Alejo, Luis

Assemblymember Luis Alejo represents California’s 28th district

A Win-Win Workers' Comp Approach for Employers, Employees and Taxpayers

By Assemblymember Luis Alejo

Victor works in the Central Valley for a landscape business. One day, he’s asked to climb a tree to prune its branches. That’s not out of the ordinary, but this time, Victor loses his footing and crashes to the ground.

Writhing in pain, Victor is driven by his employer to a nearby clinic, where they discover that he’s fractured his spine. He’s then transferred to a hospital, where they treat the break, recommend surgery and hand Victor a $5,000 bill.

Victor returns to his employer with the bill and the news that he needs surgery. His employer not only ignores the recommendation for surgery but also refuses to pay the bill.