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  • I’ve Been Denied Workers’ Comp. Now What?

    Workers’ compensation is an insurance benefit. As such, it is frequently denied to workers. It’s no secret that insurance companies want to keep from paying out benefits if they can. They will use whatever tactics they can to deny claims. When you’ve been denied, it’s a worrying time. You are stuck recovering from an injury and getting no assistance. Medical bills are piling up, and you’re missing ...
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  • Here’s What Remote Workers Need to Know About Workers’ Comp

    Working from home has its perks, but it’s not working for everyone. Some remote workers struggle to find a work-life balance, leading to increased anxiety, frustration, and, ultimately, burnout. Others are trying to make do with their makeshift workstations, having left their ergonomic, company-provided desk and chair at the office. They may be suffering from physical pain as a result. One year ...
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  • Common Foodservice Injuries

    Everything we do in life carries a risk, and our jobs are no exception. Whether you’re balancing on girders miles in the air or shuffling papers behind a desk, there’s always a chance of getting hurt. People don’t often think of foodservice as a high-risk job, but that’s a myopic view. With all the running around and handling of dangerous items, food service injuries can happen to the most ...
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  • Examples of Unsafe Working Conditions

    What Are Unsafe Working Conditions & Why Do They Matter? The International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates that about 2.3 million workers around the world are victims of work-related accidents or diseases every year, corresponding to the whopping 6,000 deaths occurring every day across the globe. In the US, 5,333 workers died from work-related injuries in 2019, a 2% increase from the previous ...
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  • What to Do If You’ve Experienced Toxic Exposure in the Workplace

    Repeated exposure to toxic chemicals in the workplace, or significant exposure at one time, can seriously jeopardize a person’s health. Worldwide, toxic exposure kills a worker every 30 seconds —that’s over 2,780,000 global deaths every year. Many millions of other individuals end up with mild to severe illnesses and injuries because of toxic exposure. Substances such as asbestos, pesticides, ...
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  • Why Worker Safety Concerns Intensify During the Holiday Season

    The end of the year holiday season is a magical and joyous time. However, this season can also be immensely stressful and even dangerous for workers, especially those in fields like retail, manufacturing, food processing and service, and medicine. The high demand for gifts combined with the end of the year crunch many companies experience can lead to increased stress, exhaustion, and even make ...
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  • Can I Sue My Employer for an Injury at Work?

    The workers’ compensation system was established with two main goals in mind: to allow employees who are injured on the job quick access to medical benefits and to protect employers from lawsuits. However, there are exceptions in which bringing a lawsuit against your employer may be allowed. In this blog post, our Santa Ana workers’ compensation attorney explains when you can sue your employer for ...
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  • Santa Rosa Extends Paid Sick Leave During Pandemic

    Only July 7, the Santa Rosa City Council voted 7-0 to require that more local employers allow their workers to take up to 80 hours of paid sick leave during the coronavirus pandemic. This new rule was passed as an “urgency ordinance,” meaning that it went into effect immediately. The expanded federal requirement now covers national chain employers, health care workers, and emergency responders, as ...
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  • California Workers’ Comp System Potentially Strained by COVID-19 Presumption

    Last month, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order granting a presumption to workers’ compensation claims throughout the state. The presumption stated that any employed person who receives a positive COVID-19 diagnosis may assume they contracted it at work. While this presumption came as a welcome concession to those who may have been forced or encouraged to work under unsafe ...
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  • California Makes It Easier to Receive Workers’ Compensation for COVID-19 Claims

    On May 6, California Governor Gavin Newsome announced that employees working in the state who become infected with novel coronavirus COVID-19 while on the job may be eligible to receive workers’ compensation benefits. The same day he signed an executive order which eased restrictions of the workers’ compensation claims process, allowing those infected with the virus to receive benefits more easily ...
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  • How Soon After Sustaining a Work Injury Should I Report It?

    After sustaining an injury at work, you may be hesitant to report it. Maybe you’re busy focusing on your recovery. Maybe you’re worried your boss will retaliate against you if you file for workers’ compensation. Or maybe you’re simply daunted by the amount of paperwork. However, each state has a statute of limitations dictating how much time you have to file for workers’ compensation benefits. If ...
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  • California Doctor & Ex-Hospital Owner Sentenced to 15 Months for Workers’ Comp Fraud

    A doctor and former owner of the now-shuttered Long Beach Pacific Hospital was sentenced to 15 months in prison on January 17 for partaking in massive healthcare fraud. The conspiracy, which went on for 15 years, resulted in more than $900 million in fraudulent medical bills being submitted in a kickback scheme, primarily to California's workers’ compensation system. The scheme is being referred ...
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  • Preventing Restaurant Injuries

    Working in a restaurant presents countless hazards. From hot grease and slippery floors to sharp knives and broken dishes, there’s a lot that can go wrong. A little extra precaution, however, goes a long way, especially on the part of your employers. The preventative techniques below might help you stay safe at work. If you are injured on the job, though, rest assured that our team at Ufkes & ...
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  • What Are My Rights as a Temporary Employee in California?

    Employers hire temporary workers, or “temps,” for a multitude of legitimate reasons. Sometimes, however, they use an employee’s temporary designation to exploit them and avoid paying important benefits. What Is a Temp? A temp is someone who provides services for an employer on a temporary basis. They may be hired directly or through a staffing agency. All temps must be provided certain benefits in ...
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  • What Machines Are Used in Construction?

    If you stumble upon a construction site, one of the first things you’ll notice is all the heavy equipment . While these machines are crucial for excavation and other work, they can also be dangerous. To be best prepared for a construction job, or even a visit to the jobsite, you should know about some of these machines and the risks associated with them. Below are the top 3 pieces of heavy ...
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