Falls are the leading cause of accidental death among older Americans. In fact, one in four people over age 65 suffer a fall each year. With an aging baby boomer population, trips to the emergency room for slip-and-fall accidents are becoming increasingly common.
As online retailers surge and traditional brick-and-mortar stores continue to disappear, jobs in warehouses fulfilling online orders are becoming more abundant. In fact, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that warehouse employment has grown by 90 percent since 2000.
Worker's compensation is not just for sudden accidents such as falls. Sometimes work-related injuries happen over time, even when you are doing your job correctly. A repetitive stress injury (RSI) may sneak up on you and cause a lot of pain.
Most employers in California are required by law to provide you with workers' compensation benefits if you suffer a work-related injury or illness that puts you out of work. But what if the company does everything it can to avoid its responsibilities in the name of saving money?
Construction company owners in California are typically responsible for the health and safety of hundreds of workers with a wide range of competency and training levels. Along with compliance with prescribed safety standards, the only way to limit construction workers accidents is by drafting a site-specific safety plan to outline potential safety risks and the manners in which they will be managed. Each project is unique, and hazard assessments are crucial before work commences.
Some months ago, a decision by the California Supreme court had the labor community sit up and take note. The plaintiff accused a transportation company of wage and hour violations stemming from his service of driving his own truck for the defendant and his classifications as an independent contractor. The court based its ultimate decision on the Dynamex ABC test rather than the Borello Test, which is a multifactor test used to determine employment status for workers' compensation purposes and all matters unrelated to wage orders.
Opioid use has run rampant all over the United States with thousands of people losing their lives every year. Opioids are extremely dangerous, particularly due to the fact they are so addictive. Unfortunately, many people's addictions begin with legal, prescribed painkillers they received after an accident. When it comes to many workers' comp claims, doctors are quick to prescribe opioids to help the individual manage the pain, but it is vital to be aware of the risks and potential for addiction.
One of the stark realities of today is the number of violent and traumatic incidents occurring. The recent shooting at Borderline outside Los Angeles is the latest example. Not only were the patrons inside affected by the events, but so were the workers and first responders who came to help.
Were you injured on the job but are not a U.S. citizen? California law protects all employees equally, regardless of citizen status. Even if you or your loved one is not a citizen, if you are injured on the job you can collect money to help pay for medical bills through a workers' compensation claim.
If your workers' compensation claim is denied, you are not out of luck. You are still able to appeal the denial, an action that is common in the workers' compensation process.