June 24, 2022
The CA Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board is not your average County Courthouse let alone a State Supreme Courthouse. The actual disputes and litigations that do happen in the CA Workers’ Comp System are handled on a separate branch of the court system as Bilal Kassem explains. Bilal, has been litigating workers’ comp cases well over a decade and is the President and Co-founder of Pacific Workers’, The Lawyers for Injured Workers.
In this episode Carmen Ramirez, host of the Work Comp Talk Podcast dives into a significant amount of information in relation to what injured workers could expect in their next workers’ compensation trial, or court date. Tune in to this episode to find out what the court is like at the Workers’ Comp Appeals Board.
June 16, 2022
Navigating the CA Workers’ Comp System alone is a very brave thing to do. The average injured worker doesn’t necessarily have all of the knowledge and tools to go up against the giant insurance companies who have been practicing this part of the law for many years. Mistakes can easily be made if you are not familiar with the workers’ comp system. Some mistakes can even get your case dismissed and benefits denied.
June 10, 2022
There are denials left and right within the CA Workers’ Compensation System. Cases are denied for a medical reasons, factual or even just because and yes it’s normal. In this episode Bilal Kassem, president of Pacific Workers’, The Laywers for Injured Workers talks about all of the ways you can fight a denied workers’ comp case.
June 3, 2022
What are credits within a Workers’ Compensation Claim? Credits usually mean that the insurance company essentially wants their money back. In some cases, they want to take a credit for something they have given you and apply it towards a future benefit that you have not received yet.
Sometimes injured workers get placed in situations that legally allow the insurance companies to be entitled to credits.Unfortunately, this situation happens more often than not. These credits can come about at any part of a case and It can really affect the injured worker fighting workers’ comp claim.
May 27, 2022
President and Co-founder of Pacific Workers’, The Lawyers for Injured Workers Bilal Kassem joins me Carmen Ramirez your host to speak about the possible affects of the Economy in the California Workers’ Compensation System. We walk you through what an injured worker could be facing and why you might even think twice before reporting an injury. We encourage all to listen to this episode and really understand how the system works and how to be careful of the decisions you take.
May 18, 2022
When it comes to Workers’ Compensation in CA, every case is unique for many reasons. You could get a great insurance claims adjuster who makes the process easy, a neutral doctor or even a good judge. Cases vary for so many reasons and despite injuries, sometimes cases can go horribly wrong.
This is the story of unique work injuries that include Gunshots wounds, Denials, Appeals and an on going battle of now 8 years within the workers’ compensation system in CA. Bilal Kassem, Esq. and Carmen Ramirez dive into the gruesome details that lead to an injured person left to die in the workplace.
May 11, 2022
April 27, 2022
April 15, 2022
April 15, 2022
March 17, 2022
March 17, 2022
March 17, 2022
March 7, 2022
Mark Hawke was a full time live in caregiver of a 100% disabled veteran. For the most part, he took care of himself and was in good shape, he would go on 5 mile walks or runs and even lift light weights.
In this episode, we dive into the workers’ comp story of Mark Hawke. You will not believe the crazy ups and downs, hoops and challenges he faced along the way.
February 22, 2022
February 14, 2022
February 2, 2022
January 20, 2022
December 29, 2021
Firefighters can be exposed to many dangerous situations throughout their work shifts. Bilal Kassem and Carmen Ramirez dive into a conversation about what benefits they are entitled to and what types of injuries he sees at the firm.
There are a few unique rules that apply only to first responders and firefighters and presumptions that are taken into consideration as well. Keep listening for more insights on this topic.
December 8, 2021
November 25, 2021
August 25, 2021
August 11, 2021
Recovering after a work injury can be hard. Sometimes, injured employee’s will be referred to chiropractic care in hopes to heal and get better. Some chiropractors will also provide QME services. QME stands for Qualified Medical Evaluations and they are very important in the workers’ comp system. These evaluations can either make or break a case.
June 22, 2021
June 2, 2021
May 12, 2021
March 2, 2021
Alex Neang from Union Local 300 the union for cement mason and plasterers joins Carmen Ramirez to discuss about the opportunities available for people wanting to change their life. As the Organizer and Compliance Officer he shares a few amazing tips of this incredible union. Some people are made for college and others are made for hands on projects. In this interview we discuss how someone can join the union and the benefits it has. They also discuss the importance of safety at work and how the union makes sure labor laws are in place to protect the workers.
November 2, 2020
Connecting Science with Laughter is not a new thing in fact it has been scientifically proven that Laughter enhances your intake of oxygen-rich air, stimulates your heart, lungs and muscles, and increases the endorphins that are released by your brain.
In this episode, stand-up comedian, actor, author, writer, and producer Craig Shoemaker joins us to talk about his non-profit Laughter Heals. He speaks about all of the tricks and reasons an injured worker can benefit from laughing. This is one episode you will not want to miss.
October 23, 2020
We have heard about COVID-19 so many times, but what we have not heard is what the frontline doctors are experiencing first-hand with the patients. What exactly is the virus doing to the lungs? In this episode, Dr. Amy Ni a pulmonologist from the Bay Area shares an in-depth conversation of how Covid-19 is really changing everything they have ever known.
Dr. Ni graduated from the Penn State University Medical School in 2013. She completed her Internal Medicine residency at UC Irvine in 2016, and Pulmonary Critical Care fellowship from UCSF in 2019. Though she has lived in both the east coast and west coast, she is a die-hard Californian, and loves the diversity and beauty of the Bay Area. When she is not practicing medicine, she enjoys traveling to the far reaches of the world – recent excursions include Dubai, Kenya, and Morocco. She loves to spend her downtime relaxing with her boyfriend, her tripod cat, and eating at Michelin star restaurants.
October 8, 2020
After being injured at work and under much stress, the bills pilling up, anxiety levels are high, marriages can come crumbling down. This topic is one that many hate to deal with but can also be the most important one to touch on.
When dealing with a divorce and a settlement it’s important to understand how this can affect both cases. Bernie shares useful information regarding settlements from a Personal Injury Case, Work Injury and what is needed to be done immediately in order to protect yourself.
September 25, 2020
A Conversation with the Oakland
City Council at Large Candidates
August 20, 2020
August 20, 2020
August 13, 2020
June 30, 2020
June 12, 2020
April 27, 2020
April 20, 2020
April 14, 2020
After being injured at work, many workers can face some challenges like not being able to go back to their same job field prior to getting injured. In this episode we dive into some options to help after being injured that can land you a new career path and a job you will love. Joining us is Hazel Ortega from Ortega Counseling Center where they help injured workers find schools with vocational vouchers and other benefits.