Blog Posts in 2017

  • Delayed Claims: Do I Have Any Options?

    If a person files a workers’ compensation claim, it is likely because he or she was injured at work and requires compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and possibly rehabilitation costs. Workers who file need a response as fast as possible so they can stop worrying about the expense and focus their efforts on recovering. However, insurance companies sometimes send employees a “Notice of Delay ...
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  • What Do I Do If My Workers’ Comp Claim Was Denied?

    Part of what stops many people from filing a workers’ compensation claim is the fear of denial. However, denial is far from the worst outcome. In the state of California, employees can appeal a denial of a claim by requesting a hearing in front of your local Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board judge. The hearing is an informal trial where the judge will listen to both sides of the case and make a ...
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  • Can I Recover Workers' Comp for Workplace Violence?

    No matter how banal a work environment may seem, there is always the potential for violence whenever disgruntled or mentally unwell people are involved. You may have heard of resentful employees returning to the workplace and opening fire on his coworkers or two employees in a company getting into a violent altercation. If something like this happens on the job, are any injuries that result ...
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  • Filing Workers' Comp Benefits for PTSD in California

    Some jobs are so dangerous they expose the average worker to traumatic experiences on a daily basis. As a result, many workers might develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a result. Most people associate PTSD with positions in the military, but it can affect tens of thousands of individuals across the United States each year. Federal and state employee rights and disability laws provide ...
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  • What Are Vocational Rehabilitation Benefits?

    Vocational rehabilitation benefits are designed for people who have been injured on the job and can no longer return to work in the same capacity after their injury. These benefits can help people rebuild job skills as part of recovering from an injury or illness. After an injury, even after full recovery, a person may have physical or mental limitations that prevent them from returning to exactly ...
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  • Common Wear & Tear Injuries at Work

    Workplace injuries are extremely common, more than likely because many people spend at least 20 to 40 hours a week doing similar activities. If you’re experiencing neck , shoulder, or lower back pain , this could be because of something called a repetitive stress injury (RSI). These happen when employees perform the same task repeatedly and cause stress or damage to one or more parts of the body. ...
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  • Workers' Comp Injuries for At-Home Workers

    According to a Gallup survey, almost half of all employed American said they spent at least some of their time working remotely. Working from home has never been more popular and, with the help of the Internet, has never been easier. However, some might worry that if they are injured during the course of their jobs, they might not be covered by workers’ comp if they’re at home. Believe it or not, ...
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  • How Do Drug Tests Affect Workers Comp Claims?

    Many workers are subjected to periodic drug testing as well as drug tests after an employee has sustained a work injury. This test is typically to ensure you were not inebriated or under the influence of a narcotic before the accident. Before you take a drug test, you should ensure the clinic offering the test is not an occupational medicine clinic, such as Concentra. Concentra has been accused of ...
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  • Traumatic Brain Injuries a Problem in Many Occupations

    Thousands of people are injured at work every year. Many times these injuries are preventable, but they can even happen when employers appropriately prioritize the health and safety of their employees. Whether you work in construction, in medicine, or in an office setting, you are at risk for suffering a traumatic brain injury in the event of an accident. Traumatic brain injury (TBI) usually ...
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  • Preparing for Your Workers' Compensation Hearing

    Not all people who apply for workers’ compensation after an injury need to attend a hearing. These events are only scheduled when there is a dispute between you and the insurance company. This dispute might be over whether you’re entitled to benefits or the amount of benefits the insurance company has offered. Before the hearing, you should make sure to have an experienced workers’ compensation ...
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  • What Is Medical Maximum Improvement (MMI) in Workers' Comp?

    In a workers’ comp case, whenever someone refers to medical maximum improvement (MMI), they are referring to the status of an injured worker. MMI means the employee will not improve more than he or she has already. When an injury occurs and an employee has reached a state where his or her condition can’t be further improved, the doctor will inform the patient that he or she has reached MMI. Once ...
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  • When Can I Return to Work After Filing for Workers’ Comp?

    When Can I Return to Work After Filing for Workers’ Comp? By: Ufkes & Bright When people file for workers’ compensation, they might be nervous about returning to their employer. However, it will benefit both you and your company to go back to your job as smoothly as possible. Your business won’t be shorthanded, and you won’t be stuck at home with little to do. Here are a few things to establish ...
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  • Your Workers' Rights When Filing for Workers' Comp

    If you have been injured at work , it is important that you understand what your legal rights are at every stage of the workers’ compensation claims process. We have seen many instances where a worker misses out on workers’ comp benefits because they did not know their rights. Whether you are dealing with your employer or the insurance company, knowing your rights can be a powerful way to protect ...
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  • Jobs with Most Injuries

    Millions of workers are injured every year on the job. Workplace accidents can happen to any industry and any occupation. However, studies have shown that certain industries have a higher rate of injury due to the nature of their jobs and working conditions. Read below for an overview of the most injury-prone industries. According to the study, the top deadliest occupations in the country include: ...
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  • Common Workers' Compensation Terms Defined

    Before you file a claim for workers’ compensation, it’s important to familiarize yourself with the common terms you’ll come across as you complete the process. Knowing what these terms mean, and how they’re defined, can significantly help you understand the claims-filing process as a whole; it could even help improve your chances of getting your claim approved. Below, we define 10 of the most ...
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