September 2018 Archives

Workers' compensation: Hearing loss claim could be challenging

Federal safety authorities say millions of workers nationwide, including some in California, are exposed to excessive occupational noise every year. While there are strict limits to the decibel levels that are allowed and the hours of exposure, not all employers comply with the safety regulations. Those could also be the employers who might want to prevent affected workers from claiming workers' compensation benefits for employees who suffered occupational hearing loss.

Workers' compensation claims for HAVS might be challenging

Employees in the landscaping industry in California face multiple safety hazards, one of which is the frequently overlooked threat of hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS). This occupational hazard threatens workers in all occupations in which they use vibrating power tools such as chain saws, grinders, drills and jackhammers. If HAVS are not treated timely and left to develop fully, the harm will be irreversible because there is no surgical procedure or other cure for it. If HAVS can be proved to be work-related, affected employees might be eligible for workers' compensation benefits.

Police officers have very serious risks on each shift

Police officers have a very dangerous job that includes a variety of hazards. It is imperative that these public servants have the tools and training they need to remain safe. The department they work for should ensure that all employees are prepared for a safe shift, but officers also have to receive training on what to do if there is an accident, assault or injury.

Workers' compensation: DUI driver crashes into construction zone

Workers in construction zones on California roads face multiple occupational hazards. Along with the dangerous nature of their work, and the heavy equipment on the work site, these workers have to deal with the threats posed by negligent drivers who travel through the work zone. Many workers' compensation claims involve injuries caused by distracted, impaired or otherwise careless drivers.

Can personal injury award ever make up for pain and suffering?

A slip-and-fall accident can happen in the blink of an eye. However, the pain and suffering after such an incident can last for years. When consumers in California slip or trip while out shopping, they could suffer one or more of a variety of injuries. If this happens due to the negligence of the store owner, the victim likely has grounds to file a personal injury lawsuit.

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