7459 Monterey Street, Suite A       Gilroy, CA 95020-5878
Robbins, Strunk & Cramer
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Do I Have A Case?

With over 20 years experience representing injured workers, we realize that navigating the workers' compensation process can often feel confusing, intimidating and emotionally overwhelming. At Robbins, Strunk & Cramer, we work with our clients by providing exceptional legal representation and outstanding...

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Frequently Asked Questions

Workers' compensation is an insurance-based program run by the state that covers employees from the first minute of their employment for on-the-job injuries, which can range from the minor to the extremely serious, including death. The law requires the employer to pay workers' compensation...

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Client Testimonials

We agreed, and they took the case. They were persistent in getting the insurance company to pay attention to my concerns and responding to my physical pain. After much hard work on their part, I was then able to get medical attention started. When the insurance companies dragged their own feet...

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Compensability of Occupational Diseases – Unexpected Trends

The Workers’ Compensation Resources Research Report, Issue 9, by Professor John F. Burton Jr. contains an Overview of Workers’ Compensation. In Part I the origins of workers’ compensation programs in the U.S. are discussed which was in the early 20th century. Additionally the objectives of a modern workers’ compensation program, and also a description of the current programs are examined. In recent years both costs and benefits as a percent of payroll have been near their low points for the period since 1980.

Part II looks at the coverage of employers and employees by current workers’ compensation programs. About 90 percent of the employed U.S. workforce are in firms who are legally required to provide coverage. However the actual coverage is less in many jurisdictions.

Part II also examines which diseases and injuries are compensable. In many jurisdictions, the four traditional tests to establish legal causation for injuries have been tightened. In conjunction with this in many states, the customary tests to establish legal causation for diseases have also become even more restrictive. As a result, a considerable percentage of work-related injuries and diseases do not receive workers’ compensation benefits.

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