After trying for three years, one state is close to adding Post Traumatic Stress Disorder to its list of approved workers' comp disorders. While this hasn't yet happened in California, this could be the beginning of changes in the workers' compensation insurance for many states. The bill does not allow claims for PTSD in all circumstances, but it will allow claims to be made for the condition for the first time in history.
A 47-year-old man was killed when a high-pressure valve exploded at Riverside County power plant. It is possible that an equipment malfunction caused the death of the man at the Palm Springs, California, location. The plant will remain open as an investigation is underway into the accident that claimed the life of the Sentinel Energy Project worker.
The Internet enabled millions of Americans to join the workforce as "telecommuters." Telecommuting means that you work from home the majority of the time. But what happens if you are injured at home while working? Can you file for workers' compensation? This post will go over the issues involved in filing for one of these claims.
If your job involves actions that you have to do repetitively, the pain in your arms or hands may not be -- as you suspected -- a symptom of getting old, but rather a work-related injury. It could be a condition called repetitive strain injury (RSI) that develops from excessive use of specific parts of the body. The level of pain it causes may build up slowly, and the fact that painkillers provide relief should not stop you from consulting with a doctor.
Over the holidays, many California companies in counties such as Orange County, Los Angeles County and San Bernardino County employ temporary workers to cope with the increased workloads. Industries include agriculture, construction, warehousing, retail and more. The latter two may not seem like industries that could pose serious injury hazards. However, workers at all levels of employment regardless of their nationalities are entitled to workers' compensation coverage if they suffer on-the-job injuries.
Are you working in a warehouse or in the retail industry where continuous lifting and moving of merchandise can cause chronic pain? Although sprains and strains are prevalent in these industries, they are preventable. However, to create an environment that will eliminate these soft tissue injuries, both you and your boss might have to make some changes.
Falls remain a consistent cause of worker injuries and fatalities. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is tasked with studying workplace safety and implementing rules to curb injuries and fatalities. A rash of regulations from 1950 to modern times has significantly improved worker safety. In furtherance of that goal, OSHA is releasing new rules to prevent more falls from the same level as well as heights.
All employers in the state of California are required to have workers' compensation insurance. If your employer does not, they are violating the law. Because some employers may not have the insurance to cover injured workers, California has put a special fund in place called the Uninsured Employers Benefits Trust Fund (UEBTF).
As a California worker, you know that you have the right to compensation in the event that you are injured on the job. However, you may be dealing with the complications of an unseen injury and wondering if you have the same rights. Carpal tunnel is one of the most common work-related injuries, yet many affected workers do not seek compensation.
California has a robust workers' compensation system. Workers' compensation is a statutory scheme that requires employers to obtain and pay for insurance that covers their employees' injuries that occur on the job or in pursuit of a work purpose. This post will go over what you should do if you suffer an injury at work.