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 22, 2016


A big study on California cumulative trauma claims has just been released by the California Workers’ Compensation Institute (CWCI). These claims, known as CT claims, are essentially occupational wear and tear claims, including occupational disease claims. As the report points out, California does not have the limitations on these claims that many other states impose, […]

December 15, 2016


Workers’ comp will see some significant tidying up in 2017. Marie Kondo’s widely read book “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up” advises us to take an inventory and toss those things in our lives that don’t bring us joy. And so it was in 2016 that California workers’ comp stakeholders and legislators finally recognized […]

December 8, 2016


It appears that Trump intends to nominate Andrew Pudzer as U.S. Secretary of Labor. That’s a move that will send shivers among many union activists and employee-side think tanks. California increasingly fancies itself an island unto itself, with its sheaf of laws that regulate various aspects of the employee-employer relationship. From mimimum-wage standards to occupational health […]

December 1, 2016


California’s workers’ comp system is getting some bad press. I’m referring to the news that a year after the San Bernardino terrorist massacre, victims who worked for the county are having trouble getting their treatments approved. This story broke after the San Bernardino Press Enterprise published a piece featuring interviews with victims who were having trouble […]

November 22, 2016


The California DWC’s latest report on Independent Medical Review (IMR) is now out (see link below). The report analyzes data on IMR during 2014 and 2015. What can we learn from it? There’s clearly an unremitting high volume of disputes over treatment denials by UR. The gross number of IMR applications averaged over 20,000 a […]

November 10, 2016


I never actually thought I would be writing this column. Pundits and pollsters minimized the chance of a Trump victory. Recently I attended an event at UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy. The speaker, Obama’s campaign manager David Plouffe, somewhat smugly assured the crowd of what they wanted to hear, i.e. that there was […]

November 2, 2016


Sometimes legislation sort of flies under the radar. Stakeholders keep their eye on the  bills that have major consequence, and the small bills don’t get attention. But sometimes small packages can accomplish good things. So it was this year with AB 2164 (O’Donnell and Cooper), a bill to amend California Education Code 68120(a)(4). This is […]