Stipping to parts of body (California)

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Stipping to parts of body (California)

Postby wcscout on Fri Mar 22, 2019 9:24 am

If you are stipping to a part of body, some of them are a little broader in scope, ie, internal. If the reporting is limited to specific diagnoses, but you stip to the broader part of body, does that open the door for treatment outside what was initially found industrial?

Can you limit the stip to specific diagnoses or is it something that would be argued later on?
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Re: Stipping to parts of body (California)

Postby vampireinthenight on Fri Mar 22, 2019 9:42 am

It's always best to be as specific as you can on the stips. If you are broad, you open the door to arguments to include other systems, but it is not dispositive.

The limits are not to diagnoses, or even body parts for that matter. The award it limited to the effects of the industrial injury. So even if you have an award of FMC to the forearm, if future treatment is needed because of a subsequent injury, there may not be liability to treat under the WC award.

In the other direction, just because the stips are limited to the stomach, if there is a later need to treat the kidneys as a consequence of the industrial injury to the stomach, it will be treatable under the WC FMC award.
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