Recent Posts in Workers' Compensation Category

  • 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

    Workplaces 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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  • How Preexisting Injuries Affect Workers' Compensation

    Even if you have preexisting conditions, it does not mean that you are ineligible for workers’ compensation benefits . Employers are required to take a worker “as they are” and not discriminate between a healthy employee and one who is vulnerable to injuries. Any work-related injuries, whether they are old or new, may be eligible for workers’ comp benefits. You can find out if your condition ...
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  • Common Occupational Illnesses

    No matter how safe we all try to be, we are often unable to anticipate an injury. In many cases, workers’ compensation claims may not arise from a one-time accident. Rather, it can be caused by years of physical stress on the body and joints. Below are some of the most common types of occupational illnesses that may be eligible for workers’ compensation. Workers’ compensation can provide benefits ...
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  • Avoid These Workers' Comp Mistakes

    If you've been injured on the job in Santa Ana, you may be thinking about filing a workers' compensation claim. If so, it is important that you educate yourself on the claim process, as well as common mistakes to avoid. Workers' compensation is a complex area of law and many employers will not explain the process to you. We are here to ensure that you understand what steps you should take and ...
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  • How Social Media Can Be Used in Workers' Compensation Claims

    If you are injured on the job in Santa Ana, you may be able to recover workers’ compensation benefits through your employer. While it may seem like a relatively simple process where you report the accident and receive benefits, the reality is that the workers’ comp process can be incredibly complex. For insurers, the less benefits they pay out, the better it is for their bottom line. This is why ...
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  • The Top 5 Causes of Workplace Injuries

    The Travelers Companies recently conducted a study of more than 1.5 million workers’ compensation claims filed from 2010 to 2014 analyzing the most frequent causes of workplace injuries. According to the results, most workplace injuries stem from the following causes: Material handling – 32% of claims Slips, trips, and falls – 16% of claims Being struck or colliding with objects – 10% of claims ...
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  • Should I File a Workers' Comp Claim or a Personal Injury Lawsuit?

    A person who suffers an injury while performing a job related duty needs to find compensation and coverage somewhere, especially if that injury is serious enough to take them off their feet. If you have been hurt on-the-job, the question immediately becomes, “Do I file a workers’ compensation claim ? Or create a personal injury lawsuit?” Either route has the potential of getting you the money you ...
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  • How to Choose Your Own Doctor for Your Workers' Comp Claim

    In most states, a person who suffers an on-the-job injury is able to go see their trusted physician for treatment. California does things a little differently, though, and it can lead to some confusion. Most employers in California will have set up a network of doctors as part of their workers’ compensation plans. If you suffer an injury while at work or performing work related duties, you will ...
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  • California Workers' Compensation System Vulnerable to Fraud

    In many ways, scamming the program meant to heal California’s injured workers is too easy. Whether it be in the form of individuals siphoning funds out of the state by posing as caregivers or medical vendors simply by sending a letter to the state without any vetting, or from dishonest providers running up bills worth tens of thousands of dollars for unnecessary tests and equipment, the state’s ...
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  • Quick Tips to Help with Workers' Compensation Claims

    Just like dealing with the consequences of an on-the-job injury , navigating through the California workers’ compensation system isn’t easy – especially if your claim has been delayed or denied . While the road ahead may indeed be difficult, just as countless other workers before you have made it through, and you can, too. To help you prepare for what is in store, consider the following tips. ...
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