The occurrence of slips and trips in the workplace can be underestimated and seen only as minor events. However, workplace slips, trips and falls account for hundreds of deaths each year in the United States. The good news is that they can be prevented, and, in addition, the state of California has protections in place for those who have suffered a workplace injury like a fall.
Suffering an injury at work is always stressful, as it can lead to uncertainty about how quick the recovery will be. There are also emotional and financial impacts on you and your family. You may also doubt whether you will be given help and support by your employer while you are in the recovery process.
Whether you work in an office in Van Nuys or on a construction site, you could be engaging in an activity that leads to a repetitive motion injury. For example, if you type on a computer continuously throughout the day, you could develop carpel tunnel due to the stress on your wrists. If you are constantly lifting objects off the ground or climbing in and out of machinery, you could develop a knee injury.
Businesses are always coming up with new schemes intended to increase their profits and decrease their expenses. As laws change and society evolves, companies become ever more creative to find ways to limit expenses, especially those related to employment.
Farmworkers in California are getting older, and as they grow older, they're more likely to get hurt. The simple fact of aging -- no matter who you are or what kind of job you perform -- will increase the chances of developing an on-the-job injury. However, when it comes to a 10-hour shift hauling heavy bags of veggies and performing other farming tasks, the likelihood of injury is higher, especially if you're in your late 40s, 50s and beyond.
Employees who get hurt at work can often receive workers' compensation money to pay for their medical care and time unable to work. However, being covered by workers' compensation insurance means that your employer is normally protected from being liable for your on-the-job injuries.
When you woke up to see the sun coming up over Van Nuys, suffering a workplace injury was not the first thing on your mind. You thought about having your morning coffee, eating a light breakfast, and heading off to work early enough to beat the traffic. You were sure your day would follow the normal routine.
When honest and innocent people are injured in the course of their work, they assume that workers’ compensation insurance will automatically cover their lost wages and medical expenses. The hard reality is that insurers are looking for any reason to deny a claim, and just one small mistake can cause the entire claim to be rejected. What steps can you take to strengthen your case and get the benefits you need?
According to a new study by the Workers’ Compensation Research Institute, several states have seen a reduction in claims involving prescription opioids like Oxycontin.
Each year, the Workers' Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau of California (WCIRB) issues a report on the expenses incurred in workers’ compensation cases in the state. The WCIRB is a nonprofit association of insurance companies who provide workers’ compensation in the state. The latest report just came out.