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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Workers' Compensation and Gov & Administrative Law for California on
Q: Do any of the new acts (CARES, etc) in place protect new mothers who just ran out of their FMLA during this crisis?

My wife and I just had a baby in February, she ran out of her FMLA last week. She's a nurse who is staying home until this passes since we have an infant at home. So she's not technically unemployed, but they're now telling her she has to pay in for her insurance. Can they do this? Are there any... Read more »

Joel Perry Glaser
Joel Perry Glaser answered on Apr 10, 2020

The question is how long has your wife been off work and is she protected by laws other than FMLA, as well as entitled to temporary disability benefits while she recovers from childbirth. I recommend you contact an employer lawyer directly.

1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation for California on
Q: What should I do about a separation letter,

I quit my job on March 30, 2020. I work remotely from home per owners request. I have worked for 7 years for a small construction company in Lafayette CA. He told me when I first started that since I didn't work 40 hours a week I was not entitled to OT pay. I found out recently the was not true.... Read more »

Ronald Mahurin
Ronald Mahurin answered on Apr 8, 2020

This is not workers compensation, but something entirely different. You have essentially admitted to multiple felonies and now want to find a way to get money from your employer. I think you need to start again under employment law.

2 Answers | Asked in Workers' Compensation and Employment Law for California on
Q: Can my job agency. Paid me to leave a job site

I work tru a job agency and its the second client i have reported for their abusive rude discriminatory behavior.. The 1st client the eeoc is gona put charges on their client... The Agency sends me to another client in which everything was fine tge client offers a hire position after 90 days or... Read more »

Neil Pedersen
Neil Pedersen answered on Apr 5, 2020

The answer to your question depends on the type of harassment you experienced. Being insulted, sabotaged, put down and otherwise harassed at work is not unlawful unless you can prove the motivation for that conduct is your membership in a protected class of people or because you engaged in legally... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Workers' Compensation for California on
Q: I didn't file a workers comp or requested payment but workers comp want my medical information. Do I need to release it

I had a car accident no injuries or lost of work

Gary Alan Jackson
Gary Alan Jackson answered on Apr 1, 2020

if you are not claiming injuries then there is no reason to disclose medical information. Just be sure you don't have some silent pathology going on that comes to light later. getting a good medical check up perhaps with an MRI can be very helpful to ensure there is no bodily damage.

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2 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Employment Law, Workers' Compensation and Employment Discrimination for California on
Q: Is it stupid, legal or it makes sense and able to fight for it?

Hello, I'm a unarmed security guard for Allied Universal, I kick out homeless people and loiterers, the area where I work at is big and I happen to work with myself (no coworkers).

Now with a Covid-19 pandemic, when a transient gives me trouble, the police are unable to help me. (That's not... Read more »

Neil Pedersen
Neil Pedersen answered on Mar 22, 2020

Demanding anything from your employer may not be a good idea. Asking for more pay has a better chance of success, but the employer has no legal duty to pay you more. Tread lightly. There are a lot of people unemployed right now.

Good luck to you.

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2 Answers | Asked in Workers' Compensation for California on
Q: I got a medical Award in 2005 - neck, back, shoulders, arms, hands.

I had problems with adjuster telling pharmacy not to give me the medication approved by medical board. Finally she gave false information to the medical board claiming most of my injuries weren't approved.

My dr didn't want to fight her anymore and I gave up around 2008 getting any medical.... Read more »

Gary Alan Jackson
Gary Alan Jackson answered on Mar 10, 2020

if you have an open California work comp award then you can return to a doctor that is on the carriers approved list, called an MPN. you simply as the adjuster for the on line link to the list and find a doctor and ask the adjuster to send an authorization letter to the doctor which the adjuster... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Small Claims, Workers' Compensation and Appeals / Appellate Law for California on
Q: How to get my structured settlement over turn so that I can get my money now

Is there an attorney who can help me file the proper paperwork if you can help me please let me know

Ronald Mahurin
Ronald Mahurin answered on Feb 25, 2020

generally if your settlement is under $25,000 there will be no structure. It is not worth the effort. First, the insurance carrier must agree to a structure, then the option is to use their vendor, or seek one of your own. The carrier must pay the money into the structure to avoid a tax... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation for California on
Q: California worker’s compensation question regarding law enforcement

I was on drop from LAPD. I got a worker’s compensation settlement for skin cancer. It was permanent disability. At the end of drop I was forced to retire. Can I get another job in retirement without risking my disability benefits? 70% disabled

Ronald Mahurin
Ronald Mahurin answered on Feb 22, 2020

yes

1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation for California on
Q: At a c/r settlement hearing they brought a totally different contract that i signed but didnt realize all of the errors

the facts of my injuries were of another person same name employeer simular injuries and hipaa problems

Nancy J. Wallace
Nancy J. Wallace answered on Feb 19, 2020

If the agreement does not match the one you said you agreed to, you must immediately petition IN WRITING to the JUDGE to immediately withdraw your consent. Telephone chats will accomplish nothing. You have to PETITION TO SET ASIDE ORDER APPROVING COMPROMISE AND RELEASE AGREEMENT based upon... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Workers' Compensation for California on
Q: What can I do if my job refuses to give security to us when theres a history of sexual abuse and theft on employees?

Since the end of last year, I myself have been sexually assaulted in my store and most recently, 02/16/2020 have had my phone stolen out of my pocket. Around the same time an employee had her car stolen out of the parking lot. Literally last week a homeless woman managed to sneak into the back room... Read more »

Gary Alan Jackson
Gary Alan Jackson answered on Feb 17, 2020

Wow very sorry to hear of these events in your work place. you have a valid work injury claim for stress in the work place from witnessing violent events. you should also file a complaint with the Dept of fair employment and housing for unsafe work place.

