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February 2015 Archives

Industrial worker rights regarding workers' compensation

Do you work in an industrial field and have concerns regarding workers' compensation? Men and women who work in jobs that require heavy physical labor may face a higher risk for injury because of normal job hazards, but these employees have certain rights in the event of an on-the-job injury. Workers' compensation benefits apply to all California employees, even those who have high-risk jobs. 

Refineries must take steps to reduce workplace accidents

Refinery workers in California have been striking, claiming that their employers are not doing enough to protect them and reduce workplace accidents. The refinery workers have walked out of their jobs, noting that the work stoppage is related to unfair labor practices and needed safety improvements. The contract between the refineries and the workers' union expired on Feb. 1. One key concern centers around reducing workplace accidents by improving conditions.

Recovery options for nurse after traumatic on-the-job injury

A California nurse has suffered significant emotional effects after an on-the-job injury, yet there has been some confusion regarding compensation and leave. The complex nature of her situation underlines the need for qualified legal assistance after an on-the-job injury. After a work accident of any kind, it is important for employees to be aware of their right to time off and compensation. 

Does workers' compensation determine when you can return to work?

If you have been receiving workers' compensation benefits and recovering from a work injury, you may be considering a return to work. While it may be important to return to work quickly, recipients of workers' compensation benefits cannot simply determine a return to the job without approval from several parties. Those who have been injured are entitled to protect their right to financial assistance after a work injury and and to seek an expedient return to employment. 

The right to medical care after a work injury

When a California employee suffers a work injury, it is his or her right to have access to adequate medical care. Through workers' compensation benefits, the individual should be provided with treatment specific to the work injury and compensation for any expenses incurred. An injured worker has the right to treatment from a doctor within the workers' compensation system, including therapy and rehabilitation. 

The employer's role in workers' compensation

After a work accident, an injured employee is likely eligible for financial support through workers' compensation benefits. The employer bears the responsibility of providing the coverage required by California law, as well as an explanation of employee rights and benefits. By understanding his or her rights and the employer's role in workers' compensation, an individual can be more proactive after a work accident. 

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