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A Small Step Towards Normality

California got just a little bit closer to the pre-COVID world last month when the Division of Workers’ Compensation announced that certain types of hearings would go back to being held in person. As of March 21, 2022, all Workers’ Compensation district offices with the exception of the Eureka office have restarted in-person hearings for Read More

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2021 California Legislative Session: Jaywalking in California

In the 2021 California Legislative Session, the California State Legislature passed a bill that would have mostly decriminalized jaywalking in California and shifted the rights of way between cars and pedestrians on the streets. (In our June 1, 2021 blog posting we discussed that bill and some of its potential consequences – California’s “Freedom to Read More

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Settlements

The Workers’ Compensation system is a limited benefits system that can extend for months, or even years, before any discussions of settlement occur. When a workers’ compensation doctor finds an injured worker (hereinafter “applicant”) permanent and stationary, meaning he or she is not expected to get better or worse within the next year, settlement discussions Read More

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Bitcoin… What Is It Exactly?

A California Pawnbroker may buy, sell, and enter into pawn on any “tangible personal property”. (See Cal. Bus. & Prof. Code § 21626.) The term “tangible personal property” is defined by California Business & Professions Code § 21627 as “all secondhand tangible personal property that bears a serial number or personalized initials or inscription or Read More

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Does The “Alter Ego” Doctrine Apply To Workers’ Compensation?

In 2021 Cal. Wrk. Comp. P.D. LEXIS 302, Mastagni Holstedt, A.P.C. with Associate Attorney, Jonathan D. Char argued that the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board frustrated the applicant’s recovery by issuing an award only against a corporation (dissolved) and not against the owner. Upon petition for reconsideration, the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board found the alter ego doctrine is Read More

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Loss of Consortium Claims

What Is A Loss of Consortium Claim? When an individual suffers a personal injury, it can impact their lives in many ways. Our civil system strives to “make the plaintiff whole,” by putting the injured person in the same position that they would have been in had the injury never occurred. However, a personal injury Read More

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Post Paternity Rights

In October 2021, United States Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg became the subject of public commentary when it was reported that he had taken several weeks of “paternity leave” from his cabinet position in the midst of numerous nation-wide transportation emergencies. Some accused Secretary Buttigieg of job abandonment. Others commended him as a sort of Read More

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The Inalienable Right to Privacy Extends to Bathroom Harassment

The Inalienable Right to Privacy Extends to Bathroom Harassment The Federal Constitution recognizes the right to privacy in the First, Fourth, Fifth, and Fourteenth Amendment. Similarly, the California Constitution recognizes the right to privacy as an inalienable right under Article 1, §1. The California Constitutional Right to Privacy protects victims against other individuals and private Read More

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SB 863: Limitations On Recovery For Psychiatric Disorders Arising Out Of Compensable Physical Injuries

Workers’ Compensation is an ever-changing area of law that affects the lives of millions of working and retired Californians. Legislators keep pushing for amendments to the Labor Code to offset the cost of care for injured workers and provide more funding for temporary and permanent disability benefits. Unfortunately, the road to hell is paved with Read More

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Workers’ Compensation: Proposed Senate Bill 284 Seeks To Expand Rebuttable Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Presumption

California Labor Code Sections 3212 through 3213.2 provide that certain injuries are presumed to arise out of and in the course of employment for most sworn law enforcement officers, firefighters and a select few other employees whose job duties involve public safety. The existing law provides that, in the case of certain state and local Read More

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