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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 is the system… 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 »

Time Is Ticking Away For $5,000 Workers’ Compensation Return to Work Supplement Program!

Senate Bill 863 created the Return to Work (RTW) Supplement Program annual fund of $120 million.  This fund is supposed to provide supplemental payments to workers whose permanent disability benefits are disproportionately low compared to earning losses.  If eligible an injured worker will receive payment of $5,000 from the fund. To be eligible for the RTW the industrial injury must be on or after 1/1/2013 and the injured worker must have received a supplemental job displacement benefit (SJDB) voucher.  An application for RTW payments must be within one year from April 13, 2015 or within a year from when the SJDB was served on the injured worker, whichever is later. … Read More »