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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 »

Injury in the Workplace: Can I File a Lawsuit Against My Employer?

By Richard Irwin |

If you are employed in the State of California, it is likely that recovery for any workplace injuries are limited to the workers’ compensation system. This means that, in most circumstances, you will not be able to file a lawsuit against your employer in a California court. As an employee in California, it is… Read More »


By Richard Irwin |

From my perspective the Workers’ Compensation system is broken – at least with respect to obtaining timely and necessary medical care.  Without going into detail exactly why that is the case, as I had dealt with this issue in a previous blog, I want to make sure you don’t give up on the system…. Read More »

Burn Injury Law: Establishing Liability and How to File a Claim

By James Heiting |

A burn injury can result from a product defect, a workplace injury, or some other form of negligence. The party responsible for the injury is also responsible to cover the victim’s medical expenses and damages. In cases where a victim is partially held accountable for the incident, he or she could still be able… Read More »

Death Benefits,Things You Should Know (Part III)

By Richard Irwin |

As a follow-up to parts I & II of this subject, the extent of dependency, whether total or partial, is very significant issue in death cases as it affects the amount that the “dependent” will receive under the law based upon that classification. Most of the time, this is determined by first seeing if… Read More »


By Sara Morgan |

In today’s modern social environment, it has become increasingly important to manage one’s personal and private information in order to protect against identity theft, fraud, and the like.  As people’s digital footprints grow, so do their concerns about protecting their private information. People involved in lawsuits, and especially personal injury plaintiffs, are often required… Read More »

Casualty in the Workplace: Workers’ Compensation Benefits vs. Wrongful Death Claims

By Richard Irwin |

Anyone can experience an accident at a workplace at any time and some lines of work are naturally more dangerous than others. Even so, we have to examine the facts of each individual event to determine the proper cause of action for the victim’s loved ones. In some cases, accidents can occur that tragically… Read More »


By Richard Irwin |

There are some very unique rules regarding who is a dependent of the deceased employee thus entitled to death benefits, how much they are entitled to and how said benefits are paid depending on the extent of dependency. In this blog, I will cover some (not all) of these special rules/laws. First, for injuries… Read More »

Workplace Burn Injuries

By Sara Morgan |

A burn could be considered as one of the worst type of injuries a person could sustain. Despite this, however, many workers are regularly exposed to electrical currents, open flames, and other types of heat sources that could cause devastating burn injuries. Among these include flammable and/or corrosive chemicals or gases. The Occupational Safety… Read More »


By Richard Irwin |

If an injury on the job clearly causes an employee to lose his life, all of us would expect that there is compensation payable to someone for his or her death (i.e. Death Benefits).  However, there are at least two (2) very important factors many people do not know. First, all that is required… Read More »

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