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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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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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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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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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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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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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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