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Facundo-Guerrero v. WCAB, A119814

A decision finding that an employee was entitled to benefits covering only 24 of his 76 chiropractic treatments under Labor Code section 4604.5 is affirmed over employee's constitutional challenges claiming that: 1) section 4604.5(d) violated the California Constitution's mandate to the state Legislature that it implement a "complete system of workers' compensation"; 2) vesting sole authority in employers to approve benefits for more than 24 treatments without affording workers a right of judicial review of that decision is an unconstitutional delegation of legislative power which denied him due process; 3) the limited number of chiropractic treatments in section 4604.5(d) violated his right to equal protection under the law.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 06/02/2008
  • Published 06/02/2008

Judges

  • RUVOLO, P.J.

Court

  • California Court of Appeal

Counsel

  • For Appellant:
  • Daniel J. Smith, San Jose, Armand Arabian, for Petitioner., David Bryan Leonard, Santa Rosa, for California Society of Industrial Medicine & Surgery, Inc., Graiwer & Kaplan, Charles R. Rondeau for California Applicants' Attorneys Association., Jack R. Perko, for International Chiropractic Association of California., Mayer Brown, Donald M. Falk, Philip R. Recht, Christopher P. Murphy, Los Angeles, for California Chiropractic Association., Robert Feinglass, for Boehm & Associates., Law Offices of Saul Allweis, Michael A. Marks, San Francisco, for California Workers' Compensation Institute., Thelen Reid Brown Raysman & Steiner, Daniel Sovocool and Jennifer McGlone, San Francisco, for California Chamber of Commerce.

  • For Appellees:
  • Laughlin, Falbo, Levy & Moresi, Brian D. Egan, San Francisco, and Kate L. Kroeger, for Respondents.
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