Workplace injuries in California are a common occurrence in many lines of work. Whether serious or not, a work injury that causes even a few missed days of work can have serious effects on the worker's finances. Workers' compensation benefits can help alleviate some of this financial strain imposed by medical bills incurred as well as to compensate the employee for wages due to being out of work.
As many California drivers can attest to, their long commute is often the source of much anxiety and frustration. However, drivers of big-rig trucks, who are often transporting explosive materials, feel this anxiety ten-fold. As was the case with a Bakersfield man who was badly injured when his rig exploded in Oct. 2013, sometimes accidents happen. Though he made it out alive, he is still fighting for his workers' compensation over a year and a half later.
Work involving heavy machinery can be dangerous despite the many safety regulations in place across the country. For one worker, performing construction duties on a college campus led to an accident, and the worker suffered an injury on the job. Any California worker who deals with heavy machinery may want to learn more about the incident.
Elderly employees at certain companies are given job positions and duties that reflect their abilities related to their age and health. For one elderly employee at a California Walmart, performing the duty of checking a receipt to prevent theft led to a work injury. The 78-year-old employee is still recovering from the incident, which was all caught on tape.
When an employee dies while on the job, an investigation into the event by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration typically takes place. During this investigation, OSHA will look for potential safety violations that may have led to the accident taking place. While the investigation is ongoing, the family of the deceased victim may want to determine whether they could potentially qualify for workers' compensation.