California: Former Red Bluff councilman sentenced

Former Red Bluff City Councilman Suren Patel received a five-year and eight-month suspended prison sentence last week for a variety of charges that include workers’ compensation fraud. The presiding judge said the defendant not appear remorseful for his crimes and was caught when taking his family on a cruise, rather than paying retribution to victims. […]

First responder’s suicide drives new push for PTSD coverage

In Washington state, advocates for local first responders are pushing for new legislation to protect firefighters who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. Only five U.S. states list PTSD as a presumptive occupational condition. Washington is not one of them. KIRO (Seattle) [with video]

California: Fairfield pizzeria owner appears in court

The owner of a Fairfield, California pizzeria appeared in court last week in connection with his criminal case for workers’ compensation fraud. Prosecutors say the 62-year-old man made fraudulent statements to insurers for determining what his restaurant’s insurance premium payments were in 2014 and 2015. Daily Republic

Physician: Rigorous hypertension guidelines emerge

A clinical professor at the University of California, Davis Medical School discusses a recent medico-legal conference in Los Angeles where doctors and lawyers focused on workers’ compensation issues, including so-called “presumption statutes” that cover some first responders’ heart conditions. Daily Republic