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How Long Can You Be on Federal Workers’ Compensation?

Generally, there is no set time limit for how long you can be on federal workers’ compensation. It depends on the severity of your injury or illness and how this affects your ability to work. For example, there may be restrictions on the benefits you can receive, and you will likely be required to attend […]

Top 7 Workers’ Comp Deposition Mistakes

Some of the top workers’ compensation deposition mistakes include failing to follow your lawyer’s advice and giving answers that you are not certain of. Depositions are recorded, and your statements may be used against you in one or more ways—including as evidence at trial. You can work with a lawyer from our team to prepare […]

What Are Examples of Workers’ Compensation Fraud?

Workers’ compensation insurance covers medical expenses and lost income for employees who get hurt or sick on the job. But like other insurance industries with so much money in the system, it can be a target of fraud. Some of the most common examples of workers’ compensation fraud include double dipping, medical provider fraud, personal […]

Can I Be Terminated While on Workers’ Compensation in California?

You can be terminated while on workers’ compensation in California under very specific circumstances. If your employer fires you for reasons related to your job performance prior to your injury, this termination is legal and allowed. If, however, your firing was in retaliation for your having filed your claim, you could have the right to […]

Can You Get Unemployment After Workers’ Compensation?

Receiving unemployment in addition to workers’ compensation benefits usually means that you’ll receive less than you usually would from unemployment in proportion to the workers’ compensation payments you’ve already received—and vice versa. Moreover, you usually cannot claim both benefits without one amount offsetting the other. You can consult with a workers’ compensation lawyer who can […]

Eight Common Mistakes to Avoid When Filing a Workers’ Compensation Claim

Many states, including California, follow a no-fault policy when it comes to workers’ compensation claims. This means that after a worker is injured in the workplace, their employer must start administering benefits to them no matter how the injury occurred. Despite how easy this process may seem for an injured employee, there are opportunities for […]

When Can a Third-Party Injury Claim Replace Workers’ Comp?

A third-party injury claim can replace workers’ comp when an injury occurs because of the third party’s negligence. If the injury happens in the regular course of work, then workers’ compensation insurance will generally cover losses. A personal injury lawyer can help you determine your eligibility to pursue a third-party injury claim. If you are, […]

What Does PQME Stand for in Workers’ Compensation?

PQME stands for “panel qualified medical evaluator.” The term “panel” refers to a short list of medical professionals authorized to perform health status evaluations for workers’ compensation cases. Typically, a qualified medical evaluator (QME) panel administrator or California’s Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) selects this panel. A QME is a licensed physician who must meet […]

6 Objectives of Workers’ Compensation Programs

Workers’ compensation programs have many objectives, most of which include helping injured workers make ends meet in the aftermath of a serious injury. Yet, getting compensated can get complicated––preventing you from seeking benefits in the first place.  If you have difficulties getting workers’ compensation benefits in the aftermath of a job-related injury, you should consider […]

Does Workers’ Compensation Affect Future Employment?

Workers’ compensation should not affect your future employment. There’s no reason why applying for workers’ compensation at a previous job should affect a new one. While the injury you suffered from a previous job may affect your working capacity, workers’ compensation in and of itself should have no bearing on your future employment prospects.  Employers […]

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