Contribution vs. Reimbursement

There is a lot of confusion as to what is Contribution and what is Reimbursement, and of course what is the appropriate method of dispute resolution for each. By knowing what type of supplementary proceeding you are dealing with we can take the appropriate action to protect or even advance our client’s interests.

Claims & Lost Wages – LC §132a

In the case of Victoria Lacheta v. Olympic Security Services (2014 Cal. Wrk. Comp. P.D. LEXIS 324), applicant prevailed in her wrongful termination claim against her employer; however, she failed to sustain her burden of entitlement to lost wages six years after the initial Findings and Award. This case poses two questions: (1) Does the … Continued

Psychiatric injuries and Mental-physical injuries – LC §3208.3:

In Stolp v. California Department of Developmental Services 2015 Cal.Wrk.Comp. P.D. LEXIS 508, the WCAB affirmed the WCJ’s finding that the applicant peace officer’s claim for cumulative psychiatric and cardiovascular injury was barred by the lawful, good-faith, nondiscriminatory personnel action defense under LC 3208.3 and pursuant to the analysis in Rolda.