Boxer & Gerson attorneys Maria Grasso and Arjuna Farnsworth traveled north to Marin County on May 18 to discuss workers’ compensation law with a group from Legal Aid of Marin and the Canal Community Alliance. The visit served to help educate staff members and others involved with the two community groups so they can in turn better inform clients who come to them for a variety of services.
Sager and Farnsworth’s presentation, offered in both English and Spanish, focused on the basics of workers’ compensation law. Topics included what a worker should do after sustaining a work injury, how to obtain appropriate medical care, how to seek reimbursement for medical expenses and lost wages, procedures for securing alternative duties on a job or job retraining if the worker cannot return, and other matters.
Legal Aid of Marin is celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2018. It is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing access to the civil justice system for underserved populations who face economic, cultural, language and other barriers to full participation.
The organization provides alternative sentencing services through Marin Community Court, assistance with elder law, debt law, employment law and housing law, and other services for the county’s most vulnerable residents.
The Canal Community Alliance, founded in 1982, focuses its services on assisting Marin’s immigrant populations who lack resources and familiarity with their newly adopted country. It seeks to educate and empower its clients who seek employment, language skills, permanent residency and citizenship, higher education, and assistance with housing, domestic violence and many other challenges typically faced by immigrants.
Like Legal Aid of Marin, it is a nonprofit offering pro bono services that are supported by grants and donations from foundations, businesses, private individuals and various fundraisers.