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Mr. Irwin is a recognized specialist in Workers’ Compensation law. He has been certified as a specialist by the State Bar of California since 1995. He limits his practice to handling only workers’ compensation cases. View Attorney Richard Irwin's Attorney Bio Here.

AVOID STATEMENTS RECORDED OR SIGNED

By Richard Irwin |

Over the many years that I have been practicing workers’ compensation law, I have spoken with many people who are either looking for a workers’ compensation attorney to represent them or who just have some questions they want answered during a time that they are choosing to represent themselves. A question that I am… Read More »

SETTLEMENT WHEN YOU ARE ON OR SOON TO BE ON MEDICARE

By Richard Irwin |

When a client or perspective client asks me their options when it comes to settling a Worker’s Compensation case, I typically tell them that there are primary ways to do so. First, a settlement can be by a “Stipulation With Request For Award”.  In that case, the goal of the settlement would be to… Read More »

PREPARE YOURSELF!

By Richard Irwin |

After being injured on the job it is recommended that you always do the following: Notify your employer that you hurt yourself. Why? Because, even when you think you may have a minor injury, you may find out that as time progressed, so does the condition.  Your delay and/or failure to report can then… Read More »

OLD – BUT NOT OUT

By Richard Irwin |

If you are an injured worker with a worker’s compensation injury case that is several months or even years old that has not been finalized by settlement or award, don’t assume that you are out of luck and unable to obtain an award by a judge or out-of-court settlement. The basic statute of limitation… Read More »

LITTLE KNOWN GEM WITHIN WC SYSTEM

By Richard Irwin |

Certified Workers’ Compensation Specialist If you have a pre-existing disability or handicap and, at a later date, sustain a work-related injury, there is a special fund available to injured workers that can provide additional monies to you that you would not otherwise receive from the industrial injury when considered by itself. This fund, the… Read More »

INJURED WORKING FOR AN EMPLOYER WHO DOESN’T HAVE WORKERS’ COMPENSATION INSURANCE?

By Richard Irwin |

For the majority of work-related injuries, when an individual is injured on the job and they report their injuries to their employer, it is usually only a matter of days before they are contacted by or communicated with by that employer’s workers’ compensation insurance company. However, occasionally, injured workers find out, for the first… Read More »

SOMETHING YOU SHOULD KNOW IF YOU HAVE A WORKERS’ COMPENSATION CASE AS WELL AS A THIRD PARTY PERSONAL INJURY CASE

By Richard Irwin |

1. If both a pending Workers’ Compensation Injury claim as well as a Third Party Personal Injury claim arising from your work-related injury, it is important that you have a basic understanding regarding the issue of “Credit”; 2. The issue of credit often arises when you settle your third party injury case and you… Read More »

NEW YEARS WISHES FOR AN INJURED WORKER

By Richard Irwin |

Here’s Our Wishes for you This New Year. 1. That you have a small Worker’s Compensation Case. Typically, the greater your injuries, the greater your permanent disability and the greater  your settlement. It would be wrong to ever wish a large settlement upon someone as that would be the equivalent of wishing that they… Read More »

I Got Injured on the Job – Now What? Part 2

By Richard Irwin |

Find a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer A workers’ compensation lawyer will represent you and help you get the benefits you deserve. They will obtain your medical records, fill out your workers’ compensation claim form, draft legal documents, and go through the investigation/discovery process on your behalf.  This could include representing you at your deposition or… Read More »

I Got Injured on the Job – Now What? Part 1

By Richard Irwin |

One day, you went into work. It started out like any other day, except that you got injured on the job. Maybe you work at a construction site and a piece of equipment fell on you and hurt you, or you slipped and fell on a wet spot in your office’s hallway, or you… Read More »

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