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How prevalent is workplace violence?

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.

What workers need to know about construction site back injuries

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.

What outdoor construction dangers do you face at work?

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.

How dangerous are elevators in the workplace?

If you must work in, on or near elevators at your California job, you are at substantial risk for injury and/or death. Per the Center for Construction Research and Training, elevator accidents account for nearly 17,000 injuries and 31 deaths each year

What is SSDI?

If you are a California worker who sustained an on-the-job injury or developed a work-related illness that has resulted in your being unable to work, you may be eligible to receive SSDI benefits. The National Academy of Social Insurance explains that there are two criteria that determine whether or not you can receive Social Security disability insurance benefits

A toxic work environment can have unexpected effects

As anyone in California can attest, working with unhappy or abusive people can be a miserable experience. However, the long-term health effects of working in a toxic environment may include mental and physical issues that impact both a person’s work performance and personal life.

The dangers of working on or near scaffolding

If you are among the many California employees who work in construction or another industry that relies on scaffolding, it is critical that you understand the inherently risky nature of this type of equipment, and protect yourself accordingly. At the Law Offices of Hussain & Gutierrez, we recognize that catastrophic injuries can arise from scaffolding accidents, and we have helped many clients who suffered injury on the job because of scaffolding seek recourse.

What happens when a workplace injury causes partial disability?

California's Department of Industrial Relations offers advice for employees left with a permanent partial disability after an on-the-job injury. Ideally, employers would provide an alternative or modified role in the organization, a position that pays at least 85 percent of the wages you were earning before the incident. Sometimes such a role is impossible to design, so what are your options when that happens?

What occupational hazards do nurses face?

If you live in California and currently make your living as a nurse, it is important to recognize the unique on-the-job hazards you face so that you can learn how to minimize them as much as possible. Nurses nationwide experience a broad range of pains and work-related hazards, which can inhibit their ability to perform job-related duties while hindering their overall quality of life.

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