From the New Editor of the Quarterly…

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From the New Editor of the Quarterly…

RANDY H. POLLAK, ESQ.

Thousand Oaks, California

Welcome to the second issue of the Workers’ Compensation Quarterly for 2018! It is my privilege to begin working as the editor of this publication.

The Quarterly is the official publication of the California Lawyers Association, formerly the Workers’ Compensation Section of the State Bar of California. The Quarterly‘s mission is to bring to the readership— all 3,600 of you—the highest-quality publication possible. Included with your membership dues (you pay $95), you get this publication four times a year, and we want you to get your money’s worth.

Our objective is to bring to Workers’ Compensation Section members educational and informative articles that are professional, balanced, and useful. Our vision is that every issue of the Quarterly provide an opportunity for the workers’ compensation practitioner to either learn something new or strengthen their understanding of a topic.

To achieve these goals we are inviting all of you—applicant attorneys, defense attorneys, judges, lien representatives, doctors, everyone-to send in your articles. You can e-mail them directly to me at rpollak@pacificcomp.com. If the article is accepted for publication, I will make my best effort to get your article ready for publication.

Inside this issue of the Quarterly we start by recognizing the recipients of the 2018 Steve Jimenez Memorial Special Recognition Awards, to be presented on September 14, 2018. In "California Labor Code Section 132a: Go Big or Call Your E&O Carrier in the Morning," Jeffrey Adelson discusses the importance of careful handling of 132a claims. Maurice Abarr, in "Fighting for Vets: Legal Handling of Veterans’ Workers’ Compensation Cases," introduces us to another system of workers’ compensation. You’ll find insights and suggestions from Jeremy Perkins in "A Defense Attorney’s Handbook to Working with In Pro Per Applicants." Steven Rosenfeld and Heather Garcia walk us through the calculation of earnings for seasonal employees in "Seasonal Work and Earnings: Getting It Right." Finally, after you read "Establishing Credit Rights from Applicant’s Third-Party Settlement" by Gregory Johnsen, you’ll have an opportunity to earn one hour of CLE credit.

A husband and a father of four young boys, Randy is also an attorney. He graduated from UCLA and earned his law degree from Loyola Law School Los Angeles. A member of the California State Bar since 2009, he became a Certified Specialist in workers’ compensation law in 2017. He works as the managing attorney of the in-house legal department at Pacific Compensation Insurance Company. He practices in Thousand Oaks.

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