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.

May 2, 2022

THE MEDICAL MALPRACTICE COMPROMISE

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 […]


April 20, 2022

THE NEXT WCIRB RATE RECOMMENDATION

In about a week the California Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau will be filing its official written recommendation for an adjustment in California’s advisory workers’ comp rates. On April 20, 2022 the WCIRB Governing Committee voted after hearing a presentation by WCIRB Chief Actuary David Bellusci. The recommendation to Insurance Commissioner Lara will be to […]


April 12, 2022

SB 1458 AND GENDER PAY DISPARITY

Will the California workers’ comp system soon be involved in gender pay issues? That could happen under SB 1458 (sponsored by Santa Barbara State Senator Monique Limon), currently awaiting an April 18 hearing of the California Senate Committee on Labor, Public Employment and Retirement. SB 1458 (see link to the text at bottom of this […]


March 22, 2022

BALANCING STUDY AND ACTION

In life and in public policy there is often a delicate balance between study and action. Between endless studies and premature action. Or hasty action with no studies. I got to thinking on this theme after attending Friday’s remote meeting of CHSWC, the California Commission on Health, Safety and Workers’ Compensation. Incidentally, it was the […]


February 16, 2022

MORE NEEDED

California’s workers’ compensation needs more mental health treatment providers. A bill has now been introduced which may help address the problem. The bill is SB 1002 (Portantino). A link to the current bill text can be found below. Attorneys for injured workers can verify that it is frequently very difficult to identify doctors who will treat […]


February 1, 2022

SINGLE PAYER AND CALIFORNIA WORKERS’ COMP

The push to create a single-payer healthcare system in California is dead for this year. The bill to create single-payer, AB 1400 (Kalra) was headed to a California Assembly vote. But Assemblyman Ash Kalra pulled the bill before a vote, recognizing that the proposal did not have sufficient support at this time. What does this […]


January 18, 2022

2022 CALIFORNIA WORKERS’ COMP QUIZ

Where is California workers’ comp headed in 2022? That’s the subject of the 2022 Workerscompzone quiz. Each year I kick off the year with a quiz for workers’ comp savants. In some instances there may be more than one correct answer, or perhaps none. But perhaps you can see through the fog. Give it a whirl…… […]