California Lawmakers May Consider Workers’ Compensation ReformsBy Kenton Koszdin Law Office on August 14, 2012 | In Workers Compensation News
California’s lawmakers are poised to consider a package of reforms to the state’s workers’ compensation laws, according to a recent article in the Orange County Register. If passed, the bill will mean several changes to workers’ compensation laws that will directly affect injured California workers.
The proposed bill would add $720 million each year to provide additional benefits for workers who have suffered permanent disabilities while on the job. This additional funding will likely help workers who are permanently disabled by an on-the-job injury or illness by increasing the amount of benefits they are able to receive.
However, the CA workers’ compensation reform bill would also change several other rules to limit the types and amounts of benefits workers can receive. For instance, one provision would prohibit workers from claiming that an injury or illness causes disruptions in sleep, mental problems, or sexual dysfunction unless the injury or illness is directly related to these functions. For instance, traumatic brain injuries are known to disrupt sleep and mental health in some patients.
The bill would also change the system for resolving disputes between doctors and insurers regarding care. Currently, if a doctor recommends a certain treatment for an injured worker but the insurer believes it’s not necessary, an administrative law judge settles the question. The new law would send such questions to a special “review board” instead.
If you’ve been injured while at work or suffered an occupational illness, workers’ compensation may provide the benefits you need to get medical care and cover household bills. The experienced workers’ compensation benefits lawyers in California at the Kenton Koszdin Law Office have helped hundreds of California workers get the benefits they need. For a free consultation, call us today at (800) 438-7734, and visit our site to read our client testimonials.