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Be Aware of Workers’ Compensation Fraud Schemes

Be Aware of Workers’ Compensation Fraud Schemes

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When you apply for workers’ compensation benefits after a work-related injury, you are looking for financial relief, and the last thing you likely expect is to suffer additional financial losses. However, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) warns people across the United States of fraudsters who aim to take advantage of people in this situation. Recently, a group of people in San Diego engaged in a fraud scheme posing as a hotline to help injured workers, mostly targeting migrant seasonal workers. The workers thought they were calling to get legal and medical help when the fraudsters instead subjected the patients to unnecessary and intrusive medical procedures to defraud workers’ compensation insurers. The scheme used flyers, billboards, and other ads to target people in industries with a high risk of injuries.…
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How Social Media Might Affect Your Workers’ Compensation Benefits

How Social Media Might Affect Your Workers’ Compensation Benefits

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When you suffer injuries due to a work-related accident, you may be tempted to discuss the matter on various social media platforms. People may use social media to keep family members and friends updated about their condition, or perhaps just as an outlet to vent and relieve stress. In any situation, you should be extremely careful about what you post - or you should consider staying off social media altogether. This is because certain social media posts may negatively impact your workers’ compensation claim or benefits. Insurance Investigations Workers’ compensation insurance companies will not simply trust your claims that you suffered serious injuries and cannot work. Instead, they will generally investigate whether your claims are valid. This can include reviewing medical records, treatment recommendations, prognosis notes, and more. These investigations…
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Workers’ Compensation in California FAQ

Workers’ Compensation in California FAQ

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While you may know that your employer should provide benefits after a work-related injury, many people have many questions about how to receive those benefits. The following are some common questions about how the workers’ compensation system works in California. If you need help with a claim, contact a workers’ compensation lawyer in Los Angeles today. What types of injuries are covered by workers’ comp? You should qualify for workers’ compensation benefits for any type of injury or illness that stemmed from your job duties. Some common conditions include: Head and brain injuries Broken bones Back injuries Soft tissue injuries Repetitive stress injuries Toxic exposure illnesses and injuries Whether your job duties caused a fracture or a life-threatening illness, the law entitles you to benefits. What benefits can I receive?…
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What if Your Employer Does Not Have the Required Workers’ Compensation Coverage?

What if Your Employer Does Not Have the Required Workers’ Compensation Coverage?

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California law requires all drivers to have auto insurance, though many people get into accidents with uninsured drivers on a daily basis. Unfortunately, the same can be true for workers’ compensation insurance. California law requires employers to either carry workers’ compensation coverage or be self-insured, though many workers suffer injuries only to learn there is no insurance coverage available for them. If you learn that your employer does not have workers’ compensation insurance, the first thing you should do is contact an experienced Sherman Oaks workers’ comp attorney. A lawyer can review the details of your situation and identify your options. The State of California can impose civil penalties on companies for not have the necessary insurance - up to $100,000 depending on the circumstances. It is also a criminal…
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Workers’ Compensation Claims after a Head Injury

Workers’ Compensation Claims after a Head Injury

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Head injuries can happen on the job in many ways. Some of the most common causes include falls, explosions, getting hit by falling objects, motor vehicle or heavy machinery accidents, and more. No matter how a head injury happens, the workers compensation claim that follows can be complicated and frustrating. You should contact a workers’ compensation lawyer in Sherman Oaks for assistance as soon as possible after your accident. Effects of Head Injuries Head trauma can result in a variety of injuries, including the following: Traumatic brain injury (TBI) Skull fractures Eye or ear injuries Facial and jaw injuries Perhaps the most complex injury from head trauma is a TBI. These injuries can range from mild to severe, though they are always a serious medical issue that requires immediate medical…
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Workers’ Compensation Concerns for Construction Workers

Workers’ Compensation Concerns for Construction Workers

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Almost anyone can suffer injuries at work - even if you work in an office building with seemingly few hazards. However, some people go to work each day well-aware of the inherent risks of accidents and injuries that come with their jobs, including construction workers. Construction sites are almost everywhere you look around Los Angeles, whether crews are building new structures, repairing buildings, or maintaining or improving roads. No matter where a construction crew is assigned, you can bet there are numerous hazards that can lead to construction accidents. Construction accidents can happen in many different ways, including: Falling objects hit a worker on the ground below A worker falls from a high place, such as a ladder, roof, or scaffolding Power tool malfunctions Heavy equipment accidents Traffic accidents in…
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How Does a Pre-existing Condition Affect a Workers’ Compensation Claim?

How Does a Pre-existing Condition Affect a Workers’ Compensation Claim?

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Most of us have had some type of injury in the past, and the effects of certain injuries may be lingering. If you hurt yourself at work, a pre-existing condition may complicate your workers’ compensation claim. If you had an injury before a work accident caused new injuries or aggravated old ones, you should seek legal assistance from a workers’ compensation attorney right away. There are different situations in which a pre-existing condition may be an issue in your claim: You had a previous injury that had completely healed, and your workplace accident reaggravated the same type of injury again. You had a previous injury and still have some symptoms, and your workplace accident significantly worsened the injury and symptoms. You had a previous injury (whether or not you still…
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What Happens If You are Injured at a Seasonal Job?

What Happens If You are Injured at a Seasonal Job?

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Every holiday season, you work for a couple of months at a retail store to help with the seasonal rush. On Black Friday, a shopper rushing to get to an item knocks you over, causing you to hit your head and sustain a traumatic brain injury. You know you need medical treatment and time to rest before you should return to work, but you are concerned about the costs of medical care and losing income from missing weeks on the job. Fortunately, seasonal workers are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits for work-related injuries just like any other employee. California law requires employers to provide workers’ compensation coverage for employees who are hurt while they are working. This includes seasonal and temporary workers, as you do not have to work for…
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Why was Your Workers’ Compensation Claim Denied?

Why was Your Workers’ Compensation Claim Denied?

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California law requires employers to carry workers’ compensation insurance to cover the medical expenses and the lost income of employees who suffer workplace injuries. So why is it that some workers who suffer on-the-job injuries receive a denial of their workers’ compensation claim? A denial can happen right away, or the insurer may cancel your benefits too soon. In any case, it is important to understand why claims get denied and to call an experienced employee defense attorney as soon as possible. Mistakes when filing your claim - While a workers’ compensation claim may seem straightforward, many people make errors that lead to a delay or denial. We can be denied if you failed to report the injury to your employer in a timely manner, did not provide the required…
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Don’t Sabotage Your Worker’s Compensation Case

Don’t Sabotage Your Worker’s Compensation Case

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When you’re hurt on the job, you probably want to do everything in your power to get better and be able to manage your life. For many injured workers, winning their workers compensation claim is a key piece of that recovery process. However, there are plenty of people who end up with their claim being denied or dismissed, dashing their chances at the kind of compensation they need to get back on their feet again. Every case is different, but there are several key areas where people tend to slip up and make mistakes. While it’s rare that someone would intentionally sabotage their claim, it’s not uncommon for people to unwittingly jeopardize the outcome! If you have recently been hurt at work, here are several things to keep in mind,…
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