Recent Posts in Workers Compensation Category

  • Workers Compensation: Information & Help

    If you have become injured and need help withworkers’ compensation benefits, you will want to know whom you can turn to for further information. Not everything will be placed right out in front of you in writing, which is why it is best to look forward to receiving help from other sources. Your employer could be your best reference when it comes to receiving information because they are required ...
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  • I Was Denied a Job for Past Injury: Can I Sue?

    According to the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), private employers cannot discriminate against applicants or potential hires because of a disability. Though the ADA does not cover all conditions, a “disability” is generally defined as any physical or mental impairment that significantly limits a major life activity. In 1990, congress passed the ADA to prevent discrimination against ...
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  • Workers Compensation Information and Help

    What happens if you are injured on the job and know more about workers’ compensation , but you have some questions? What if nobody is answering your questions? There are several people and organizations that you can contact for more help and information about everything important you must know regarding the benefits you deserve! Employer : Employers are required to post information and give you ...
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  • Workers' Compensation: Supplemental Job Displacement Benefits

    What happens if you have a disability but you need retraining for a job? How do you start over with this newly obtained disability and get your life back on track? This is where supplemental job displacement benefits step in to help the disabled get their life back on track. SJDBs are vouchers that promise to help pay for educational retraining and skill enhancement on-the-job at eligible schools. ...
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  • I Was Injured At Work, But What Are My Legal Rights?

    Every year, many Americans are injured on the joband wonder how they can protect their legal rights. The best way to protect legal rights of any kind is to report the injury to your employer. There is usually a certain amount of time in which the injury must be reported, such as within a few days of the incident, or as soon as possible. This all depends on the circumstance of the event. Once a ...
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  • Construction Worker Injuries and Your Legal Options

    Every year, construction workers are being injured on the job – let’s face it, they have an inherently dangerous profession. However, accepting that risk isn’t something that they need to do, because the risk of injury should be a preventable one. When a worker is injured on the job, they will almost always have some form of legal relief to help them recover from their injuries. There may be three ...
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  • Workers' Compensation: Temporary Disability Benefits

    Let’s say you’re injured on the job – what do you do as far as receiving compensation? In California (and a bunch of other states such as Hawaii, New Jersey, New York, and Rhode Island), it is a requirement for an employer to carry something known as Temporary Disability Insurance (TDI). There are two types of insurances required; Short-term Disability Insurance (SDI) and TDI. What Are Temporary ...
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  • Workers' Compensation Medical Care and Resolving Problems

    If you have been injured on the job and have decided to apply for workers’ compensation benefits, you should have no problems receiving the compensation you deserve… right? The problem is that so many people each year are evaluated on their injuries and do not agree with the reports. Different doctors will have different opinions when it comes to things like treatment options, what to do while you ...
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  • What to do When You Get Hurt on the Job

    Filling Out a Claim Form and Receiving Medical Care The first step after you are hurt, of course, is to report your injury or illness to your employer. However, what happens after these initial steps are taken? You should first fill out a claim form, which is also known as a Workers’ Compensation Claim Form (DWC 1). This needs to be given to you within one working day after you report your injury ...
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  • The Basics of Workers' Compensation

    If you have become injured or ill on the job, then you may wonder how you can compensate for the damages done. In most cases, workers’ compensation will be your best option. This type of beneficial insurance carried by your employer is required by law and will cover most injuries. To receive workers’ compensation, you may first have to check some eligibility requirements. They go as follows: The ...
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  • Maritime Worker Injuries and the Jones Act

    Are you a maritime worker who has been injured on the job? You may classify as a seaman or another type of maritime worker; but in either case, you may be entitled to certain compensation. These people are known to perform many tasks on the job like painting ship surfaces, maintaining and handling cargo equipment, and much more. The problem with this is that all of these things, like other jobs, ...
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  • Railroad Worker Injuries and FELA Claims

    The history of our country says a lot about how we have protected the rights of employers for years. In 1908, Congress passed the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA), which protected the thousands of railroad workers employed nationwide. But what is FELA? A FELA claim is similar to that of a workers’ compensation claim; both are designed to compensate injured workers for injuries sustained in ...
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  • Can I Make a Carpal Tunnel Injury Claim?

