ELSA CERVANTES vs. COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATION, Permissibly Self-Insured, Administered By SEDGWICK CLAIMS MANAGEMENT SERVICES

This case involves Elsa Cervantes, an employee of Costco Wholesale Corporation, who was injured while working as a gas station attendant/front end assistant. Cervantes was granted reconsideration of her petition for workers' compensation benefits and found to have sustained an industrial injury to her left shoulder, in addition to an injury to her neck, left trapezius muscle and psyche. Cervantes was awarded medical treatment and continuing temporary disability for the injury to her left shoulder. The defendant contested the determination, but the Workers' Compensation Appeals Board denied the petition for reconsideration and re-affirmed their prior determination.

COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATION, Permissibly Self-Insured, Administered by SEDGWICK CLAIMS MANAGEMENT SERVICES ELSA CERVANTES WORKERS’ COMPENSATION APPEALS BOARDSTATE OF CALIFORNIAELSA CERVANTES, Applicant,vs.COSTCO WHOLESALE CORPORATION, Permissibly Self-Insured, Administered bySEDGWICK CLAIMS MANAGEMENT SERVICES, Defendants.Case No. ADJ3149661 (SDO 0271415)OPINION AND ORDER DENYING PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION            Defendant, Costco Wholesale Corporation, permissibly self-insured, seeks reconsideration of the Opinion and Order Granting Reconsideration and Decision After Reconsideration, issued April 27, 2012, in which we granted applicant, Elsa Cervantes’ petition for reconsideration from the Findings, Award and Orders, issued January 31, 2012, and found applicant sustained an industrial injury to her left shoulder, on April 27, 2000, in addition to an injury to her neck, left trapezius muscle and psyche, while employed as a gas station attendant/front end assistant by Costco Wholesale Corporation, permissibly self-insured. Applicant was awarded medical treatment and continuing temporary disability for the injury to her left shoulder. We affirmed the WCJ’s determination that applicant was required to obtain medical treatment through defendant’s Medical Provider Network.            Defendant contests our determination, contending that the finding of injury to applicant’s left shoulder is not justified by the evidence and is contradicted by the WCJ’s credibility determination. Defendant further contests the award of temporary disability. Applicant has filed an answer to defendant’s petition.            We have considered the allegations and arguments of the Petition for Reconsideration, as well as the answer thereto, and have reviewed the record in this matter and our Opinion and Order Granting Reconsideration and Decision After Reconsideration. Based upon our review of the record, and for the reasons stated in our Opinion and Order Granting Reconsideration and D

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