A couple of months ago, we wrote a post about a complicated slip and fall situation. The case spawned numerous other pieces of litigation outside of the actual slip and fall incident itself. If you want to review that intriguing episode, click here. Today, we want to write about another slip and fall incident -- albeit one that has another set of bizarre circumstances, even though they aren't as outlandish as our previous article.
The U.S. Department of Labor released a report earlier this month on the workers' compensation system. Their recommendation is for further exploration into enacting federal oversight and federal minimum benefits for workers' compensation. Since workers' compensation is currently regulated at the state level, this could change circumstances significantly for some injured workers.
Imagine that you leave work one day and you get into your car. You mentally prepare yourself for the commute home -- the long one that it is, it may take your favorite album or song to get through it. As you get on the highway on your usual route home, you come across another driver who seems oblivious to the other vehicles all around them. You soon see why: they are looking down at their lap because they are sending a text on their cellphone to their friend.
Two newly-signed laws will help to improve California workers' compensation, and build upon reform efforts that began in 2012. These new laws, signed by Governor Jerry Brown on October 2, concentrate on cracking down on fraud by health care professionals and reducing the delays applicants experience in obtaining medical evaluations.