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.

July 2, 2019

PJs

PJs are important. No, I’m not talking about pajamas. I’m talking presiding judges. Each district office of the California Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board has a presiding workers’ comp judge, even the smaller “satellite” offices. PJs are an important but largely unsung facet of the California workers’ comp system. Most PJs have a hearing calendar but […]


June 17, 2019

GATHERING STEAM?

2019 looks like a very modest year for workers’ comp legislation. I’ll give a snapshot of what’s in the hopper in my coming mid-year recap of 2019 California workers’ comp developments. But are there big changes on the horizon? After all, we are in in 2019, some seven years after the 2012 Jerry Brown reforms […]


June 14, 2019

REAL TIME

The 2019 NBA finals were a disconcerting reminder of the dangers facing professional athletes. Raptors and Warriors were falling down and crashing into each other again and again. Big guys. Guys like Marc Gasol and DeMarcus Cousins. Could anyone say with a straight face that we should limit cumulative trauma claims? But most dramatically, we […]


June 10, 2019

ALLIED SIGNAL (WIGGS)

Home health care is a dispute flashpoint in many cases involving significantly injured workers. But a June 2019 published California Court of Appeal decision from the 2nd DCA, Allied Signal v. WCAB (Wiggs) (see link at the bottom of this post) shows that to win on a home health issue, the courts will require that a […]


May 30, 2019

AB 5 ADVANCES

AB 5 passed out of the California Assembly on May 29 and is now headed to the California Senate. It’s a bill that would codify the ABC employment test used in California Supreme Court Dynamex case. In a recent post “Hard to Define”, I explored the background of several legislative approaches re defining employment status […]


May 12, 2019

CATASTROPHIC DEFINED

The California WCAB has issued an en banc decision that provides an answer as to how the workers’ comp system will define a catastrophic injury. The opinion in Kris Wilson v. State of California Cal-Fire can be found at the end of this post. How “catastrophic” would be defined has been a source of speculation […]


May 6, 2019

HARD TO DEFINE

One of the most contentious issues in this year’s Sacramento legislative session is the debate over several bills which would define who is designated an employee under California laws. There are three pending bills (see links at the end of this post): AB 5 (Gonzalez) would essentially require the “ABC” test that was used by […]


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