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Joseph E. Richards
  • Workers' Compensation, Employment Law
  • California
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I graduated from Whittier Law School with a concentration in Business Law. In July 2011, I took the California bar exam, and achieved a passing score on my first attempt.

In approximately May 2014, I entered solo practice in Santa Ana, again representing Applicants in Workers’ Compensation claims, from the filing of the Application for Adjudication, to resolution. My primary board is the Santa Ana WCAB, but I enjoy appearing before the Judges in Riverside, Pomona, Ontario, San Bernardino, Anaheim, Long Beach, and others in Southern California.

In summary, subsequent to law school graduation in 2011, I now spend approximately ninety-five percent (95%) of my practice time in the California Workers’ Compensation system with regular frequency. The other five percent (5%) is split between labor & employment law, wages & hours, personal injury tort law, and disability law.

I am a member of the Orange County Bar Association Workers’ Compensation Section. I am a member of the State Bar of California Workers’ Compensation Section. I am a Certified Specialist in Workers’ Compensation Law by the State Bar of California, California Board of Legal Specialization. I am a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, membership in which is limited to Trial Lawyers who have demonstrated exceptional skill, experience and excellence in Advocacy by achieving a trial verdict, award or settlement in the amount of One Million Dollars or more.

Every case is different, and past results cannot be a guarantee of future performance.

But I guarantee every client that I will do my best.

Practice Areas
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Employment Law
Fees
  • Free Consultation
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
California
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Attorney
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Education
Whittier Law School
J.D.
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Lake Forest College
B.A.
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Awards
Rising Star
Super Lawyers
Million Dollar Advocate
Million Dollar Advocates Forum
Rising Star
Super Lawyers
Million Dollar Advocate
Million Dollar Advocates Forum
Million Dollar Advocate
Million Dollar Advocates Forum
Hagman Scholar
Whittier Law
Presidential Scholar
Lake Forest College
Professional Associations
State Bar of California  # 279922
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- Current
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Orange County Bar Association
Member
- Current
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Publications
Articles & Publications
Household Employees -- Navigating Workers’ Compensation and Civil Remedies Kathleen Duggan; Joseph E. Richards, Esq.; The Hon. Vincenti Blas; Gregory L. Connor, Esq.; Gil Tabachnik, Esq. Whittier, Santa Ana, and Los Angeles, California
Workers' Compensation Quarterly (California State Bar publication)
Household Employees -- Navigating Workers’ Compensation and Civil Remedies Kathleen Duggan; Joseph E. Richards, Esq.; The Hon. Vincenti Blas; Gregory L. Connor, Esq.; Gil Tabachnik, Esq. Whittier, Santa Ana, and Los Angeles, California
Workers' Compensation Quarterly (California State Bar publication)
Speaking Engagements
Workers' Compensation Jobs , Whittier Law School
Law Office of Joseph E. Richards
Certifications
Certified Specialist Workers' Compensation Law
State Bar of California, California Board of Legal Specialization
Websites & Blogs
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Have you been hurt at work?  Having issues with your pay check?  In California, when injured employees receive disability benefits, compensation rates are calculated based on average weekly wages. To accurately predict an employee’s compensation rate, we may look at income from all sources, and review payroll records for potential violations of wage and hour laws. Law Office of Joseph Richards, P.C. provides legal representation, assists injured workers in reviewing payroll records and personnel files, and informs injured workers of their rights through the Workers’ Compensation system.  We may be able to help injured workers with unpaid insurance benefits.  Joseph Richards is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, is a rising star according to Super Lawyers, and Certified Specialist in Workers’ Comp with the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. We have Spanish speaking staff and locations in Orange County and Inland Empire. Call now to schedule an appointment for a free consultation.  NOTICE: Making a false or fraudulent workers' compensation claim is a felony subject to up to 5 years in prison or a fine of up to $50,000 or double the value of the fraud, whichever is greater, or by both imprisonment and fine. Law Office of Joseph Richards, P.C. - Wages, Compensation, & Disability Benefits

