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.
At mid-2022 it’s time to take a look at the top developments in California workers’ comp during the first half. To date 2022 has been a rather quiet year for California’ workers’ comp. Yet, here below, in no particular order, are some of the themes and events that stood out in the California system so […]
On July 15 Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara issued his decision on the advisory workers’ comp rate. Lara’s decision, which is not binding on insurers, recommends that benchmark rates be maintained at $1.45 per $100 of payroll. $1.45 is the same that Lara had approved in his 2021 finding. So unlike pricing everywhere else in our […]
The California Trucking Association and various California owner operator truckers have lost their battle to avoid application of AB-5 to their businesses. On June 30, 2022 the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the controversy. What is this controversy, and what are the implications for California truckers and the ports? The California Trucking Association and […]
CWCI has released a July 2022 study of costs under the California Medical-Legal Fee Schedule (MLFS), which was revised in 2021. Although costs were expected to rise under the MLFS, they appear to be rising much more than anticipated. According to the CWCI, a higher flat fee rate led to a 222% cost increase in […]
One of the most controversial 2022 California workers’ comp bills is SB 1127 (Atkins). But that bill has now been considerably scaled back. As of last week, SB 1127 provided for a reduction of the time to accept or deny non-presumption claims from the current 90 days to 60 days. And the time to accept […]
2022 may in fact be a year for significant California workers’ comp reforms. The last major reforms were a decade ago, in 2012, under Governor Brown. Inflation continues to eat at permanent disability awards and settlements. California injured workers have not received a PD indemnity increase since 2013. Discussions are taking place quietly, but a […]
It appears the California legislature is likely to approve a negotiated compromise that would revise limits on California medical malpractice claims. The bill, AB 35, would amend MICRA (the Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act of 1975) which places severe caps on recoveries for non-economic damages in medical malpractice actions. A link to the legislative analysis […]