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  • How Long Will My Workers' Comp Claim Take?

    When you are injured on the job, you are most likely entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. However, these cases can vary, and if you’ve heard anything about these claims you could be wondering how long it will be until you start receiving the care and treatment you need to recover and get back to work. To be honest, there’s no easy answer to this question—every case is unique and whether ...
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  • Your Rights When Filing for Workers' Comp

    The workplace can be dangerous, particularly for employees in outdoor occupations such as logging and mining. In 2015 alone, there were about 2.9 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses in private industries. If you were recently hurt on the job, or because of your work, you should know what your rights are when filing a workers’ compensation claim. You Have 30 Days to Report Your Injury ...
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  • The Most Dangerous U.S. Jobs

    While the number of workplace fatalities has decreased slightly from 2003 to 2015, and significantly from the early 20 th century to modern times, nothing can prepare an employee for an unfortunate incident. In 2015, a total of 4,836 fatal workplace injuries occurred, and, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the most dangerous occupations in the United States are the following: Logger ...
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  • Preexisting Injuries & Workers' Compensation

    When a worker has an accident, but has prior health conditions, can the worker still recover workers’ compensation? This is a common dilemma that many workers face, especially older individuals who are beginning to experience medical problems as they age. But having a preexisting injury does not prevent a worker from being able to recover compensation for their injuries. The law does allow ...
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  • Most Common Occupational Illnesses

    Accidents in the workplace can happen when we least expect them, despite proper safety training and precautions. While some workplaces are more prone to accidents, including construction, factories, and other industrial environments, office workers can also suffer from injuries such as overexertion or repetitive stress injuries . Regardless of how you were injured, any type of work-related illness ...
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  • Recovering Workers' Compensation for Workplace Violence in Orange County

    Workers' safety or lack thereof is the primary point of discussion in workers' compensation cases. Working in nearly any industry holds certain risks, but your employer is expected to look out for your health and safety, especially in regards to any known hazards associated with your job function. This includes taking precautions in their hiring process and working to prevent unnecessary violence ...
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  • How Social Media Can Be Used in Workers' Compensation Claims

    Being injured on the job is a very stressful experience, especially if you are unable to work or perform everyday activities. If you are in the middle of a workers' compensation claim, it is important to understand that there are a variety of factors that can impact your claim. In the past, some companies would hire investigators to follow employees who claimed they were injured to gather evidence ...
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  • New Workers' Compensation Law Bolsters Employee Protections

    A pair of recently passed laws will strengthen existing workers’ compensation reforms in California by reducing treatment delays and strengthening anti-fraud efforts. At their core, SB 1160 and AB 1244 are designed to improve worker benefits and to help control employer costs. SB 1160 requires that liens filed against workers’ compensation claims are verified and filed by the lien holder while ...
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  • Top Five Common Workplace Accidents in Workers' Comp Claims

    Each workplace has its potential dangers and each employee can suffer a variety of injuries due to them. In order to help stop workplace accidents from occurring, it is useful to know what accidents are causing what injuries the most often. Employers especially should know this information so they can double- and triple-check areas in the workplace that could be prone to causing or housing ...
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  • Why Employers Dispute Workers' Comp Claims

    Many employers like to say that they are always doing what they can to take care of their workers after an on-the-job injury, but evidence can reveal an opposite relationship. Rather than accepting workers’ compensation claims forthright, some employers will deny them outright. The behavior leaves many injured employees asking why, and the answers often leave them feeling frustrated. Reasons ...
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  • Why Is My Workers' Compensation Case Taking So Long to Settle?

    As if being injured in a workplace accident wasn’t stressful on its own, dealing with the California workers’ compensation system afterwards is oftentimes an even more frustrating experience. Due to the system’s notoriously complicated and anti-worker structure, claimants often encounter numerous complications along the way and can experience delays in payment – a costly prospect when considering ...
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  • 5 Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Workers' Comp Claim

    Nobody expects to be injured in a sudden workplace accident. As medical bills and lost wages pile up, it can be difficult to make ends meet or know where to turn for help. Fortunately, workers who become injured or ill in connection with the duties of their occupation may collect financial benefits under California’s workers’ compensation system. Filing a successful claim can be difficult, ...
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  • 5 Tips for Filing a Workers' Compensation Claim

    For those who have been injured while on the job, filing a workers’ compensation claim can be a daunting process. Adding to the stress of injuries, a worker may be left to worry that a claim may not fully cover costs for medical care or lost work. Proper coverage is vital for an injured worker to make a full recovery and our blog discusses x tips to help maximize a claim and reduce the risk of the ...
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  • Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index: Companies Pay $62 Billion Per Year for Workplace Injuries

    According to the 2016 Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index, the most disabling, nonfatal workplace injuries amounted to nearly $62 billion in direct U.S. workers compensation costs. This translates into more than $1billion per week spent by businesses on these injuries. Workplace injuries and accidents that cause employees to miss six or more days of work cost U.S. employers nearly $62 billion in ...
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  • What Happens To Sharing Economy Workers Who Are Injured On The Job?

    Edward Caban, who had installed a dashboard camera in his car after feeling unsafe in his Uber vehicle, was making the rounds in South Orange County when he was assaulted by Benjamin Golden, a Taco Bell executive, who repeatedly hit Caban and pulled his hair, prompting him to respond by pepper-spraying Golden. Caban posted a clip on YouTube showing what he said were the final minutes of the ride. ...
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  • Feelings of Depression After A Work Injury

    Many people who have suffered a workplace injury face the prospect of being out for work for an extended period of time. This time could lead to a long period of other challenges including loss of income, inability to pay bills, prolonged periods of pain, anxiety, and the inability to pay bills. One of the big problems that isn’t always discussed is the onslaught of feeling depressed. If you work ...
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  • Work Related Neck Injuries

    Like the back, the neck can sustain a variety of injuries, from muscle strains to disc problems and ligament tears. Due to it’s function and position on the body, a neck injury can damage the spinal cord and cervical nerves, which can lead to devastating and life-altering consequences. The extent of a work-related neck injury is largely dependent upon the cause. For example, a neck injury from a ...
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  • We are here 24 hours a day to answer your questions

    We know that sometimes the tough legal questions can’t wait until most attorneys return your call or schedule a meeting with you. Even if you’re not sure if you have a case, we’re happy to speak to you. For many years we have been fighting for people that have been injured by the negligent, reckless and careless conduct of others and have recovered tens of millions for people like you. CALL US! ...
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  • Back on Track: Work Injury Victim Gets His Life Back

    A couple of years ago, our client Johnny was going through a crisis after a work injury and as looking for a resolution to a very complicated case. In his letter to us, he expressed his gratitude for our efforts in helping him get his life back on track. “First of all, I want to thank Kevin Humphrey for all you’ve done for me! I’ve had experiences with other attorneys in the past, and found that ...
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  • Kevin Humphrey on Insurance Adjusters: A Business Practice

    Kevin Humphrey , founder of Humphrey & Associates, has been working with clients for almost 20 years. During that time, he’s had many victims come to him after struggling with getting their workers’ compensation benefits. In his recent eBook, he discussed some of the challenges they were faced with in their fight against big business and the profit-driven insurance companies. “I’ve been practicing ...
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