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2 Answers | Asked in Employment Law and Workers' Compensation for California on
Q: Is there a law stating the max attorney fees for workers comp cases in CA? I've read 15% one lawyer is asking 18%
Nancy J. Wallace
Nancy J. Wallace answered on Jul 19, 2021

The Labor Code just says 'reasonable' which is as clear as mud. The FEE DISCLOSURE FORM you signed at the outset says 9-12%. The WCAB Judges regularly award 15%. The judges in MARINA DEL REY award 18% because the rent is so much higher around that region. But it's just... Read more »

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Q: The Worker's Compensation Atterney I hired settled my PD claim w/o my consent

I told him no i wanted full disclosure of my claim and need to ask the judge for some of my $125,642 award i was put as permanet and stationary way to early by my PTP when still getting my right hand,fingers,thumb,wrist from pulling radial nerve out of my bicept from jobsite fall ,and my back and... Read more »

Neil Pedersen
Neil Pedersen answered on Jul 13, 2021

You have not asked a question.

This Q&A board is not a place to solicit an attorney to work for you. It is a place to get general legal guidance.

Speak to your attorney about this. You cannot be forced to sign a settlement that you do not agree with. However before you walk...
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1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation for California on
Q: Can we claim the price/usage increase compared to our average electric bill?

My husband broke his right ankle at work. He is now home 24/7. Our electric bill has gone up because he is home.

Nancy J. Wallace
Nancy J. Wallace answered on Jun 21, 2021

Sadly, no! There is nothing in the Labor Code that requires the Employer or INsurer to pay for the increase in residential electricity during periods of Temporary Disability. The Labor Code only requires payment for 'reasonable' treatment (which includes mileage reimbursement to the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation for California on
Q: When do I start getting PPD?

My last appointment where my MD told me I was at MMI was 13 days ago. I have heard nothing from him or my WC company. I looked online and it says that my return to work day was 12 days ago. When are they required to pay me my PPD in California (I thought it was 14 days)? I called the MD office... Read more »

Nancy J. Wallace
Nancy J. Wallace answered on Jun 9, 2021

if you went to a doctor 'in bed' with the insurance adjuster, he may be writing you have ZERO rateable Whole Person Impairment from this injury. I set a trial for one just like that today...the treating physician said the worker had permanent restrictions from her injury but no... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Insurance Bad Faith, Personal Injury and Workers' Compensation for California on
Q: a corrupt doctor had my supportive care ended, the lawyer and insurance co were complicit ! I have documentation please

Please help, the attorney made false pleadings to the judges, the doctor did not even see me for 10 minutes and never examined me.

the recent laws changed helped them to squash my pleadings. I've gone as far as I can . they made so many lies that can be proven with electronic files.... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Jun 9, 2021

MORE INFO NEEDED.

YOU NEED A LAWYER THAT IS WILLING AND CAPABLE OF HANDLING THIS MATTER ON A CONTINGENCY......IT IS NOT MY FIRM AS WE DON'T DO THAT KIND OF MATTER.

MOST LAWYERS DO NOT WANT TO THROW THEIR OWN MONEY AT LITIGATION THAT MAY BE STALE?

I ASSUME IF THIS WAS A...
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4 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy, Contracts, Workers' Compensation and Public Benefits for California on
Q: I am the vendor in a bankruptcy case and the pay out was to commence on 2021/25/05, and the judge approved my paperwork.

Sent in claims paperwork and it was accepted and the asking of the funds was on the 25th to cover the prior court date asking amount.

Tristan Brown
Tristan Brown answered on Jun 3, 2021

Hello,

Given the information provided, I am unable to determine what information you are seeking. Please provide some additional information if you are seeking an answer or solution on this forum.

