Featured Articles from the Blog

“If you think you suffered emotional distress from the negligence of another, wait until the insurance company attorneys get done with you.”

People who suffer personal injuries not only get broken bones, bruises, sprains and strains, they also suffer emotional distress.  The emotional distress can come from the injury itself, but it also comes from the changed circumstances the person faces as a result of the personal injuries. Depression can set in due to the fact the injured person is not as active.  Emotional distress can also come as a result of the changes in social life the injured person experiences.  Activities such as skiing or golfing or simply walking, if curtailed, can have a dramatic effect on a person’s psyche, well-being and happiness. How does one get compensation for the depression… Read More »

Do I have a Workers’ Compensation Claim? Was I injured on the job?

DO I HAVE A WORKERS’ COMPENSATION CLAIM?  WAS I INJURED ON THE JOB? ARE JUMPING JACKS ENOUGH TO FIND INDUSTRIAL INJURY? Many workers have little or no experience with the workers’ compensation system.  They do not know what qualifies as a workers’ compensation injury.  In fact, many workers’ compensation claims are DENIED by the insurance company.  A denial is a very harsh reality for an injured worker and sometimes leads to that worker giving up on the claim.  Don’t give up on your claim as you may be eligible for medical care and disability payments! For example, the California Court of Appeals found a correctional officer’s injury while doing JUMPING… Read More »

Workers’ Compensation Medical Treatment: A Constitutional Right?

Past blogs have addressed the problems in workers’ compensation injured workers are having receiving medical treatment for their industrial injuries.  Independent Medical Review (IMR) is denying treatment in 85% of cases without a medical exam or right to court review.  The constitutional bargain that injured workers get medical treatment for industrial injuries with the right to judicial review looks broken. However, in Stevens v WCAB, the Court of Appeal has granted an injured workers’ appeal of a denial of medications and home care.  Ms. Stevens (a real injured worker with real and serious injuries!) contends that the IMR provisions have unconstitutionally abridged her right to appeal the denial of medical… Read More »