If you have been injured at work, you know how complicated and overwhelming it can be to deal with the medical bills, lost wages and other financial losses that you have endured. Getting a fair settlement for your accident seems like an impossible task, and it may take a concentrated effort from a legal professional to secure your rightful compensation. It is important to have a lawyer on your side from the very beginning of the workers' compensation process.
Work-related injuries can result in financial difficulties and may compromise a person's ability to perform the same job duties as before, preventing him or her from providing for his or her family. A work-related illness or repetitive stress injury can also cause significant harm, but California workers may not understand their rights regarding compensation. An illness or work injury related to repetitive motion should not be overlooked simply because it did not result from a work accident.
Coccidioides immitis is the scientific name for a microscopic fungus that thrives in the top two to 12 inches of the soil here in California. When the soil is disturbed, the fungus can be released and inhaled by workers, which could cause them to contract Valley Fever -- a respiratory fungal infection that could initially present itself with flu-like symptoms. Even though mild cases often resolve on their own, some people who suffer this type of work injury have a much harder time recovering and could need additional, more aggressive treatment.
After a work injury, most people confront the process of filing a work injury claim. There is the expectation that a claim is considered and a worker can expect any financial issues related to the work injury to be dealt with. But, there are times when a California worker may file a workers' compensation claim only to have that claim denied. Having that claim denied does not have to be the end of the road.
A recent incident of flooding has garnered attention. The rupture of a water main in Los Angeles, California, caught national attention as tens of millions of gallons of water poured through the campus and flooded streets, buildings and parking garages. However, several people responding to the scene have now reportedly suffered a work injury related to trying to get control of the flooding.
Many workers across the country are subject to working conditions that can be hazardous to their health. High heat, lack of air circulation, insufficient water and exposure to potentially hazardous chemicals are all issues that employers need to address in order to ensure that their workers are not subject to an increased risk of suffering a work injury. In Southern California, some workers who are employed at a Wal-mart warehouse recently walked out on their jobs to raise awareness for what they allege are dangerous working conditions.
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.
A recently published article has pointed to some alarming statistics regarding workplace safety for warehouse workers. The article was published by University of California Riverside sociology researchers and focuses on data provided by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics and many other sources. These statistics show that warehouse workers face some of the toughest working conditions of any field in the United States and are subject to a higher work injury rate than many other comparable professions.
Some readers will likely take interest in a recent decision by a state workers' compensation board from a state other than California. At issue was whether a veterinary assistant was entitled to have her former employer provide her workers' compensation benefits to pay for rabies shots. The state commission reversed a deputy commissioner's determination denying the claim.