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Where Are the Reasonable Settlements?

Our law firm, Timmons, Owen, Jansen & Tichy, Inc., have been practicing personal injury and workers’ compensation law for over forty years and we have seen many changes over that time. Today, [...]

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The Uber-Lyft Issue

As Uber and Lyft ridesharing increases in our cities and society in general, the likelihood of accidents involving at least one shared-platform vehicle also increases. Uber and Lyft are called [...]

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UR: Money Talk, Injured Workers Walk

As my college buddy ZQ used to say, “JT, money talk, bullshit walk.” In workers’ compensation and Utilization Review (UR), “money talk, injured workers walk.” In workers’ comp, UR is the process [...]

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Is the California Supreme Court in a Renaissance?

In the 1990’s and early 2000’s, the California Supreme Court came up with legal fictions such as “assumption of risk” to deny injured victims compensation in instances like a Super Bowl half-time [...]

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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 [...]

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Us vs. Them

As a Past-President of a local Chamber of Commerce, I often have heard employers say: “Employees want a paycheck but they don’t want to work. Injured workers abuse the system as much as they can, [...]

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Bicycle Rider Faces Lies, Incompetence, and Bias

  The 51-year old warehouse employee was riding his bicycle home from work on a sunlit summer afternoon when he was run over by a pickup truck that ran a red traffic light.  The 51 year-old [...]

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My Workers’ Compensation Adjuster Requested A QME – What Does That Mean?

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.  [...]

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There It Is Again: Well-Meaning Doctors Hurt Patients

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 [...]

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Workers’ Compensation: Medical Treatment Denied!

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 [...]