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Timmons, Owen, Jansen & Tichy Inc. have been offering exceptional personal injury, workers’ compensation, and wrongful death legal services for over 35 years. We can get you the compensation you deserve and back to living your life.
QUALIFIED MEDICAL EVALUATOR: Often a workers’ compensation adjuster will request a Qualified Medical Evaluator (QME) to provide a final expert medical report. A QME is supposed to be unbiased. We always recommend an injured worker seek legal counsel before getting involved in the QME process as some medical reports do not feel unbiased for the […]
There it is again: “12 year-old female seen in clinic today. …On freeway going 45-50 mph when struck from behind….No airbags deployed and no windows broken. Pt (patient) felt her head thrown forward and backward bouncing off the headrest.” The Emergency Department chart goes on to say patient felt headache, nausea, pain in neck, shoulders […]
Workers’ comp patients are entitled to medical treatment for their on the job injuries according to the California State Constitution and Labor Code. But why are Injured Workers treated like second class citizens when it comes to getting medical treatment that their doctors recommend? Legislative changes in 2012 (SB 863) took away Injured Workers’ rights […]
Some personal injury attorneys foolishly advertise that any victim of a car accident should consult with them so they can send the injured motorist to the attorney’s doctors. Our law firm does not have “our” doctors. We do not practice law in that manner. The following is one reason why. A case was tried in […]
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 […]
“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 […]
DIR Issues Notice of Public Hearing on April 15, 2016 for Proposed Modification to Return-to-Work Supplement Program There are timelines associated with obtaining the Return-to-Work Supplement Program (RTWSP) check of $5,000. At this time an application for the Return-to-Work Supplement (RTWS) must be received by the Return-to-Work Supplement Program within one year from the date […]
Insurance defense attorneys always want to take the injured claimant’s deposition because that is when the defense attorney makes their money. The insurance defense attorney also tries to make the injured claimant look bad, often through no fault of the plaintiff. Insurance defense attorneys take classes on how to make the injured claimant look bad […]
The Court of Appeals in Stevens ruled that workers’ compensation IMR does not violate the California Constitution. IMR or Independent Medical Review, is the process in workers’ comp where a state-appointed, non-examining, anonymous physician spends less than 15 minutes and gets paid $60 to review medical treatment denials in workers’ comp cases, and issues a […]
What do real estate sales contracts, uninsured motorist policies, and credit card applications all have in common? Binding arbitration clauses. If a controversy arises, the aggrieved party must go through binding arbitration; they cannot go to court to obtain satisfaction after a wrong. It is no wonder corporations, insurance companies, banks, and employers are eliminating […]
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