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04 Jun

Berry, Smith & Bartell Attorney Gaylen C. Ericksen Recently Passed Away

Recently, Gaylen C. Ericksen, an attorney who was of counsel to our firm, passed away. Our thoughts are with his family and friends during this time. Ericksen received his Juris Doctor from the University of West Los Angeles School of Law in 1978. He…

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29 May

How Can Employers Accommodate a Work Injury?

Unless you suffer a disability that leaves you permanently and totally disabled, you will likely be able to return to work at some point. However, you may have a permanent or temporary disability that leaves you unable to perform every aspect of your…

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25 May

Workers’ Compensation Claims Often Disputed by Employers and Insurers

The burden of proof in a workers’ compensation claim is on the employee. He or she must prove the injury occurred at work and was related to his or her job. While this may sound simple, it can often become much more complicated, particularly with certain…

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18 May

Business Interruption Insurance Claims Over COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has been absolutely devastating to the U.S. economy. Many businesses may be unable to reopen when restrictions are lifted without financial assistance. That is why many business owners are filing business interruption insurance claims. Unfortunately,…

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01 May

Are Independent Contractors Able to File Workers’ Compensation Claims?

All California employers must purchase workers’ compensation coverage for their employees. Independent contractors do not qualify for benefits, no matter how severe the injury. However, it is possible your employer misclassified you as an independent…

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30 Apr

Recovering Compensation for a Workplace Amputation Injury

While there is a risk of injury in many jobs, some are significantly more dangerous than others and could result in amputation injuries. These are life-changing injuries that often make it impossible to return to the same job you were doing before the…

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24 Apr

Are Injuries That Happen During Remote Work Covered by Workers’ Comp?

There are many ways people can suffer injuries at home. The risks may be even greater during the COVID-19 pandemic because many of us are spending most of our time at home each day. You could easily slip and fall when you get up from your desk to go grab…

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17 Apr

What Should I Avoid Saying During the Workers’ Compensation Process?

There is often a lot of confusion after a workplace injury – many injured workers do not learn about the process until they suffer an injury. They may be unsure of what they need to prove and what information the insurance company needs to process and…

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