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California workers injured when pesticide sprayed

A number of times on this blog we have discussed workplace injuries, the impact they can have on an individual's life, and how workers' compensation benefits can be helpful in helping him or her find financial stability while he or she focuses on reclaiming his or her health and getting back to work. Sometimes, though, workers' compensation isn't enough, and third-parties are responsible for a worker's injuries. When this is the case, an injured individual may be able to recover damages through both a workers' compensation claim and a personal injury lawsuit.

How can work-related back injuries be avoided?

Workplace injuries can arise from a number of circumstances. Some workers are hurt when they fall from scaffolding while others suffer injuries due to being pinned by machinery. Although there are a number of different types of workplace accidents and injuries, one of the most common types of harm suffered are back injuries.

Drunk driving accident leaves California state employee injured

On a daily basis, most Californians go to work to earn a living for themselves and their families. Sometimes, though, these individuals are injured on the job, which can throw them out of work for a significant period of time. When this happens, medical expenses and lost wages can take quite a toll. Although workers' compensation may be available to these individuals, those benefits don't always cover the full extent of one's losses. In instances where a third-party's negligence contributed to the accident, an injured worker may be able to pursue both workers' compensation and a personal injury claim in hopes of recovering compensation for the full extent of damages suffered.

Tesla accused of providing an unsafe work environment

Most people going to work every day are concerned about performing their duties to the best of their abilities so that they can continue to provide for their families. Very few workers are concerned about their workplace safety. This is usually because federal, state, and local regulations and laws require employers to take certain steps to ensure that their employees are kept as safe as possible. This may include providing adequate training, safety equipment, and maintaining all machinery in a safe condition.

Workers' compensation paying for fewer hospitalizations

Many Californians who are injured in a workplace accident wind up needing extensive medical care. They may need immediate hospitalization as well as long-term rehabilitation. Some of these individuals even suffer a disability that never fully heals. However, as time rolls on and federal, state, and local laws and regulations seek to reinforce workplace safety, workers may see less need for such extensive care.

Southern California company fined for safety violations

California's workers are protected by laws and regulations meant to ensure workplace safety. Unfortunately, employers often fail to adhere to these rules. When they fail to do so, they put their employees at risk of being seriously injured. Those who are unfortunate enough to suffer work-related injuries can also be subjected to significant financial losses. Medical care costs can be enormous, and lost wages from the time a worker is unable to return to work can leave him or her struggling to make ends meet.

How workers' compensation benefits can be paid out

Californians who have been injured on the job know that their finances can take a hit. This can be especially challenging to cope with when one is trying to focus on reclaiming his or her health and get back to work as quickly as possible. Yet, the financial realities of the situation can't be avoided. This is why those who have been hurt in a workplace accident need to carefully consider their legal options.

Errant driver crashes into mechanic shop, injuring worker

Workplace accidents can take many shapes. Most commonly we think of on the job injuries being suffered in accidents that are directly related to work duties being performed. For example, warehouse workers may suffer an injury after being crushed or pinned by a forklift, while construction workers may be harmed from a scaffolding fall or and collapsing trench. While these types of situations are certainly common, they are not the only way that a workplace injury can be suffered.

Qualified medical examiners and the return to work determination

Workers' compensation benefits can be a financial lifesaver for those Californians who are injured on the job and as a result find themselves unable to work for a period of time. Although it may seem relatively simple to obtain and retain these benefits, it can actually be quite challenging. When issues regarding one's ability to qualify for benefits arise, it may be wise to acquire the assistance of an attorney who is adept at handling these types of legal cases.

California enacts new regulations to protect hotel workers

No one should have to put their health and safety on the line just to perform their job duties. Yet, this is the case for nearly every Californian. Even those who seem to work in the safest of environments can be at risk of injury or death. In many instances, this damage is caused slowly over time, which can make it difficult to identify and prevent. However, the state of California is being proactive in its attempt to protect workers, as its recent enactment of certain regulations show.

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