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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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  • The 7 Most Common Farming Accidents

    Farming is difficult work, and each year, many agricultural workers become injured on-the-job. While not every state requires agricultural employers to carry workers’ compensation insurance, California does require that farms and agricultural companies purchase this form of insurance. That means when you become injured in a farming accident, you will most likely be entitled to receive workers’ ...
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  • Can I Receive Workers’ Compensation if the Accident Was My Fault?

    Accidents can happen anywhere, anytime. Injuries sustained in the workplace can be debilitating in more ways than one as you are almost always left to deal with costly medical bills, an inability to earn wages, potential consequences from your employer, and various other complications that arise after an unexpected accident. Typically, California protects employees by allowing them the right to ...
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  • How Social Media Affects Worker’s Compensation Claims

    The prevalence of social media has made a huge impact on modern society. It has enabled a person to give the world a direct view into their daily life. While this is a great way for friends and extended family to keep in close contact with each other, it also enables your place of employment to keep tabs on you. Say; you were at work and instructed to lift a few heavy boxes and move them to a new ...
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  • Who is Covered by Workers’ Compensation Insurance?

    Most workers are covered by workers’ compensation insurance. Generally, no matter where you work or who was at fault for the injury, you will likely be eligible for these crucial benefits, which can help you during your period of recovery. That said, not all workers are covered by workers’ compensation insurance. Continue reading to find out what jobs are not covered by workers’ compensation ...
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  • What to Watch Out for When Speaking to the Insurance Adjuster

    After you begin the process of filing your workers’ compensation claim, you will likely begin dealing with the insurance adjuster that represents your employer’s insurance company. These conversations can have a lot of weight on your case, so it is important to know what to look out for and how to conduct yourself to avoid potentially derailing your chances of obtaining the benefits you need ...
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  • What Not to Say to the Independent Medical Examination Doctor

    If you were injured or developed an occupational illness while performing your work duties and are now filing for workers’ compensation benefits, you might be asked to attend an independent medical examination if certain aspects of your injuries are being disputed by your employer or the insurance company that represents them. How you handle this appointment can have a severe impact on your ...
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