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  • BACK & NECK INJURY AT WORK

    WORKERS COMP ATTORNEY IN SACRAMENTO Back & Neck Injury at Work Back and neck injuries are some of the most serious and potentially life-threatening injuries given the sensitivity of the spinal cord and the central nervous system. Suffering any type of injury in general could be a traumatic experience but getting injured while on the […]

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  • WORKERS’ COMPENSATION IS ABOUT TO BE TRANSFORMED

    Workers’ compensation is the largest premium segment in the U.S. commercial insurance market. Workers’ compensation, mandated by law in 49 U.S. states to provide employer reimbursements for injuries occurring in the course of employment, represents one of the largest nondiscretionary expenses for labor-centric firms. Yet these premiums are dwarfed by the overall cost of occupational […]

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  • MOST COMMON OCCUPATIONAL ILLNESSES

    SACRAMENTO WORKERS COMPENSATION ATTORNEY Workplace Injuries & Illnesses Occupational illnesses occur when an event or exposure occurs in the workplace, resulting in the development or worsening of a medical condition. Workplace accidents can happen to anyone even at the most unexpected time. Though some workplaces are more prone to occupational accidents, such as construction and […]

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  • MOST COMMON CONSTRUCTION SITE ACCIDENTS

    SACRAMENTO WORK INJURY LAWYER Construction workers risk injury every day In 2010, the Bureau of Labor Statistics found that there were 774 deaths due to an accident on construction sites. This is more than 18 percent of all on-the-job fatalities of 2010. The Bureau of Labor Statistics has also found that 4% of construction workers […]

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  • CALIFORNIA WORKERS’ COMPENSATION CLAIM PROCESS

    SACRAMENTO WORKERS COMPENSATION LAWYER Workers’ Compensation Claims in Sacramento, California No one expects to go to work and get injured, except maybe individuals in the rare “most dangerous jobs” category. Though your job may come with some amount of risk, most people are under the impression that it will never happen to them. Unfortunately, job […]

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  • WORKERS COMPENSATION FRAUD

    Sacramento Workers Comp Attorney Workers compensation is insurance that provides wage replacement and medical benefits to employees who are injured in the course of employment. Any fraud that is committed with workers compensation can have serious repercussions. Since 1991, the California State Legislature and insurance industry programs have been working together to fight fraud and […]

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  • Flash Report: 2019 Rate Cut Deeper Than Carriers Wanted

    Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones’ has made the rate decision. It is the last of his tenure. It calls for an 8.4% cut in California’s workers’ comp advisory pure premium rates. The change is effective for policies that renew or incept on or after Jan. 1, 2019. California Employers will be happy. The cut is far […]

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  • WE’RE STILL WAITING…

    Senate Bill 1160, signed into law in 2016, increased control of medical lien claims in exchange for less restrictive Utilization Review (UR) at the start of the claim. It also required accreditation by July 1, 2018, for any utilization review organization operating in California to ensure they issue timely decisions, review all pertinent medical records, […]

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  • IMPORTANT NEW NUMBERS

    The numbers in the insurance industry’s Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau’s latest report tell a story… The average rate charged to employers per $100 of payroll is down 10% in the last year and down 17% since 2015. The average indemnity pay out to our clients is up 13% in the last 5 years. Insurance […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • IS CALIFORNIA FAR BEHIND?… CHALLENGES TO ADEQUACY OF WORK COMP SYSTEM-Florida Takes the Lead

    The Florida Supreme Court announced yesterday it has accepted jurisdiction in Stahl vs. Hialeah Hospital/Sedgwick. “The Court accepts jurisdiction of this case as to the basis for jurisdiction under Art. V, § 3(b)(3), Florida Constitution (i.e., expressly declares valid a state statute)” says the Court’s docket. This is big. Florida’s high court will be the […]

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  • Marijuana ruled ‘reasonable and necessary’ for injured worker’s pain relief

    By Stephanie Goldberg The New Mexico Court of Appeals has again ruled that medical marijuana should be classified as “reasonable and necessary medical care” for an injured worker. Sandra Lewis injured her lower back on the job in December 1998, court records show. She underwent several surgical procedures and took “numerous” drugs, but continued to […]

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  • Workers’ Compensation Isn’t What It Used To Be

    Most of us don’t know much about Workers’ Compensation until we need it – and your experience will depend a lot on where you live. Caps on benefits and higher bars to qualify as “injured” are a few of the changes made in most states beginning in the 1990’s to lower the cost of Workers’ […]

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  • Workers’ Compensation: A Safety Net that still Works

    by Leigh Ann Pusey Before Social Security or the concept of a “social safety net,” America had workers’ compensation. At the turn of the 20th Century, policymakers struck what they called a grand bargain. Employers would provide medical treatment and income support for lost wages to injured workers – payable regardless of fault – and […]

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  • Senate Bill 563

    The ink isn’t yet dry, but a bill introduced into the California legislature would unwind a portion of three year old SB 863 to exempt certain medical treatment requests from utilization review, and thus, independent medical review (IMR). Senate Bill 563, (click to read) authored by Sen. Richard Pan, DSacramento, and sponsored by the California […]

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  • Remembering the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire in 2015

    This week marks 104 years since the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire, a tragedy that changed our country forever. On that horrible day, dangerous workplace conditions started a fire at a garment factory in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village. Within 20 minutes, 146 people were dead -almost all of them young immigrant women. America reacted with outrage. The backlash […]

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  • What is Workers’ Compensation?

    If you have a work-related injury or illness, your employer is required by law to pay for workers’ compensation benefits. You could get hurt by: One event at work, such as hurting your back in a fall or getting hurt in a car accident while making deliveries. Repeated exposures at work, such as hurting your […]

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  • California Applicants’ Attorneys Association Workers’ Comp Fraud Harms Injured Workers

    California Applicants’ Attorneys Association Workers’ Comp Fraud Harms Injured Workers SACRAMENTO, CA – The California Applicants’ Attorneys Association (CAAA), whose members represent Californians injured on the job, today responded to the indictment of Sen. Ron Calderon and the guilty plea by Dr. Michael Drobot for workers’ compensation fraud. CAAA President Jim Butler said, “When workers’ […]

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