Becoming injured is never favorable, but it can be even worse when your injuries are sustained at work and impact your ability to effectively do your job. Luckily, workers’ compensation benefits are granted to the majority of California employees.
California requires household employers to carry Workers’ Compensation insurance for their household employees such as nanny, senior caregivers or housekeepers working more than 52 hours per quarter (90 days).
The medical legal process has evolved over the years. The Panel QME (“PQME”) process did not exist for dates of injury prior to 2005 instead medical disputes were resolved by QME’s or AME’s selected by the parties. At trial, judges were presented with medical reports from all of the medical legal evaluators, along with the primary treating physician.
About 56.7 million people — 19 percent of the population — had a disability in 2010, according to a broad definition of disability, with more than half of them reporting the disability was severe, according to a comprehensive report on this population released in July 2012 by the U.S. Census Bureau.
If you have suffered a workplace-related illness or injury, and have submitted a claim under your employer's workers' compensation insurance policy, you may decide or be required to see a Qualified Medical Evaluator ("QME").