Have you been hurt at work? Having issues with your pay check? In California, when injured employees receive disability benefits, compensation rates are calculated based on average weekly wages. To accurately predict an employee’s compensation rate, we may look at income from all sources, and review payroll records for potential violations of wage and hour laws. Law Office of Joseph Richards, P.C. provides legal representation, assists injured workers in reviewing payroll records and personnel files, and informs injured workers of their rights through the Workers’ Compensation system. We may be able to help injured workers with unpaid insurance benefits. Joseph Richards is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, is a rising star according to Super Lawyers, and Certified Specialist in Workers’ Comp with the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. We have Spanish speaking staff and locations in Orange County and Inland Empire. Call now to schedule an appointment for a free consultation. NOTICE: Making a false or fraudulent workers' compensation claim is a felony subject to up to 5 years in prison or a fine of up to $50,000 or double the value of the fraud, whichever is greater, or by both imprisonment and fine.

Have you been hurt at work?  Intend to file a claim for compensation? Worried about discrimination?   Under California Law, it’s potentially a criminal misdemeanor for employers to discriminate against any employee because of a Workers’ Compensation claim.  If you’re a victim of discrimination after you OR your friend OR a relative is hurt at work, you may want a lawyer’s advice about discrimination complaints and workers’ compensation insurance benefits. Law Office of Joseph Richards, P.C. may be able to give advice about potential legal rights to Workers’ Compensation, reinstatement, reimbursement for lost wages and work benefits, penalties and increased compensation due to discrimination.   Joseph Richards is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, is a rising star according to Super Lawyers, and is a Certified Specialist in Workers Compensation with the State Bar of California’s Board of Legal Specialization. We also have Spanish speaking staff and office locations in Orange County and the Inland Empire. Call TODAY to schedule an appointment for a free consultation. NOTICE: Making a false or fraudulent workers' compensation claim is a felony subject to up to 5 years in prison or a fine of up to $50,000 or double the value of the fraud, whichever is greater, or by both imprisonment and fine. LAW OFFICE OF JOSEPH RICHARDS, P.C. - FIRED AFTER INJURED?

Have you been hurt at work? Intend to file a claim for compensation? Worried about discrimination? Under California Law, it’s potentially a criminal misdemeanor for employers to discriminate against any employee because of a Workers’ Compensation claim. If you’re a victim of discrimination after you OR your friend OR a relative is hurt at work, you may want a lawyer’s advice about discrimination complaints and workers’ compensation insurance benefits. Law Office of Joseph Richards, P.C. may be able to give advice about potential legal rights to Workers’ Compensation, reinstatement, reimbursement for lost wages and work benefits, penalties and increased compensation due to discrimination. Joseph Richards is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, is a rising star according to Super Lawyers, and is a Certified Specialist in Workers Compensation with the State Bar of California’s Board of Legal Specialization. We also have Spanish speaking staff and office locations in Orange County and the Inland Empire. Call TODAY to schedule an appointment for a free consultation. NOTICE: Making a false or fraudulent workers' compensation claim is a felony subject to up to 5 years in prison or a fine of up to $50,000 or double the value of the fraud, whichever is greater, or by both imprisonment and fine.

Have you been injured at work? You need a good worker’s compensation attorney on your side! Your California employer may be obligated to provide you with workers’ compensation benefits. But for many workers, simply filing a workers’ compensation Application for Adjudication can be complicated and confusing. Law Office of Joseph Richards, P.C. provides legal representation at the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Boards, informs workers of their rights, and assists injured workers in obtaining denied and delayed medical treatment and disability benefits. Law Office of Joseph Richards, P.C. helps injured workers find a great worker’s comp attorney to help them on the road to recovery! Joseph Richards is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, is a rising star according to Super Lawyers, and Certified Specialist in Workers’ Comp with the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. We have Spanish speaking staff and locations in both Orange County and Inland Empire. Contact us now to schedule an appointment for a free consultation! NOTICE: Making a false or fraudulent workers' compensation claim is a felony subject to up to 5 years in prison or a fine of up to $50,000 or double the value of the fraud, whichever is greater, or by both imprisonment and fine. LAW OFFICE OF JOSEPH RICHARDS, P.C. - How To Find The Right Workers' Compensation Lawyer

