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January 2019 Archives

Workers' compensation and offers of work from the employer

Workers' compensation benefits in California are an integral part of worker rights. When a worker is injured on the job, suffers a condition or becomes ill from the work they do, workers' compensation can provide for medical care, lost wages and more so they can focus on improving. Knowing what to do if the employer offers work and what the parameters are based on the workers' compensation case is imperative.

Why did my employer's insurer deny my workers' comp claim?

There are few in California who can afford to take time off work, especially when that time relates to a workplace injury or illness. If you are in this situation, you are certainly facing medical bills and other expenses related to your condition in addition to lost wages. Because of this, you may be shocked to learn that your employer's workers' compensation insurer denied your claim for benefits.

Fatal work-related accident kills construction worker

Construction and maintenance work are common sights throughout California. This is beneficial to workers and the economy as it provides jobs and creates commercial and private properties and keep structures, roads and other vital aspects of society safe. Despite the benefits, there are natural dangers inherent with construction. Falls, being hit by vehicles, and incidents with tools are all common and can lead to injuries and death. Those who have lost a loved one in a fatal work-related accident must have legal assistance.

Facts about workers' compensation petitions for reconsideration

California workers who are injured on the job or suffer an illness due to their work rely on workers' compensation benefits to cover their lost wages and medical expenses. When workers' compensation claims are rejected, however, it can be a worrisome time. Fortunately, the case can be reconsidered by the Workers' Compensation Appeals Board. Before the case goes before the Appeals Board, the claimant should understand petitions for reconsideration.

Don't be fooled, even California workers can suffer cold stress

There is never a shortage of warnings about the hazards of heat exposure in California. However, if you are a worker who spends a significant portion of your days working outdoors, you might be exposed to cold stress on the coldest days of the winter -- even in a climate that is mostly Mediterranean. The term cold stress refers to several health risks and injuries that could cause you to land up in the hospital.

Fatal work-related accident statistics for police rose in 2018

Californians who work in law enforcement and their families will know the dangers they face every day. The job requirements make it unavoidable that there will be risk as law enforcement must help those involved in accidents, pursue suspects, use firearms and much more. While steps are taken to mitigate the danger, it is an unfortunate reality that there will be injuries and fatalities. People who have a loved one in law enforcement should be aware of this and the statistics of law enforcement fatalities overall so they can be prepared for a possible wrongful death lawsuit.

Do not let sleep deprivation threaten your life

The busy lives of many people in California along with the demands they place on themselves lead to an acceptance of being over-tired and over-worked. Are you one of the members of the workforce who think a good night's sleep is a novelty? You might not realize that insufficient sleep causes fatigue, the reason for a significant number of serious workplace accidents every year.

Underground work accident sends plumber to hospital

Many jobs in California are critical to businesses and public works functioning properly, but are largely forgotten when thinking about the potential dangers to its workers. One such job is plumbing. To do maintenance and repair, plumbers often need to go underground and perform other risky acts to get to where the issue is. Once there, they frequently do not know what they will find. This can place them in jeopardy. After a work accident while doing plumbing work, it can hinder the person from being able to perform the tasks to do the job. That makes it necessary to have workers' compensation and other benefits. For help in maximizing the available benefits, legal help can be required.

Firefighters put their lives on the line to save others

With the recent devastating wildfires in California, the lives of many firefighters were on the line. However, firefighters risk their lives in many more ways than fighting fires. If you are one of those brave people, you will also be at risk every time you rush to the aid of victims of car accidents, chemical spills, aviation accidents, coal mine collapses, riots and more.

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