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Fund on Hook for PTD Award After Failure to Add Property Owner to Claim Sooner

By Emily Brill (Reporter)

Thursday, October 5, 2017 | 1492 | 0 | 0 min read

Taxpayers are on the hook for a man's permanent total disability award after the California 2nd District Court of Appeals shot down the state's attempt to force a property owner to pay the benefits. In 2003, handyman Ramiro Zapata was hit by a car driven by his coworker, Jose Mejia, while working on a Long Beach apartment complex owned by Marco Bolanos. Zapata and Mejia both worked for Luis Aragon, whose workers' comp policy had lapsed in 2002. Roughly two months after his injury, Zapata filed a workers' compensation claim and notified Bolanos of the injury. He added th...

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