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Survey Article


This survey article covers a two-year period ending May 31, 1980. During that time, the appellate courts reviewed over 150 cases involving workers' compensation, a selected number of which are discussed and analyzed in this article. Legislative changes have been few since the sweeping revisions which became effective July 1, 1978. The most significant revision was a procedural one limiting appeals in workers' compensation cases beyond the superior court level.' Appeals to the court of appeals are no longer as a matter of right, but are discretionary in the nature of a petition for certiorari. This law, which became effective July 1, 1979, has drastically reduced the number of opinions from the court of appeals, the unfortunate by-product of which is less uniform interpretation of the workers' compensation laws. Other legislative changes will be discussed along with the cases reviewed below.