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  • Governor Brown Vetoes AB 570, Citing Gender Discrimination

    Posted By Law Offices of Wax & Wax || 20-Oct-2017

    Workers’ compensation law won’t be getting any major changes anytime soon, as the only major piece of legislation to reach Governor Brown’s desk after this year’s legislative session has been vetoed. AB 570 has been vetoed, with the Governor writing a fairly lengthy explanation letter for his decision in returning the bill to the State Assembly without his signature. ...
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  • CAAA Workers' Compensation Newsletter

    Posted By Law Offices of Wax & Wax || 3-Oct-2017

    This month’s California Applicants’ Attorneys Association Workers’ Compensation Newsletter presented a number of important subjects, ranging from news topics, events, informative pieces, and more. The newsletter opens with a piece titled Senator Steven Bradford: Aiming At the Racist Heart of Appointment, in which he highlights the racist undertones of the apportionment regime in ...
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  • Attorney Alan L. Wax Speaking at 2017 CWCDAA Annual Winter Conference

    Posted By Law Offices of Wax & Wax || 13-Sep-2017

    Our firm, Law Offices of Wax & Wax is thrilled to announce our very own Attorney Alan L. Wax has been selected to speak at the 2017 CWCDAA Annual Winter Conference. Hosted by the California Workers’ Compensation Defense Attorneys Association, this conference will be held from November 3-5 at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel and Spa in Anaheim, California. Attorney Wax will be ...
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  • California Labor Commissioner Throws ICE Agents out of Offices

    Posted By Law Offices of Wax & Wax || 8-Sep-2017

    In line with the current Presidential administration’s crackdown on illegal immigration, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents have begun visiting several of the offices of California’s state Labor Commissioner in an effort to apprehend undocumented workers or obtain information about claims made by undocumented individuals. However, Labor Commissioner Julie Su has responded ...
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  • How to Use an Emergency Eyewash Station

    Posted By Law Offices of Wax & Wax || 23-May-2017

    The first few seconds after exposure to a hazardous, corrosive chemical are crucial. Do not hesitate to use the emergency eye wash station since delaying treatment may result in permanent eye damage. Once you reach the eye wash station, follow these important steps: Push the level. The eyewash unit will activate with one single motion. The dust cover will pop off and the flushing fluid will start ...
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  • $40 Million Workers' Compensation Scam in Orange County

    Posted By Law Offices of Wax & Wax || 11-May-2017

    When you visit your doctor to obtain a diagnosis for the full extent of your work injury and to receive the proper treatment for maximum recovery, the last thing on your mind is being taken advantage of. However, it has occurred to more than 13,000 patients in Orange County, costing them $40 million in workers’ compensation insurance. Last month, Orange County authorities uncovered the scam ...
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  • What Is and Isn't Eligible for Workers' Compensation

    Posted By Law Offices of Wax & Wax || 18-Apr-2017

    If you are seeking workers’ compensation benefits, you must demonstrate that your injury or illness is work-related. Although the “work-related” requirement may appear to be a straight-forward rule, it can be complex. Situations that are considered “work-related” when an injury occurs include: Preexisting conditions – If you have a preexisting condition and your ...
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  • How To Dispute An Impairment Rating In A California Workers' Comp Claim

    Posted By Law Offices of Wax & Wax || 5-Apr-2017

    Disputing an impairment rating in a California workers’ compensation claim is a very complicated ordeal. Always remember that the first impairment rating must be disputed within 90 days or you will likely get stuck with it. There are two ways to dispute an impairment rating: one is to request a designated doctor, and the second is to request a benefit review conference. The hard part is ...
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  • Filing Workers' Comp: A Step-by-Step Guide

    Posted By Law Offices of Wax & Wax || 28-Mar-2017

    If you have sustained an injury on the job, you have the right to recover benefits under California’s workers' compensation Act. Under this act, it is mandatory for employers to provide medical treatment and pay workers’ compensation benefits to any injured employee. You are obligated to file a claim for workers’ comp benefits in a timely manner. Failing to do so can jeopardize ...
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  • Work-Related Car Accidents

    Posted By Law Offices of Wax & Wax || 7-Mar-2017

    Every year, California and the rest of the country experiences an increase of motor vehicles on the roads and highways. With more people spending a large amount of time during the day in their cars for work-related duties, it is imperative to know your legal rights if you are injured in a car collision on the job. In order to receive workers’ compensation benefits, you must be “on the ...
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  • Occupational Hearing Loss

    Posted By Law Offices of Wax & Wax || 26-Jan-2017

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that occupational hearing loss affects about 22 million Americans each year. This makes it one of the most common work-related illnesses in the country! So what’s behind this growing problem? The two most common causes of occupational hearing loss are: Hazardous noise levels at work Exposure to ototoxic chemicals that can be ...
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  • Chemical Exposure on the Job: What You Need to Know

    Posted By Law Offices of Wax & Wax || 10-Jan-2017

    On-the-job exposure to harmful chemicals is a serious problem that’s happening in workplaces throughout the U.S. So, how can you protect yourself from the potentially life-threatening effects of toxic exposure at work? Do your homework. By law, you are entitled to work in an environment that is both safe and healthy. If toxic or otherwise hazardous chemicals are present, your employer is ...
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  • Choosing Your Workers' Compensation Attorney

