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.
Readers may be interested to note a recently published book, “Wounded Workers: Tales from a Working Man’s Shrink”. It’s authored by long-time Bay Area QME/AME Dr. Bob Larsen. Larsen, based out of San Francisco for much of his career, has been a clinical professor of psychiatry at UCSF and is a past president of the […]
We’re a year into the pandemic now. It’s been a time of stress and challenges, and they are not over. The chaos has been medical, financial, cultural, spiritual, educational. Members of some worker groups and ethnic/racial groups have been hit particularly hard. California’s workers and the workers’ comp community are still responding to the challenge, […]
Will the newly unveiled amended Medical-Legal Fee Schedule regulations result in a change in California workers’ comp culture? The proposed regs, likely to be officially adopted for use in April 2021, contain measures that have the potential to change how cases are often handled. The new California Medical-Legal Fee schedule (we’ll call it the MLFS) […]
An update to the California workers’ compensation copy service fee schedule has been under DWC consideration for several years. Copy service fees have long been a bone of contention in the system. A 2013 study of copy service fees prepared by the Berkeley Research group for the California Department of Industrial Relations (see link below) […]
The California Supreme Court has declined to block implementation of Prop 22, the November 2020 voter-passed initiative which designates app-based drivers as independent contractors under a scheme set up by the initiative. The challenge to the initiative was filed on January 12, 2021 with the California Supreme Court. Filing the challenge were the SEIU (Service […]
Each January Workerscompzone begins the year with a quiz. The quiz gives soothsayers out there a chance to weigh in on likely events and trends we will see in California workers’ comp over the next year. Without further ado, get out your crystal ball and have at it (note in some instances there may be […]
At the end of 2020, it’s time to take stock of what transpired in the California workers’ comp world. As you may guess, it was mostly COVID, COVID COVID. But there was other stuff, too. Here is my list of the top 10 California workers’ comp developments in 2020, with a bit of commentary on each: […]