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July 17, 2024

In this special episode of ‘Work Comp Talk,’ hosts Eric and Bilal reunite after a long hiatus to discuss the backstory and development of Pacific Workers, their law firm specializing in workers’ compensation. The episode kicks off with the two reminiscing about the last time they recorded together, which was before the COVID-19 pandemic, and the adjustments they’ve had to make along the way. After a light-hearted joking about COVID experiences and whether Carmen, their usual co-host, is missing out on vacation, they dive into the main topic: the founding of Pacific Workers.

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July 14, 2024

In this episode, we dive into “Delayed Status” a term in the CA Workers’ Compensation System. Join your host, Carmen Ramirez, as she sits down with Bilal Kassem, the managing attorney of Pacific Workers, a law firm dedicated to injured workers.

Facing delayed status can be complicated but Bilal Kassem brings his expertise to the table, offering insights and practical advice on what to do if your claim is delayed, the common reasons behind these delays, and how to effectively advocate for your rights.

June 30, 2024

Welcome to Work Comp Talk, your go-to podcast for all things related to workers’ compensation in California! Join host Carmen Ramirez and co-host Bilal Kassem, Managing Attorney at Pacific Workers, as they talk about a crucial topic affecting many: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

In this episode, Carmen and Bilal discuss whether Carpal Tunnel Syndrome qualifies as a workers’ comp injury, They share common misconceptions about its causes, and explore its prevalence across various professions—from office workers to delivery drivers and beyond. They also address how changes in work environment, such as remote setups, impact claims under California’s workers’ compensation system.

June 16, 2024

In this episode, we tackle a burning question: Who foots the bill for workers’ comp? Join us as we bust myths and uncover the truth about where the money really comes from. If you’ve ever wondered how your employer’s insurance plays into this, you won’t want to miss this episode.

Don’t forget to hit subscribe to stay updated on our latest episodes, filled with actionable insights and expert advice. Ready to take charge of your workers’ comp journey?

June 2, 2024

In Episode 76, we dive into a topic that’s central to every workers’ compensation claim: the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board (WCAB). Many are familiar with the term but aren’t quite sure what it entails. Join us as we unravel the mysteries surrounding WCAB.
The WCAB functions as its own administrative court system, presided over by administrative law judges. But what exactly does it do? Why is it essential for your workers’ comp claim?

May 18, 2024

In this discussion, we cover the intricacies of claim denials, from complete case rejections to partial acceptances and the denial of specific benefits like medical treatment or disability. We also touch on the complexities of cumulative trauma cases and the frequent denials these encounter.

May 4, 2024

In this episode, discover a crucial yet often overlooked aspect of workers’ comp: common construction injuries. Let’s explore the trends and patterns in construction-related accidents, shedding light on both direct and indirect injuries.

April 13, 2024

Welcome to Work Comp Talk Podcast! In this episode, Carmen Ramirez and Bilal Kassem, Esq. jump into the complexities of tax time in 2024, focusing on a crucial question: Is Workers’ Comp taxable? Join them as they unpack this topic with expert insights and practical advice.

March 24, 2024

Welcome to Work Comp Talk, your go-to podcast for invaluable insights into California’s workers’ compensation system. Join Carmen Ramirez and Bilal Kassem, Esq. as they get into the intricacies of the workers’ comp process, providing you with essential information and advice. In this episode, we discuss the common pain points faced by injured workers, shedding light on the delays and challenges within the system.

January 28, 2024

In this episode, we delve into crucial tips for navigating California Workers’ Compensation in 2024. From documenting injuries to choosing the right doctors, our experts share insights to ensure you receive the benefits you deserve.

January 14, 2024

Welcome to “Work Comp Talk” with your hosts Carmen Ramirez and Bilal Kassem! In this episode, we dive deep into the complicated world of California Workers’ Compensation in CA, exploring the system’s primary objectives and how it should benefit injured workers. Sponsored by Pacific Workers, your trusted partner in work-related injury cases, we’ve got a wealth of knowledge to share.

December 24, 2023

Welcome to Work Comp Talk, the ultimate podcast for injured workers across California. Join host Carmen Ramirez and co-host Bilal Kassem, as they delve deep into the intricacies of the workers’ compensation system. In this episode, they shed light on what’s NOT covered in workers’ compensation, a topic riddled with misconceptions.

November 17, 2023

Welcome to another insightful episode of Work Comp Talk, the leading podcast that empowers injured workers in California. Join our host, Carmen Ramirez, and Managing Attorney Bilal Kassem, co-founder of Pacific Workers, Northern California’s premier Workers’ Comp Law Firm, as they dive into a crucial topic: “Are you better off not accepting a settlement offer for your workers’ comp case?”

