May 31, 2017

New OSHA rule heightens work-injury reporting mandates

On behalf of Gary Nelson at Law Office of Gary C. Nelson The Occupational Safety and Health Administration issues rules affecting the workplace to ensure safe working environments. The agency recently issued a new rule that changes certain reporting mandates The Occupational Health and Safety Administration is a federal agency referred to as OSHA within the U.S. Department of Labor tasked with assuring “safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women.” Presently, there are roughly 2200 inspectors mandated to make sure employees at 8 million worksites across the United States work in safe environments. Through the Occupational Safety […]
October 13, 2016

Kickbacks, Bribes, and the Horrifying Truth Behind California’s Largest Medical Fraud Scandal

Ron Calderon sat alone in the New Deal-era federal courthouse at Spring and Temple streets in downtown Los Angeles. Moments before, this scion of a California political dynasty had strolled through the room’s big Wizard of Oz double doors, his suit jacket open to expose a generous girth, as though he were casually stepping onto the floor of the state senate, where he had once been a power broker. Nobody paid attention to him, and he had a whole row to himself. On this morning last April Calderon had nothing to do but fuss with his glasses and await the […]
June 3, 2016

Prince Died From Accidental Overdose of Opioid Painkiller

Prince, the music icon who struggled with debilitating hip pain during his career, died from an accidental overdose of self-administered fentanyl, a type of synthetic opiate, officials in Minnesota said Thursday. The news ended weeks of speculation about the sudden death of the musician, who had a reputation for clean living but who appears to have developed a dependency on medications to treat his pain. Authorities have yet to discuss how he came to be in possession of the fentanyl and whether it had been prescribed by a doctor. Officials had waited several weeks for the results of a toxicology […]
May 18, 2016

Prince’s Addiction and an Intervention Too Late

Prince appears to have had a problem with pain pills, one that grew so acute that his friends turned to an addiction doctor just before his death. CHANHASSEN, Minn. — Prince Rogers Nelson had an unflinching reputation among those close to him for leading an assiduously clean lifestyle. He ate vegan and preferred to avoid the presence of meat entirely. He was known to eschew alcohol and marijuana, and no one who went on tour with him could indulge either. But Prince appears to have shielded from even some of his closest friends that he had a problem with pain […]
January 19, 2016

All of This Because Somebody Got Hurt at Work

Hummer limos, go-go dancers, a live alligator and glowing aliens in spandex at the national workers’ comp and disability expo. Journey into the little-known workers’ comp industrial complex. by Michael Grabell ProPublica, Dec. 29, 2015, 8 a.m. LAS VEGAS — A scantily clad acrobat dangles from the ceiling, performing flips and splits as machines puff smoke and neon lights bathe the dance floor in turquoise and magenta. Dancers in lingerie gyrate on poles to the booming techno. Actors dressed as aliens pose for selfies with partygoers. There’s an open bar and waiters weave through the crowd passing out chocolate truffles. […]