    Posted By Law Offices of Wax & Wax || 21-Nov-2016

    the If you've been seriously hurt while on the job, it can be difficult to know what your options are and who to turn to for help. Unfortunately, there are many law firms out there that know how our workers' compensation system works, promise their clients results, and settle their cases in depositions for far less money than the claimant deserves. The insurance companies benefit from this ...
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  • Five Workers' Compensation Myths

    Posted By Law Offices of Wax & Wax || 16-Nov-2016

    Most people don't seriously think about workers' compensation until an accident has occurred and they're interested in seeking benefits. This is only natural, but has also led to several popular misconceptions about how the program actually works, who's eligible, and what can be done to secure relief after a workplace accident. Below, we take a look at five of these most common ...
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  • Report: Lawmakers Should Consider Federal Workers' Comp Intervention

    Posted By Law Offices of Wax & Wax || 20-Oct-2016

    A new report from the Labor Department is recommending that lawmakers explore the possibility of federal oversight of our state workers' compensation systems. That recommendation comes after confirming that many of our workers' compensation programs all across the country are failing our injured workers. As NPR and ProPublica report, the Labor Department has found that, over the last ...
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  • What to do After a Workplace Injury

    Posted By Law Offices of Wax & Wax || 13-Sep-2016

    If you have been injured on the job, follow these steps: Report the injury to your supervisor, manager, or boss This step is essential. To receive workers’ compensation, you must notify your employer within 30 days of sustaining the injury. Seek medical attention or call 911 if it is an emergency Be aware that your employer may require you to see a doctor within their Medical Provider ...
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  • LAPD Officers Struggle With Workers' Comp Claim Delays

    Posted By Law Offices of Wax & Wax || 22-Aug-2016

    A new report from the NBC4 I-Team sheds light on just how difficult it can be for LAPD officers to receive the workers' compensation benefits they need. In many cases, officers eager to get back to work are kept from doing so due to medical conditions that have worsened over time. That's the case of Officer Channing Lang, whose knee injury (sustained during a foot pursuit) finally ...
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  • Understanding "Reduced Cost" CA Worker's Comp Headlines

    Posted By Law Offices of Wax & Wax || 10-Aug-2016

    Due to a recent study from the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau of California, several news outlets this summer have reported a remarkable drop in workers' compensation costs for employers in California. This kind of drop, it is claimed, was much needed, considering California continues to have the highest workers' compensation costs in the country. As The Sacramento Bee ...
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  • Worker's Comp Claims Can Hang On A Word

    Posted By Law Offices of Wax & Wax || 18-Jul-2016

    Just how sensitive are workers' compensation claims once contested by a claimant or employer? As Business Insurance reports, a number of major California workers' comp cases this year came down to the interpretation of a single word or phrase. Take the case of Travelers Casualty & Surety Co. et al. v. Workers' Compensation Appeals Board and Mark Dreher. The claimant was a ...
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  • New Lawsuit Claims CA Workers' Comp Discriminates Against Women

    Posted By Law Offices of Wax & Wax || 11-Jul-2016

    A new lawsuit filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court asserts that our state's workers' compensation system discriminates against women. As CBS Los Angeles reports, the suit contends that medical evaluators and guidelines rely on stereotypes that diminish the gravity of female worker injuries, resulting in fewer benefits. The suit, which is seeking class-action status, was filed by a ...
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  • California's Weekly Average Wage Rises

    Posted By Law Offices of Wax & Wax || 30-Jun-2016

    The California Workers’ Compensation Institute has reported that the State Average Weekly Wage increased slightly over two percent during the 2014-15 year. This will have a significant impact on disability claims and awards in the 2016 calendar year, as it will increase weekly payments awards that are tied to the State Average Weekly Wage. California workers’ compensation claims use ...
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  • "Can I Receive Workers' Comp Benefits Permanently?"

    Posted By Law Offices of Wax & Wax || 8-Jun-2016

    "How long can I receive benefits?" This question is usually on the forefront of injured worker's minds (not to mention their families') following their decision to pursue a workers' compensation claim. In most cases, successful claims provide benefits until the worker fully recovers and returns to work. But what about cases in which the injury is especially serious and the ...
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  • How Do I Prepare For An IME?

    Posted By Law Offices of Wax & Wax || 20-May-2016

    When there are issues or disputes over your workers’ compensation benefits, you’ll be asked to undergo an independent medical exam (IME). These exams are done by the doctor your employer or employer’s insurance company hires – he or she will ask you about your condition, the accident, and the extent of your impairment. Because the outcome of an IME can significantly impact ...
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  • Report: CA Workers' Comp Opioid Prescriptions Still Prominent, Decreasing

    Posted By Law Offices of Wax & Wax || 9-May-2016

    The prescription of opioid painkillers has become a disturbingly common part of workers' compensation benefits, especially here in California. A new report from California Workers' Compensation Institute has found that, while opioid prescriptions remain a prominent part of California's workers' comp system, the number of prescriptions overall is decreasing. As Business Insurance ...
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  • Report: Workers' Compensation Costs in CA Falling

    Posted By Law Offices of Wax & Wax || 18-Apr-2016

    According to the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau, the overall cost of workers' comp to California employers has dropped since 2012. The finding also comes with the data that suggests, despite the decline, that cash benefits for injured claimants has improved. As the Sacramento Bee reports, the fall in employer costs is likely due to 2012 legislation aimed at this precise ...
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