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  • Can I Receive Workers’ Compensation Benefits for Mental Illness?

    In California, if you suffer from an emotional or mental illness as a result of your job, you could be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. However, it is crucial that you hire a skilled workers’ compensation attorney to handle your claim since employers and insurance companies are often skeptical of such claims and often deny them. With a fierce legal advocate on your side, it is possible ...
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  • What You Need to Know Before Settling Your Claim

    If you suffered a workplace injury, you know that you are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. However, it is not uncommon for an employer’s insurance company to deny your claim, no matter how valid it is. Of course, you have the right to appeal this decision and can file an application for adjudication of your claim, which can ultimately go to a hearing and be heard by a workers’ ...
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  • Attorney Ufkes Becomes a State Bar Certified Workers' Compensation Specialist in CA

    On behalf of Ufkes & Bright , we would like to congratulate Attorney Mark A. Ufkes for becoming a State Bar Certified Workers’ Compensation Specialist by the California State Bar. State Bar certification is the highest level of specialization available for the legal industry. Attorney Ufkes is also an active member of the California Applicant Attorney’s Association. He is a second-generation ...
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  • What the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Company Knows About You

    Once you file your workers’ compensation claim, you can expect that the insurance company handling your claim will begin gathering background information about you. In fact, they can learn quite a bit about you without ever having to contact you. Insurance companies generally conduct these types of investigations to expose any falsities, inaccuracies, or contradictory information to prevent ...
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  • Toxic Exposure & Workers’ Compensation

    Injuries sustained in one-time accidents are not the only ways in which a worker can suffer harm while performing his or her job duties. In fact, many injuries and illnesses can develop over a span of time as a result of performing repetitive tasks or even from exposure to toxic chemicals. Being exposed to a seriously hazardous substance even one time can inflict serious damage on the body and, if ...
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  • The Workers' Compensation Appeals Process

    While workers’ compensation benefits are typically covered by an employer’s workers’ compensation insurance and is often required in most states, this does not mean your claim cannot be denied. However, even if this happened to you, you still have a shot at receiving these vital benefits by going through the appeals process. Trying to navigate this complex area of law on your own might lead to ...
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  • Most Common Construction Site Accidents

    Accidents can happen in any work environment, but some jobs are more inherently dangerous than others, causing employees to suffer more injuries, some of which might even be fatal, while on the job. In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2010, there were 774 deaths that occurred due to an accident on a construction site. To put this in perspective, construction site accidents ...
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  • What Records Do I Need to Keep for My Claim?

    If you are pursuing workers’ compensation after sustaining an injury on the job, one of the most critical things you can do throughout this process is maintaining accurate and detailed records and notes regarding all aspects of your case. Thorough record-keeping can help you secure a fair settlement and, if there is a dispute between you and the insurance company, it will serve as helpful evidence ...
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  • Why Was My Workers’ Compensation Claim Denied?

    Your employer has an obligation to provide a safe work environment to ensure no employee is injured while performing his or her duties. Unfortunately, some employers fail to do so and, as a result, injuries happen. If you were injured on the job and pursued a workers’ compensation claim that was denied, you do not have to accept this as the final word on this matter. The workers’ compensation ...
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  • 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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