Workers Comp Zone



$32,526 in donations to buy toys and 39 boxes of actual toys.

That’s the impressive haul assembled this week by the Oakland workers’ compensation community for the 9th Annual Oakland Mayor’s Toy Drive.

It’s a feel-good “Toy Story”.

A lot of Bay Area kids will have something to smile about as a result of the generosity of the workers’ comp community.

One thing that continually impresses me is how this event continually brings together applicant attorneys, defense attorneys, QME doctors,  copy services, and various ancillary providers. Fighting over cases and legal appeals is checked at the door.

It’s become a large actual event, also, with over 250 people attending at the Rotunda Building in Frank Ogawa Plaza in a show of support for helping kids in need.

Once again my law partner Maria Grasso is due big thanks for helping coordinate the event, with help from quite a few other firms.

Here is the poster which lists many of the contributing offices:


Here is a wide angle shot showing the massive number of toys collected:


Thanks to everyone who helps with this event.

Like Kids’ Chance (, a non-profit that assists the college education of children of injured workers), this toy drive brings out the best in people.

Perhaps the workers’ comp communities at other WCAB locations have special projects they’d like to share. If so, I’ll be happy to post on those.

And if they don’t, the Oakland Toy Drive would be a good project to emulate.

Stay tuned. I’ll be posting soon on the audit of the DWC’s fraud fighting efforts as well as doing my annual wrap up of the Top 10 events in California Workers’ Comp in 2017.

Julius Young