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David DePaolo

David DePaolo

David DePaolo is the president and CEO of WorkCompCentral, a workers’ compensation industry specialty news and education publication he founded in 1999. DePaolo directs a staff of 30 in the daily publication of industry news across the country, including politics, legal decisions, medical information, business and other news of a time-sensitive or policy-driving nature. WorkCompCentral’s educational division provides continuing professional education to attorneys, claims examiners, physicians, brokers, agents and others in the work comp industry who must maintain educational status for professional licensing requirements.

Before founding WorkCompCentral, DePaolo practiced workers’ compensation law representing insurance carriers, TPAs and self-insured employers in central and Southern California. Before an associate position with Adelson, Testan & Brundo in Calabasas, CA, DePaolo worked as house counsel for California Casualty and was managing partner for Miller & Folse in Thousand Oaks, CA. DePaolo’s workers’ compensation law practice experience spanned nearly 18 years.

He is widely published and quoted in such publications as the Journal of the International Association of Industrial Accidents Boards and Commissions, CWCE Magazine, Fortune magazine, Dow Jones News Service, the Los Angeles Times, Fox News and the California Association of Rehabilitation and Reemployment Professionals. He posts his observations on workers’ compensation every business day on his blog, “DePaolo’s Work Comp World.”

DePaolo is also a sought-after speaker, with engagements for the California Applicants Attorneys Association, Texas Insurance Council, State of Arkansas Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference, California Association of Healthcare Admissions Management, Association of Insurance Professionals, Workers’ Compensation Claims Association and California Division of Workers’ Compensation Annual Judges Training, among others. He is a faculty member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and WorkCompSchool.

DePaolo is admitted to the practice of law in California and the U.S. District Court for Central California. He is a graduate of Pepperdine University School of Law and holds a masters of business administration from Cal Lutheran University and a bachelor of arts in English from San Diego State University. He is also an FAA-licensed private pilot.

Recent Articles by David DePaolo

The REAL Objection to Opt Out

I have never really understood why the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America has been so vehemently against opt out. While it seems that opt out returned to the back burner for this year with constitutional defeats in Oklahoma and political stalemate in other states, PCI has reignited the debate with an inflammatory paper. The […]

Insurers Are Turning to Dubious Securities

The latest California Department of Insurance market share report said that workers’ compensation carriers combined to write $11.43 billion in premium in 2014, up 11% from 2013, the fourth consecutive double-digit increase. Premium growth lately is more a reflection of increasing payrolls rather than rates, as those have held rather steady in the last few years. But there […]

IMR Practices May Be Legal, Yet…

There is one element of human behavior that is not very well appreciated by most people — for the most part, socialized humans follow the law. However, people acting completely rationally will also take advantage of the law. They will not break the law, but nearly all of us will push the boundaries to accomplish […]

Don’t Drink the Kool-Aid on Opt-Out

Former President George W. Bush infamously said in 2005, “See, in my line of work you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda.” Opt-out supporters and proponents repeat over and over again that opt-out is better for employees. They […]

Workers’ Comp Is Under Attack

This is the Year of Awareness — awareness by the general public about workers’ compensation issues. There is the series by ProPublica, with three installments so far and more to come. You might not like it, but Michael Grabell and his team are accurately portraying pain points in workers’ compensation. The Federal Occupation Safety and […]

Should Bad Faith Matter in Work Comp?

Here’s a sensitive question for the workers’ compensation community: Should workers’ compensation insurance companies and third-party administrators be subject to civil “bad faith” lawsuits? Or should a state’s workers’ compensation system remain an exclusive remedy, even if a claims payer intentionally commits egregious acts such as denying benefits that it knows are due? WorkCompCentral Legal […]

The Audit Joke in Workers’ Comp

Police officers and firefighters in California and Arizona in separate cases are alleging violations of the Racketeers and Influenced Corruption Act against third-party administrators York and Corvel and the municipalities those companies serviced. In California, the defendant cities are Rialto and Stockton. In Arizona, it’s Phoenix.The California complaint says the companies “routinely and improperly chose to hurl frivolous and […]

What Flight Crews Can Teach Workers’ Comp

In aviation, a concept was developed in the 1970s known as Crew Resource Management. The idea is that best practices require a team approach: While tasks may be delegated and shared, and one person does have command of the ship, other crew members should act as backup, and clear communication should occur. Before the research […]

MRIs: Part of the Solution, or Problem?

Another study sponsored by Liberty Mutual concludes that early magnetic resonance imaging for diagnosis of back pain leads to higher costs and poorer outcomes. The study, published in the August issue of the medical journal Spine, showed that when back pain patients went through MRI scans within the first month after injury, they were between 18 to 55 […]

If a Tree-Trimming Firm Falls, Should It Make a Sound?

Business owners often complain about workers’ compensation, and this story from Oregon highlights exactly why. A tree trimming and landscape maintenance business was started by Robert and Jannai Cornett in 1998 with a pickup truck, “a chainsaw and a rake, a little blood and a lot of sweat.” R&R Tree Service grew to a 30-employee company with trucks, […]

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