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The Workers' Compensation Appeals Board may decline to receive in evidence, either at or subsequent to hearing, any report offered under the provisions of Labor Code Section 5703 by a party who has failed to comply with the provisions of Rules 10600, 10608, 10615, 10616 or 10618. A medical report shall not be refused admission into evidence at a hearing, solely upon the ground of a late filing, where examination was diligently sought and said report came into possession or control of the party offering it within the preceding seven (7) days.
Where a willful suppression of a medical report is shown to exist in violation of these rules, it shall be presumed that the findings, conclusions and opinions therein contained would be adverse, if produced.
The remedies in this section are cumulative to all others authorized by law.
Authority cited: Sections 133 and 5307, Labor Code. Reference: Section 5708, Labor Code.
1. Amendment of section and Note filed 12-19-2002; operative 1-1-2003. Submitted to OAL for printing only pursuant to Government Code section 11351 (Register 2002, No. 51).
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