Sponsored by

The Leader in Northern California Workers' Compensation
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.

Subscribe to:
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
In this episode Bilal Kassem of Pacific Workers’, The Lawyers for Injured Workers has a lot to talk about in regards to the things that are happening behind the scenes at Tesla facilities. With close to 200 Tesla injury cases in his law firm alone, the dangers of working at Tesla raise red flags.

If you or someone you know has suffered an injury at work and you need help getting your benefits, reach out to a CA Workers’ Comp Attorney. This podcast is presented by Pacific Workers’, The Lawyers for Injured Workers, call 800-606-6999 for a free case evaluation
April 27, 2022
Settling a workers’ comp case if a big deal. Many injured workers’ fear that if they settle too soon they might loose out on benefits they will later need. Unfortunately, the easiest answer to give is, it depends. We know how discouraging it could be to hear that, because that’s really not a helpful answer. Luckily, we share examples and analyzed this topic enough that we think we can help you figure out clues to finding out if settling your case makes sense.

Bilal Kassem, President and co-founder of Pacific Workers’, The Lawyers for Injured Workers the #1 Northern CA. Workers’ Comp Law Firm has already helped thousands of injured workers with their case. In this episode he explains what to look out for and shares clues that could help you determine if it’s the right time to settle your case.
April 15, 2022
Legislation was passed several years ago reforming the law and limiting the monetary compensation awarded for Permanent Disability (PD) occurring from depression, stress, anxiety, etc. after suffering a physical injury.

For injuries occurring after 1/1/2013, an injured worker can no longer receive an increase in PD due to psychological distress, loss of sleep, or sexual dysfunction secondary to a physical injury, unless the injury is catastrophic or the individual was a victim of a violent act or was exposed to a violent act. To some extent, this put an end to recovery for “pain and suffering” in many workers’ compensation cases.
April 15, 2022
When it comes to loosing a loved one, many families are faced with unexpected expenses in the aftermath. Recently, in the past few years crowdfunding platforms have helped families get back on their feet or cover funeral expenses. Unfortunately not all crowdfunding sites are equal, most don’t verify until Fund The First was created.

Anyone can create an online campaign and request money from people for whatever their needs are. Fund The First was created to end the unverified accounts that lead to bad people, fake accounts and lost money.
March 17, 2022
One of the most complicated parts of a workers’ comp claim and the topic that is least discussed about is Utilization Reviews (UR) and Independent Medical Reviews (IMR). Injured workers’ often just get a No for an answer when seeking back surgery or other types of benefits, there is never an explanation behind the answer no.

Going through the medical treatment process is the CA Workers’ Comp is not as easy as going to your medical doctor for a non related work injury. Bilal Kassem and Carmen Ramirez discuss what a UR and IMR is and what is the good and the bad from them.

After listening to this podcast, you will have a better understanding of how to navigate these complex situations within a workers’ comp claim.
March 17, 2022
There are many times when injured workers are denied workers’ compensation benefits. The denial may be due to a misclassification. Employers like to save money and try to consider their employees as contractors or independent contractors, when in reality they’re not.

Bilal Kassem and Carmen Ramirez, help injured workers understand the difference of these classifications and guide you with great tips to manage a workers’ comp claim under these circumstances.
March 17, 2022
30.8% of the population in Latin America lived below the poverty line in 2019, with 11.5% living in extreme poverty. Join us in this in depth discussion with Tommy Lee from the Comisión Latino Americana De Derechos Humanos in Medellín, Colombia.

