#WorkersCompensation

Keeping Teens Safe at Work

Is your teen looking for that important summer job? The last thing on their mind is workplace safety, but it should be an important consideration for anyone when choosing a job. Young workers are more likely to experience a job-related injury than an older worker. Stay involved in his or her activities by asking questions […]

On March 30, the longtime director of the California Department of Industrial Relations, Christine Baker, announced her retirement after 34 years of service. Baker is known for accomplishing major reforms to curb workers’ compensation fraud and reduce painkiller prescriptions. In her retirement announcement letter, Baker wrote, “Since our major reforms to workers’ compensation in 2012, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Drafted amendments to a year-old workers’ compensation bill meant to increase coverage to workers would cover California day laborers hired on a one-time basis. The bill, A.B. 206, introduced in January 2017 by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher, D-Chula Vista, was amended last week to include mandates for workers comp coverage for a “person, including a day […]

Workers’ Comp Could Cover PTSD

Last week, legislation to extend workers’ compensation benefits to cover post-traumatic stress disorder for firefighters, paramedics, EMTs, and first responders unanimously passed the first Florida Senate Committee. Currently, PTSD is only covered completely by workers’ comp in Florida if a worker suffers a mental injury along with a physical injury that needs treatment. Advocates argue […]

On Saturday, December 2, five workers were injured on California’s High Speed Rail construction project just north of Fresno, at the San Joaquin River crossing near Highway 99. State investigators reported that a tower made up of reinforced steel rods fell over and injured the five workers. Two were sent to the hospital for treatment. […]

Hiring an Attorney Is Critical

If you’ve been injured on the job, you are entitled to submit a claim for workers’ compensation benefits from the state. In California, these benefits can include lost wages, medical treatment, and partial or permanent disability funds. You are much more likely to receive the benefits you deserve with the help of a workers’ compensation […]

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