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Welcher v. Workers' Comp. Appeals Bd., C051263, C051409, C051790, C051894

The method of apportioning permanent disability adopted in Fuentes v. Workers' Comp. Appeals Bd. (1976) 16 Cal.3d 1, in which the WCAB subtracts the percentage of permanent disability caused by factors other than the current industrial injury from the overall percentage of permanent disability, and then determines the monetary value of permanent disability benefits payable for this percentage of permanent disability, is correct and the decisions below are affirmed.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 08/31/2006
  • Published 08/31/2006


  • ROBIE, J.


  • California Court of Appeal


  • For Appellant:
  • Leep & Tescher and M.K. Tescher, Jr., for Petitioners Kenneth Dee Welcher and Aurora Lopez., Gearheart & Otis and Roy J. Otis, Pleasant Hill, for Petitioner Jack Strong., DuRard, McKenna and Borg and Susan R. Borg, San Mateo, for Petitioner Henry L. Williams, Jr., David J. Froba for California Applicants' Attorneys Association as Amicus Curiae on behalf of all Petitioners.

  • For Appellees:
  • Robert W. Daneri, Suzanne Ah-Tye, and San Francisco, David M. Goi for Respondents Hat Creek Construction, Inc., State Compensation Insurance Fund, and Department of Social Services., No appearance for Respondent Workers' Compensation Appeals Board., Dennis J. Herrera, City Attorney, Rebecca Liu and M. Diane Weber, Deputy City Attorneys for Respondent City and County of San Francisco., Laughlin, Falbo, Levy & Moresi and Catherine J. Longman for Respondent United Airlines., Raymond G. Fortner, Jr., County Counsel, Patrick A. Wu, Assistant County Counsel, Leah D. Davis, Senior Deputy County Counsel, and Vincent A. Lim, Deputy County Counsel for County of Los Angeles as Amicus Curiae on behalf of all Respondents., Finnegan, Marks, Hampton & Theofel and Ellen Sims Langille, San Francisco, for California Workers' Compensation Institute as Amicus Curiae on behalf of all Respondents., Sedgwick, Detert, Moran, & Arnold LLP, Christina J. Imre and Orly Degani, Los Angeles, for California Chamber of Commerce as Amicus Curia on behalf of all Respondents.
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