March 2018 Archives

Workers' compensation is not always the only remedy

Losing loved ones in workplace accidents can devastate any family. Although surviving family members in California can pursue financial relief through the workers' compensation insurance system, the full economic impact of such a loss is never entirely addressed by the death benefits the program offers. If a third party was involved in the death of a worker, the family might have grounds to file a civil lawsuit.

Beware of an aching back while you are working

Many adults think that an achy back is normal. This isn't the case. Pain in your back at work can be a signal that something is amiss. Unfortunately, some people don't realize that there is a problem until it is so far advanced that it takes considerable medical care to correct the situation. Sometimes, the problem can't be corrected.

Differences between SSDI, workers' comp and state disability

Most California employees are likely aware of their rights to claim workers' compensation benefits if they suffer injuries that prevent them from returning to work. However, they might have questions about disability benefits. There are two types of disability programs -- state disability benefits and federal benefits known as Social Security Disability Insurance, or SSDI.

Workers' compensation: Dropped rebar may leave worker paralyzed

A construction site of California High Speed Rail was recently the site of yet another workplace accident. This time, the victim might have to rely on the state's workers' compensation insurance system to provide disability benefits for long-term financial support. This project saw another HSR construction accident in the same area last November.

Safety precautions can lessen workers' compensation claims

Workers in all industries in California and elsewhere are at risk of suffering occupational injuries -- some of which can be fatal. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 5,000 people lost their lives due to on-the-job injuries or work-related illnesses in 2016, and many more suffered nonfatal injuries. Safety authorities say the picture could look entirely different -- and the number of workers' compensation claims can be lessened -- if employers and employees carefully follow existing safety precautions.

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