Thrills, Chills, and Spills: Assuming the Risk with Dangerous Sports

Where is the boundary between vigorous competition and unnecessary roughness?  When does a player in a contact sport cross the line from aggressive play to exposure to a lawsuit? It can be difficult to assess liability when dealing with dangerous outdoor sports and recreational activities.  The California law on “primary assumption of risk,” however, provides
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California’s Utilization Review Process Explained

There is growing interest in ensuring that anyone who receives medical care through workers’ compensation claims deserves it. It’s a harsh reality in California. If you have suffered an injury at work, you likely just want to ensure your losses are covered by the coverage employers are required to maintain under law. However, this process
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Difference Between Compromise and Release vs. Stipulation

The workers’ compensation (WC) system in California includes a variety of payment types. The payment types an injured employee receives as they move through the CA workers’ compensation system depends on the extent of their injury(ies). Once the injured worker reaches Maximum Medical Improvement (MMI), settlement negotiations can begin. California’s WC: Periodic Payments Received Prior
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California’s Employment Development Department and Work Compensation FAQs

If a worker sustains an injury while on the job, the employer compensates them through workers’ compensation (WC) insurance. If an individual suffers an illness or injury that is not related to their work, they can ask for time off for treatment through disability insurance (DI), which is a component of the state disability insurance
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How to Calculate Your TTD Rate in California

If you’ve been hurt at work and have been deemed unable to work by your treating workers’ compensation physician, you are entitled to receive temporary total disability, or TTD benefits, to help replace your lost income while you recover from your industrial injuries. How to Calculate TTD The calculations used to determine how much you’ll
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Walnut Creek’s Walkability Causing Pedestrian Accident Concerns

Pedestrian accidents in Walnut Creek from April 2004 to September 2017. Zoom in and click a plot point for more information about the accident.  Ask any homeowner what they look for in a neighborhood when they move to it. You’ll probably get a variety of answers such as close driving distance to work, excellent schools and
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Workers’ Compensation Acronyms

California’s workers’ compensation program uses a variety of acronyms throughout its documentation. As such, understanding this documentation can often be challenging to a recently injured worker. For this reason, we created a list of commonly used acronyms (with their meanings) to assist those who are moving through the workers’ compensation program in California. AMA –
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Your Workers Compensation Claim Is Accepted, Now What?

Work-related injuries can range from inconvenient to debilitating and detrimental; this is why your California employer is required to carry workman’s compensation insurance. Once your claim has been accepted, there are several things to consider next, including who is qualified to provide treatment, whether you’re able to continue working in the same capacity as before,
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Appel Law Firm LLP Awards Scholarship to Hit and Run Survivor

The Auto Accident Law Firm Survivor Scholarship is awarded annually to college and graduate students who are survivors of hit and runs and car accidents and have overcome their injuries. The winner of this year’s scholarship, college student Kaylee McFarland, will receive $1,000 towards her school tuition. About the Survivor Kaylee is a student at
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Essential Skills for Staying Safe on Your Bike

Millions of people ride bikes every day for fun, fitness and transportation. Sadly, this healthy way of getting around turns to tragedy in too many cases when cyclists are injured or killed in accidents. If you ride a bike, you probably know that wearing a helmet is one of the most important steps you can
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