As a California worker, you expect to work in a safe and violence-free environment. As reasonable as those expectations are, however, you may be shocked to learn that over two million Americans report each year that they were victims of workplace violence. You may be even more shocked to learn that 403 American workers died in 2014 as the result of a workplace homicide, the fourth leading cause of workplace fatalities.
While at a get-together with your coworkers, you twist your ankle and fall, later finding out you suffered a sprain. Are you eligible for workers' compensation for your injury? That would depend on the specifics of the accident. If you fell during your company's annual holiday party, workers' compensation might apply, but you would be out of luck if you were just having dinner with your office mates after work. At the Law Offices of Hussain & Gutierrez, we know the circumstances surrounding after-hours work injuries in California can be confusing, and we are prepared to answer your questions.
California construction workers should be aware that they work in the industry that has the highest incidence of work-related back injuries of any industry in the country. As reported by Fox News, musculoskeletal disorders among construction workers make up 25 percent of all workplace injuries, and 40 percent of these are back injuries.
The beginning of spring heralds the start of construction season for those in California and elsewhere. While this is good for your paycheck, it may be bad for your safety, if you are not aware of the risks you face working in the construction industry.
Working in the health care industry may have its rewards, but there are few positions in the field that do not involve risk. You may find this to be true if you work as a home health aide or personal care attendant in California.