    If you work in an industry that requires you to use your hands repetitively, then you may be one of the 15 million people who fall victim to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. The American Academy of Family Physicians found that CTS affects approximately three to six percent of all adults in the United States. However, you may be wondering what Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is and what causes it. Carpal Tunnel ...
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  • What if my Accident Injuries Don't Show up Right Away?

    Every day, people all around the United States are involved in car accidents. Sometimes when the accident seems very minor, they don’t notice any symptoms of injury right off the bat. When a car accident occurs, you could be given a heightened level of excitement when your body reacts by generating adrenaline and endorphins. This will give you a sense of increased energy and, in some cases, a lack ...
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  • Workers' Compensation: Important Laws & Regulations

    Did you know that there are laws and regulations on workers’ compensation laws in California? Here are some of the codes that you may want to familiarize yourself with and what they could mean for you: If you want to report your injury or illness to your employer: Labor Code sections 5400, 5402(a) For information on the legalities of the workplace and how it is illegal to discriminate against an ...
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  • Worker's Compensation FAQ

    Worker’s compensation is a state mandated insurance program that provides employees compensation for work related illnesses and injuries. While the federal government has its own federal worker’s compensation program for its employees, each state is has its own laws and programs for state and privately employed individuals. Typically states award workers’ compensation to the injured regardless of ...
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  • Are Independent Contractors Covered Under Workers' Comp?

    I’ve heard independent contractors aren’t covered under worker’s compensation. How do I know if I’m an independent contractor? Independent contractors are self-employed workers who own and run their own business. This necessarily means you don’t secure income from anyone other than your clients, or that no other boss-like figure awards you an income. An independent contractor may be called or ...
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  • Labor Unions and Worker's Compensation

    Worker’s compensation and labor unions in the United States have been tied together for nearly a century now. While worker’s compensation has been implemented in some way or another by many countries for centuries, the United States didn’t attempt any real worker’s compensation laws until 1898 in New York, and the United State’s first comprehensive worker’s compensation legislation didn’t pass ...
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  • The New Key to a Successful Worker's Comp Case: Clean Social Media

    For some people, maintaining an active presence on social media outlets is as intuitive as taking a breath every few seconds. It’s part of who we are, and it’s not likely to change anytime soon. But anyone pursuing workers compensation should reassess how they depict themselves virtually, as a compromising post could potentially ruin their chances at a successful case. Worker’s Compensation ...
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  • Injured at Work? 3 Potential Options for Recovery

    According to a recent survey , 1 in 5 Americans have been injured in the workplace. Many people believe that getting injured at work is something that only occurs to those who work in construction and manufacturing, however the majority of workplace injuries are ailments that can happen in any work environment, such as slip and fall accidents, repetitive motion injuries such as carpal tunnel ...
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  • Denied Workers' Comp? 5 First Steps to Appeal

    Workers’ compensation is insurance that employers are required to purchase for their employees in most states. Sometimes, larger employers are allowed to self-insure or act as their own insurance companies, and smaller companies may not be required to supply workers’ compensation insurance. When an employee is injured in the workplace, the employee files their claim with the insurance company, who ...
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  • Asbestos in the Workplace

    According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), as many as 1.3 million people are exposed to asbestos in their workplace in the United States. Though most people are aware of the link between asbestos exposure and serious health problems. Many do not know the facts about asbestos, such as what asbestos is, what occupations most frequently expose employees to asbestos, and ...
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  • I Was Injured at Work, What are my Rights?

    Employers have a duty to provide a reasonably safe work environment for their employees. Failure to provide safety for their workers can result in mild to severe injury, such as broken bones, occupational illnesses, aggravations of pre-existing conditions, or psychological injuries. Sometimes, a worker can be injured or become ill even if every precaution was taken to make the work environment ...
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  • How Social Media Can Ruin Your Workers' Compensation Claim

    If you are injured at work, your employer is obligated to pay for workers’ compensation benefits, including medical care, temporary disability benefits, permanent disability benefits, supplemental job benefits, and death benefits. Nowadays, those who are injured at work have another factor to consider when filing for workers’compensation- social media. Workers’ compensation insurance carriers ...
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  • Reporting Work-Related Injuries and Workers' Compensation

    According to new research from the University of California-Davis, farm workers have the most undercounted work-related injuries of any industry in the United States. Though it’s been known that farming is one of the most dangerous occupations out there, it seems to be even more hazardous than previously reported. A study published in the Annals of Epidemiology found that federal agencies ...
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