Original Articles

  • Company Officials Charged in Electrocution

    The Orange County District Attorney has filed criminal charges against the safety coordinator and two other principals of Five Star Plastering, based in Laguna Hills. Its employee was involved in a 2014 electrocution. The employer itself also faces charges. A two-man crew was erecting a banner at the Mission Viejo High School stadium to support […]

  • Insurance Department nabs trio for billing fraud

    The California Department of Insurance arrested three individuals including a registered qualified medical evaluator (QME) in a scheme to defraud health insurers by artificially inflating bills. The three face charges of conspiracy to submit at least $380,000 in fraudulent bills for laboratory services. Arrested were Dr. Edward Albert G. Balbas, chiropractor Jon Brunelle, and Alejandra […]

  • Applicant attorney suspended, awaits sentencing

    State officials suspended a Southern California applicant attorney from practicing law in California, and the attorney is awaiting sentencing for tax fraud. The fraudulent activity stemmed from reputed charitable donations that were actually payments for client referrals. The California State Bar suspended attorney Ronald Mix’s license indefinitely effective September 26. The move follows Mix’s conviction […]

  • DWC Releases Report on 2013 Claims-Handling Practices of Workers Comp Administrators

    The California Department of Industrial Relations Division of Workers Compensation (DWC) Audit Unit has released a report to the state legislature on 2013 audits that specifically focuses on the claims-handling practices of workers comp administrators. The report finds that 70 claims businesses representing California workers comp carriers and self-insured employers failed to pay a total […]

Curated Content Articles of Interest from Around the Web

  • System fails San Bernardino Islamic terrorist attack survivors

    Changes in workers’ compensation may have saved insurance companies a lot of money but complicated the efforts of survivors of the December 2015 Islamic terror attack in San Bernardino to get the help they need. San Bernardino Sun

  • California: Employer’s appeal in fireman’s death rejected

    An administrative hearing officer has rejected an attempt to reverse penalties imposed against Red Bluff-based Tehama Transport, which employed a 38-year-old fireman who was killed on October 16 when his water tanker overturned in Napa County while he fought a wildfire. The employer, which contracted with Cal Fire, had argued that its operators were not […]

  • Labor Department denies ex-inspector’s workers’ comp claim for 9/11 illness

    A 59-year old former Fed-OSHA compliance officer who has been diagnosed by government doctors with interstitial lung disease in connection with his work at Ground Zero after the September 11, 2001 Islamic terrorist attacks has been denied workers’ compensation by the Labor Department, his employer at the time. Dale Henderson, whose illness was acknowledged by […]

  • Ohio House passes bill blocking ‘illegal aliens’ from workers’ comp

    The Ohio House of Representatives has approved a bill that would prevent illegal aliens from filing workers’ compensation claims. Supporters say the bill is consistent with the state’s denial of other government benefits to illegal workers. No business group testified in support of the bill during committee hearings, nor did the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ […]

  • Workers’ comp claims in pro sports

    Workers’ compensation attorney Gene Carney discusses some of the unique challenges that come with representing professional athletes. The discussion includes chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) and head injury claims and his view of the class action lawsuit filed against the NFL that was recently settled. Legal Talk Network [with audio]