The workers’ compensation system in California is designed to work without a lawyer.  But inevitably the employer and insurance carrier will take advantage of the rules to the detriment of a injured worker.  I just settled a case were the client had been suffering back problems related to his injury and a construction worker.  He…

One of our several “wins” in 2010 was a dispute over spinal surgery. The client (“Applicant”) sustained a debilitating low back disc injury, with pain radiating down to his legs. The treating doctors recommended back surgery and this was transmitted to the workers’ comp insurance carrier (“defendant”). Under the Labor Code, the defendant should have…

We just settled a case with a $38,700 MSA.  The employer’s insurance carrier wanted to “seed” the MSA with about $22,000, which would then grow to the required MSA amount over the course of years.  But what if the injured worker’s industrial injury medical needs required use of most or all of the MSA funds. …

New potential client called today, worried that he’d be “fired” if an industrial claim was commenced.  I told the victim of this typical employer style boogie-man threat, that I was sorry, since he only had a few days of work left.  “What?!” the guy asked.  “But I have not filed a claim, and they don’t…