Have you been injured at work? You need a good worker’s compensation attorney on your side! Your California employer may be obligated to provide you with workers’ compensation benefits. But for many workers, simply filing a workers’ compensation Application for Adjudication can be complicated and confusing. Law Office of Joseph Richards, P.C. provides legal representation at the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Boards, informs workers of their rights, and assists injured workers in obtaining denied and delayed medical treatment and disability benefits. Law Office of Joseph Richards, P.C. helps injured workers find a great worker’s comp attorney to help them on the road to recovery! Joseph Richards is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, is a rising star according to Super Lawyers, and Certified Specialist in Workers’ Comp with the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. We have Spanish speaking staff and locations in both Orange County and Inland Empire. Contact us now to schedule an appointment for a free consultation! NOTICE: Making a false or fraudulent workers' compensation claim is a felony subject to up to 5 years in prison or a fine of up to $50,000 or double the value of the fraud, whichever is greater, or by both imprisonment and fine.

In California, when you get hurt at work, lots of legal notices come through the mail. Notice of “this”, notice of “that”. There are even notices you’re supposed to get on your first day of work, even before you step foot on a job site. Even before you get hurt. There are even notices that are supposed to be posted on the wall for everyone to see. Most of the time, these notices are either ignored or are difficult to understand.  Notices of Temporary Disability and Salary Continuation including Notice of Temporary Disability / Salary Continuation Start (also Resume, Delay, Denial)  Notices for Resumption, Change, & Termination including Notice of Resumed Benefit Payment; Notice of Change in Rate, Amount, or Payment Schedule; Notice of Termination of Benefit Payment Notices Regarding Permanent Disability including Notice of Permanent Disability Monitor (Advice, Denial, Start, Resume)  Notice of Denial of Workers’ Compensation Benefits Notice of Delay of Workers’ Compensation Benefits.  Notices Regarding Dependency (Death) Benefits including Notice of Dependency Payment Start (Change or End, Delay, Denial)  What all these notices mean is that you have certain rights.  Did you know that you might have rights as an injured worker? A skilled workers’ compensation attorney can sift through all of these notices and help make sense of an unfortunate situation. When you get hurt at work, these are just some of the notices that you might receive.  If you need help dealing with all this paperwork, call now to schedule an appointment for a free consultation!  NOTICE Making a false or fraudulent workers’ compensation claim is a felony subject to up to 5 years in prison or a fine of up to $50,000 or double the value of the fraud, whichever is greater, or by both imprisonment and fine. Law Office of Joseph Richards, P.C. - Legal Notices - California Workers' Compensation Claims

In California, when you get hurt at work, lots of legal notices come through the mail. Notice of “this”, notice of “that”. There are even notices you’re supposed to get on your first day of work, even before you step foot on a job site. Even before you get hurt. There are even notices that are supposed to be posted on the wall for everyone to see. Most of the time, these notices are either ignored or are difficult to understand. Notices of Temporary Disability and Salary Continuation including Notice of Temporary Disability / Salary Continuation Start (also Resume, Delay, Denial) Notices for Resumption, Change, & Termination including Notice of Resumed Benefit Payment; Notice of Change in Rate, Amount, or Payment Schedule; Notice of Termination of Benefit Payment Notices Regarding Permanent Disability including Notice of Permanent Disability Monitor (Advice, Denial, Start, Resume) Notice of Denial of Workers’ Compensation Benefits Notice of Delay of Workers’ Compensation Benefits. Notices Regarding Dependency (Death) Benefits including Notice of Dependency Payment Start (Change or End, Delay, Denial) What all these notices mean is that you have certain rights. Did you know that you might have rights as an injured worker? A skilled workers’ compensation attorney can sift through all of these notices and help make sense of an unfortunate situation. When you get hurt at work, these are just some of the notices that you might receive. If you need help dealing with all this paperwork, call now to schedule an appointment for a free consultation! NOTICE Making a false or fraudulent workers’ compensation claim is a felony subject to up to 5 years in prison or a fine of up to $50,000 or double the value of the fraud, whichever is greater, or by both imprisonment and fine.

