On September 26, 2011, the WCAB issued an en banc decision in Messele v. Pitco. In short, the WCAB said that a party must wait 16 days after objecting to the treating doctor and offering an Agreed Medical Examiner (AME) before requesting a Panel of QMEs (PQME).
California Attorney: Albert A. Navarra is a practicing lawyer from Newport Beach, CA, a Board Certified Specialist in Workers Compensation law, and a partner at Sapra & Navarra, LLP. Navarra is a frequent speaker about workers compensation issues, and has represented employers in the area of workers compensation for over 10 years. He is also an expert in constitutional law, the author of The Elements of Constitutional Law, and a frequent guest on radio stations across the country. He can be reached at: (866) 384-4891 or Albert@snworkcomp.com.