Construction workers in California may be aware that their work carries certain risks. Workers have a right to expect that suitable safety procedures are in place and observed at all times. Even with precautions and safeguards, tragic and fatal accidents can still happen. Workers' compensation may be able to assist in such a situation.
First responders risk their lives every day to protect the citizens of California. Even when first responders are far away from home, if confronted with danger, they will rush in to help. Injury can happen at any time, but this does not deter them from performing daring rescues in an attempt to save the lives of others. They have done this while out of state and not knowing if they were eligible for workers' compensation.
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.
A person working in a restaurant in California has a right to expect a safe work environment, but restaurant work can be dangerous. Between hot surfaces, slippery floors, sharp knives and heavy pots, there is ample opportunity for accidental injury. Restaurants are required to carry workers' compensation insurance. Sadly, not all establishments comply with this requirement.
When a person takes a full-time job, there are certain benefits that go along with it. One benefit that most employers are required to provide is workers' compensation insurance. Workers' compensation in California provides benefits to the employee in the event of an injury that occurs on the job.
Hearing a diagnosis of breast cancer is devastating to any woman. Some women unfortunately learn that the cause of their cancer is related to their jobs. To compound the problem, there have been instances where these women have had difficulties receiving their rightful workers' compensation benefits. A bill was recently approved in the California State Assembly that ensures women with work-related breast cancer receive their appropriate benefits.
California business owners must carry insurance to cover on-the-job injuries of employees. Even those who have a single employee must have workers' compensation insurance or private insurance for that purpose. While the medical expenses and lost wages of any work-related injury are compensable, there are circumstances under which injured workers may have questions about alternative options for recovery of damages.
Employees in California and throughout the country have an expectation of certain protections. When there is an injury on the job, employees anticipate that they will receive workers' compensation benefits. In addition, they assume that their jobs will be safe when they request these benefits. However, an employee for a company in another state has recently sued his employer, claiming that he was terminated after filing for workers' compensation benefits.
One of the most important things an employer can do is to assure the safety and protection of his or her workers. Adhering to safety codes, maintaining a clean and orderly work environment and properly training employees are minimal standards for keeping workers from harm. Additionally, California law requires employers to carry workers' compensation insurance to provide financial coverage for employees who are injured on the job. Such coverage is not optional if a business owner has employees.
The injuries that many California employees suffer on the job come with intense pain. Doctors within the workers' compensation system often prescribe powerful, narcotic painkillers to help in that regard. Unfortunately, many workers become addicted to the pain medications and face a new set of problems long after their injuries heal.