December 2017 Archives

Workers' compensation benefits for deceased firefighter's family

At the morning briefing of the San Diego unit of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection on a recent Thursday, the director emphasized the dangers of complacency. He reminded firefighters of the fact that mopping up hot spots when fighting wildfires is no less dangerous than battling against fierce fires. He said most injuries -- and subsequent workers' compensation claims -- occur while dealing with charred rubble and burned trees.

SSDI benefits claims for debilitating brain injuries often denied

When a California resident suffers a brain injury, he or she may be unable to earn an income. While the fact that Social Security Disability Benefits might be available can provide comfort, the navigation of the application for benefits could be a nightmare. Reportedly, many SSDI claims are rejected at the application stage.

Workers' compensation: More workers diagnosed with Valley Fever

Both the California Department of Public Health and the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health expressed their concern over the sharp increase in Valley Fever cases that are reported. Although the numbers are provisional, CDPH says 1,294 more cases were reported across the state from Jan. 1 to Oct. 31, 2017, compared to the same period in 2016. OSHA says more companies are being cited for failure to protect workers, and there will likely be more workers' compensation claims from Valley Fever victims.

Workers' compensation benefits available for retail workers

Hazardous workplaces in California are typically associated with industries such as construction and manufacturing. Not many people realize that employees in the retail industry are also at risk of suffering injuries, as is evident in the workers' compensation insurance records. In the time leading up to the holidays, retail workers are exposed to long work hours and excessive stress due to the typical shopping frenzy at this time of the year.

Violence at work leads to many workers' compensation claims

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, workplace violence in California and other states account for a significant number of deaths and injuries every year. Workers' compensation benefits claims following such incidents are also prevalent. OSHA's definition of workplace violence is any threat of violence or actual violence against workers. Such violence can occur both in and outside the place of work and could include verbal abuse, threats, physical assault and homicide.

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