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.
In July 2023 the California Supreme Court decided two closely watched cases, the Kuciemba v. Victory Woodworks case and the Adolph v. Uber Technologies case. Although neither are workers’ compensation cases, both involve issues which are likely to be encountered by workers’ comp applicant attorneys and plaintiff-side employment lawyers. So the California workers’ comp community […]
At mid-2023, it’s time to examine the most important developments in California workers’ compensation so far this year. If one tried to separate the wheat from the chaff, what is significant? Here, in no particular order, are my picks: 1.Bills sponsored by labor groups, applicant attorneys and employee advocates continued to advance through the legislature […]
A recent California Workers Compensation Appeals Board panel decision highlights some of the challenges in settling cases with a Medicare Set Aside. Kaiser and Sedgwick appealed when the WCJ approved the workers’ comp settlement but refused to approve the proffered Medicare addendum language. In the case, Irma Dufelmeier v. Kaiser Foundation Hospitals (see link at […]
There’s an epidemic of violence against California workers. A recent example was the April 18 slaying of Blake Mohs, a 26 year old loss prevention worker at Home Depot in Pleasanton. Mohs was shot to death when he confronted a shoplifter who was taking a toolbox from the store. Yesterday a passenger attacked a United […]
What does ChatGPT know about California workers’ comp? I decided I’d ask it, and during 2 sessions I posed about 45 questions on a wide range of California workers’ comp topics. I’ve included both discussions with ChatGPT in pdf format at the end of this post. In case you’re just returning from an isolated island, […]
On March 17, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit published its opinion in a challenge to AB 5 filed by Postmates, Uber and two driver plaintiffs (see link to the decision at the end of this post). This is a critical juncture in the gig-worker legal wars. The court reversed a […]
The legal wars about the gig economy continue. On March 13, the California Court of Appeal 1st District rendered its decision in Hector Castellanos v. State of California, an appeal from an Alameda County Superior Court decision which had ruled that Prop 22 (the “Protect App-based Drivers and Services Act”, i.e. Business & Professions Code […]