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The Department of Industrial Relations on workers' compensation

If you have been hurt on the job, it is important to know what you can expect from your employer. The State of California Department of Industrial Relations informs the public about what to do in the event of a workplace injury. In addition, experts at the Law Offices of Hussain & Gutierrez have assisted numerous individuals in navigating the complex world of workers' compensation litigation. 

Do you have one of America’s most dangerous jobs?

Virtually every type of profession available in California brings with it some degree of risk, but statistics show that your risk of suffering a serious work-related injury or fatality climbs considerably if you work within one of several specific fields. Just how high your level of work-related danger is depends not only on your profession, but also on the steps you and your employer take to enhance safety. However, there are still certain professions that expose you to considerably more workplace dangers than others.

What are common causes of workplace back injury?

Receiving a back injury isn’t something a lot of California workers think about until it happens. Yet according to OSHA, lifting heavy loads is a leading cause of injury in the workplace. Heavy lifting is just one of a number of different ways a worker can sustain a back injury.

The legal language of working conditions in California

The California legislature seems to be pursuing goals of transforming the state into a safer and more equitable place for workers, especially those who may be at more risk of being marginalized or exploited. The indications of this improvement may not always be readily apparent, especially since the small details of the law rarely receive the fanfare given to political plans or controversial bills. Here are some material examples of the methods by which the Golden State protects its workers and attempts to prevent workplace injuries.

What benefits am I entitled to under workers' comp?

After suffering an injury or illness at work, you could face a significant amount of time off work and mounting medical costs. Hopefully, you will be able to get back to work quickly, but there is the chance that your injuries could keep you from work for weeks or months.

Is it serious if I hit my head at work?

Hitting your head can happen so easily that you might not think it is a big deal if it happens to you. You might knock your head on a countertop bending over to lift a box, or something heavy might fall off an overhead shelf and strike you on the forehead. You could be knocked over by moving machinery or slip on a puddle and hit your head on the floor. If you can brush yourself off and get back to work, you might not think any more of the incident. However, it is important for you and other Californians to understand the possible complications of a head injury at work, no matter how minor it seems at first.

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