In this episode, Carmen and Bilal explore the aftermath of not taking a settlement offer. While it may not happen all the time, there are instances where individuals consider going to trial to seek more compensation. However, it’s essential to understand that judges are there not just to grant more money but to ensure that everyone involved has played their part fairly.

October 28, 2023

This episode provides valuable guidance and real-world examples to help you understand what to expect when considering a medical buyout.
Don’t miss out on this crucial information! Hit that “Subscribe” button, like, and share this episode with anyone who could benefit from this knowledge.
Stay informed, stay healthy, and join Carmen and Bilal as they uncover the complexities of medical buyouts in the California workers’ comp system.

October 8, 2023
In this enlightening episode of WorkCompTalk, we dive deep into the intricacies of Workers’ Compensation with a focus on Agreed Medical Evaluators (AMEs) and Qualified Medical Evaluators (QMEs). If you’ve ever been curious about the roles these experts play in the workers’ comp process, you won’t want to miss this discussion.
September 24, 2023

In this episode, we dive into one of the hottest questions every injured worker should know the answer to: How can you maximize the money you receive for your workers’ compensation claim? Bilal Qasim will break down the essential tips and tricks to help you navigate your claim effectively

August 27, 2023

In this episode, hosts Carmen Ramirez and Bilal Kassem present an insightful discussion that sheds light on the pivotal roles of healthcare professionals within the workers’ compensation realm. They teamed up with Pain and Rehab Consultants Medical Group very own Dr. Jamasbi, Dr. Morley and Physician’s Assistant Donny Cho.

This episode helps you understand the important roles doctors take when it comes to a workers’ compensation case. They also help define what are some key elements that you should know about when seeing a doctor during your healing process following a work injury or illness.

You can learn more about the doctors here:  https://www.prcmg.com/our-team/ and if you need any legal assistance you can contact Bilal and his team at Pacific Workers’ here: https://www.pacificworkers.com/

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July 10, 2023
In this empowering episode of Work Comp Talk, Pacific Workers’ Managing Attorney Bilal Kassem and Host Carmen Ramirez take you on a gripping journey into the realm of Penalties and Sanctions imposed on insurance companies for delayed payments!
July 10, 2023

Join hosts Carmen Ramirez and Managing Attorney Bilal Kassem from Pacific Workers’, The Lawyers of Injured Workers, in the latest episode of Work Comp Talk Podcast. Discover how settlements and workers’ comp benefits are calculated and learn who holds the responsibility for this crucial information.

Most importantly, Carmen and Bilal emphasize the importance of never accepting the first settlement offer. Gain invaluable insights and expert advice to navigate the complex world of workers’ compensation. Subscribe now for engaging discussions and stay empowered with Work Comp Talk Podcast!

June 18, 2023
Welcome to Work Comp Talk Podcast, where we educate the injured workers in CA in their rights and dive into the intricacies of the workers’ compensation system. Hosts Carmen and Bilal Kassem, break down the nuances of workers’ comp, state-specific programs, and federal benefits, including SSI and SDI, Medical and Medicare. Learn about the intricacies of filing claims, eligibility criteria, potential overlaps, and how to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.
May 28, 2023
Join Bilal and Carmen in another informative podcast episode as we dive into the frequently asked questions surrounding California Workers’ Compensation. We tackle common concerns such as the dilemma of dealing with a problematic attorney or their assistant, shedding light on effective strategies to address such situations.
May 14, 2023
Welcome to our podcast channel where we delve into the world of employment law and workers’ compensation! Join us as we explore the complex landscape of workplace rights, wage regulations, and the legalities surrounding employee well-being. From understanding labor laws to navigating the intricacies of workers’ compensation claims, we’ve got you covered. Tune in to stay informed, protect your rights, and gain valuable insights into the legal framework that governs employment and compensation. Subscribe now and become empowered with the knowledge you need to thrive in the modern workplace!
April 30, 2023

Looking for answers to your Workers’ Comp FAQs in California? Look no further! In this Work Comp Talk episode, Bilal and Carmen cover important questions such as whether you should go to a QME regardless of the Defense attorney’s decision or point of view, what happens when your primary treating physician retires or leaves the network, and whether you can double dip between a workers comp settlement and a personal injury settlement.

Get the answers you need to navigate the complex world of Workers’ Comp in California.

