Saturday, November 27, 2004
The Sacramento Bee reports that California's 150 worker's compensation judges are six times more likely to file on-the-job injury cases than their judicial counterparts in state government. 29 of California's 184 worker's comp judges (15.8%) have filed worker's comp claims, compared to 9 of 378 (2.4%) other administrative law judges in California:
These gatekeepers of cash and medical benefits for injured workers have claimed injuries from rearranging artwork, slipping on a lunchroom puddle, loading a crate in a trunk or tripping over a phone cord. One filed a claim for writer's cramp [Robert Eckhoff, pictured on the left].
Who judges the judges? Their colleagues on the workers' comp bench. Who represents them in court? Sometimes, the very same lawyers and doctors who bring cases before them.
(Thanks to reader Ben Cunningham for the tip.)