Ca. Workers' Comp. Quarterly 2021, Vol. 34, No. 3
- A Tale of One Applicant's Claim Against Unfair Debt Collection Practices
- Cumulative Index
- In This Issue
- Is It a Good Mediated Settlement If Everyone Goes Away Unhappy? No!
- PTP Medical-Legal Reports: Pay Now, or Pay a Lot More Later
- Vetoed: Apportionment Reform Efforts Fail Once Again
- View from the Incoming Chair
- Workers' Compensation Section 2022-2023 EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE ROSTER
- To Elect or Not to Elect—That Is the Question!
To Elect or Not to ElectâThat Is the Question!
ADAM DOMBCHIK, ESQ.
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
When the word election comes up, do you immediately think politics? That is the context many of us associate with the word. As the subject of this article, though, and for applicant attorneys, the term election has quite a different meaning. It refers to a seldom-used, often-misunderstood legal process in California workers’ compensation law. The process concerns an employee’s right to elect to proceed against one of the defendants in an individual workers’ compensation case. This article examines the what, how, why, and when of an employee’s right to make an election, including proper procedure, the legal and practical consequences of making an election, and strategies for you to carry one out.