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Howell hurts injured victims!

The California Supreme Court put the fox in charge of the henhouse (Howell v. Hamilton Meats & Provisions, Inc. (2011) 52 Cal.4th 541) and patients and medical providers are getting nervous. In Howell, the Supreme Court stated that it makes more sense (to them) to let health insurers determine the measure of damages in a personal injury action than the medical providers who charge the tort victims for medical treatment. In other words, if you are in automobile accident caused by the negligence of another, the better your health insurance is means you will recover less. Health care in the United States is big business. Naturally, insurance companies want to… Read More »

IMR Unconstitutional?

IMR Unconstitutional?   Workers’ compensation law has never really made sense. Is it workers’ comp, or is it employers’ protection?   Is workers’ comp law here for injured workers, to make sure injured workers get adequate medical treatment and fair compensation so they can recover, get back to work, and feed their families, or is it to guard the employers’ and insurance companies money and stockholder dividends?   Independent medical review is the classic example in workers’ compensation that proves that the system is rigged against injured workers.   At least for now. The Court of Appeal in Stevens will hear oral argument in September 2015 that the IMR system is unconstitutional. IMR… Read More »

Prior Injury or Accident? Tell Your Treating Physician and Attorney!

Many persons injured in automobile or other types of accidents initially deny the fact they have been injured before and have injured the same part of the body affected in the present accident. This is a grave mistake and potentially disastrous to the case. In situations where an individual has been hurt before, it is important that all prior medical conditions are discussed with the treating physicians and the attorney. This is even more important when the parts of the body injured in the present accident were injured prior to this accident. The defense will obtain records concerning the injured person’s prior accidents and quite often the prior medical history… Read More »