E.A. Gjelten

Legal Editor

E.A. (Liz) Gjelten has been a special projects editor at Nolo since 2016. A generalist when it comes to subject matter, she enjoys using her research, analytical, and writing skills to translate complex legal issues into jargon-free language that’s accessible to lay readers without compromising accuracy.

Nolo. In addition to her work on surveys about lay people’s experiences with the legal process, Liz writes articles for Nolo.com, Lawyers.com, Criminaldefenselawyer.com, and Alllaw.com in several areas of the law, including workers’ compensation, criminal law, civil rights, school law, and animal law. 

Legal background. Before coming to Nolo, Liz worked for 12 years as a legal author for Thomson Reuters, writing about new legal developments in workers’ compensation and family law for Westlaw and print publications. She also wrote an annual roundup of new California legislation for a monthly family law journal. Before that, Liz worked as an author, legal editor, and managing editor for California Family Law Report, a small legal publishing company.

Other pursuits. Liz has a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California at Los Angeles and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. She’s a produced playwright and has taught at San Francisco State University and New College of California. She’s also worked as a freelance book editor, journalist, and grant writer.

Articles By E.A. Gjelten

What to Expect at Your Workers' Compensation Hearing
Learn what happens before, during, and after a workers' comp hearing.
Can I Get Permanent Disability Benefits in My California Workers' Compensation Case?
Find out how much you can receive for a permanent disability under California’s workers’ comp system.
Black Lung Cases in Workers' Compensation
Learn what black lung disease is, how to get screening and a diagnosis, and how to file a claim for benefits under state workers’ comp or federal law.
When Can I Get Permanent Disability Benefits After a Workers' Comp Claim?
Several factors affect how long it could take before you qualify for permanent disability benefits—and begin receiving checks—after you’ve suffered a work-related injury or illness.
How and When to File a Workers' Compensation Claim in California
To get benefits for a work-related injury or illness in California—including COVID-19 from the coronavirus—you need to submit several forms within the legal time limits.
Can I Switch Workers' Compensation Lawyers?
Learn about the pitfalls of firing your workers’ comp attorney, when it might be necessary, and how it to make a smart decision.
Can I Get Reimbursed for Travel Expenses in My Workers' Compensation Case?
You can usually get mileage & travel expenses reimbursed for traveling to doctor's appointments & other medical treatment for your work-related injury or illness.
How Can I Find Out if My Employer Has Workers’ Compensation Insurance?
Learn how to find your employer’s insurer and what you can do if it doesn’t meet California’s legal requirements for workers’ comp insurance.
Workers' Comp: When Can I Collect Penalties From the Insurance Company?
You may be entitled to additional compensation in your workers' comp case if the insurance company is late in paying benefits or denies your claim without a good reason.
What Happens if My Condition Gets Worse After I Settle My Workers' Compensation Case?
Depending on the nature of your workers' comp settlement and the laws in your state, you might be able to get paid for further medical treatment and disability benefits. You might also have a new workplace injury on top of the old one.