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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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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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Appealing a Workers’ Compensation Claim Denial

Appealing a Workers’ Compensation Claim Denial

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Employers are required to inform employees of their rights to workers’ compensation benefits for job-related injuries and illnesses. For this reason, when you are injured at work, you should rightfully expect to start receiving benefits on your workers’ compensation claim. Unfortunately, too many people who are already dealing with injuries then must deal with the stress of a denied workers’ comp claim. Denials are Not Final It can be concerning to learn that your workers’ compensation claim has been partially or completely denied. How will you cover your medical bills? What about the income you lost while you were recovering? The good news is that a denial by the insurance company is not the final say in your case - not at all. It is entirely possible to appeal a…
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Workers’ Compensation Issues Related to COVID-19

Workers’ Compensation Issues Related to COVID-19

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Many people are missing work for various reasons due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and many people wonder what benefits might be at their disposal to make up for lost wages. While each situation is different, receiving workers’ compensation benefits due to a COVID-19 diagnosis might be a complicated matter. If You Cannot Work If your employer has to close and you cannot work, it is unlikely that you will receive any workers’ compensation benefits, since your inability to work does not stem from your own illness or exposure. In this situation, seeking unemployment benefits is likely the route you should take to make up for lost wages. However, some employers might send you home to quarantine yourself because it is suspected you were exposed to COVID-19 due to coworkers testing…
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Industries with a High Risk of Injuries

Industries with a High Risk of Injuries

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Workplace accidents and injuries can happen to almost anyone in any job setting. Even if you work at an office, which seems perfectly safe, you can still slip and fall and sustain injuries on the job. That being said, there are definitely some industries that present a higher risk of worker injuries than others. The following are some industries that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) deems as particularly high-risk. Construction Mining Healthcare Manufacturing Transportation Accidents happen in the above industries on a regular basis, and people in these industries should know what to do if a workplace injury occurs. First, you should always get the emergency medical attention that you need if you are seriously injured. If possible, report the accident and injury to your employer, though if…
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Fall Accidents On the Job

Fall Accidents On the Job

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All types of workplace accidents have the potential to cause injuries, though fall accidents can be particularly risky. Certain jobs require work in high places, including: Construction Utility workers Firefighters Roofers Painters It is all too easy for scaffolding to collapse, a ladder to be defective, or other safety equipment to fail, causing a worker to fall. Even if a fall simply happens and is no one’s fault, injured fall victims are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits under the law. It is important to properly file your workers’ compensation claim after a fall on the job, especially because the resulting injuries can be severe. Some common injuries from falls include: Fractures Spinal cord injuries Traumatic brain injuries Skull fractures Pelvis fracture Internal hemorrhaging Internal organ damage Neck and back injuries…
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What Does Maximum Medical Improvement Mean?

What Does Maximum Medical Improvement Mean?

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When you are involved in a workers’ compensation claim, you might hear many terms that you do not recognize, yet that are critical to your case. One common term that can be confusing is “maximum medical improvement,” or MMI. Read on for a brief overview of what MMI means and how it can impact your benefits. Maximum medical improvement is a term used by medical professionals to mean that you have reached the highest point of recovery possible based on your injuries. This does not mean that you have fully recovered - in fact, MMI generally refers to the best condition possible for someone with a disabling injury. You still might have impairments and effects of your injury, though they are not likely to improve anymore with treatment. How Does…
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Workers’ Compensation Coverage for Brain Injuries

Workers’ Compensation Coverage for Brain Injuries

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Brain injuries are complex and highly varied conditions. A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can happen in a moment - but for some victims, it can change the rest of their lives. If a brain injury happens on the job, the injured employee should have their costs covered by the company’s workers’ compensation insurance. However, getting the benefits you deserve for a brain injury can be a complicated and frustrating process. Brain injuries can be categorized as mild, moderate, or severe. Even a mild brain injury, such as a concussion, can have various symptoms that can impact your cognitive and physical abilities. A concussion should always be properly diagnosed, resulting in medical expenses, and might require rest and time away from work to recover, which can result in lost income. More…
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Even Office Workers Need Workers’ Compensation Coverage

Even Office Workers Need Workers’ Compensation Coverage

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When you think where work-related injuries occur, you might first think of construction sites or other work environments known for their risks. You likely do not immediately think of office buildings, though office workers are at risk of accidents and injuries just like anyone else. When an accident happens at work, office workers should be able to rely on workers’ compensation lawyer in Sherman Oaks to fight for the compensation they deserve. Slip and Falls Slip and falls are a highly common office-related accident. They often happen in kitchen areas, stairwells, cafeterias, bathrooms, or walkways. These accidents can cause serious injuries, including soft tissue injuries, concussions, back injuries, fractures, and more. You do not have to prove that your employer was negligent or that there was an unreasonable hazard to…
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Following Medical Recommendations after a Work Injury

Following Medical Recommendations after a Work Injury

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If you have recently been injured in a workplace accident, it’s critical that you understand how your actions can affect your ability to get workers’ compensation benefits - or compensation through a personal injury lawsuit, in some cases. While you may feel like your injuries will get better on their own or that your doctor’s treatment recommendations are unnecessary, it’s critical that you follow them in order to get the benefits or compensation to which you are entitled under California law. Insurance Companies are on the Lookout for Fraud Workers’ compensation benefits are never guaranteed, as the insurance company determines the benefits it will pay. You can bet that workers’ compensation insurance adjusters will be doing everything they can to identify when a claim is invalid or is the product…
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