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Utilization Review & IMR: True Impact on Injured Workers/Employers by Joseph Patrico

In the fall of 2014, the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board (WCAB) issued two decisions which drastically streamlined the medical treatment dispute resolution process and created a series of bright line rules. The decisions have drastically reduced the frequency of medical treatment decisions being made by Workers’ Compensation Judges (WCJs). However, the net effect may be an upward spike in administrative costs for employers, with being less treatment for injured workers and a legislative backlash.

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Patrico, Hermanson & Guzman, A P.C. Opens Seventh Office in Sacramento

California Workers’ Compensation Defense Firm Expands to Serve More Clients

San Diego, CA; May 4, 2015: Patrico, Hermanson & Guzman, A P.C. announces its expansion into Sacramento, California.

PHG, a California Workers’ Compensation Defense law firm represents California employers, insurance companies, municipalities, and third party administrators and is headquartered in San Diego. PHG has additional offices in Riverside, Santa Ana, Burlingame, Salinas, and Los Angeles. The Sacramento office will increase PHG’s presence throughout the state.

Martin Guzman and Michael Wang, PHG Shareholders, will assume the role of Managing Partners in the Sacramento office. The new office is located in the historic downtown area of the capital city. The office address is 770 L Street, Suite 950 Sacramento, CA 95814-3361.

“Establishing the Sacramento office is a natural expansion of our ongoing commitment to serving the expanding needs of our clients.” said Martin Guzman.

“The Sacramento office location will allow us to strengthen operations and to better serve our clients. We believe in providing value that is well beyond the traditional legal model – basically our clients spoke and we listened,” said Michael Wang.

About Patrico, Hermanson & Guzman, A P.C.: With offices strategically placed throughout California, PHG strives to provide all California employers, third party administrators, municipalities and workers’ compensation insurance carriers with aggressive legal defense of workers’ compensation claims.


Sean Hermanson
Patrico, Hermanson & Guzman, A P.C.
(858) 874.2109

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PHG Law’s very own, Martin Guzman will speak on May 7th at of CSOOC (the County Safety Officers’ Organization of California)

This annual networking and educational event will be held on May 5th through the 8th at Asilomar Conference Facilities in Monterey, California. Martin Guzman is scheduled to speak on Workers’ Compensation 101. Learn more.

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Join us at Workers’ Compensation & Occupational Health Conference on May 19th in San Marcos, CA

Palomar Health’s 6th Annual San Diego Workers’ Compensation Conference will be held Tuesday, May 19th at Cal State University San Marcos.  This annual event illustrates the great appetite San Diego employers have for education on workers’ compensation and the occupational health of their employees.  Registration will open up later this month. Our very own, Joseph Patrico will be speaking as well.

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Join us for 2015 RIMS Half-Day Education Seminar on May 21, 2015

Innovations in data and technology offer a tremendous opportunity to improve business decision-making and results in the insurance industry. Join us along with RIMS on Thursday, May 21 as we journey to the new frontier! More information can be found here.

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Sean Hermanson – Winner of the Seminar Presenter of the year at the 3rd Annual Comp Laude Awards 2015

December 8, 2014 – Our very own, Sean Hermanson (CFO/COO) was the Winner of the Seminar Presenter of the year at the 3rd Annual Comp Laude(TM) Awards.

The winners were announced at a Gala event on Saturday, December 6 in Los Angeles. The event was produced by, the Comp LaudeTM winners were announced at a Gala event attended by over 300 workers’ compensation professionals held Saturday night at the Sheraton Gateway LAX hotel. The annual program honors workers’ compensation stakeholders who are committed to integrity, success and achieving meaningful results that positively impact the entire system.

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Joseph Patrico, CEO and Chargers Season Ticket Member, was announced as the Winner of the 5th round draft pick

May 13, 2014 – Joseph Patrico, CEO and Chargers Season Ticket Member, was announced as the Winner of the 5th round draft pick.

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