Boot Camp
Boot Camp

The Workers’ Compensation Specialization Boot Camp on July 16 and 17 in Los Angeles was a packed house. 1  If you missed out, there’s another chance to attend on July 30 and 31 in Concord.

If you did attend the seminar in Los Angeles, I promised you a copy of all of the cases cited during the presentation on Permanent Disability.  Here’s the basic outline along with a download link for every case I cited:

  1. Permanent Disability
    1. Cal. Labor Code. Section 4660
    2. LeBoeuf v. Workers’ Comp. Appeals Bd.
    3. Costa v. Hardy
    4. Almaraz/Guzman “II”
    5. Guzman “III”
    6. Ogilvie “II”
    7. (Updated 7/29/2011!) [Download not found]
      1. Read a summary of Ogilvie III here!
    8. Argonaut Ins. v. Ind. Acc. Comm (Montana)
  2. Psychiatric Injuries
    1. Cal. Labor Code Section 3208.3
    2. Dept. of Corrections v. Workers’ Comp. Appeals Bd. (Garcia)
  3. Apportionment
    1. Cal. Labor Code Section 4662
    2. Cal. Labor Code Section 4663
    3. Cal. Labor Code Section 4664
    4. Cal. Labor Code Section 3213 – 3213.2
    5. Escobedo v. Marshall’s
    6. Benson v. Workers’ Comp. Appeals Bd.
    7. Brodie / Welcher
  4. Rating
    1. Blackledge v. Bank of America
    2. Policy & Procedures Manual of the WCAB
  5. (Updated 7/18/2011!) Flash Card Take Away
    1. Please register for a free account with to download this file.
    2. Seriously – free as in free.  There’s no charge, no credit card anything.
  1. Permanent Disability

    1. Cal Labor Code § 4660

    1. Description of disability

    1. 1997 Permanent Disability Rating Schedule

      1. Rebutting the 1997 Permanent Disability Rating Schedule

      1. LeBeouf

    1. 2005 Permanent Disability Rating Schedule

      1. Permanent Impairment

      1. Rebutting the 2005 Permanent Disability Rating Schedule

      1. Costa/Harding

      1. Almaraz/Guzman II

      1. Guzman “III”

      1. Ogilvie II

  1. Photo courtesy of jumpinjimmyjava []

Road Warrior Backpack
Road Warrior Backpack

In earlier posts I gave my “road warrior checklist for the car” and my “road warrior checklist for the techie.”

My backpack is my lifeline when I’m out and about.  Some prefer a laptop case, rolling briefcase/suitcase, suitcase, or purse.  I find that a backpack with a laptop section works best for me.  I can carry a medium file, laptop, and the essentials.

Here’s my road warrior checklist for my backpack:

  • Front flap
    • Notepad
    • Pens
      • 2 blue gel, 1 black pen, 1 red gel pen, 1 permanent ink marker, 1 highlighter
    • Business cards, business card case
    • Eyeglass cloth
  • Front pocket
    • Medication – allergy pills, etc.
    • Granola bar
    • Sticky notes
    • Portable phone charger
    • Breath mints
    • Batteries
  • Side pocket
    • Napkins
  • Main pocket
    • Laptop

What do you take with you?

Tiffany, Steve and Unknown at the DVICA Golf Classic 2008
Tiffany, Steve and Unknown at the DVICA Golf Classic 2008

I posted last week about how I learned a lot about golf at the recent DVICA golf tournament. Thankfully I remembered to bring my digital camera to commemorate the event.

A belated congratulations to Tom Biskobing, Joe Domingo, Ray Hoang, and Thomas Kim for winning the tourney with an impressive 53!

Jeff, Chris, Steve, and I managed a 65. That isn’t to say we didn’t walk away with a few souvenirs. Each one of us won a raffle prize! Jeff won a bottle of Coppala wine, Chris a magnetic white board in the shape of a surf board, and Steve got a bluetooth headset!

I received a $100 gift card to Nordstrom’s courtesy of Jeff Gary of

Jeff and Keith at the DVICA Golf Classic 2008
Jeff and Keith at the DVICA Golf Classic 2008

While I was slightly less than diligent about taking pictures at the tourney, I did get two good pics. The top photo would have included me between the two blonds except that Steve’s photography kung fu is weak. (Sorry, man, but its true!) I think he was faking just so he could get his picture taken.

Not convinced? Well, here’s his photo of me with the same girls:

Steve's Photography Kung Fu
Weak Photo Kung Fu

I was fortunate enough to play with two (very patient) experienced golfers (and Steve) on Friday August 15, 2008 at the DVICA 21st Annual Golf Classic. While my individual performance was just above terrible, I had a great time. We were playing “best ball” and had to use my shot more than once.

I learned a lot on Friday. Some things are probably common sense or common knowledge. Some I learned the hard way, other things I learned by watching someone else learn the hard way. Here’s a list of the top 10 things I learned about golf from the event:

  • 10. It helps to tie your clubs to the back of the cart.
  • 9. Inevitably, someone will quote Caddyshack.1
  • 8. Head down, knees bent, shoulders level, and always follow through.
  • 7. Shorts or slacks – NO jeans.2
  • 6. Finesse, not power, is everything.
  • 5. Never walk through another player’s line of sight.3
  • 4. Whatever you do, advance the ball.
  • 3. Bring twice as many balls and three times as much water as you think you’ll need.
  • 2. Golf is a game of honor and etiquette.4

And, the #1 most important thing I learned at the Diablo Valley Industrial Claims Association Golf Classic?

  • 1. Worst player buys the drinks. :)
  1. I prefer Happy Gilmore. Sacrilege, I know. “The price is wrong!” []
  2. Fortunately, I did not have to learn this one first hand. []
  3. Sorry Jeff! []
  4. No wonder I stink! []