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Personal Injury VS Workers' Comp

Work Comp Talk

Release Date: 12/08/2021

The Dangers of Working at Tesla show art The Dangers of Working at Tesla

Work Comp Talk

Tesla was created to prove that people didn’t need to compromise to drive electric – that electric vehicles can be better, quicker and more fun to drive than gasoline cars. Today, Tesla builds not only all-electric vehicles but also numerous clean energy products. Tesla believes the faster the world stops relying on fossil fuels and moves towards a zero-emission future, the better. Unfortunately, all that faster world talk leads to people getting injured. In this episode Bilal Kassem of Pacific Workers', The Lawyers for Injured Workers has a lot to talk about in regards to the things that...

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The Ultimate Guide To Settling Your Workers' Comp Case show art The Ultimate Guide To Settling Your Workers' Comp Case

Work Comp Talk

Settling a workers' comp case if a big deal. Many injured workers' fear that if they settle too soon they might loose out on benefits they will later need. Unfortunately, the easiest answer to give is, it depends. We know how discouraging it could be to hear that, because that's really not a helpful answer. Luckily, we share examples and analyzed this topic enough that we think we can help you figure out clues to finding out if settling your case makes sense. Bilal Kassem, President and co-founder of the #1 Northern CA. Workers' Comp Law Firm has already helped thousands of injured workers...

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Is Pain and Suffering Really Covered By Workers' Comp? show art Is Pain and Suffering Really Covered By Workers' Comp?

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Legislation was passed several years ago reforming the law and limiting the monetary compensation awarded for Permanent Disability (PD) occurring from depression, stress, anxiety, etc. after suffering a physical injury. For injuries occurring after 1/1/2013, an injured worker can no longer receive an increase in PD due to psychological distress, loss of sleep, or sexual dysfunction secondary to a physical injury, unless the injury is catastrophic or the individual was a victim of a violent act or was exposed to a violent act. To some extent, this put an end to recovery for “pain and...

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The Secrets of Crowdfunding with Robert Garland show art The Secrets of Crowdfunding with Robert Garland

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When it comes to loosing a loved one, many families are faced with unexpected expenses in the aftermath. Recently, in the past few years crowdfunding platforms have helped families get back on their feet or cover funeral expenses. Unfortunately not all crowdfunding sites are equal, most don't verify until Fund The First was created. Anyone can create an online campaign and request money from people for whatever their needs are. Fund The First was created to end the unverified accounts that lead to bad people, fake accounts and lost money. Robert Garland from Fund the First joins Carmen and...

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Ultimate Guide to Utilization and Independent Medical Reviews show art Ultimate Guide to Utilization and Independent Medical Reviews

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One of the most complicated parts of a workers' comp claim and the topic that is least discussed about is Utilization Reviews (UR) and Independent Medical Reviews (IMR). Injured workers' often just get a No for an answer when seeking back surgery or other types of benefits, there is never an explanation behind the answer no. Going through the medical treatment process is the CA Workers' Comp is not as easy as going to your medical doctor for a non related work injury. Bilal Kassem and Carmen Ramirez discuss what a UR and IMR is and what is the good and the bad from them. After listening to...

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Contractors and Workers' Comp show art Contractors and Workers' Comp

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There are many times when injured workers are denied workers' compensation benefits. The denial may be due to a misclassification. Employers like to save money and try to consider their employees as contractors or independent contractors, when in reality they're not. Bilal Kassem and Carmen Ramirez, help injured workers understand the difference of these classifications and guide you with great tips to manage a workers' comp claim under these circumstances.

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Advocating for Human Rights | Eric Farber and Tommy Lee show art Advocating for Human Rights | Eric Farber and Tommy Lee

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30.8% of the population in Latin America lived below the poverty line in 2019, with 11.5% living in extreme poverty. Join us in this in depth discussion with Tommy Lee from the Comisión Latino Americana De Derechos Humanos in Medellín, Colombia. Pacific Workers' very own Founder, Eric Farber has also joined the organization. The ultimate goal is to continue to help others regardless of their nationalities and where they live. From helping Famous Athletes, Injured Workers' in the communities to now Latin American's Human Rights. The mission is simple, to provide legal advice and promote,...

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The Story of Mark Hawke show art The Story of Mark Hawke

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Mark Hawke was a full time live in caregiver of a 100% disabled veteran. For the most part, he took care of himself and was in good shape, he would go on 5 mile walks or runs and even lift light weights.   Like many other workers, he injured himself after picking up his client. That was when everything changed for him. It all started when the employer was not doing much after the injury happened. Mark had to figure out how the Workers' Compensation System worked, all on his own. From looking for the insurance company responsible for his benefits to having to advocate for all of...

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Death Benefits in Workers' Comp show art Death Benefits in Workers' Comp

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One would think that if you die because of a work injury or illness your dependents would be taken care of. Unfortunately, the death benefits in the CA Workers’ Compensation System are not that great. Even though no amount of money is ever going to replace a loved one, there are some changes in how much a loved one gets, depending on the number of dependents.” - Bilal Kassem What should you know about death benefits? - You are entitled to get up to $10,000 in funeral expenses. - The biggest issue is determining the number of dependents and who is eligible for the benefits. - There might...

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Permanent Disability in Workers' Comp show art Permanent Disability in Workers' Comp

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Disabilities that render you unable to work, function, or lead an everyday life make you eligible for the permanent disability benefits through the workers’ compensation system under California law. Bilal talks about ratings given to body parts and deciding factors that are taken into consideration when doctors give a rating.

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There are many situations when personal injury lawyers and workers' comp lawyers work together on the same case. Bilal and Carmen share important information that sheds light on what you need to know if you have an injury that ties both of these legal rights. However, there are some exceptions you need to know before trying to get benefits from Personal Injury and Workers' Comp.