I help injured workers navigate through the workers' compensation system, maximizing workers' treatment options and employment choices following recovery. I worked as a defense attorney for many years, and saw the worst insurance companies had to offer. I saw people fired for having sustained work injuries and it didn't sit well. So while I lose a lot of time and money trying the 'discrimination' against injured workers, I still do it.
On the other side of the coin, I understand some workers must get their job back at any cost, and others choose to close their case without every benefit in hand, plus not every person has the stomach for a trial. Whether the injured worker wants to fight to maximize every recovery at trial, or take less than they are due to minimize stress, I give them that choice.
My brother nearly died in an on-the-job police car crash in 1995. Broken ribs went undiagnosed for three weeks before the insurer authorized the right study and treatment.
I also represented injured workers for Brissman & Schlueter ("Of Counsel") through 2002. Since 2003, I represent injured workers (and some uninsured employers) as a solo practitioner.
Thomas v. Bakers: Successfully challenged the requirement that workers may only use doctors in a medical provider network when the insurer refused to respond to their own doctors' requests.
Camacho v. City of Moreno Valley: Successfully proved applicant was terminated only as direct retribution for requesting workers' compensation benefits.
320 No. E Street Andreson Building
San Bernardino CA 92401
I provide free initial 30-minute consultation (typically by telephone).
The Workers' Compensation Appeals Board (WCAB) Judge typically awards 15% of the final recovery (whether by award at trial or settlement). Nolo clients receive a discount from 15% of the final recovery to 12%.
Monday through Friday
8:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
Weekends by appointment.
Nancy was helping insurance companies deny benefits to injured workers as a law student, and decided that injured workers needed real help in the ' Workmans Comp ' arena.
California's Department of Industrial Relations has some excellent instruction on its website for the Division of Workers' Compensation. Simple questions can be answered by state employees in the Information and Assistance Office. If you think the insurer should offer just a little more, do not be shy, ask the adjuster directly for a little extra if that is all it will take to close your claim.
If an individual is not willing to hire me as counsel, I cannot review the documents (I accept full risk of a state bar claim, but there is no provision in the Labor Code permitting me to be paid). If a client has moved his claim to the point of final resolution requiring only explanation and critique of settlement documents, I cut my fee to 9% of the final recovery.
I give free advice via AllExperts.com, plus a one-time free consultation for 30 minutes.
I was a newspaper reporter and editor out of college, then the Public Information Officer for Western State University College of Law. At the law school, I discovered that I loved studying law, and WSU let me attend while I worked there. I passed the bar right out of law school and began with Parker & Dally, learning insurance defense, workers' comp defense, and estate planning.
I decided to relocate to the San Bernardino Forest and moved to Mark & Bolson, in workers' compensation defense (defending city Schools, county schools, County of San Bernardino, County of Riverside, and farmers). I moved onto Kegel Tobin & Truce in 1995, then joined Brissman & Schlueter in 1996 (now representing injured workers and their doctors).
My brother lost his home business, his job and his home from a work injury, the stress of which ultimately led to a fatal heart attack at age 50, so I know the worst that can happen when an injured worker is neglected and shuffled.
I get a detailed history personally from the client at the outset and relay that to the doctor so that the doctor's reports are accurate evidence upon which the judge can rely.
In addition, my newspaper reporting skills make for a very readable trial brief and appellate brief.
Pittsburgh Steelers! American Tribal Style Belly Dance. Chinese Shar Peis (all seem to enjoy patting the wrinkly head of my latest Shar Pei rescue from the local shelter).
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