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Claims Arising From Employer’s Failure To Carry Workers’ Comp Were Subject To 3-Year Statute Of Limitations

Valdez v. Himmelfarb, 144 Cal. App. 4th 1261 (2006) Elias Valdez alleged that he was injured in the course of his employment as a cook, janitor, dishwasher, and gardener at defendants’ Malibu restaurant. Valdez sued for personal injury, unfair competition, and declaratory relief based on defendants’ failure to carry workers’ compensation insurance as required by … Continue Reading

Police Dispatcher Was Not Entitled To Workers’ Compensation Benefits For Psychiatric Injury

Sonoma State Univ. v. WCAB, 142 Cal. App. 4th 500 (2006) Lesley Hunton worked as a police dispatcher for Sonoma State University for 14 years before filing a workers’ compensation claim in which she alleged an injury to her psyche arising out of and in the course of her employment. Hunton complained that the frequent … Continue Reading

Injuries Employee Sustained While Touring Italy Were Not Covered By Workers’ Compensation

Fleetwood Enterprises, Inc. v. WCAB, 134 Cal. App. 4th 1316 (2005) After completing the business portion of a trip to Europe, John Moody extended his stay for additional sightseeing with his wife in Italy. Moody sought workers’ compensation coverage for severe injuries that he suffered in an automobile accident in which he was involved while … Continue Reading

Workers’ Compensation Release Barred Sexual Harassment Claim

Jefferson v. California Dep’t of Youth Authority, 28 Cal. 4th 299 (2002) Mary Jefferson worked as a part-time teacher’s assistant at a high school. After the teacher and his students allegedly subjected Jefferson to sexually offensive conduct, she filed a workers’ compensation claim in which she sought benefits for “psychological factors affecting physical condition.” Jefferson … Continue Reading
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