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1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation for California on
Q: I was working for a person they were late on my pay so they put in their credit information on my Phone to pay it

He didn't pay me in full when I was working with himand also didn't pay me my last check. the card was charged I didn't get to pay with cash but his card was charged 67 dollars when I called for an extension I guess they just charged me to the info he left logged in I tried canceling... Read more »

Nancy J. Wallace
Nancy J. Wallace answered on May 31, 2021

This is NOT a true 'workers compensation' matter, workers comp is for folks who fall of the ladder at work and need a back surgery. YOU have a Labor Law question, a WAGE CLAIM. Wage Claims go to the California Labor Board : https://www.dir.ca.gov/dlse/HowToFileWageClaim.htm That is... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Employment Law and Workers' Compensation for California on
Q: regarding FMLA.. my employer is saying I'm on the FMLA abuse list one day. because i went over the certified hours

I went over the hours the doctor certified me with... but all the times my supervisor had approved my time off but one day my manager tells me that I'm on the FMLA abuse list cause i went over my hours. they didn't even ask me if i can provide doctors notes for the days I left early which... Read more »

Neil Pedersen
Neil Pedersen answered on May 22, 2021

There is nothing in the FMLA that talks about an FMLA Abuse List. That is an internal thing at your employer. I would surmise that what you are being told is that your employer suspects that you have taken FMLA-designated time off that it believes you were not entitled to receive. If you believe... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Employment Law and Workers' Compensation for California on
Q: I was assaulted at work by a co worker with a box cutter, i would like to know what my legal option are.

He is in jail awaiting trial, and im going through PTSD due to what happened and im currently not working. I have filed worker's comp, but have not heard back regarding this and its been over 1 month already.

Ronald Mahurin
Ronald Mahurin answered on May 18, 2021

In situations like yours it is best to get an attorney right away. You say you have PTSD. Really? Is that your diagnosis or a physician's. If a physician says PTSD, then you can probably qualify for TTD. If it is your opinion, it's worthless. You will need a medical report establishing... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Business Law and Workers' Compensation for California on
Q: I have a small solar business. My workers are on 1099, I am the only one on payroll.

One of my workers filed for unemployment last year. the unemployment office penalized me for total $1655 for unpaid tax for October - December 2018. again, clearly I had nobody on payroll on 2018. can they do that?

Ernest Charles Payne Jr
Ernest Charles Payne Jr answered on Apr 19, 2021

Assuming your business is operating in California, it is very likely you are violating the law by employing your workers as independent contractors. Look at AB5 (Assembly Bill 5) that went into effect 1/1/2020. If you’re not treating them as employees, and paying payroll taxes, WC insurance,... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Employment Law, Workers' Compensation and Employment Discrimination for California on
Q: How do I go about getting my restrictions changed by an AME now that I have completed my the

How do I go about getting my restrictions changed by an AME now that I have completed my therapy and him requesting me to return after the therapy and medical test were completed.

Nancy J. Wallace
Nancy J. Wallace answered on Mar 2, 2021

AMEs are ONLY for people with a lawyer, so if this doctor is truly an Agreed Medical Evaluator, YOU have a lawyer! So tell your lawyer to schedule the final re-evaluation with the AME ASAP. THAT's why you are paying your lawyer 15% of your recovery!

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1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation for California on
Q: Can 2 QME reports Along with Supplemental Reports last One Done July 2020 Be Stricken Because Dr died ?

I have an Attorney , I question his statements Seriously injured in 2017 . First QME report would give me lifetime disability benefits , insurance company sits on report for a year. I go back to same QME one year later , my condition worsening . 2nd report in July 2020 now gives me a rating of... Read more »

Nancy J. Wallace
Nancy J. Wallace answered on Mar 1, 2021

MAYBE. If there is any NEW evidence the evaluating physician would need to see to render an accurate opinion, then you have to pick a new QME. IF a Party said they planned to depose the QME when they had the records collected and they proceeded reasonably (they didn't wait 3 years before... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation for California on
Q: Injured at work 09/09 2019. Had a surgery 01/22/2020. Treating doctor (also the surgeon) issues 2% WPI in Aug 2020.

