Don Barthel

Don Barthel

Donald Barthel is a founding partner of Bradford & Barthel, LLP,  an industry leader in the aggressive defense of Workers’ Compensation, Subrogation, and Employment, and Labor matters.

He was born in Anchorage, Alaska. He graduated from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, with honors in 1986. He received his Juris Doctorate from U.C.L.A. in 1990, and immediately thereafter he was admitted to the State Bar of California.

Mr. Barthel’s entire legal career has been dedicated to the defense of employers’ rights in the arenas of labor law, employment law, and workers’ compensation. During the last 19 years, his practice has exclusively focused on workers’ compensation defense and related matters. With many years’ experience in southern and northern California, he has appeared at virtually every WCAB district office in the state.

Mr. Barthel is an acknowledged expert regarding the American Medical Association Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment. He has taught adjusters, human resource directors, employer representatives, attorneys and physicians throughout California and the United States. His audiences have included representatives of:

Because of his expertise, Mr. Barthel recently has been invited to be a reviewer for the 6th edition of the AMA Guides.

Outside of the office, Mr. Barthel enjoys time with his wife, Jackie, and the couple’s four children, Mimi, Emma, Benjamin, and Desmond. An avid fan of University of Michigan football, Mr. Barthel consoles himself through Wolverine losses by practicing the acoustic guitar, an instrument he plays “badly but with enthusiasm.”

Recent Articles by Don Barthel

Ogilvie: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

The First District Court of Appeal’s opinion muddies the waters and inspires litigation. Applicants have no clear path for rebutting the scheduled diminished future earning capacity, but this case — by giving applicants three vague methods — certainly should inspire the California Applicants’ Attorneys Association to believe a rebuttal can be accomplished. The defense, on […]

Terminating Your Temporary Disability Defense

Familiarity Breeds Contempt Does this story sound familiar? The case is accepted, the injured worker has returned to a modified position and, thus, you have discontinued temporary disability. Life is great … that is, it seemed great until you receive the “nasty gram” from applicant’s counsel advising that the injured worker has been terminated and […]

100 Percent Trouble: The Expensive Future of PD

Got a case reserved for 60, 70, or 80 percent, but certain it won’t hit 100% given the conservative nature of the AMA Guides and the 2005 PDRS? Think again! Review those reserves and prepare to go to battle … without reliance on an AME and/or AVE! 1 Apologies to Bob Dylan 2 “4662. Any […]

“Illegals’” Entitlement to Voucher/PD Increase – To Pay or Not to Pay?

Applicable Labor Code provisions, regulations, and case law strongly support the proposition that — in cases where the injured worker (IW) is not legally entitled to work in the US — we can successfully defend against providing vouchers, and obtain the 15 percent PD decrease. However, as a prerequisite to such arguments, it is essential […]

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