A group of lawyers and workers' compensation claimants in California say they will continue their fight against new workers' compensation rules dealing with payments for permanent disability despite the State Supreme Court's refusal yesterday to hear a challenge to the regulations.

The Wednesday court decision denying a hearing for the group was lauded by the American Insurance Association, which said the new rules have allowed companies to reduce workers' compensation insurance rates by 30 percent since July 2003.

"These regulations are designed to bring objectivity to the disability rating process in California and get injured workers back on the job," said Ken Gibson, AIA vice president, Western Region.

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