Torres Commissioners: Go Back to School

Torres Commissioners: Go Back to School
by Louis Larres, Esq.
When I graduated from college, I never thought I would have any real need for what I had studied. After all, that was the whole reason I went to law school. What did I study, you might ask? That all-useful and everyday-practical subject called linguistics, the study of language.

Along came SB 899 and the enactment of Labor Code section 4660(d), and not too long thereafter I found myself in front of a workers' compensation judge arguing, with all due respect of course, that he had no idea what he was talking about. From the perspective of grammar and syntax, anyone could see that the phrase "indicating the existence of permanent disability" modified both "primary treating physician's report" as well as "comprehensive medical-legal." I have to admit that for the first time in my legal career. I could see a glazed look come over the eyes of this judge as I threw around terms such as antecedent, modifier, referent, gerund, and relative clause. I was in my element, and he was most assuredly out of his.