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1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation for California on
Q: what if your attorney doesnt attend dismissal hearings
Ronald Mahurin
Ronald Mahurin answered on Feb 6, 2020

If you are dismissing your attorney, why would the attorney attend?

Q: Do I have to use sick/vacation days if I don't wish too?[sick or not]if I call out ill I am forced too,now

for 12 years I had to meet strict guidelines of how I used or didn't use paid time off,I was not compelled to use my time if I choose not too,save it,use it I decided I was not forced too, even if I called out ill, I still decided if it was used or not...on my behalf, paid or not paid........

Louis George Fazzi
Louis George Fazzi answered on Feb 6, 2020

Your employer cannot compel, or force, you to use your vacation time if you are otherwise entitled to sick leave. Vacation time is yours, and you cannot be compelled to use it for anything other than vacation time. If you get sick, then use your sick time. That is what it is for.

Having...
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3 Answers | Asked in Employment Law, Personal Injury and Workers' Compensation for California on
Q: Can you sue your employer in addition to workers comp due to gross negligence?

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Steven James Foster
Steven James Foster answered on Jan 31, 2020

If you are injured at work, you are subject to the Exclusive Remedy Rule — a component of workers compensation statutes that bars employees injured on the job from making a tort liability claim against their employers. The benefits provided under workers compensation are the sole remedy available... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in Workers' Compensation for California on
Q: can I Withdraw my signature from the settlement if it hasn’t gone through ?

I recently signed a SIp Feeling that it was a low offer but taking the deal is several months ago I was in desperate need of the money. It’s been several months and I keep getting the runaround from the insurance company. They claim information was filed wrong from the company I’ve worked with.... Read more »

Domingo R. Castillo
Domingo R. Castillo answered on Jan 25, 2020

Look for a competent workers comp attorney right away. Insurance adjusters will always offer you the lowest amount possible. Plus it’s very possible that the judge will not approve it for that reason.

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2 Answers | Asked in Workers' Compensation for California on
Q: One time consultation rendered diagnostics. IA denied sending thru UR. Does Sandhagen apply?

I don't understand how to respond to a lawyer's response to my initial question on this website .. If that is even possible. So I am adding more details in this question. The DA allowed a 1x consult to a neurologist. She put this in writing. Three lawyers down (and three years later )and it... Read more »

Gary Alan Jackson
Gary Alan Jackson answered on Jan 19, 2020

My answer urges you consult a lawyer. Not here in bits and pieces but over the phone at least. A carrier can deny a body part but all any manner of consultations. For deniedbody parts a PQME is needed unless the denial is legal rather than medical.

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3 Answers | Asked in Workers' Compensation for California on
Q: Workers compensation Insurance agent didn't send Rfa thru ur?

Workers' compensation. Insurance agent made unilateral decision to deny treatment and not even send Rfa thru ur with the reason being because it was a one time consultation with the doctor. This is not allowable. I can find no caselaw, no regulations, no circumstances that allow him to bypass... Read more »

Gary Alan Jackson
Gary Alan Jackson answered on Jan 19, 2020

They can do what they want. It’s up to you to know the cases and law why it’s wrong to assert your rights. You need a attorney to do this for you. There are many legal reasons they can do what you mentioned but this does not mean that in your case to have no options. Call an attorney to get... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in Workers' Compensation for California on
Q: Three years post injury, case still open, can I get disability now?

I was never taken off work. I barely work. Can I get workers comp pd or ptd disability if doctor requests? Pro per. Case was mishandled early on. Only now finally on track. I feel like unwell a lot. Spinal, nerves, brain. Edit: I am absolutely not in Texas. I am in CA. Maybe my... Read more »

Gary Alan Jackson
Gary Alan Jackson answered on Jan 19, 2020

Yes you can obtain further TTD, 2 years worth within a 5 year period. You may also have a CT which can extend this. Work comp is very complex. Call for a free and confidential consultation. Work comp attorneys provide free consultations.

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3 Answers | Asked in Workers' Compensation for California on
Q: I just closed my work comp case last year, but symptoms are back, new job and it's hard to work, what should I do?

Injury 12/28/2017 case closed 10/17/2019 was told I didnt have anything significant and it wouldnt cause problems in my day to day. I have gotten worse pain and went to the hospital and now have sciatica. And have missed days of work already.

Gary Alan Jackson
Gary Alan Jackson answered on Jan 15, 2020

You have a new case with the current employer and because your prior case seems to have been downplayed that can benefit you now. You should consult a workers compensation attorney ASAP to flesh out more details, options and rights

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4 Answers | Asked in Workers' Compensation for California on
Q: if the deposition of a doctor in a work comp case is taken, is the applicant party entitled to a free copy of transcript
Bianca Estella Kushner
Bianca Estella Kushner answered on Jan 13, 2020

The applicant's attorney can file a lien for Medical Legal costs and get reimbursed for any charges, same as the fees for the doctor's costs. Usually the court reporter submit their billing directly to the insurance company.

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3 Answers | Asked in Workers' Compensation for California on
Q: my job has told me I can't leave my house from 8am to 5pm while i am out on workers comp. is that legal????

Good Afternoon,

I have been out on workers comp due to a heart injury from my job for the past 7 months. About 2 months ago, I received a certified letter from my job telling me that I needed to be "in my home" from 830am until 5pm monday thru friday while I'm out of work.

The... Read more »

Bianca Estella Kushner
Bianca Estella Kushner answered on Jan 12, 2020

Your attorney might want to check with the defense where there is any rule in the Labor Code supporting that requirement. That requirement would be illegal, for what if you have any doctor's appointments. It appears that they are trying to harass you.

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