How Can I Predesignate My Physician for Workers’ Compensation?

Unexpected injury can be stressful, and it’s normal to want to see your own physician when you are injured. However, under California’s workers’ compensation law, you may be required to “predesignate” your own physician if you want to specifically see him or her after an on-the-job injury has occurred. You can predesignate your physician in… Read More

Workers’ Compensation: Know the Basics

If you’re injured on the job in California or suffer an illness related to your job in California, you may qualify for workers’ compensation benefits. An experienced southern California workers’ compensation benefits attorney can help you determine whether you qualify and answer questions specific to your situation. However, knowing the basics of workers’ compensation in California… Read More

Protecting California Workers from Heat Illness

During the summer months, heat-related illnesses and injuries on the job increase in California, especially among construction and agricultural workers who labor outdoors in the hot sun. Excessive heat exposure can lead to heat exhaustion or heat stroke, both of which can cause serious injuries or even death. Heat-related illnesses occur when the body’s temperature… Read More

What Happens to My Student Loans If I’m Disabled?

One in three working Americans will be disabled before the end of their working years, according to the Social Security Administration (SSA). If, like many Americans, you financed your education with student loans, you may wonder what will happen to your loans and their payment if you are disabled. If you have been disabled and… Read More

What is an Independent Medical Review?

Recent changes to California’s workers’ compensation system have affected how benefits are paid and how negative decisions may be appealed. One significant change facing workers injured in 2013 or later involves the use of an independent medical review board (IMR) to handle disputes about medical treatment. Before the IMR board requirement was put in place, the treatment… Read More

Suspect a Violation Caused a Workplace Injury? Consider Contacting Cal/OSHA

The state of California works with the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to ensure that workplaces follow health and safety regulations intended to protect workers. If you believe your workplace is violating these regulations, you can contact Cal/OSHA to alert them about the conditions. You do not have to wait until someone suffers… Read More

What Information Should I Include on my Workers’ Comp Claim Form?

If you’re injured on the job, you’ll need to fill out a workers’ compensation claim form as soon as you can after the accident. Your employer should provide you a copy of this form, or you can download it from the California Division of Workers’ Compensation website here: When you give the completed form… Read More

Receiving Social Security Disability Benefits While You Are Outside the United States

If you qualify for Social Security disability (SSD) benefits, you may continue to receive these benefits even if you leave the United States – for instance, if you decide to travel for more than thirty days. An experienced southern California Social Security disability benefits attorney can help you understand how the rules for traveling and… Read More

Who Can Represent Me When Seeking Social Security Disability Insurance Coverage?

The Social Security Administration (SSA) is in charge of administering Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. Demonstrating that you qualify for benefits and getting them can be an uphill battle, especially if your disability makes it difficult to perform once-routine tasks like making phone calls, answering questions, or gathering information. Fortunately, the SSA allows you… Read More

Work-Related Joint Pain Results in Higher Workers’ Comp Claims, Some Say

California workers who are injured on the job are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits to help them meet the costs of those injuries in most situations. However, it’s not always easy to get the benefits you need, which is why many experienced southern California workers’ compensation attorneys are dedicated to helping injured workers. One reason benefits can… Read More

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