Jack Goodchild is the new LAVAAA President

The votes are in and Jack Goodchild is the new LAVAAA President. The LAVAAA (Los Angeles Valley Applicants Attorneys Association) had an election for the new President position. Attorney Jack Goodchild was honored to win, along with his chapter board members: attorney Ira Johns as Vice President, attorney Patrick Duffy as Secretary and attorney Jill Shibata as Treasurer.

Jack Goodchild new LAVAAA President

For the first LAVAAA meeting that was held on October 14, 2015, the outgoing Vice President Michael Burgis presented an award to the outgoing President Jean Paul Lonne on behalf of CAAA (California Applicants Attorneys Association). Jean Paul and Michael did a fantastic job while they were fulfilling their LAVAAA duties and we thank them for all their hard work.

Attorney Jean Paul Lonne & Attorney Michael Burgis at LAVAAA

For the speaker and topic of the first LAVAAA meeting where Jack Goodchild was the President was Dr. David Abri from Abri Dental.  Dr. David Abri lectured on the Introduction to Dental Work Comp 101 and learned about the dental injuries that injured workers could sustain from their workers’ compensation cases. This was a great meeting and had very valuable information for the LAVAAA attendees.

Attorney Jack Goodchild & Dr. David Abri at LAVAAA Introduction to Dental Work Comp 101

Again, congrats to Jack Goodchild on winning the election to be the new LAVAAA President. And congrats to Patrick Duffy on becoming the new LAVAAA secretary. We are excited to see what is in store for the upcoming year!

Jack Goodchild as a Panelist Speaker at 88th Annual Meeting of The State Bar of California

We are proud of Jack Goodchild as a panelist speaker at 88th Annual Meeting of The State Bar of California discussing current workers’ compensation matters.  The panel for the State Bar annual meeting was held on Friday October 9, 2015 from 1:30PM-3:00PM on the topic of Workers’ Compensation Medical Treatment Update. Attorney Jack Goodchild of the Law Offices of Goodchild & Duffy spoke with attorney Jason Marcus of Marcus, Regalado & Marcus in Northern California and attorney David Skaggs of in house counsel for Pacific Comp Insurance.

Attorney Jack Goodchild of Law Offices of Goodchild & Duffy

The panel discussion was very informative and some of the issues that were discussed were of Utilization Review (UR), Independent Medical Review (IMR), Medical Provider Networks (MPN), medical treatment disputes, what defines medical treatment, treatment of non-industrial conditions to treat industrial injuries, including updated case law and regulations on these matters.

Jack Goodchild of the Law Offices of Goodchild & Duffy

Thank you to the State Bar of California for inviting attorney Jack Goodchild to speak at the 88th Annual Meeting of The State Bar of California.

Jack Goodchild is Running for LAVAAA President

Attorney Jack Goodchild is running for LAVAAA President.  LAVAAA  (Los Angeles Applicants’ Attorneys Association) is a local chapter branch that is part of CAAA (California Applicants’ Attorneys Association). The election is being held on September 9, 2015 at 6:00PM at Anejo Cantina & Grill located at 14755 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA 91403.  You must be an attorney and CAAA member  to vote.

Jack Goodchild has been a Workers’ Compensation professional representing only injured workers for almost forty years.  He has been a certified specialist for 34 years.  He is active in the California Applicants’ Attorneys Association (CAAA) and is presently on the Communications Committee trying to fight back against the horrors of the Utilization Review and Independent Medical Review systems.  Jack has also worked as a Judge Pro Tem for the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board and has served as an advisor to the California Legislature. He has also arbitrated Workers’ Compensation cases.

Jack Goodchild is presently a member of the State Bar Workers’ Compensation Executive Committee where he is also working to improve the system and reputation of the practitioners within it.

He believes this is a critical time in our profession and that we all need to come together to fight back against the damage that has been done to the system of Workers’ Compensation in California.

Jack takes his role as an Applicant Attorney very seriously and he looks forward to working with all of his colleagues to improve the level of practice in this system and the results which we are able to obtain for the injured workers.

Any attorneys that have any questions, please feel free to contact our office to speak with Jack.  And please make it a point to come to the meeting on September 9, 2015 to cast your vote. You must be present to make your vote count.

Good luck Jack!