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.

March 30, 2017

A SWING AND A MISS

Another attack on the constitutionality of independent medical review in California workers’ comp has failed. A second California Court of Appeal district has now ruled that independent medical review (IMR) is constitutional. That’s the bottom line in the March 29, 2017 California Court of Appeal Third Appellate District case of Daniel Ramirez v. WCAB (see […]


March 23, 2017

NO DICE

A California Superior Court judge has now dismissed an attempt to sue the California Division of Workers’ Compensation on theories of gender discrimination. The decision came on a demurrer to the various alleged causes of action. Currently it is unknown whether an appeal will be filed. Here is the decision filed March 21, 2017 by […]


March 22, 2017

MORE ON RYANCARE AND WORKERS' COMP

My last post looked at some of the ways the current House proposal for Obamacare repeal/replace (dubbed Ryancare) might affect workers’ comp. A day in politics can be an eternity. But the vote in the House tomorrow looks to be very close . As of this morning, Politico has an article indicating that current vote […]


FAIR PLAY

The $120 million “Return-to-Work Fund” has been troubled since its inception. Designed to compensate workers who have disproportionate earnings losses, the RTW Fund has been underutilized since its inception after the 2012 reforms. One of the problems was that many workers who might qualify had no knowledge of the RTW Fund. The California Applicants Attorneys […]


March 16, 2017

RYANCARE AND WORKERS' COMP

Paul Ryan’s plan to gut and amend Obamacare is now on the table. What are the implications for California workers’ comp? The American Health Care Act, aka AHCA or Ryancare, faces political hurdles in the next few weeks. Today it did survive a vote in the House Budget Committee, but it faces uncertain support in […]


DAVIS AND BATTEN

If a lawyer or claimant hire a medical expert to write a report at their own expense challenging the report of a QME or AME, is that report admissible? That was the issue in Batten v. WCAB (2015) 241 Cal.App.4th 1009 (Batten). In that case an AME had determined that a psyche injury was not compensable […]


March 7, 2017

ON RADIO

Santa Monica-based public radio station KCRW has now broadcast a segment focusing on the California workers’ comp system. The piece, done as part of KCRW’s KCRW Investigates, was produced by Karen Foshay and is titled ” A Denial of Care”. Readers can use the following link to access the audio and/or text summary of the […]


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