RateFast Definitions: California Doctor’s First Report of Occupational Injury or Illness (DFR)

In California, a doctor’s first report in a workers’ compensation case is known as the “Employer’s Report of Injury or Illness” (Form DLSR 5021). This form is used to report an employee’s work-related injury or illness to the employer and the California Division of Workers’ Compensation. The doctor who treats the employee must complete the form, which includes information about the employee’s diagnosis, treatment plan, and estimated duration of disability. The form is typically submitted to the employer and the insurance carrier within five days of the employee’s first visit to the doctor.

Interview with Workers’ Comp Applicants’ Attorney Jason Wells Pt. II

This episode is part two of a series where we interview California Work Comp Applicant’s attorney Jason Wells about his lifetime experience with workers’ compensation, and some tips that he’d like to extend to injured workers.

Jason expands upon his experience in the field, and ways for stakeholders to look at a work comp claim in order to better understand it.

Jason’s practice can be found at wellswellslaw.com.

If you’re a workers’ compensation provider, adjuster, or case manager check out RateFast Express: the service that helps you write workers’ compensation impairment reports!

Interview with Work Comp Applicant’s Attorney Jason Wells Pt. I

Happy 2023! The California Work Comp Report is excited to announce that we’re starting this year off with a new podcast format!

We will be posting shorter podcasts more often, so there will be just as much California Work Comp Report coming at you at a more steady stream!

This episode is part of a series where we interview California Work Comp Applicant’s attorney Jason Wells about his lifetime experience with workers’ compensation, and some tips that he’d like to extend to injured workers.

Jason’s practice can be found at wellswellslaw.com.

If you’re a workers’ compensation provider, adjuster, or case manager check out RateFast Express: the service that writes your impairment reports for you!

What is an I&A (Information and Assistance) Officer?

In California, an I&A (Information and Assistance) officer is a representative from the Department of Industrial Relations whose job it is to provide information and assistance about workers’ compensation in California.

Each state has its own workers’ compensation system, which is made up of government offices, insurance companies, law offices, doctors offices and hospitals, workplaces, and workers. While there is easily accessible information about workers’ comp on the DIR website, it can be very helpful to speak with someone who can point you in the right direction.
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RateFast Podcast: Interview with Patent Attorney Tom Haverstock

Dr. John Alchemy meets with California patent attorney Tom Haverstock to discuss patent law, the process of submitting and receiving a patent, and much more!

If you’re a workers’ compensation provider, adjuster, or case manager check out RateFast Express: the service that writes your impairment reports for you!
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RateFast Podcast: Workers’ Compensation Impairment Reports as a Safari

When working as a conservator of nature, it’s important to address the delicate balance that allows us to observe a living thing without detrimentally affecting the way it moves in its environment.

This is the way that Dr. John Alchemy invites us to think about workers’ compensation data as it lives within the context of the work comp impairment report. Which data needs to be watched closely? What can we learn from it? Where do we need to intervene and rehabilitate data to ensure the health of the report at large?

We answer all these questions and more in this month’s episode!

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Informing Patients About their PR-4 Impairment Reports

In this episode, Dr. John Alchemy elucidates the process of informing workers’ comp patients about their impairment ratings, and focuses on how to keep communication clear and open with them through their work comp journey.

If you’re a workers’ compensation provider, adjuster, or case manager check out RateFast Express: the service that writes your impairment reports for you!

Work Comp Win: RateFast Receives a Patent!

Every day, people come up with quite useful ideas. Some of the ideas are genius. The problem is that nobody will ever know that the idea is genius if they never see it!

And simply because one has a great idea, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the idea is eligible for a patent.

To go along with the benefits of having the government recognize the fruits of your labor, there’s a certain… je ne sais quoi about having an official patent for a product that you’ve made. Suffice to say, RateFast is quite pleased that we have patented our product!
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