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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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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Reporting Your Workplace Accident

Reporting Your Workplace Accident

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When a workplace accident happens, you might be tempted to stay quiet and wait to see whether your injuries subside on their own. This can be a big mistake. If you feel any pain or discomfort after an accident on the job, you should immediately report what happened to your employer and tell them you need medical attention. The initial report of the workplace accident is key if you need to file a workers’ compensation claim. If you can inform your employer right away, it is a good idea to do so. If you need emergency care and do not have the chance to tell your supervisor, you must provide them notice within 30 days in California. Even if your supervisor heard about the accident and your injuries from other…
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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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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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