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What Happens at a Workers' Comp Trial? Your doctors have issued their ﬁnal reports. Your workers' compensation attorney has made a settlement demand. You have received an oﬀer. Now it is time for you to decide to either accept the oﬀer or go to trial with your workers' compensation case. This newsﬂash will provide [Read more]
Labor Code 4600 and The Utilization Review Process Did you know that under Labor Code section 4600, the employer’s workers’ compensation insurance carrier is responsible for all medical treatment “reasonably necessary to cure or relieve” the effects of the injury? Once the injury is reported to the employer, the employer should refer the injured worker [Read more]
California Workers' Compensation is Based On "The Great Compromise" Did you know that the California workers’ compensation (“WC”) system is a “no-fault” system? This means that even if you are 100% at fault for causing your work injury(ies), you may potentially be entitled to claim WC benefits from your employer or WC insurance carrier. [Read more]
What are your responsibilities if your doctor gives you work restrictions? What are your employer’s responsibilities? If your treating doctor has you off work and your case is admitted, you are entitled to Temporary Disability (TD) Benefits. As a general rule, TD benefits are two-thirds of the gross (pre-tax) wages you lose while you [Read more]
Serious and Willful Misconduct Claims While a Workers’ Compensation claim is usually the only remedy available for a work-related injury, sometimes the circumstances surrounding the injury may indicate the potential for an additional claim to be filed directly against the employer for an injury occurring from Serious and Willful misconduct. A Serious & Willful [Read more]
What about Labor Code Section 132a? Did you know that California Labor Code section 132a legally prohibits employer discrimination against an injured employee for filing a workers' compensation claim and/or making known your intention to pursue workers’ compensation? Generally, discrimination can take the form of an express threat to terminate the injured worker for [Read more]
Workers Face Increasing Risks From The Highly Contagious COVID-19 Omicron Variant The winter season is challenging workers and their loved ones with the ongoing health safety concerns of the COVID-19 Coronavirus. Workers are facing greater risks of COVID-19 infections, especially from the highly transmissible COVID-19 Omicron variant. It is imperative that we take steps [Read more]
This month, new leadership is at the helm of CAAA’s 2021-2022 Executive Committee and we couldn’t be more thrilled. Sandy Rocca will be CAAA’s new incoming president, while Scott Ford, Steve Scardino, and Megan Ruble will also form part of the new committee. Ford Wallach is proud to tell you a little for [Read more]
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