Firm Overview

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.

Example cases

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.

Main Office

Main
320 No. E Street Andreson Building
Suite 206
San Bernardino  CA  92401

Phone
  • (909) 381-2771
Fax
  • (909) 381-2791

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

I provide free initial 30-minute consultation (typically by telephone).

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

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%.

Hourly Rates

$275.

Office Information

Office Hours

Monday through Friday
8:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Weekends by appointment.

Emergency After Hours

Yes

Languages Spoken

Spanish

Employment
WORKERS COMPENSATION, ' workmans comp '
Nancy is a Certified Specialist in Workers Compensation law, having passed an extra Bar Exam just in workers compensation laws.

Nancy assists injured workers in locating a real doctor in the list of insurer-approved doctors you're forced to use.

Nancy appeals refusals of authorization for treatment.

Nancy files 132a Petitions for people terminated in retaliation for requesting comp benefits...and has tried Labor Code 132a cases to conclusion (pretty rare today).

Nancy can assist you in applying for State Disability Insurance when your Temporary Disability payments end by law after two years but you still need a surgery or active treatment.

Check out www.imhurt.info for answers to a lot of your questions.

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

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.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

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.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

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.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

I give free advice via AllExperts.com, plus a one-time free consultation for 30 minutes.

Nancy Wallace

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.

Personal interests:

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).

License
  • Bar Number: 141068
    California , 1989
Education
  • Western State Universitey College of Law
    Juris Doctor , 1988
    Fullerton, CA
  • California Polytechnic State University
    Bachelor of Science , 1981
    Pomona, CA
    Editor Poly Post (campus newspaper), Defense Counsel Associated Students Court, and Editor OPUS (campus magazine).

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