Recent Posts in Workers' Compensation Category

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 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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  • What You Should do to Prepare for Your Independent Medical Examination

    When an injured employee files for workers’ compensation benefits, an independent examination is often required, the outcome of which can have a big impact on the outcome of one’s claim and ability to receive benefits. Therefore, it is crucial to ensure you are well-prepared for this exam. Remember, the physician who conducts the independent medical examination will be selected by your employer’s ...
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  • What Does Workers’ Compensation Insurance Cover?

    Most of us have heard of workers’ compensation, but if you have never had been injured on the job and had a reason to file a workers’ compensation claim, chances are you might not be too familiar with what it covers. If you have recently suffered a workplace injury and are now wondering what workers’ compensation will cover during this difficult time, we have broken down a list of what these ...
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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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  • Things to Know Before Settling Your Workers’ Compensation Claim

    If you are in the middle of a workers’ compensation claim and the insurer is offering a lump sum settlement, this proposition might seem tempting, but it is crucial that you carefully consider the possible consequences of settling your claim. It would also be wise to consult with a workers’ compensation attorney before making any decisions. He or she will be able to advise you throughout this ...
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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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