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.

December 29, 2015

THE 2015 TOP 10 DEVELOPMENTS IN CALIFORNIA WORKERS COMP

What were the most significant developments in California workers’ comp in 2015? Every so often California has a blockbuster year in workers’ comp where comp rises to the forefront of the news. 2015 was not such a year. Many issues continued to simmer, but few made it big. Still, here, in no particular order, is […]


December 22, 2015

FINISHING HOME HEALTH CARE REGS

As we approach the year’s end, I’ll soon be publishing my annual list of the Top 10 Developments in California workers’ comp. But first, a bit more on home health care, a subject addressed by proposed new chronic pain treatment guidelines. On December 19 the 15-day comment period on new chronic pain guidelines closed. It’s […]


December 16, 2015

ANOTHER RAND STUDY COMING

Back in July 2015 I attended a meeting at RAND in Santa Monica along with a group of workers’ comp stakeholders. The meeting  was to get a preliminary look at a RAND study being conducted to assess wage loss replacement under SB 863. The outlines of the study are becoming more clear. The RAND researchers doing […]


MORE ON HOME CARE

The proposed new chronic pain regulations (which are in a 15 day comment period that expires as of December 19) would include the following section on home health care services (shown in italics): “Recommended on a short-term basis following major surgical procedures or in-patient hospitalization, to prevent hospitalization, or to provide longer- term nursing care […]


December 7, 2015

A DISCONNECT: IHSS & THE COMP SYSTEM

Will California provide less home care to severely disabled injured workers than it provides to Med-Cal recipients?  Under the umbrella of the California Department of Social Services, California provides in-home services to many of the elderly, blind and disabled poor. According to the California Department of Social Services website, the goal of the IHSS program is […]


November 24, 2015

MORE CLEANSING

Today the U.S. Department of Justice announced that federal prosecutors had filed additional charges in a Southern California workers’ comp fraud scheme, and that several defendants plan to enter guilty pleas in the coming weeks. Recently I wrote a post titled “Cleansing”, which focused on indictments in another provider fraud scheme: http://www.workerscompzone.com/2015/11/11/cleansing/ Today’s press release deals […]


November 19, 2015

MORE SMOKE

The drumbeat for medical marijuana in workers’ compensation systems continues. Earlier this week I attended a lunchtime talk by a Bay Area physician which included his comments on the potential benefits of medical marijuana in treating certain patients. Legal issues surround this, and a California WCAB panel has twice remanded a WCJ’s decision on reimbursement of […]


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