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Who can answer your workers' compensation questions?

As an employee in California, you are likely aware of the insurance coverage your employer is expected to arrange for the company's workers. However, has anybody at your place of employment explained how workers' compensation benefits work? If you were involved in a workplace accident, would you know the procedures for filing benefits claims, which injuries will be covered and when will you receive compensation?

Can I Get Workers' Comp If I Had A Pre-Existing Condition?

Workers' comp seems fairly simple: You are injured on the job and you receive benefits for medical care. But what if you aggravate an old injury at work rather than get a new injury? Can you still receive workers' comp in cases where you have a pre-existing injury?

18 LA-based Garment Companies Fined $682,000

The California Labor Commissioners Office has fined $682,000 to 18 garment companies in Los Angeles for violated labor laws. This is not the first go-round for Los Angeles-based businesses - along with garment workers, other locally exploited professions include those who work in or at car washes, restaurants, construction sites and landscaping.

Women face an uphill battle in getting workers' comp benefits

The battle over gender equality in the workplace has long been an important subject. Sadly, women face an unlevel playing field in far too many industries. They also often encounter discrimination when it comes to getting workers' compensation benefits - an issue made clear in a class-action lawsuit filed last summer.

Avoiding heat-related on-the-job injury

The summer months in California bring intense heat and an increased chance of heat stroke and other heat-related injury or illness. At this time of year, it is critical for workers to know how to protect themselves from an on-the-job injury and how to proceed in case they find themselves hurt or sick. Preparation is key for both heat safety and a full understanding of worker rights.

California employer did not have workers' compensation insurance

The investigation into the tragic death of a California construction worker has led to a discovery of another kind. Apparently, the company that employed the man was not carrying the required workers' compensation insurance. This omission may bring many negative consequences for the construction company as well as the family of the deceased worker.

Grieving family could claim workers' compensation benefits

When someone is killed on the job, there is little that can be done to alleviate the distress and emotional suffering that can follow. However, a grieving family may be able to secure workers' compensation death benefits that can help them effectively navigate the financial matters that are at hand. These benefits may include funeral costs, lost wages and more.

Workers' compensation death benefits for fatal accident

The California city of Berkeley has been fined $100,000 after a fatal accident claimed the life of a worker after he was crushed by a garbage truck. The worker, one part of a two-person team, was collecting garbage when the truck began roll. The truck brakes failed, and the man was unable to move out of the way as he was trying to stop the truck. Due to the circumstances of this work accident, the family may be able to collect workers' compensation death benefits.

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