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  • Common Workers' Comp Terms Explained

    If you are considering filing a workers’ compensation claim or are in the midst of one, it is crucial to acquaint yourself with some of the most frequently used terms you are likely to encounter throughout the process. Your attorney will be to answer any questions you might have, but educating yourself puts you one step ahead and can only benefit the outcome of your case. Here are some of the most ...
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  • What Employees Should Know About Repetitive Stress Injuries

    Serious workplace injuries don’t always involve falling ladders, exposure to deadly chemicals, or third-degree burns, and they don’t necessarily require a major accident. They also aren’t unique to occupations and workplaces that come with a greater likelihood of bodily harm, such as construction, factory work, and so on. In fact, employees in every field face the risk of injury in some capacity, ...
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  • Do You Have Access to Workers’ Compensation?

    Injuries that Qualify for Workers’ Compensation It is a common myth that only life-threatening, catastrophic injuries merit workers’ compensation benefits. If a work-related injury interferes with your life, your ability to perform daily activities, or limits your ability to do your job, report it to your employer as soon as possible, regardless of whether or not it seems immediately ...
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  • What You Need to Know About the “Fatal Four” Construction Accidents

    Most people understand construction can be a dangerous job, particularly the people who work in the industry. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), of the 4,379 worker fatalities in private sectors in 2015, around 21.4% were in construction. The leading cause of construction workers deaths continue to be four primary accidents—falls, being struck by an object, ...
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  • Do I Really Need a Workers’ Comp Lawyer?

    If you’ve recently suffered a workplace injury, you are eligible to collect compensation for medical bills and lost wages through your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance. The application for workers’ comp is relatively simple, and you can get by without an attorney if all of the following are true: You suffered a minor workplace injury. You missed little or no work due to your injury. Your ...
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  • Why Was My Workers’ Comp Claim Denied?

    People who file a claim for workers’ compensation shouldn’t be too surprised by a denial. Worker’s compensation insurance companies will do their best to save every penny they can. Most insurance companies earn money by collecting premiums and can lose a substantial amount by paying for claims. An insurance company, therefore, might deny your claim in the hopes you’ll give up and accept defeat. ...
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  • Workers’ Comp vs. Personal Injury Claims: What’s the Difference?

    When people are injured at work, they might wonder whether it would be better to file a workers’ compensation claim or a personal injury claim—maybe both. However, there are a few fundamental differences between the two. Personal Injury Claims In a personal injury case, a claimant must always be able to establish fault. For example, if you are injured in a slip and fall accident at a grocery ...
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  • Are Domestic Workers Covered Under California Workers' Compensation?

    Domestic workers are employees that work around the house, usually employed by a single employer. For example, anyone hired to be a nanny, housekeeper, babysitter, or gardener is considered a domestic worker. Typically, a domestic worker is an independent contractor, but in some cases, the person who hires him or her is regarded as an employer with full responsibility for any injuries that occur ...
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  • Wear & Tear Injuries at Work

    People spend a lot of their time at work. When they repeat the same motions over and over again, they are at risk of developing repetitive stress injuries (RSI). These are injuries that affect workers’ muscles, backs, ears, and other body systems over the course of time. Most people aren’t designed for extended and repetitive motion or stillness. Repetition, such as extended typing, can wear down ...
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  • 3 Myths About Worker's Compensation

    Unless you or someone you know has been injured, you might not know too much about the subject of workers’ compensation . Many people are unfamiliar with it and have misconceptions about various aspects of what it is and how it can help. Here are the 3 most common myths people have about workers’ compensation. Myth #1: You Can Only File If the Injury Was the Employer’s Fault This myth is probably ...
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  • Records to Keep When Filing for Workers' Comp

    One of the best ways to assist yourself during a workers’ compensation case is to keep good and accurate records. Detailed notes can help the process go much more smoothly and increase the chances of receiving all benefits you will need to recover. Likewise, having the appropriate records can help you in the event the insurance company denies your workers’ comp claim. Here are some documents to ...
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  • Common Occupational Injuries for Healthcare Workers

    Individuals in the healthcare industry have some of the most difficult jobs. Part of this difficulty rests in their exposure to many types of harm on the job. Not only can healthcare be physically demanding, but it can take a huge toll on the body. Here are the most common work-related injuries for people in the medical field. Overexertion/ Stress According to the Occupational Safety and Health ...
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  • When Do Workers' Comp Benefits End?

    If you were injured on the job and are thinking about filing for workers’ compensation, you may be worried about the time constraints. How long do you have to heal? The benefits provided by workers’ comp can end for many reasons; while sometimes these benefits can be resumed, other times the benefits might have ended and cannot be resumed. The benefits will be dependent on your situation. For ...
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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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