Recent Posts in Workers' Compensation Category

  • 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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  • 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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  • Common Office Worker Injuries

    Office work is commonly considered to be safer than many other jobs. On a certain level, this is true. It doesn’t bear as much continual risk as construction or healthcare work. However, office work is by no means completely safe and without risk. There are many ways in which an office worker can be injured, even by activities that seem harmless. In this article, we will examine some of the more ...
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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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  • 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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