What to expect at a workers' comp trial when you don't have an attorney

This video reviews what to expect at a Trial at the Worker's Compensation Appeals Board if you are an unrepresented injured worker. If you are an injured worker with a California injury, and don’t have an attorney, this video is intended to help provide an overview of workers’ compensation topics so you can better represent yourself.

If a case cannot be settled with Stipulations with Request for Award or with a Compromise and Release, eventually it will likely end up at Trial. An injured worker can conduct a trial without an attorney, but you have to understand that you will be up against an attorney for the insurance company 99% of the time. While the judge may show some leniency to an unrepresented injured worker, if you choose to represent yourself you must be prepared. This video provides a general overview of what will happen at a trial so you are not surprised, from attempts at settlement, to review of the Pre Trial Conference Statement, to exhibits, and then witnesses.

Jeremy Lusk is a certified specialist in workers’ compensation with almost two decades of experience, and previously served as a Judge at the Fresno District Office of the WCAB. He has worked out of Fresno, but appeared at numerous Boards to represent both injured workers and employers/carriers.

No attorney/client relationship is created or implied by this video. This video is not offering legal advice as to what you should, or should not, do in your workers’ compensation case, but rather offers education/information as to the California workers’ compensation system for unrepresented workers so they can better represent themselves and make more informed decisions.

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