed a "Friend of the Court" explaining why the IMR process in its present form should be struck down. CAAA member Joe Waxman, Esq. argued the case on behalf of Francis Stevens.

Regardless of the outcome of the case at the Court of Appeal level, its a safe bet the case will be appealed to the California Supreme Court. That reality aside, I wanted to pause and publicly thank Mr. Capurro and Mr. Waxman for their incredible work and dedication to standing up for those injured on the job.

No organization in the State has such a deep pool of legal talent that volunteers - yes, volunteers - countless hours of time to protect the legal rights of injured workers.

Their dedication reminded me, again, of why I am such a proud member of CAAA.


Tom Martin has been a member of CAAA for over 20 years, is a member of CAAA's Board of Governors, and serves on a number of CAAA committees.

Categories: Workers Compensation
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