If you have been injured while at work and have had to take time off work as a result, it is likely that you expected to receive workers' compensation quickly and easily, since you knew this was your right. If you are still struggling to successfully attain your workers' compensation and you are met with resistance when you question your employer, it is important to know why this is the case and what you can do about it.
People in California have the right to expect a safe workplace. The Tesla plant in Fremont has come under close scrutiny for safety violations that have resulted in workplace accidents. The plant has been cited multiple times in recent months and is under investigation by Cal/OSHA for potential new violations.
California labor laws exist in part to protect employers and employees from unfair and unsafe labor practices. Included in these laws are rules and regulations that govern the workplace policies for companies in the garment industry. Six California companies were recently cited and fined for labor law violations, including failure to provide workers' compensation coverage for their employees.
Employees in California have a right to expect a safe work environment. This extends to the employees of Disneyland, also sometimes called the "happiest place on earth." It was a little less happy when three Disney workers were diagnosed with Legionnaire's disease. Two of the three were hospitalized after being diagnosed with what may have been a workplace illness.
In early September it's not unusual to see the warm summer temperatures begin to recede. However, this year appears to be a possible exception. Temperatures in the 90's are still forecast for much of California. Temperatures that high can lead to workplace illness for those who are exposed to the high temperatures for prolonged periods of time.
When workers in California report to work they have a right to expect that they can conduct their jobs safely and return home at the end of the workday. In a recent incident in California, this was not the case. A company has been cited for safety violations related to an outside billboard that caused workplace injuries.
When you work in an active environment such as on a construction site or in a factory, you have a slightly increased risk of injury compared to those who work in an office environment. It is important that you understand how to avoid getting injured and how to keep safe at work. In addition, it is a good idea to make sure that you understand you rights to workers' compensation after you have suffered an accident at work.