REPORT: CALIFORNIA HOSPITAL STAYS ARE DOWN DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC

The COVID-19 pandemic has hit communities all around the globe. The outbreak has been a challenge for employers. According to the California Workers’ Compensation Institute, more than 166,000 COVID-19 related workers’ compensation claims have been filed in the state as of November 1, 2021. The top industry for COVID-19 workers’ compensation claims are as follows: […]

CALIFORNIA CONTRACTORS CRIMINALLY CHARGED AS PART OF A $5 MILLION WORKERS’ COMPENSATION FRAUD SCHEME

According to reporting from Insurance Journal, a group of California contractors have been criminally charged as part of an investigation into a suspected $5 million workers’ compensation fraud scheme. State regulators allege that the workers’ compensation fraud in this case was both intentional and well-organized. In this article, our Fresno workers’ compensation defense attorneys discuss […]

WCAB DENIES SERIOUS AND WILLFUL MISCONDUCT CLAIM FILED ON BEHALF OF MANAGEMENT EMPLOYEE KILLED DUE TO OWN NEGLIGENCE

In California, workers’ compensation is a sole legal option for injured employees. In effect, this means that someone hurt on the job generally cannot file a personal injury lawsuit directly against their employer. However, California Labor Code Section 4553 allows a worker to seek additional compensation if they were harmed because of “serious and willful […]

CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR VETOES SENATE BILL 788 (WHAT IT MEANS FOR WORKERS’ COMPENSATION CLAIMS)

Earlier this year, California lawmakers passed Senate Bill 788 (SB-788)—reform legislation that would, among other things, prohibit “discrimination on the basis of sex, gender identity, and sexual orientation” in the determination for permanent disability ratings. If enacted, the law would have had significant implications for workers’ compensation claims. However, the legislation has been vetoed. In […]

CALIFORNIA DIR EXTENDS EMERGENCY QME COVID-19 REGULATIONS

According to a report from the Los Angeles Times, the COVID-19 surge driven by the Delta variant started to recede in California in September. Nonetheless, transmission of the COVID-19 virus remains a public health issue in Central California, throughout the United States, and around the globe. With this in mind, California regulators have once again […]

REPORT: CALIFORNIA’S CENTURY-LONG WORKERS’ COMPENSATION GRAND BARGAIN IS “UNDER SIEGE”

According to a report from Cal Matters, some questions are being raised about the state of California’s long-standing “grand bargain” between employers and employees on the matter of workers’ compensation. The report calls the grand bargain “under siege” in the era of the COVID-19 virus. In this blog post, our Fresno workers’ compensation defense lawyers […]

DWC ANNOUNCES RETURN OF IN-PERSON WORKERS’ COMPENSATION HEARINGS

On September 1, 2021, the California Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) announced that in-person hearings are scheduled to return in 30 days. As of October 1, 2021, in-person workers’ compensation hearings will return for the first time since the onset of the COVID-19 outbreak in California in March 2020. In this blog post, our California […]

WITH DELTA VARIANT SURGES COMES MORE COVID-19 RELATED WORKERS’ COMPENSATION CLAIMS

According to data published by the California Department of Public Health, the Delta variant has quickly become the dominant strain of COVID-19 in the state. It is now responsible for most COVID-19 cases in California. With the Delta variant surge has come another spike in COVID-19-related workers’ compensation claims. Here, our Fresno workers’ compensation defense […]

LONG-HAUL COVID-19 CREATES WORKERS’ COMPENSATION UNCERTAINTY

According to reporting from Fortune Magazine, long-haul COVID-19 is creating some workers’ compensation-related challenges in California and throughout the United States. Below, our California workers’ compensation defense attorneys discuss long-haul COVID-19 and workers’ compensation claims. What is Long-Haul COVID-19? Also referred to simply as “long COVID” and “post-COVID-19 syndrome,” long-haul COVID-19 is a complex condition […]

WORKERS’ COMPENSATION DEFENSE: FOUR THINGS CALIFORNIA EMPLOYERS SHOULD KNOW ABOUT LC 132(A)

California requires employers to provide no-fault workers’ compensation benefits to their employees. Any employee who suffers a job-related injury or impairment has the right to file for workers’ compensation benefits without any “pushback” from their employer. Under California Labor Code Section 132(A), “it is the declared policy of this state that there should not be […]