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2012 Sees Changes in California Workers Compensation Laws

By Kelly Balamuth on January 11, 2012

Northern California Workers CompensationThe California legislature recently passed several bills that change the state’s workers’ compensation laws. Proponents of these bills hope that the changes will improve workers’ compensation benefits for those who qualify and help prevent fraud, according to a recent article in the California Business Journal.

Two bills seek to lower the costs of workers’ compensation bills by limiting payments for compounded medications and for vocational counseling. While both of these services are necessary for some injured workers, the bills’ supporters say that some vendors are overcharging for them and passing the costs on to the employer.

A third bill takes aim at California’s “underground economy,” especially those businesses that are supposed to carry workers’ compensation insurance to protect their employees, but do not. By tightening regulations and enforcement, supporters of this bill hope to level the playing field and bring all employers on board when it comes to providing workers’ compensation coverage.

A few more bills seek to streamline the workers’ compensation process by changing the way claims are handled by insurers and the state. Those who support these bills say that their changes will make it easier for injured workers to receive the benefits they need in a timely manner.

Workers’ compensation benefits are provided for many workers who are injured or develop occupation-related diseases while on the job. When a defective product or a negligent third party contributes to the injury, however, a worker may be able to recover more than what is allowed by workers’ comp. If you’ve been injured on the job in California, call the experienced Walnut Creek workplace injury lawyers at Balamuth Harrington today to learn more about your legal rights and options at (888) 254-1234.

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