QME doctor issues 17% in Jan 2021. Claims admin objects to the medical determination, report, conclusions regarding causation, apportionment, disability, impairment, work restrictions and treatment. They want a supplemental report, PQME Cross-examination and to obtain additional records, etc.... Read more »

Nancy J. Wallace
Nancy J. Wallace answered on Feb 20, 2021

Your options are to file / serve DOR for a trial immediately. Defense has had the QME report for more than a month, it should have obtained these records BEFORE the QME saw you, and the QMEs deposition should have beend scheduled already. YOu are ready for trial for a decision on the jan. 2021... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation and Construction Law for California on
Q: I was trying to service an ac unit on the 2nd roof of a townhouse a roof tile broke under my ladder, broke my ankle

I am trying to see how to move forward with this. I got up on the first roof then my co worker handed me the ladder to get to the second roof I secured it got up about 3 steps then the roof tile broke my ladder slid and my weight the the weight of my ladder came down on my right ankle and broke it... Read more »

Nancy J. Wallace
Nancy J. Wallace answered on Feb 20, 2021

This is a classic Workers Compensation claim. to 'move forward', you get a REAL ortho surgeon from the comp insurer's approved list, do NOT let the comp insurance adjuster or the boss pick your treating physicians or you won't be happy. But you need the list of approved... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Workers' Compensation for California on
Q: How far in advance do I need to inform my staff that there will be no work for the day and they do not need to come in?

I am putting together a S.O.P for our company about calling off the staff due to light work load, how far in advance do I need to let them know?

Neil Pedersen
Neil Pedersen answered on Feb 19, 2021

The only law that speaks to your issue is the Reporting Time Pay law that says you have to pay part of the cancelled shift if you send an employee home once they arrive at the workplace for a scheduled shift. See here for more on that law: https://www.dir.ca.gov/dlse/faq_reportingtimepay.htm... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation for California on
Q: We have received payment for QME and Supp. report only by DOR, now we are requesting self-imposed P & I.

We have an order from a judge and still nothing for P&I which is over 4k (worth going after).

Tim Rose
Tim Rose answered on Feb 15, 2021

I don't see a question there, but Nancy Wallace can probably help you out in CA https://lawyers.justia.com/lawyer/nancy-j-wallace-1486668

3 Answers | Asked in Employment Law and Workers' Compensation for California on
Q: My friend's boss was covid positive last week Thursday, but he showed up to work today on Monday. He won't leave too.

How can she protect herself and her co-workers and does she have a legal case?

Ina Shtukar
Ina Shtukar answered on Feb 9, 2021

Interesting scenario! If your fried becomes sick (only if she becomes sick), she would probably have a cause of action under the workers' comp act. Many states now have a presumption for COVID, which makes it work related and compensable. However, based on the fact that the boss was aware of... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation for California on
Q: What information do I have a right to request during a workers comp investigation and how long do they have to comply?

My supervisor was written up for my injury and I would like a copy of the disciplinary action. How do I request this document? Can I request a copy of the workers comp insurance carriers investigation? How long does my employer or insurance carrier have to comply with my request for records? I... Read more »

Nancy J. Wallace
Nancy J. Wallace answered on Feb 1, 2021

You are NOT entitled to another person's personnel file, if that is what you are asking. You would be very upset if a co-worker got YOUR personnel file. Those are transactions between the employer and the worker ONLY. An 'investigation report' is prepared in anticipation of... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation for California on
Q: Maximum percentage of attorney fee that could be taken out of settlement with two liens on the case.

Hi,

1) What is the maximum percentage from the settlement amount that a a judge could award to each attorney, if there were TWO liens for attorney fees on the case?

2) Is any law or code in this regard in workers comp system and if yes what is that code?

3) If an attorney... Read more »

Nancy J. Wallace
Nancy J. Wallace answered on Jan 5, 2021

The Labor Code just says 'Reasonable', it doesn't limit the judge to a maximum percentage. THAT said, some WCAB judge award 18% in the 'high rent' regions, most limit it to 15%. The fee withheld is split between all the attorneys who worked on the file. If the... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Workers' Compensation for California on
Q: Trial scheduled for disputed attorney fees.

Hi,

I am an Applicant In pro per. I settled my WC case before trial thru a signed C&R. I dismissed my attorney a year before the settlement reached for "cause''. He now wants 15% of the settlement amount and has filed a DOR for it which I have objected and the case is set... Read more »

Ronald Mahurin
Ronald Mahurin answered on Jan 4, 2021

1) If the WCJ believes testimony is needed, then there will be a court reporter, otherwise most everything will be done in the WCJ chambers.

2) Yes you have all the rights available with respect to any trial result.

The attorney is entitled to payment Quantum Merit. That means...
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