Two-Year Temporary Disability Limit Harms Severely Injured Workers
 
 
 
Extend Insurance for the Seriously Injured; Assembly Insurance Committee to Consider AB 947 (Solorio)
 
 
Temporary Disability insurance frequently ends before recovery from serious work
 
injury is complete. Workers who sustain severe injuries requiring surgeries often
 
take more than two years to heal. But after two years, even when not healed, these
 
injured workers lose the temporary disability insurance payments that are to
 
provide minimum income until they can return to work. On Wednesday, May 4,
 
Assemblymember Solorio will ask the Assembly Insurance Committee to extend
 
temporary disability insurance to the most seriously injured.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
“I worked as a truck driver for 36 years. I injured my left shoulder in 2008 as I
 
tried to stop a steel rack from hitting me in the face. It jerked my shoulder and I felt
 
a sudden pop,” said David Cook, injured trucker. “After surgeries on both
 
shoulders, I am still in constant pain and have limited range of motion. Neither of
 
my shoulders is healed. My Temporary Disability has run out due to the 2-year
 
cap, yet I cannot return to work as a truck driver.”
 
 
 
 
 
AB 947 (Solorio), sponsored by the California Applicants Attorneys’ Association
 
(CAAA), would add injuries that require treatment that cannot medically be
 
completed within 104 weeks to specified injuries that could qualify for no more
 
than 240 compensable weeks of temporary disability within a period of 5 years
 
from the date of injury.
 
 
 
 
 
WHO: Injured Workers’ Advocate Linda Atcherley, CAAA; San Diego Injured worker David Cook
WHEN: Wednesday, May 4, 2011; 9:00 am
WHERE: Assembly Insurance Committee, State Capitol, Room 437
 
 
 
Posted 05-04-2011 2:45 PM by caaaAdmin

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