April 16, 2023
In this episode, host Carmen Ramirez talks with Bilal Kassem, co-host of Work Comp Talk Podcast and a workers’ comp attorney. Bilal shares his experiences and insights on how discrimination manifests in the workplace. He provides examples of cases he has handled, and the different types of discrimination employees face, such as discrimination based on age, gender, race, disability, and more.
March 30, 2023
We know that taking time off work to recharge and relax is crucial for our mental and physical wellbeing. But what happens when you need to use your vacation time to get bills paid while on workers’ comp? Whether you’re an employee trying to navigate the workers’ comp system or an employer looking to better understand your responsibilities, this episode has something for you. So grab a cup of coffee and join us as we explore these important topics.
March 19, 2023
Injured workers often have many questions when it comes to settling their workers’ compensation claim. This video provides a comprehensive guide to frequently asked questions about workers’ comp settlements in California.
March 1, 2023
In this thought-provoking episode, Carmen and Bilal delve into the challenges encountered by employees who have been misclassified by their employers. They explore the impact of misclassification on workers’ comp benefits, including the loss of coverage in the event of an injury, as well as the complex legal landscape surrounding misclassification. With a focus on real-life examples, the hosts share compelling stories of the daily struggles and triumphs faced by those who have been misclassified and injured on the job. If you or someone you know has been misclassified, this episode is a must-listen.
February 16, 2023
In this episode, we explore the challenges faced by those who continue to work while on the California Workers’ Compensation system. From navigating the bureaucratic maze to managing pain and injuries, we take a deep dive into the daily struggles and triumphs of workers trying to make ends meet while dealing with the physical and emotional toll of workplace injuries.
February 1, 2023
In this podcast, Bilal and Carmen sit down and answer some of the most frequently asked questions from followers! From settlement questions to denied cases , they cover a wide range of topics in this Q&A session. Thank you to everyone who submitted their questions and we hope you enjoy watching the answers. Make sure to like and subscribe for more content like this.
January 20, 2023

The California Workers’ Compensation System is not all bad. Believe it or not, the system provides several positive benefits to employees who are injured on the job.

December 23, 2022

If you or someone you know has suffered an injury while on the job, you may be feeling overwhelmed by the California Workers’ Compensation System. Unfortunately, this system is not always effective in helping injured workers. However, there is hope. There are attorneys who can guide you through the process.

On this episode, Work Comp Talk Hosts Carmen Ramirez and Bilal Kassem Esq., travel to the city of San Diego, CA where they were part of an exclusive event dedicated to bridge the gap between medicine and law. CISMS, is a conference and its goal is to provide a forum for medical professionals, attorneys, and other experts to discuss and address the complex issues that arise at the intersection of these two worlds. There are many things’ doctors are unsure about when it comes to writing QME reports. For example, what do Workers’ Comp Attorneys need in the injured workers’ reports?

November 18, 2022

Welcome back! Have you ever heard about the misconception of people thinking the attorney’s work for the insurance or for the doctors? That they are siding with them and just don’t care about injured workers. This is a wrong misconception. Not all attorneys are like this and in reality, the more you get in a settlement, the more the attorney gets. It is not in their best interest to get you any less.

October 13, 2022

We’re back! It’s your favorite hosts Carmen Ramirez & Bilal Kassem. We are excited to bring new topics related to the world of workers comp. 
California is making some interesting changes regarding the use of cannabis outside work, in this episode we explain the new Assembly Bill 2188 which will serve to protect marijuana consumers at work when smoking during non-working hours. This bill will be in effect as of January 1, 2024. 

July 15, 2022
Were you injured at work, or do you know someone that was injured while working? Bad news: The CA Workers’ Compensation System isn’t the best when it comes to helping injured workers. The good news: There are lawyers that can help you navigate and get the best results in your case.
July 8, 2022

Carmen Ramirez and Bilal Kassem answer some of the questions posted in the comment section of some of the Podcast YouTube Videos. This episode is very different than the others and we hope that some of the questions answered, can shed light to many others that are going through a similar situation within the CA Workers’ Comp System.

July 1, 2022

In this episode, Bilal Kassem, President of Pacific Workers’ shares examples of how the CA Workers’ Comp System handles cases with pre-existing injuries.

Work injuries happen all the time. Some injuries are easy to recover from, but others are difficult especially if you have pre-existing injuries. This is one of those subjects within the workers’ comp system that no injured worker should dive into alone and in fact, Lawyers litigate this type of case often. You see, doctors need to determine the liability a workers’ comp insurance has for any industrial injuries that add to an existing injury.

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.