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Disabling Workplace Injuries

Disabling Workplace Injuries

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Millions of Americans are injured in workplace accidents every day. Sometimes, these accidents result in serious, disabling injuries from which victims will never recover. Fortunately, people who are disabled in workplace accidents are entitled to temporary or permanent disability benefits through California’s workers’ compensation program - regardless of whose fault an accident was. There are many injuries that can result in disability. In addition, these injuries can occur in accidents that take place in any work environment, from a standard office to a construction site. Some examples of injuries that may result in temporary or permanent disability include: Traumatic brain injuries Spinal cord injuries Repetitive motion/stress injuries Accidental amputations Crush injuries Do You Need a California Workers’ Compensation Attorney to File a Claim? If you have been involved in a…
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Workers’ Compensation Issues for Truck Drivers

Workers’ Compensation Issues for Truck Drivers

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Driving a commercial truck can be a physically and mentally exhausting job. From long hours on the road to loading heavy cargo, being a truck driver can take its toll. In addition, there is the constant risk of involvement in a serious, accident-causing injury. Fortunately, in most cases, truck drivers who are hurt on the job are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. This is true even if a truck driver caused an accident himself or herself. To learn whether you have a claim, call us today to speak with a Los Angeles workers’ compensation lawyer. Truck Drivers Can Suffer Traumatic Injuries Some common ways that truck drivers can hurt themselves while working include accidents handling heavy equipment, falls from loading docks, traffic accidents, and loading cargo, just to name a…
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New California Laws Regarding Workers’ Comp and COVID-19

New California Laws Regarding Workers’ Comp and COVID-19

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As the coronavirus pandemic continues to sweep through the nation, many states are looking at ways to ensure that workers who contract the COVID-19 at work are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. In California, Gov. Newsom recently signed two bills into law intended to ensure that workers can get benefits if they get sick and know when they've been exposed to the virus. One of the measures makes individuals who have developed the coronavirus eligible for benefits and incorporates special provisions for first responders. Under the new law, firefighters, police, healthcare workers, and janitors who have contact with coronavirus patients will be eligible if they contract the disease. Other workers will be eligible for benefits if there is an outbreak at their workplace. For companies with between 5 and 100…
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What Do Workers’ Compensation Benefits Cover?

What Do Workers’ Compensation Benefits Cover?

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Workers’ compensation is intended to help injured or ill workers recover without overwhelming financial stress. However, if you are injured on the job, what exactly do your workers’ compensation benefits cover? How do they help you and your family during your recovery? Medical Benefits Many work-related injuries need extensive medical treatment, and we all know how expensive medical care can be. Importantly, workers’ compensation benefits should cover all of the medical treatment needed for your work-related injury or illness. This can include: Emergency treatment and transportation Hospital stays and ICU Surgeries Home nursing services Stays in burn or rehab centers Medical equipment and assistive devices Medication Rehabilitative therapy Wage Replacement If you must miss work for treatment and medical appointments, or if your doctor recommends rest at home for your…
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Possible Missteps During the Workers’ Compensation Claim Process

Possible Missteps During the Workers’ Compensation Claim Process

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If you sustained a workplace injury, you should expect to file a workers’ compensation claim and start receiving benefits for your medical expenses and lost wages. However, not every claim goes smoothly, and there can be issues that arise, causing delays and denials. Some claim issues result from missteps by claimants, especially those who do not have the representation of a workers’ compensation lawyer in Sherman Oaks. The following are only some examples of possible mistakes you might make that can jeopardize your claim and benefits. The best way to avoid these is to seek help from the right law firm that defends the rights of injured employees. Not reporting your injury - It is important to report any work-related injury to your employer as soon as you can. If…
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Can You Still Receive Workers’ Compensation Benefits if You Lose Your Job?

Can You Still Receive Workers’ Compensation Benefits if You Lose Your Job?

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Employers have the duty to carry workers’ compensation insurance to cover the costs of job-related injuries to employees. However, what happens if you are receiving workers’ compensation benefits, and then you lose your job? Is it legal for your employer to terminate you? Will your benefits end immediately? The following is some general information about this issue, and you should contact a workers’ compensation lawyer in Sherman Oaks directly to discuss your specific situation. At-Will Employment Most people have jobs on an at-will basis, which means your employer can terminate you for any lawful reason at any time. Your employer cannot, however, fire you for filing a workers’ compensation claim or receiving benefits. If you think your termination was in retaliation for your workers’ compensation claim, you should speak to…
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Were Your Workers’ Compensation Benefits Cut Off Too Soon?

Were Your Workers’ Compensation Benefits Cut Off Too Soon?

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If your workers’ compensation claim is successful, and you begin receiving benefits, you might rest easy knowing that your medical expenses and lost income are covered as you recover from your injuries. However, what happens if the insurance company suddenly refuses to cover your medical costs before you finish treatment or will no longer provide wage replacement benefits? This happens in too many situations, and it is important to speak with a workers’ compensation lawyer in Sherman Oaks right away. Reasons for Losing Your Benefits One of the main reasons that an insurance company cuts off your benefits is that the adjuster believes that you no longer need medical treatment or time away from work due to your injuries. How does the adjuster decide this? Insurance companies have many tactics…
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Burn Injuries On the Job

Burn Injuries On the Job

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Many jobs pose the risk of burn injuries from various types of accidents, though no matter how your burn happens, it can change your life in many ways. If you suffered a burn injury at work and need medical treatment, contact a workers’ compensation lawyer in Sherman Oaks right away. How Burns Can Happen at Work There are many ways to sustain serious burns, most of which do not involve flame or fire. Some common ways that people might suffer burns at work include: Contact with hot steam Contact with toxic chemicals Contact with hot surfaces Electrical accidents Explosions Grease fires in kitchens These can all result in burns, which can vary in severity. Different Categories of Burns First-degree burns generally only need first aid, though you should give the…
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Workers’ Compensation Claims Following a Traffic Crash

Workers’ Compensation Claims Following a Traffic Crash

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Many jobs involve driving a motor vehicle. Whether you are a delivery driver who is behind the wheel for an entire shift, you make sporadic trips for your boss, or you drive large equipment to construction sites in the morning, you are at risk of being involved in a traffic crash every time you are on the road. What are your rights to compensation if you are injured in a traffic accident while working? The following is some brief information, and to discuss your specific case, you should consult with a workers’ compensation lawyer in Sherman Oaks directly. Workers’ Compensation Benefits If an accident and injury happen on the job, you should qualify for workers’ compensation benefits, no matter who was at fault for the crash. These benefits should cover…
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Medical Coverage after a Workplace Injury

Medical Coverage after a Workplace Injury

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Every workplace injury is different, but most injured workers have one thing in common - they should be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits to cover their medical treatment, among other things. This is important because we all know how costly medical care can be, and without coverage of these costs, many people might simply choose not to seek the treatment they need. After an injury on the job, it is important to seek medical help as soon as possible. Even if you do not need an ambulance, you should tell your supervisor about the injury and inform them you need to go to the emergency room, urgent care, or doctor’s office. This is important so you start treatment right away, and also so you have a diagnosis of your work-related…
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