Workers Comp Zone

A Partner at Boxer & Gerson LLP, Julius Young has practiced worker’s compensation law and social security disability law since 1979. He has represented thousands of individuals who have sustained life-changing injuries or illnesses while on the job. In every case, his goal is to secure the medical treatments his clients need.

August 20, 2010


In a victory for disabled workers, the California Court of Appeals 6th District has upheld the decision in the Guzman case (actually known as Milpitas Unified School District v. WCAB and Joyce Guzman). While not final/final, its starting to look like the Almaraz/Guzman II decision of the WCAB will survive. Workerscompzone is on vacation. But […]

August 19, 2010


September 28. That’s the day now scheduled for public hearings on the WCIRB’s recommendation for a 30% workers’ comp premium rate increase (actually the recommendation is for a 29.6% increase). Yesterday the WCIRB submitted its pure premium rate filing to the California Department of Insurance. You can see the filing here: The hearing will be […]

August 15, 2010


Hurricane season is upon us. Unsettled weather brings tropical storms, some of which turn into hurricanes. Some hardly make a dent, like recent Hurricane Alex. Some look threatening, but fade into “tropical depressions”, like recent Hurricane Bonnie. But others, (like Katrina or the Hurricane Hazel of my childhood memories in the Carolinas) leave a swath […]

August 10, 2010


While attending a yearly meeting today in San Francisco for the Lexis Nexis California workers’ comp editorial board, I got into a discussion with several attorneys about dabblers. Dabblers are attorneys who dabble in workers’ comp. In the past, at the boards I’ve frequented (largely Oakland & San Francisco, and Sacramento earlier in my career) […]

August 7, 2010


The WCAB is facing another round of furloughs. We’re not alone. Yesterday’s New York Times had a piece on the creative ways states and municipalities are dealing with their budget shortfalls. Hawaii is imposing furloughs on its schools. There will be less class time. An Atlanta suburb has decided to close down its public bus […]

August 4, 2010


Is the WCIRB violating open-access agreements? That’s the question posed in a report by the Workers’ Comp Executive, a journal that covers important developments in the California workers’ comp industry. The Workers’ Comp Executive has filed a flash report charging that the California Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau (WCIRB) is violating an open access agreement […]

August 3, 2010


From the it never hurts to toot your horn department of governmental affairs: The DWC has issued a bulletin noting that they have finally cleared their backlog of QME panel requests. Between April and June 2010 they processed about 41% of the number of QME panels they processed in 2009. You can do the math […]


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