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Understanding workers compensation in california

As much as most California employees would like to think they have prepared for the worst, accidents tend to happen when one least expects them. Safety risks could become all the more prevalent in the working environment, where workers often have higher stress levels. Whether it was from attempting to multitask or a mere slip and fall, an accident on the job is a serious matter that may require workers compensation procedures.

The dangers of workplace slips, trips and falls

At the Law Offices of Hussain & Gutierrez in California, we know that your workplace can be a dangerous place at times. Despite the fact that many workplaces, particularly construction sites, are full of heavy equipment and potentially dangerous machinery, the biggest danger you face in any workplace is injury from a slip, trip or fall.

What is an occupational disease?

When you first hear about occupational diseases, you may wonder what exactly this term means. An occupational disease is a condition you incur while performing your job in California. If you have one of these illnesses, it is usually covered by worker's compensation.

Work-related injuries can occur away from work or off the clock

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.

Compensation denied for California deputies injured in Vegas

FindLaw answers questions for California residents about workers' compensation coverage for employees injured on the job. The first question FindLaw lists is "How do I know whether I am covered...?" The answer, it turns out, is not always a simple one.

Compensation for psychiatric injuries

Workers compensation is generally known for covering physical injuries in the California workplace. However, some people may not be aware that California law also provides for workers to sue for damages related to psychiatric injuries as well. While workers may not suffer explicit physical harm, traumatic events on the job may cause stress related problems that can be compensated for.

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.

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.

Hearing loss is the nation’s most common workplace injury

If you make a living in California working in, say, the construction or mining industries, you probably have some degree of knowledge about dangerous noise levels and how to protect yourself from workplace hearing loss. Regrettably, however, many American workers are failing to protect their ears on the job, and the consequences can prove severe. At the Law Offices of Hussain & Gutierrez, we are seeing more and more clients who need assistance after suffering workplace hearing loss, and we have helped many people seek recourse after suffering this and other work-related injuries.

Understanding “take-home” toxic exposure

The California Supreme Court rendered an opinion late last year that could prove to be a landmark decision in the realm of toxic exposure liability. As reported in the National Law Review, the Court held in the case of Haver v. BNSF Railway Co. that employers and premises owners have a duty to use reasonable care to prevent workers from being exposed to asbestos that they might reasonably be foreseen to carry home on their bodies, clothing or personal effects.

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