WORKERS' COMP PODCASTS
In terms of FS&K’s workers’ compensation practice, the law firm defends all aspects of workers' compensation claims including §132a discrimination claims, claims for serious and willful misconduct, and subrogation claims, in addition to coordinating defenses pertaining to the Fair Employment and Housing Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Its highly reputable attorneys make appearances at all Workers' Compensation Appeals Boards throughout California, including Anaheim, Bakersfield, Eureka, Fresno, Goleta, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Marina del Rey, Oakland, Oxnard, Pomona, Redding, Riverside, Sacramento, Salinas, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, San Luis Obispo, Santa Ana, Santa Rosa, Stockton and Van Nuys.
Amanda A. Manukian is the chairperson of our Special Investigation Unit. Ms. Manukian was an Assistant Deputy District Attorney for the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office and later served as the Fraud Liaison for the State Compensation Insurance Fund.
Terry L. Smith, a partner in the Westlake Village office, is also a member of the SIU. Mr. Smith's background in special investigations includes thirteen years as a deputy sheriff with the Ventura County Sheriff's Department. He has also worked at the Ventura County District Attorney's Office and served as the Special Investigation Unit Attorney at a major insurance carrier.
Judge David W. O'Brien (retired), the foremost expert on workers’ compensation law in California, is the chairperson of our Appellate Department. Judge O'Brien is the author of the definitive treatise on California workers’ compensation law, California Workers' Compensation Claims and Benefits, in addition to the popular pamphlet California Workers' Compensation Insurance Employee Rights and Responsibilities, and a treatise on unemployment insurance, California Unemployment and Disability Compensation Programs.
Our Subrogation and Liability Defense Unit is chaired by John Langevin in our Oakland office and is further anchored by the likes of David Weitzman, Christine MacFarlane and Blake Posner in Westlake Village, and Eric Ostling in Sacramento. The team manages all of the firm’s subrogation, civil litigation, and general liability defense on a statewide basis.
Elizabeth L. Herschel manages FS&K's Lien Unit. She has extensive knowledge of the Official Medical Fee Schedule and decades of experience litigating medical treatment and medical/legal liens.
FS&K conducts seminars and training sessions on California workers' compensation law. These seminars, led by Judge O'Brien, Rene T. Folse and other highly trained FS&K attorneys, are specifically tailored for our individual client needs. For example, we have conducted seminars on broad topics such as, "How Does the New Workers’ Compensation Law Impact Your Business?" as well as specific topics like, "How to Avoid §132(a) Claims." Ask us about customizing a seminar for your specific business needs.
Making a false or fraudulent workers' compensation claim is a felony subject to up to five years in prison or a fine of up to $50,000.00 or double the fraud, whichever is greater, or by both imprisonment and fine.