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

Can You Be Laid Off While Receiving Workers' Comp?
Whether you can be laid off or fired while receiving workers' comp depends on the reason for your employer's action. Receiving workers' comp generally protects you from being laid off, but not all layoffs are illegal.
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.
How to File a Workers' Compensation Claim
To get workers' comp benefits for an on-the-job injury or illness, you need to follow your state's rules for reporting the injury and filing a claim. Learn how the process works and where to get more information and help.
Workers' Comp for Permanent Scarring or Disfigurement
If you have noticeable or painful scarring as a result of a workplace injury, you might wonder whether workers' comp benefits will cover this. Here's what you need to know.
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.
Retaliation After Filing a Workers' Comp Claim in California
It’s illegal in most states, including California, to retaliate against employees for filing a workers’ comp claim.
Reopening a Closed Workers' Compensation Case
States have different rules for when and why you can ask for more benefits after you’ve already received a workers’ comp settlement or award.
Workers' Comp Private Investigator Rules
Learn what private investigators may and may not do when conducting surveillance of injured employees who’ve filed workers’ comp claims.
Seeking Medical Treatment for a Work-Related Injury
Find out when, where, and how to get medical treatment in your workers’ comp case.
How Much Are Workers' Compensation Benefits in Texas?
Learn how Texas law calculates workers' comp benefits when you're out of work or earn less because of your work-related injury.