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First Meeting With Your Attorney

What do you do when you are involved in an automobile accident that is not your fault and the insurance company for the person who hit you is calling? You need an attorney. The insurance company for the guy who hit you is not calling to ask how much your check should be. The insurance companies do not want you to get legal advice because once you know your rights, they cannot take advantage of you. Set an appointment to discuss your case with one of our attorneys. The attorney will have numerous questions about the case that involve information only known by you. There are documents you should get… Read More »

Workers’ Comp IMR: Take As Long As You Want

Independent Medical Review is the appeal process in workers’ compensation for Utilization Review denials of medical treatment.  The IMR appeal goes to an anonymous state assigned doctor who issues a binding, non-appealable decision. Labor Code § 4610.6(d) states that the decision shall be made within 30 days within receipt of the supporting documents.  The purpose of the time line is to ensure prompt decisions on medical treatment disputes in workers’ compensation cases. What happens if the IMR decision is late, even by months, in violation of the 30 day rule?  Does the injured worker get the treatment, or does the dispute get assigned to another doctor?  Nothing happens, according to… Read More »

A Conversation With Grandma

“I think your clients should pay better attention to what they are doing and they wouldn’t get hurt,” Grandma said in a fit of defense attribution.  This is not an uncommon attitude that plaintiff’s personal injury attorneys find everywhere, even in usually supportive grandmas. “Yes, yes,” I responded to her to engage her to listen to what I had to say next, “But really, NO.” I pointed to an unmarked planter curb and the many wheel stops in the parking lot of a big box store.  “Granted, people should watch where they step so they do not trip over those many tripping hazards, but they are often navigating around a… Read More »