California politicians have recently met in secret with big business and have struck a backroom deal that will drastically cut workers’ compensation benefits and will eliminate many of your rights under current law.
This new law will affect your existing workers’ compensation case and it will affect any future work injury benefits you may have been entitled to receive. In many cases, this new law, if passed, will completely eliminate your right to receive workers’ compensation benefits at all. California Senate Bill 863 may be voted into law any day, so you need to act quickly.
HERE ARE JUST A FEW OF THE MAIN FEATURES OF SB 863:
[x] YOU AND OTHER INJURED WORKERS WILL LOSE ANY RIGHT TO GATHER YOUR OWN EVIDENCE TO PROVE YOUR CASE
[x] WORKERS’ COMPENSATION PAYMENTS, IF ANY, WILL BE SOLELY DETERMINED BY THE EMPLOYER SELECTED DOCTOR, NOT BY YOUR DOCTOR[x] YOUR RIGHT TO MEDICAL TREATMENT, IF ANY, WILL BE SOLELY DETERMINED BY THE EMPLOYER SELECTED DOCTOR (EVEN IF THAT DOCTOR’S PRACTICE IS OUT OF STATE AND HE OR SHE HAS NEVER EXAMINED OR MET YOU)[x] YOU WILL NO LONGER BE ENTITLED TO RECOVER BENEFITS FOR INJURIES THAT HAVE SECONDARY EFFECTS (FOR EXAMPLE, AN INJURED WORKER WHO SUFFERS A LEG AMPUTATION WILL NO LONGER BE PERMITTED TO PURSUE A CLAIM FOR THE PSYCHOLOGICAL IMPACT HIS OR HER AMPUTATION HAS CAUSED)
[x] YOU WILL NO LONGER BE ENTITLED TO SUBPOENA DOCUMENTS THAT WOULD HELP YOU PROVE YOUR CASE. YOU WILL ONLY RECEIVE WHAT THE EMPLOYER DECIDES TO GIVE YOU[x] DISABILITY PAYMENTS AND MEDICAL TREATMENT WILL BE CONTROLLED ENTIRELY BY EMPLOYERS AND WORKERS’ COMPENSATION INSURANCE COMPANIES
[x] YOU WILL LOSE YOUR RIGHT TO CHOOSE YOUR OWN TREATING DOCTORWHAT CAN YOU DO TO STOP THIS?
[X] Contact Governor Jerry Brown and let him know that you strongly oppose SB 863. You can write to Governor Brown by going to this website: http://www.facebook.com/jerrybrown
[X] Call or fax Governor Brown at the following numbers:Phone: (916) 445-2841 Fax: (916) 558-3160
[X] Contact State Senator Ted Lieu and let him know that you strongly oppose SB 863 because it unfairly strips injured workers of their right to a fair trial of their workers’ compensation case.
[X] E-mail Ted Lieu at this link: http://sd28.senate.ca.gov/contact/email
[X] Call or fax Ted Lieu at the following numbers: Phone: (916) 651-4028 Fax: (916) 323-6056[X] Contact State Senate President Pro Tem, Darrell Steinberg and let him know that you strongly oppose SB 863 because it unfairly strips injured workers of their right to a fair trial of their workers’ compensation case.
[X] E-mail Darrell Steinberg at this link: http://sd06.senate.ca.gov/contact and at this email address: You can call or fax Darrell Steinberg at the following numbers: Phone 916-651-1529 Fax 916-327-8745
[X] Contact your State Senator and your State Assemblyperson and let them know you strongly oppose SB 863 because it unfairly strips injured workers of their right to a fair trial of their workers’ compensation case.
[X] Find out who your state representatives are at this website: http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/yourleg.htmlIT IS CRITICAL THAT YOU CONTACT EACH OF THESE REPRESENTATIVES TODAY. YOUR OPINION WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE. THE MORE OPPOSITION THESE POLITICIANS RECEIVE FROM INDIVIDUALS, THE MORE LIKELY SB 863 WILL BE DEFEATED. PLEASE CALL AND WRITE TODAY.
It has come to my attention there is a new bill under consideration which will affect injured workers and they rights to benefits which is being considered. I strongly urge you to please do not sign and enact this bill. For each individual which signs this petition we are requesting that you plesae do not jepordize our rights as an injured worker. Please reconsider your consideration for signing this bill. Please take into consideration that many of us are already physically and emotionally suffering from what has already happened. We urge you to please place yourself in our shoes. Please do not pass this new bill as it hinders our rights to compensation for future medical treatment and it hinders our options to be seen by doctors who will treat us ethically and fairly. Underneath the HIPPA Cratic Oath doctors state they will do no harm, we are asking you as our leaders and assembly members to please do thw same. Please give us the same fighting chance and do not hinder our ability to get treatment from doctors of our choice and not ones that are going to neglect our medical well-being to save a dollar or two. For each person who signs this petition we are asking thst you please do not support this action.
Aubray Mcpherson and all other petitionees