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Which injuries qualify for workers' compensation?

On its surface, the workers' compensation system can seem fairly straight-forward: if you are injured on the job then you can be compensated for your medical expenses and lost wages. While this may be true to a certain extent, the matter is often much more complicated than that. Those who are left unaware of this fact can wind up having their claims denied. When this happens, an injured worker can face significant financial hardship as he or she tries to reclaim his or her health and get back to work. Therefore, it is crucially important that injured workers understand the workers' compensation system in its entirety.

Can communication change perception of pain?

A workplace injury can take many different shapes. Some workers suffer repetitive stress injuries, while others are crushed by moving machinery. Others suffer cuts when moving materials or broken bones when they fall from scaffolding. The list of potential injuries goes on and on. Yet, one type of injury, a back injury, accounts for about one-third of all workers' compensation injuries, which means that medical diagnoses and treatment of these injuries is critical to ensuring that workers can get back to their jobs.

Workers' compensation death benefits in California

An accident in the workplace can wreak havoc on an individual's life. It might leave him or her with serious injuries that require extensive medical care, and it may knock him or her out of work, thereby affecting one's income. Those individuals who are seriously injured may wind up with a permanent disability, which can directly impact their quality of life for years or decades. Yet, these damages, while quite severe, are nothing compared to the loss felt by those who lose a loved one in an on-the-job accident.

Workplace accident kills California worker

Some job duties inherently carry the risk of physical injury. Miners, for example, are subjected to the very real possibility that a mine could collapse,, leaving them with serious injuries or death. Yet, even seemingly mundane, day-to-day job tasks can suddenly turn injurious or deadly. When this happens, victims and their families can be left with extensive emotional and financial losses.

Older workers make up large number of workplace deaths

Work shouldn't be something to fear. Yet, if current statistics are any indication, far too many workers are injured and even killed on the job. According to recently released statistics from the federal government, this may be especially true for older workers, defined as those who are age 55 and older. Those statistics indicate that, in 2015, more than one-third of all fatal workplace accidents involved an older worker. That accounts for nearly 1,700 of the almost 5,000 workplace deaths that occurred across the nation that year. This study did not include deaths caused by natural causes.

The workers' compensation appeals process

Most Californians go to work every day without much thought about their safety. They simply want to go in, put in their time, make their wages, and, hopefully, make some sort of difference in the world. Some jobs are inherently dangerous, though, like those of police officers, firefighters, and construction workers. Yet, even those who work in jobs that seem completely safe can be subjected to a workplace injury. When a worker suffers an on-the-job injury, he or she may struggle to make ends meet since they may not be able to earn a wage while they recover, and medical expenses can accumulate. Fortunately, the workers' compensation system may provide relief.

Competently handling workers' compensation claims

Recently on the blog we discussed an incident where police officers were injured during a training exercise. Although police officers, firefighters, and other workers often put their well-being on the line to perform their job duties, others go to work without a thought about their safety. Yet, workplace accidents happen all the time, leaving unsuspecting workers injured. Although these workers may be able to recover workers' compensation for their injuries, the process can be challenging, with many workers seeing their claim denied. Even those who are able to recover workers' compensation benefits may find themselves still lacking the money they need to recoup their lost wages and pay their medical expenses.

Workers' compensation and the utilization review

Being injured on the job can take its toll on an individual. An injured worker may, of course, be subjected to physical pain, but he or she may also have extensive financial losses in the form of lost wages and medical expenses. When a workplace injury leaves an individual unable to work and, therefore, unable to earn a wage, it can be difficult to make ends meet. Although workers' compensation benefits may be available to help such an individual recoup his or her losses and provide time for him or her to recover from the injury, maintaining those benefits and securing the medical care one needs isn't always easy.

Workplace accident leaves two police officers injured

Believe it or not, every day you go to work you are at risk of suffering an injury on the job. In some professions, such as law enforcement, firefighting, and construction, this reality is readily apparent. In others, though, like office jobs, dangers may not be readily observable. Repetitive movements can cause stress injuries, one's workplace environment can leave one exposed to dangerous toxins, and negligent drivers can cause a devastating car accident. On top of this, sometimes wholly unexpected things occur that can leave a worker seriously injured.

Inmate firefighter in California dies after tree falls on him

An inmate firefighter, age 26, lost his life recently when he was struck by a 3,000-pound falling tree in California. At the time of the incident, his supervisor's radio could not get in touch with emergency officials. The victim was clearing brush when a Douglas fir started falling. The Cal Fire captain shouted at the workers to get away. The victim failed to hear the captain, since the chainsaws they were using were so loud. The falling tree hit him on the head, causing him to subsequently fall in a ditch.

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