Recently, a California construction worker was injured when he fell approximately 25 feet down an elevator shaft. According to Palo Alto Fire Department officials, the man was working on the second floor of an office building in the Stanford Research Park when he was injured on the job. Authorities responding to the call that morning found that the man had plunged through an opening in an elevator shaft at the work site.
Another study is out regarding workers suffering from respiratory illness and other potential health hazards due to their exposure to certain chemicals in microwave popcorn. These chemicals are often found in the popcorn's butter flavoring. It has been alleged that workers across California and the country are at risk of a work injury as a result of being exposed to these chemicals. However, despite the risks associated with these chemicals, California is one of the few states in the country that has taken any action to reduce the potential harm to workers suffering from prolonged exposure.
Every state's laws regarding workers' compensation differ. What flies in one state may not fly in California. Then again, what gets restricted in another state may be completely acceptable in California. Knowing what is and isn't allowed in terms of amounts and durations of workers' compensation benefits can be complex and require the help of experienced legal counsel.
American International Group recently settled a pending workers' compensation dispute that was brought on behalf of all 50 states. Under the agreement, the company agrees to pay $146.6 million to settle its handling of workers' compensation reporting that dates back many years. The company was said to have violated premium reporting rules in many states, including California.