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What is compromise and release in workers' compensation?

There is often a perception that California workers' compensation cases are naturally adversarial, but that is not necessarily the case. For many, there are no issues in dispute and workers' compensation benefits are provided without rancor. In some, there could be a moderate disagreement on such issues as the length of time the worker is expected to be off the job, but these matters can be settled. With cases where there is room for negotiation and both sides are willing, there is the law of compromise and release. Even if the parties are willing and able to agree, it is still important that the worker or the family left behind, in case of a fatality, have legal advice before agreeing.

Workers' compensation and disputes over a medical assessment

California workers who are injured on the job and seek workers' compensation benefits may forgo paying for a legal professional to help with their case, as is their prerogative. However, many people who are facing workers' compensation concerns may end up regretting not having legal assistance, especially when there is a dispute about the injury or occupational illness and the worker is not sure as to what the alternatives are. Understanding how to handle a disagreement with a doctor's assessment and what the claimant says he or she can do is a key part of a case.

Workers' Compensation vouchers and returning to work

When California workers are injured and have a permanent partial disability, they are frequently concerned about how the Workers' Compensation program will provide for them. Since those who have permanent partial disabilities can often do certain jobs but not others, there are times when they cannot get back to their old job. This is where vouchers are useful. Vouchers are part of supplemental job displacement benefits.

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.

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.

How does medical urgency factor in with workers' compensation?

For workers in California who suffer an injury on the job, workers' compensation benefits are a key factor in their ability to survive while they are unable to work. Understanding the workers' compensation process is beneficial to getting the necessary treatment as quickly as possible.

Report indicates rise in repetitive stress injuries in California

To many, the idea of workplace injuries in California might create the image of people who are working physical jobs or are in high-risk occupations. While those who do these types of jobs are frequently injured and need workers' compensation benefits, injuries are not limited to these career paths. People who work in a wide variety of jobs can suffer workplace injuries and need workers' compensation benefits. Understanding these jobs and the frequency with which people make claims to get benefits can be useful when pursuing workers' compensation.

Report examines repetitive stress and carpal tunnel in California

Workplace injuries and conditions in California were once considered limited to obvious issues such as broken bones, cuts, head injuries, spinal cord damage and more that were clear to the eye. However, certain jobs carry with them inherent risks that people are fundamentally unaware of until they are experiencing them. Repetitive stress conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome fall into this category. Carpal tunnel can be debilitating, especially for those who work with their hands. Keeping track of research and information related to carpal tunnel can be helpful to those who might have it and are filing workers' compensation claims because of it.

Are other benefits available along with workers' compensation?

When California workers are injured on the job, they will likely know that they can get workers' compensation benefits if they meet the requirements and are approved. Workers' compensation can provide for wage loss and medical expenses while the person gets treatment, tries to recover and seeks to get back on the job. If there are problems with the workers' compensation application or there is a need for other benefits, it is important to know what is available. Fortunately, for workers who meet the criteria, it is possible to get other forms of financial assistance.

Two road workers injured on the job by alleged drunk driver

Since California is a state where the roads are a primary way for people to get back and forth, they will require a significant amount of repair and maintenance. Infrastructure is critical for a municipality to function efficiently, and workers are needed to do the jobs to keep the roads safe and passable. While drivers might lament roadwork and the time it takes to get past it, most will understand the need to operate their vehicles slowly and safely when passing a road crew.

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