Pacific Workers’ very own Founder, Eric Farber has also joined the organization. The ultimate goal is to continue to help others regardless of their nationalities and where they live. From helping Famous Athletes, Injured Workers’ in the communities to now Latin American’s Human Rights.
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
Death benefits get paid to the dependents of the deceased. It is not always mentioned that the amount received is enough to cover the burial expenses and often times also include a cash benefit. In this episode, Workers’ Comp Attorney Bilal Kassem, speaks about the cash benefits. the beneficiaries and the type of payments received.
February 14, 2022
Disabilities that render you unable to work, function, or lead an everyday life make you eligible for the permanent disability benefits through the workers’ compensation system under California law. Bilal talks about ratings given to body parts and deciding factors that are taken into consideration when doctors give a rating.
February 2, 2022
Online platforms like Facebook, Twitter, TikTok or Instagram may help us connect to people and express ourselves, but in legal cases, anything posted online can and will be used against you. That being said, it is easy to avoid things that can complicate your chances of winning a legal case. Here’s a quick rundown of the things you should not do on social media during a legal trial.
January 20, 2022
Workers’ compensation claims are difficult but the right representation helps make everything make sense and can also get you better results. Bilal and Carmen discuss what are the benefits of hiring a workers’ comp attorney. They also share great tips and stories that can help you get the best outcome from your work injury.
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
There are many situations when personal injury lawyers work together with a workers’ comp lawyer for the same case. Bilal and Carmen share important information on this episode that sheds light on what you need to keep in mind if you have an injury that ties both of these terms together. There are some exceptions on some cases where you can’t get both personal injury and workers’ comp benefits.
November 25, 2021
There are so many parties involved in a workers’ comp case and sometimes it’s hard to keep track of who does what. Bilal and Carmen dive deep into the role of a claims adjuster within a workers’ comp case. Learn what are some of the things that you should share and what you should not.
August 25, 2021
In this episode we dive into the life of a current Pacific Workers’ client who shares the ups and downs of his workers’ comp case. Hoping to shed light for others currently dealing with a workers’ comp case. He hopes to guide others and help them not make the same mistakes he did for his 2 injuries. Learn how he dealt with the mental health and depression associated with his work injuries.
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
If you’re nervous for your deposition in your Workers’ Compensation case, you’re not alone. This process can be one of the most intimidating parts of the Workers’ Compensation system. It puts you face-to-face with the insurance company’s defense attorney and an official court stenographer. However, as long as you’re properly prepared, there’s no reason to be afraid. We have summed up what you need to know about depositions and what you can expect.

SeasoN TWO

June 2, 2021
Medical Treatment in Workers’ Compensation can be a total nightmare. Bilal Kassem explains what are some of the issues injured workers can encounter when seeking medical treatment within the CA Workers’ Compensation System. This is not a one size fits all type of scenario and every case is different. There will be cases that fly through the system without any halts and other cases that will lead to dead ends without legal representation.
May 12, 2021
Whether you are in the beginning stages of a workers’ comp claim or at the end of one, knowing the difference in settlements is a must. That’s why we’re sitting down with CEO and Co-Founder of Pacific Workers’, Bilal Kassem to discuss in an in depth conversation about the different types of settlements in the CA Workers’ Comp System. This is an episode you are definitely not going to want to skip.
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
Getting to the next level at work or in any situation in life sometimes requires discipline, focus and even a coach. Leland Thompson joins Eric and Carmen in this episode and shares some of his past career opportunities from working at Mervyn’s to Apple and more.
Venturing off to become an entrepreneur, he left his expertise in one company to become a Leadership Coach and help not just one individual but many individuals.

SPECIAL EPISODES

A Conversation with the Oakland
City Council at Large Candidates

August 20, 2020

Rebecca Kaplan, Oakland City Council President joins Carmen Ramirez and Eric Farber for episode 3 of Work Comp Talk Podcast to discuss the current issues surrounding the city of Oakland and why she believes she has another chance as City Council.

August 20, 2020

Tune in to this episode with Carmen and Eric as they conversate with Derreck Johnson, 2020 Candidate for Oakland City Council At Large. Johnson is endorsed by both Vice-Presidential Candidate Sen. Kamala Harris and current Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf.
August 13, 2020
Governor Newsom jumped quick into action to pass a bill that would help Essential Workers get Workers’ Comp benefits sooner, if they got infected with Covid. The bill has now expired and there are a lot of things that needed to get updated for it as well.

SeasoN ONE

June 30, 2020
Healing takes courage and creativity, healing the mind can be dealing with Depression, Anxiety and finding a balance with support of a Therapist. When not taken care of, it can create a snowball effect that can lead to bigger problems. For over 14 years Therapist Maggie Insdorf talks about mental health and the stigma surrounding it.

June 12, 2020

With so much happening around Covid-19 and our world and the way we take care of business now. What does it look like for Workers Comp World? How much has changed? How does this affect clients? Let’s talk about the landscaping of Workers’ Comp.

April 27, 2020

Some of us are staying home to save lives while others are risking everything to save them. In this episode we speak to the President of the Alameda County Firefighters Union IAFF Local 55, he explains how protocols have changed for the First-Responders and as a leader how to keep the team safe. He also speaks out to the community in regards to what we can do to help during these unprecedented times.

April 20, 2020

In this Work Comp Talk, we hear managing attorney at Pacific Workers’ Compensation, Bilal Kassem, speak on whether or not workers’ compensation is available to those who have been terminated from work.

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.