Welcome to Redula & Redula: Workers' Compensation for the Injured Worker
Redula & Redula Team Members:
- Vic R. Redula, esq. - Partner, certified specialist in workers' compensation
- Jason K. Redula, esq. - Partner, certified specialist in workers' compensation
- Vanessa Bonifacio Redula, esq. - Associate Attorney
- Brenda Carpio, Paralegal,
- Shaina Perez, Legal Assistant.
If you were injured at work and need legal assistance, we:
- Will treat you with utmost respect
- Provide the highest quality of legal service
- Promptly return client telephone calls
- Answer all our client's letters
- Provide multi-lingual services including Spanish and Filipino
- Provide expert service on CAL/OSHA safety violations
Client Testimonial #1
"I am very glad that you are my attorney. I truly believe that God put you in my life for a reason. Without Him, I might not be here today. But you have brought the comfort that I needed. It has been a long road and I can finally see the finish line. Jason, you are a wonderful man and I truly appreciate everything you have done and continue to do. You bring great comfort and I thank you."
Client Testimonial #2
"After all we have been through for the past two years, I wanted to let you know that I am so very grateful and appreciative for all you have done for me. Thank you for tirelessly pioneering on this quest and expertly guiding me through the complicated workers compensation process."
"I need to mention that I was always impressed that your father and your staff remembered my name and acknowledged me whenever I walked into the office. Although you were often busy with your other cases, you tried to make time to meet with me when I asked to meet with you, and you always responded to my e-mails in remarkable time. Not once did you speak down to me. All of this was quite exceptional. I very much appreciate you, your father, and your staff for their hard word, professionalism, and most importantly for treating me like a human being."
"I understand the personal and professional sacrifices you have had to make to keep me as a client, and for that commitment you went above and beyond to help me because you believed in yourself, and you believed in me. I am forever grateful for all that you did for me."
WARNING: Any person who makes or causes to be made any knowingly false or fraudulent material statement or material representation for the purpose of obtaining or denying workers' compensation benefits or payments is guilty of felony.
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I just got back from the CAAA Strategic Planning retreat.
What is Strategic Planning? Basically, the California Applicant Attorney Association (CAAA) has its chapter members, committee members and board of directors all meet up once a year to discuss workers' compensation issues. We discuss things like current legislation, political strategy, and how to organize our upcoming conventions.
I can't go into too many specifics, but I feel like I learned a lot over the weekend. I've attended this retreat three years in a row now, and I'm always amazed by how hard our association works on helping injured workers. I get tips on how to zealously represent my clients. I also learn what to expect in the future; which way the wind is blowing, so to speak.
I will say that, despite Trump being our president-elect, I think the pendulum will start swinging in the right direction. For far too long, the insurance companies have gotten the better deal of the "bargain." (If you're not familiar with this bargain, I will explain. When workers' compensation was first created, the deal was this: employees gave up the right to sue their employers for negligence/tort. In exchange, employers were to provide expedient medical treatment and benefits.)
I am once again renewed and invigorated to represent my clients. I enjoyed discussing current issues with attorneys who have 30+ workers' comp experience!
Last month, I attended a CAAA Retreat for the Board of Directors and for CAAA chapter presidents in Los Angeles. I always enjoy meeting with the great minds of CAAA and learning from their experience.
Chapter presidents basically were taught how to properly run our chapters. CAAA has 20 chapters throughout California. I am currently in my 3rd year being the president for Monterey. We have a humble, small group, but I am very proud of our group. We meet monthly to discuss issues and to meet with guest speakers, and to learn from each other.
Every chapter retreat I learn something new. And I meet new chapter presidents and great people. I plan on expanding on this after our Strategic Planning retreat coming up in November.
It seems like we are sppining our wheels and wasting a lot of our time by trying to overcome the myriad of delays the defendant is attempting at this time. One of those is the time spent in overcoming the efforts of defendants and their counsels to try to secure a Qualified Medical Examiner (hereinafter, QME) in the field of orthopedic surgery. The primary reason for this preference of orthopedic surgery is because that field is densely populated by qualified medical examiners who are less sympathetic to injured workers. This was made complicated by the fact that the medical unit which issues those panels is the tendency of the Medical Unit to prefer to replace issued panels with replacement panels in the field of orthopedic surgery.
The attorneys representing the injured workers are working very hard to maintain the integrity of the system by opposing attempts to load the dice further in favor of the already favored insurance companies and third party administrators.
If you are an injured worker, you can help us with this effort by consulting an attorney as soon as the claims administrator sends you an objection letter. It is this objection letter that will trigger the time clock for the issuance of a QME Panel. Or, at least consult an attorney as soon as a QME Panel issues.
We are very happy to announce that we have a new associate, Atty. Vanessa Bonifacio Redula (see below) This is very exciting and it gives us a rare opportunity to serve more injured workers negotiate the very confusing workers' compensation waters.
There is a lot of excitement in our office since May 15, 2015. My partner's wife, Vanessa Bonifacio Redula, passed the February, 2015 California State Bar Examination! Congratulations Vanessa! She will join our firm soon!
Vanessa graduated last December from the Monterey College of Law (MCL) and immediately took the February bar. According to the Dean of the College, the passing rate of this law school at the February 2015 bar was 60% which compares very favorably with the passing rate of 39.5% statewide of all who took that examination. Monterey College of Law is a California Accredited Law School and is one of the first California law schools to integrate a bar-study program into its curriculum. To put it in a better perspective, according to the Associate Dean for Student Success, Elizabeth Xyr, the California Bar Exam is acknowledged as the most challenging bar exam in the country. And Vanessa passed it with flying colors!