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  • Can a Debt Collector Garnish My Workers’ Compensation?

    Sometimes, when a person has financial obligations, an outside entity can garnish their wages. Essentially, this means the organization can automatically take a portion of someone’s income. Who Can Garnish My Wages? Normally, debt collectors have this authority. They cannot, however, simply start taking your money. First, they must get permission from either you or a court. When going through the ...
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  • Examples of an Unsafe Work Environment

    It isn’t always clear whether your management is creating an unsafe work environment. Some jobs are inherently dangerous, and you may see hazards as normal. In other situations, you can grow accustomed to unnecessary dangers, no longer questioning the appropriateness of your working conditions. If you are unsure of whether your employer is creating an unsafe work environment, here are some ...
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  • Common Workers’ Compensation Application Mistakes

    Workers’ comp is a type of insurance. As such, it is subject to the decisions of the insurer. We all know that insurance companies avoid paying out benefits whenever possible. Doing so is simply a part of their business model. These companies have many tricks they use to deny compensation. They can claim that your injury isn’t severe enough to warrant benefits. Companies might also use loopholes, ...
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  • What if I’m Injured at a Work-Sponsored Event?

    Team building has become an important part of the modern-day work culture. Companies and corporations see the value in letting employees get together, build relationships, blow off some steam, and simply have fun. These events sometimes involve physical activity. Your employer can throw a frisbee golf or kickball game. Sometimes, work events allow alcohol use. Either of these scenarios increases ...
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  • Workers’ Compensation for Business Trips

    These days, there are almost limitless places you can work. Some employees can work anywhere they choose. Others have home offices, and some fly all over the world for work. This raises questions about workers’ compensation. We’ve already covered ways you can be compensated while working from home. Now let’s discuss how workers’ compensation operates when you are hurt on a business trip. Whenever ...
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  • Liability and Workers’ Comp in Construction Vehicle Accidents

    Construction work is a high-risk job, and injuries are common. They can range from mild to severe, but when an injury involves a construction vehicle, it is almost always serious. Ideally, workers’ compensation helps people who are injured on the job, regardless of how that injury happened. You should be able to collect benefits if you trip on the way to the bathroom. Often, however, the insurer ...
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  • Can I Receive Workers’ Compensation if I Work from Home?

    Increasingly, people are working from home. The global pandemic has drastically changed how we do our jobs. Many workers discovered that they could perform their duties remotely, and companies adjusted accordingly. Many organizations began hiring more and more workers from outside their state, increasing their workforce and productivity while cutting the cost of office maintenance. As with any ...
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  • Can I Receive Workers’ Comp if I Have a Preexisting Condition?

    When everything runs smoothly, receiving workers’ compensation is easy. In the best-case scenarios, you file the paperwork, get your compensation, and move on. No big deal. This situation, of course, is not always the case. As an insurance benefit, workers’ comp filters through an insurer who always protects its bottom line. You can be denied for the smallest, most technical of reasons. This ...
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  • 4 Common Firefighter Injuries

    Firefighting is a dangerous job. It involves more than just flames. Simply running in and out of structures carries a risk of falling, slamming into something, or having pieces fall down on you. Generally, you can assume that injury is a standard, regular part of the job. In September of 2021, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) released its annual statistics for firefighter injuries. ...
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  • Suing an Employer for Wrongful Death

    When there is an injury at work, people normally turn to workers’ comp for assistance. In cases of extreme injury, this may not be enough to help, and people must turn to personal injury suits for compensation. This is especially true if an employer was in egregious violation of safety protocols. What happens, then, if a worker is killed on the job? In that case, the path is quite the same. Many ...
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  • California Passes Laws to Enhance Worker Safety

    In late September of 2021, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a bill into law, affecting workers’ rights. The bill covers many aspects, and it includes new provisions to protect workers’ safety. The law creates two new categories for safety violations: enterprise-wide violations and egregious violations . Enterprise-Wide Violations This category strikes at the culture of a negligent company. ...
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  • What Benefits Can I Expect from Workers’ Compensation in California?

    You probably hear a lot of talk about workers’ compensation, especially if you are in a high-risk occupation. It’s comforting to know that the program exists and that you will be protected if you are hurt. However, many are not aware of exactly which programs exist or how they work. In this article, we will discuss various forms of workers’ compensation. This piece is not an exhaustive study of ...
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  • How Companies Can Abuse Worker’s Compensation

    Workers’ compensation is meant to protect workers who are hurt on the job. Employers pay into an insurance policy that workers use when they’ve been injured. Normally, the process is smooth, and there are few issues. However, unscrupulous insurance companies can build a case against the injured worker. When this happens, it may be necessary to fight these entities in court. Seguro-Suarez v. Key ...
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  • Occupations That Pose a Risk of Back Injury

    Each job carries its own innate dangers. For example, someone who works with chemicals is at a high risk of lung damage, and people who use keyboards can develop carpal tunnel syndrome. Some occupations, then, pose a greater risk of back injury than others. In this article, we will discuss back injuries and occupations that cause them; look at the commonalities between these jobs; and explain what ...
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  • How Can Defective Equipment Impede Workers’ Comp?

    From construction workers to doctors, workers use equipment in their jobs. It doesn’t matter if it’s a tray for serving drinks or PPE for a nurse, workers need reliable tools. When we imagine workplace injuries, we often consider who is at fault. Perhaps an employer or a fellow worker created a dangerous environment, causing you harm. For example, a spill was unattended, or a dangerous item was ...
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