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Accident on the job injures man working on bullet-train

California will always have its share of major construction projects in the works. Many of these involve heavy equipment and complicated plans. In any job, there is danger of an accident, but this is particularly true with construction. An accident on the job can happen because of falling debris, a mistake with a large piece of machinery, a slip and fall and for many other reasons. For people who have suffered workplace injuries, the aftermath can be more problematic than the accident itself. Having legal assistance to get all the benefits the worker and his or her family needs is often imperative.

A worker was hurt when he was hit by a steel reinforcing bar (rebar) that fell on him as he worked on the construction of a California high-speed rail. The accident happened in the early afternoon at around 2 p.m. The rail will be carried on an overpass and that is where the worker was hurt. The man, 48, had a partial crush injury and was pinned from the chest to the lower part of his body. All his ribs were broken, as was his collarbone and one of his arms. He suffered fractured vertebrae. He might not be able to walk again.

Prepare for the pitfalls of filing for workers' comp benefits

On-the-job injuries can cause anxiety, especially if you have a family that relies on your income. Medical treatment and mounting bills along with the inability to go straight back to work may cause concern. Fortunately, the workers' compensation insurance system protects California workers.

Benefits are available to pay all your medical bills, and you may even receive a wage-replacement package to cover lost income. Although this might provide you with peace of mind, it is important to note that it is not an automatic system. You will have to go through a complicated claims process with different time limits and requirements to secure compensation.

Fatal work-related accident claims life of tree trimmer

Many jobs in San Jose and throughout California require workers to place themselves in situations where one wrong move, a mistake on the part of another worker, negligence by the employer, or some other unforeseen issue can lead to a fatal work-related accident. Those who are employed in high risk occupations must be keenly aware of their rights to a safe workplace and workers' compensation benefits if they are injured. Their families should know the steps to take in filing a wrongful death lawsuit if there is an incident that leads to worker death.

A man trimming trees in the backyard of a house that is for sale was killed by electrocution. The accident happened at around 1 p.m. Emergency personnel were called when the man was seen dangling. He was an estimated 30 feet up. When they arrived, he already dead. He had come into contact with a power line. It is not known if the wind was a factor. A private landscaping company was performing the work. Because the power lines are energized, anyone - including emergency crews - are at risk of being electrocuted. The investigation into the incident is ongoing.

On-the-job accident electrocutes, burns worker

When there is a work accident in California, it can come in many different circumstances. Electrocution can lead to death and long-term damage. Even a work accident in which disaster was averted could have aftereffects on the worker and his or her ability to get back to the same job. If this incident happened because of a safety hazard on the part of the employer, it could also warrant benefits. A full investigation is needed and a legal professional can help with a case for compensation after workplace injuries.

A construction site accident led to workers being electrocuted. Workers were shifting a scaffold when it touched a power line. Subsequently, electricity was sent along the pole. One worker was electrocuted. He let go of the pole. Another worker stumbled forward and his body was in contact with the pole and caught fire.

Injured on the job and returning to work

California workers who are injured on the job or have an occupational disease can get workers' compensation benefits if they are eligible. A gray area that often arises, however, is when they would like to return to work and have not fully recovered. This can be an issue with workers' compensation benefits and how it is handled. If the employer can offer a job suitable to the employee's circumstances, then the person can return to work. The time at which the injury occurred is important.

For people who suffered the injury during 2013 or after that year and the employer has work to offer, the person will receive a notice from the claims administrator regarding regular work that has been modified or is an alternative form of work. This is required to be sent within 60 days of the claims administrator learning that the worker is now suffering from a permanent and stationary (P&S) circumstance rather than permanent partial disability. This form must be completed by a physician and returned.

After denied claims over workplace injury, legal help is crucial

When a Californian has suffered a workplace injury, gotten ill from the job or is suffering a condition due to the work they do, workers' compensation can help them while they are unable to work and are getting treatment. This is an integral part of covering medical expenses, lost wages and other problems stemming from the injury or malady. However, a nightmare scenario for many people is if their claim is denied. Fortunately, there are steps that the worker can take to try and get workers' compensation benefits even after a denial.

It is not unusual for a claim to be denied or delayed by the insurance company. When this occurs, there is no reason to panic. It is important to be organized. Accruing the necessary medical documentation; recording all expenses that have accumulated from the injury or illness and lost time on the job; finding witnesses who can give statements about the issues; and keeping a comprehensive file with the documents that support the claim are all steps to take when appealing a denied claim.

Did you develop carpal tunnel syndrome because of your job?

When California employees experience an injury in the workplace or become ill due to their work, they have the right to seek benefits through their employer's workers' compensation insurance. However, some people may assume that these benefits are only reserved for injuries that are the result of work accidents, but that is not always the case.

You could have a rightful claim to workers' compensation benefits if you are suffering from the consequences of a medical condition that developed over time because of your job duties. Carpal tunnel is a type of repetitive stress injury that some workers may develop, and it could be valid grounds to seek care and support through a workers' compensation claim.

New rules to protect hospitality workers from workplace injuries

In California, there are some jobs that are known to place workers in danger of accidents. Construction and first responders are two that are commonly known. Others carry with them more risk than is generally known to the public at large but can result in an accident on the job. These jobs are essential and the workers are largely unseen. One job that will implement new safety strategies for its workers is hotel housekeepers. These measures are intended to improve safety for these workers.

A vote was held by the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration and passed 6-0 to protect these workers from musculoskeletal injuries. Most people in this industry are females, people of color and immigrants. Given the nature of their work, they are susceptible to musculoskeletal injuries and the new rules are designed to help them avoid this fate.

Stress and fatigue -- deadly forces in a police officer's life

If you are a member of the police force in California, you may suffer the consequences of a lack of sleep and an overload of stress. It is the kind of job that takes everything you have to offer and then asks for more. You may spend months of doing shift work, or confuse your body by rotating day and night shifts, all to the detriment of your overall health.

If you work when your family sleeps and sleep when they work, you may also find it difficult to maintain a healthy diet. Along with occupational fatigue and stress, you could be heading for serious health problems. Fortunately, the workers' compensation insurance program may cover your medical expenses and lost income.

Construction accident statistics show the work remains risky

Workers in California and across the nation who are in jobs with an inherent amount of danger will understand the risks they face. This is especially poignant for people who work in the construction industry. Given the heights at which they work, the large pieces of equipment and trust in others necessary to complete any project large or small, these workers are vulnerable to accidents. For people who have suffered an injury while working construction or families who have lost a loved one in the course of employment, a legal filing is often the only available strategy to receive compensation.

For every five private industry deaths in the U.S., one occurs on a construction site. For 2016, that averaged out to 20 fatal construction accidents per week. Three of every 100 workers will be injured in a non-fatal accident on an annual basis. Often, these workers will miss time on the job because of it. These statistics from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration only count workers who are legal employees and frequently fail to include undocumented foreign workers.

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