Have you been injured at work?  Law Office of Joseph Richards, P.C. may be able to fight for your rights!  Providing deposition testimony is an important part of a worker’s compensation claim. A deposition is a legal proceeding where injured workers testify as to the events involving an injury and the effects the injury on their activities of daily living.  We guide our clients through the admonitions, which lay the foundation to a deponent’s ability to testify honestly, accurately, to provide a clear record for the attorneys, doctors, and judges working on a case. We’ll also review the types of questions clients might be asked, from personal background, to employment, to medical history, to claims.    Joseph Richards is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, is a rising star according to Super Lawyers, and is a Certified Specialist in Workers Compensation with the State Bar of California’s Board of Legal Specialization. We also have Spanish speaking staff and office locations in both Orange County and the Inland Empire.  If you’ve suffered an injury at work, call now to schedule an appointment for a free consultation!  NOTICE: Making a false or fraudulent workers' compensation claim is a felony subject to up to 5 years in prison or a fine of up to $50,000 or double the value of the fraud, whichever is greater, or by both imprisonment and fine. Law Office of Joseph Richards, P.C. California Workers' Compensation Legal Proceedings & Depositions

Have you been injured at work? Law Office of Joseph Richards, P.C. may be able to fight for your rights! Providing deposition testimony is an important part of a worker’s compensation claim. A deposition is a legal proceeding where injured workers testify as to the events involving an injury and the effects the injury on their activities of daily living. We guide our clients through the admonitions, which lay the foundation to a deponent’s ability to testify honestly, accurately, to provide a clear record for the attorneys, doctors, and judges working on a case. We’ll also review the types of questions clients might be asked, from personal background, to employment, to medical history, to claims. Joseph Richards is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, is a rising star according to Super Lawyers, and is a Certified Specialist in Workers Compensation with the State Bar of California’s Board of Legal Specialization. We also have Spanish speaking staff and office locations in both Orange County and the Inland Empire. If you’ve suffered an injury at work, call now to schedule an appointment for a free consultation! NOTICE: Making a false or fraudulent workers' compensation claim is a felony subject to up to 5 years in prison or a fine of up to $50,000 or double the value of the fraud, whichever is greater, or by both imprisonment and fine.

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Q. I had a injury at work and am seeing Dr. 's .. Do I go to these appointments on my time or on company time?
A: In California, as of July 2015, employers are required to offer limited Paid Sick Leave (PSL) to most employees. PSL information may be accessed here: https://www.dir.ca.gov/dlse/paid_sick_leave.htm For public policy reasons, injured employees are not typically paid disability benefits for the time it takes to visit treating doctors during a regularly scheduled working day. However, employers are able to offer Paid Time Off or Vacation Pay as an added incentive to employees. It is not a requirement for employers to offer Paid Time Off (PTO) or paid vacation, but many do offer it to employees. Check your wage statements to see if there is mention of PTO or Vacation Pay. With regard to PSL, PSL may be taken in as little as 2 hour increments in many cases. That might be all the time it takes to visit a doctor. It is best to check with your Human Resources department, union representative, or Employment Policy Manual / MOU / Union CBA for more information.
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Law Office of Joseph Richards, P.C.
Orange County
2677 N. Main St.
Suite 520
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Toll-Free: (877) 562-9637
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Law Office of Joseph Richards, P.C.
Inland Empire
1101 California Ave.
Suite 100
Corona, CA 92881
Toll-Free: (877) 562-9637
Telephone: (844) 562-2667
Fax: (833) 562-2667
Monday: Open 24 hours
Tuesday: Open 24 hours
Wednesday: Open 24 hours (Today)
Thursday: Open 24 hours
Friday: Open 24 hours
Saturday: Open 24 hours
Sunday: Open 24 hours
Notice: We offer telephonic, remote, and in-person consultations.