FORMER ORANGE COUNTY RESERVE SHERIFF CHARGED IN $17 MILLION WORKERS’ COMPENSATION FRAUD SCHEME

According to a report from The Mercury News, a former California sheriff’s reserves leader has been charged as part of an investigation into a $17 million workers’ compensation fraud case. If the allegations are proven true, the alleged workers’ compensation fraud represents the single largest ever reported in Orange County and the second largest reported […]

ANESTHESIOLOGIST BILLED WORKERS’ COMPENSATION INSURERS FOR UNNECESSARY DRUGS

On October 15, 2021, Dr. Amir Friedman was sentenced to 14 months in federal prison for his role in a massive workers’ compensation fraud scheme. Mr. Friedman was the owner and operator of New Age Pharmaceuticals Inc., a medical practice based in Beverly Hills, California. Federal prosecutors cited Mr. Friedman, his company, and more than […]

ORANGE COUNTY WOMAN CITED FOR WORKERS’ COMPENSATION FRAUD, ACTING AS AN UNINSURED EMPLOYER

According to a report from Insurance Business Magazine, an Orange County, CA woman is facing criminal charges for workers’ compensation fraud and being an uninsured employer. She allegedly defrauded employers out of $1.4 million in workers’ compensation premiums while acting as an unlicensed insurance agent. In this blog post, our Fresno workers’ compensation defense attorney […]

CALIFORNIA WORKERS’ COMPENSATION: ARE PARTIES REQUIRED TO USE THE SAME QME THROUGH THE PROCESS?

In California, a person injured on the job is generally entitled to no-fault benefits through a workers’ compensation claim. Disputes can sometimes arise over the existence, nature or severity of an employee’s injuries. California’s QME (Qualified Medical Evaluator) process exists to allow an independent medical professional to come in and make an assessment. Once a […]

CALIFORNIA REGULATORS ARE SOLICITING IDEAS TO IMPROVE THE STATE’S WORKERS’ COMPENSATION SYSTEM

On November 17, 2021, the California Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) officially invited all stakeholders to provide ideas, comments, and other input on strategies for improving quality of care and efficiency of the state’s workers’ compensation program. In this article, our Sacramento workers’ compensation defense attorneys provide a more detailed overview of the public invasion […]

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 […]