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Designate your Treating Physician Before You Suffer a Workers' Compensation Injury

Posted on 4/15/2013 by Bridgeford Admin in SCV Magazine workers' compensation treating physician injury

Seldom do workers in California consider if they have a legal right to select their treating physician before they suffer a Workers' Compensation injury.

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Can I Sue my Employer in Civil Court for my Workers' Compensation Injury?

Posted on 3/20/2013 by Bridgeford Admin in SCV Magazine workers' compensation misconduct serious and willful third party medical treatment

Usually not. When they drew up the "Workers Compensation Act" (before most of us were even born) the employer gave up their right to assert contributory negligence as a defense and the employee gave up the right to sue the employer in civil court – in essence, a "no fault" system.

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My Gardner's Worker Hurt Himself in My Front Yard; Will He Sue Me for Workers' Compensation?

Posted on 2/25/2013 by Bridgeford Admin in SCV Magazine workers' compensation benefits

It depends, of course. The most important consideration may be whether the worker’s boss has a contractor’s license and, of course, whether he has Workers Compensation insurance.

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What Happens to My Family If I Die From a Work Accident?

Posted on 1/30/2013 by Bridgeford Admin in SCV Magazine death workers' compensation

If your death is the result of an accident on the job your “dependents,” (i.e. wife, minor children, etc.) may be entitled to Workers’ Compensation benefits up to $320,000.00 – depending upon the number and type of dependents you leave behind.

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Fibromyalgia, Is it Real and Can it be Caused or Aggravated by My Work?

Posted on 12/27/2012 by Bridgeford Admin in SCV Magazine workers' compensation fibromyalgia

There was a period years ago where all one had to do to be deemed 100 percent permanently disabled from fibromyalgia was to memorize 18 areas on your body which should hurt when pressure was lightly applied (assuming you had the disease). California rheumatologists were having a field day diagnosing thousands of Workers Compensation claimants with fibromyalgia, caused or aggravated by employment.

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Workers' Compensation Benefits: Are They Enough to Get You By?

Posted on 11/27/2012 by Bridgeford Admin in SCV Magazine temporary disability workers' compensation

That depends on your needs. We are currently talking about only two thirds of your salary or wages based upon what the insurance community calls your “Average Weekly Wage” or AWW. Your AWW is calculated by obtaining your salary history for the year preceding your injury date and then dividing by 52. Whatever it is, you get two thirds of that amount per week – paid biweekly.

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Doing Business without Workers Compensation Insurance? It can be a Recipe for Disaster

Posted on 10/23/2012 by Bridgeford Admin in SCV Magazine workers' compensation insurance

I don’t know how many times my secretary has told me that some small business owner was in the lobby wanting to talk to me about a “problem” he or she had.

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Big Changes in Workers' Compensation on the Way

Posted on 9/26/2012 by Bridgeford Admin in workers' compensation workers' compensation reform

Many of my readers will recall that in my prior articles, I have discussed such things as psychiatric Workers Compensation claims, sleep disturbance claims and even sexual dysfunction as a psychiatric claim. These “sequelae” issues, which usually are alleged to extend from an underlying orthopedic injury, may well be a thing of the past.

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A Workers' Compensation Claim...Will My Employer's Insurance Company Secretly Take Video of Me if I File?

Posted on 8/27/2012 by Bridgeford Admin in SCV Magazine workers' compensation insurance evidence

Possibly. The more suspicious the employer is regarding your worker’s compensation claim, or concerning the extent of your disability, the more likely it is for them to contract a vendor to take video pictures of you.

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Did My Heart Attack Have Anyting To Do With My Job?

Posted on 7/30/2012 by Bridgeford Admin in SCV Magazine workers' compensation heart attack stress

Possibly, and you don’t necessarily have to work in a “high stress” work environment such as driving a bus or working on the New York Stock Exchange. Some people who file Workers Compensation claims for “job related” heart attacks may work in what may appear to an outsider on a “stress-free” job site.

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