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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 »

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 »

EXECUTIVE ORDER N-62-20 PROVIDES A DISPUTABLE PRESUMPTION OF INDUSTRIALLY CAUSED COVID-19 FOR ALL CALIFORNIA EMPLOYEES

By Debbie Beals, Paralegal |

All California employees working at a jobsite outside of their home between March 19, 2020 and July 5, 2020 whom tested positive or diagnosed with COVID-19 within 14 days after a day of work are presumed to have contracted the illness while at work and may be eligible for Worker’s Compensation benefits. Governor Newsom… Read More »

EXAMPLE OF THIRD PARTY CASE & WORKER’S COMPENSATION CASE IMPACT ON OTHER CASE

By Richard Irwin |

In my prior blog, I promised an example of the interplay between a Workers’ Compensation case and a related “third party” case.  As you may recall, a “third party” case typically refers to a civil case against another liable party (person or company) arising out of an on-the-job injury. For this example, assume Mr…. Read More »

Workers’ Compensation Case & Personal Injury Case Arising From Same Incident/Injury

By Richard Irwin |

Some on the job injuries give rise to both a Workers’ Compensation injury claim as well as a civil suit for damages known as a “Third Party” action. In very simple terms, if you think of yourself as Party #1, and your employer as Party #2, then any other person or company who caused… Read More »

Workers’ Comp Claims and Benefits in the State of California

By Richard Irwin |

If you were injured or have otherwise suffered an illness because of a work-related activity, you will need to notify your employer immediately – as soon as you believe you have a work-related injury or illness. You will then need to file a workers’ compensation claim with your employer by completing the appropriate portion… Read More »

INJURED WORKER’S MAY QUALIFY FOR ADDITONAL FUNDS THROUGH THE RETURN-TO-WORK SUPPLEMENT PROGRAM (RTWSP)

By Debbie Beals, Paralegal |

As part of Worker’s Compensation Reform, Senate Bill 863 developed a Return to Work Fund with 120 million dollars per year to be administered by the Department of Industrial Relations.  The program established through the Department of Industrial Relations is aptly named Return-to-Work Supplemental Program (RTWSP). The RTWSP requires the Department of Industrial Relations,… Read More »

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