Victoria Enriquez vs. County Of Santa Barbara; Permissibly Self-insured, Adjusted By Corvel Insurance

In this case, the County of Santa Barbara was found to be permissibly self-insured and adjusted by Corvel Insurance. The applicant, Victoria Enriquez, claimed to have sustained an industrial injury to her psyche during the period November 30, 2003 through November 30, 2004 that caused 100% permanent disability. The defendant argued that the applicant did not meet the threshold of compensability for a psychiatric injury under Labor Code section 3208.3 and that if she did sustain a psychiatric injury, she was not 100% permanently disabled. After considering the Petition for Reconsideration and reviewing the record, the Workers' Compensation Appeals Board granted reconsideration, rescinded the Findings and Award, and returned the matter to the WCJ to further develop

County Of Santa Barbara; Permissibly Self-Insured, Adjusted By Corvel Insurance Victoria Enriquez WORKERS’ COMPENSATION APPEALS BOARDSTATE OF CALIFORNIAVICTORIA ENRIQUEZ, Applicant,vs.COUNTY OF SANTA BARBARA; Permissibly Self-Insured,Adjusted By CORVEL INSURANCE, Defendants.Case No. ADJ334261 (VNO 0513526)(Goleta District Office)OPINION AND ORDER GRANTING RECONSIDERATION AND DECISION AFTER RECONSIDERATION            Defendant seeks reconsideration of the February 26, 2013 Findings and Award wherein the workers’ compensation administrative law judge (WCJ) found that applicant sustained an industrial injury to her psyche during the period November 30, 2003 through November 30, 2004 that caused 100% permanent disability.            Defendant contends that the WCJ erred in finding that applicant sustained an industrial injury to her psyche, arguing that applicant did not meet the threshold of compensability for a psychiatric injury under Labor Code section 3208.3. Defendant futrther contends that if applicant sustained a psychiatric injury, she is not 100% permanently disabled and, if applicant is 100% disabled, her disability should be apportioned pursuant to Labor Code section 4663.            We have considered the Petition for Reconsideration, and we have reviewed the record in this matter. We have received an Answer from applicant. The WCJ prepared a Report and Recommendation on Petition for Reconsideration recommending that we deny reconsideration.            For the reasons discussed below, we will grant reconsideration, rescind the Findings and Award, and return this matter to the WCJ to further develop the medical record on the issue of apportionment.BACKGROUND            The parties selected Dennis J. Plesons M.D. as an agreed medical evaluator (AME) in the field of psychiatry. Dr. Plesons first evaluated the applicant on June 1, 2007. He prepared a July 10, 2007 report , wherein he opined that applicant’s current global assessment of functioning (GAF) rang

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