According to a study from the California Workers’ Compensation Institute released last month, the number of qualified medical evaluators (QMEs) in California fell 20% between January 2012 and September 2017. QMEs are qualified physicians who are certified by the Division of Workers’ Compensation Medical Unit to examine injured workers to assess disability and write medical-legal […]

Around 10:11 a.m. on Saturday, March 10, a motorcyclist passed away in Newport Beach after suffering severe injuries during a crash at an intersection. At the intersection of Irvine Avenue and Orchard Drive, a white 2015 Mazda CX-5 was involved in a crash with the driver of an orange 2014 Yamaha FZ-09 motorcycle. The crash […]

Brea Driver Hits Pedestrian 

On March 4, a Sunday morning, a pedestrian was hit by a car in Brea and was taken to a trauma center. The crash occurred on Imperial Highway at South Puente Street.   According to a Brea Fire Department dispatcher, a second person also needed medical attention from the crash.  The second person’s condition was not immediately known, and it was not clear if […]

Fatal San Diego Accident

A fatal crash occurred Monday when a San Diego man drove the wrong way on two San Diego freeways, resulting in his own death and serious injuries for two others. According to California Highway Patrol Officer Tommy Doerr, the 35-year-old man was driving a Volkswagen Jetta on Interstate 8 at Sunset Cliffs Boulevard going eastbound […]

On February 20th, a Senate committee narrowly approved a bill that would take out part of Florida law that lets employers deny benefits to injured workers who used other people’s Social Security numbers or identification to secure jobs. The Senate Banking and Insurance Committee approved the bill (SB 1568) that would remove a 2003 provision […]

On Thursday, California’s District Court for the Northern District of California ruled that Grubhub drivers are not considered employees, but contractors. As a result, food delivery workers do not qualify for worker’s compensation, overtime, minimum wage, or other employee benefits. This case is the first one to rule on the legal relationship between contractors and […]

Dump Truck Loses Brakes, Injuring 6

On Monday, February 5, a major accident occurred in Santa Rosa, California when a dump truck carrying debris from an October wildfire shot through an intersection and caused a crash involving 9 vehicles. The dump truck lost its brakes just off Highway 101 and attempted to swerve off the road to avoid cars but ended […]

This past Tuesday in Sacramento, California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego) won Assembly approval of her bill to protect workers’ comp claims of women with work-related breast cancer. The bill also prevents doctors from considering “child-bearing age” as a factor in deciding the workers’ comp award for a female employee whose work conditions […]

Last week, a nine-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department was arrested on suspicion of workers’ comp fraud. On January 17, 2018, Jason Gordon, 48, was arrested in accordance with a felony arrest warrant for workers’ comp fraud and attempted perjury. When Gordon filed a medical claim in 2015, the LAPD’s Special Operations Division […]

On January 1, 2018, two major changes to California’s family leave laws went into effect. Now, California workers can get paid a higher percentage of their normal income when on family leave, and employees of small businesses can now get unpaid leave. According to these changes, when workers take time off to care for sick […]