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The World Reopens!

Posted by Lawrence I. Stern | Jun 07, 2021 | 0 Comments

June 2021

Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti announced Sunday, May 9th 2021, that appointments aren't needed for Los Angeles area residents to get COVID19 vaccinations at any site run by the city.

Garcetti said in a statement published in the Los Angeles Times: “We stand at a critical juncture in our fight to end this pandemic, and our city will keep doing everything possible to knock down barriers to vaccine access and deliver doses directly to all Angelenos.” 

A week prior, the city stopped requiring appointments for some walk-up and mobile locations.  Appointment-free options are now available as well at drive through sites – the Crenshaw Christian Center, Hansen Dam, and Dodger Stadium—which are open Monday through Saturday. But, sign-ups are available ahead of time, if preferred just click here . 

Only a small percentage of workers in all areas of California and beyond with self-asserted work related COVID19 have submitted workers' compensation claims, to date. This is because hard guidelines to what identifies a COVID19 work induced coronavirus infection are ambiguous, confusing, conflicted, and the presumptions for COVID19 cases stemming from a worker's employment are still being argued and debated legally.  One reason can be speculated it's because COVID19 has been just over one year in the world. 

Henceforth, a coronavirus infection might be a compensable workers' compensation claim condition.  If you have COVID19, and believe your condition may be work related, you may submit your facts to [email protected]

The way we were: Southern California, including the most populous county of Los Angeles, has opened up businesses and venues to a much higher capacity.  It's pointing the way to much closer encounters at work, like existed in the past, including the shedding of masks. 

Southern California, in general, has now since last week, with the most populous area being Los Angeles county, moved into the least restrictive category of California's reopening system.  This reopening, which includes some of the last indoor spaces including bars that don't serve meals, saunas and steam rooms, and other high-risks spaces, comes with risks and dangers as people naturally become overly confident. 

The general advice and guideline still state that people, wherever they're going, should still keep a distance of at least six feet from others, continue to wear face masks—with the exception of vaccinated people—and be mindful of where persons are closely intermingling. 

It's a regular pattern that when pandemics significantly improve, that people let down their guards, become lax, and then wind up catching the infection. 

Henceforth, people working in essential services or anywhere, believing they have contracted coronavirus through proximity to others at work may contact Mallery & Stern, 5120 W. Goldleaf Circle, Suite 380, Los Angeles, CA 90056, [email protected], 310 473-0777 phone.

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About the Author

Lawrence I. Stern

As a California State Bar Certified Workers' Compensation specialist, Lawrence Irving Stern has over three decades of experience fighting for the rights of California's injured workers.Mr. Stern has a successful track record in obtaining substantial awards and settlements in challenging and serio...


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