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We represent a variety of professions in work comp claims

As a previous post on this blog discussed, while construction worker in San Diego are exposed to a lot of dangers at work, so are workers in many other professions, including professions one might not immediately think of as dangerous, such as food service or the medical profession.

No matter what one's profession is, however, an injured worker in California is still going to need help getting back on his or her feet. The worker will likely need to have medical bills and expenses covered, and, if they have to be out of work to recover for any length of time, they will need coverage for their loss wages. These are the sorts of things workers' compensation is meant to provide, no matter what one's line of work is.

3 things to know about filing a personal injury claim

When someone suffers an injury due to another person or company's negligence, it can often result in a personal injury case. One example would be if you were driving to work along your usual route through San Diego when another driver ran a red light and t-boned your car. As a consequence of the accident, you suffered several serious injuries. In order to recover your losses, such as medical expenses and the damages to your car, you would file a personal injury claim.

If you have suffered an injury due to someone else's negligence or recklessness, you may be wondering how to get a fair and sufficient settlement. To learn more about the settlement process, read further.

The most dangerous private job might not be construction

Even this blog focuses heavily on construction accidents in and around the San Diego area. Construction workers do indeed put their lives at risk every day they go to work, and they should be acknowledged for that, at least by getting taken care of if and when they get hurt.

However, construction workers are not the only profession in California in which employees suffers a higher rate of workplace injuries. For instance, when one looks at the most recent statistics available, it is very clear that medical professionals like nurses, particularly those who work in hospitals, have a particularly high rate of work-related injuries.

Motorcyclist in San Diego area run over by motorist

A recent car accident in a San Diego neighborhood claimed the life of a motorcyclist. According to police, alcohol was a factor in this tragedy.

Reports say that a young man who was driving a passenger vehicle initially stopped for a red light at an intersection. However, for reasons that police could not explain, the driver then attempted to make a left turn on a red light. In the meantime, the motorcyclist was also trying to pass through the intersection, and the driver who made the unexpected, and illegal, turn hit the biker. The motorcyclist got pinned underneath the car and died at the scene of the accident.

Dog bites are just one risk postal workers face in America

Whether it's your first day on the job or your last, being a postal worker has its hazards. You come into contact with all forms of weather, people and animals. Many workers have horror stories about coming into contact with crazy dogs or animals that don't want them anywhere around their homes, which is an extreme danger.

The cost of workers' compensation for the postal service employees in 2012 was $3.7 billion, a massive 68 percent increase since 2009. What happened? More injuries.

We can help hold dog owners strictly liable for bites

A previous post on this blog discussed how, under California law, dog owners are strictly liable to pay compensation if their animal bites another person. While this certainly helps injured San Diego residents get compensation for their losses, it does not make a dog attack case easy, particularly if the owner or the owner's insurance company wants to deny responsibility.

At our law office, we see our role as helping our clients get the most compensation to which they are legally entitled, even in the face of those who would rather fight than pay what they owe, whether because they are concerned about the ultimate bottom line or for some other reason.

California's anti-dog bite law

In addition to whatever local regulations San Diego has in place with respect to dogs, California has a statewide law designed to prevent dog bites and, when they occur, to give the victims of these bites the ability to get compensation for their losses.

Under California law, dog owners are strictly liable to pay compensation to victims if their dog bites somebody. This is true even if the owner has not known the dog to have ever bitten anybody before or if, to take it a step further, the dog has not actually ever attacked a human.

Get compensated the right way after a workplace accident

When you work in construction, you know that every day that goes by without an injury is a gift. Injuries happen all the time in your industry as a result of simple mistakes, negligence and faulty equipment. There's no way to prevent every accident, but on the whole, you can prevent major catastrophes.

Recently, you suffered a fall as a result of defective equipment. You are covered by workers' compensation, which means you'll be able to seek out the money you need for medical bills, lost wages and other needs while you recover. Keep in mind that your employer may only be one entity that needs to cover your losses. In this case, if the problem with the equipment was a true defect, the manufacturer is also liable.

How partial disability works in workers compensation claims

Although a San Diego worker who gets hurt on the usually wants to get better and return to work as quickly as possible and do what he or she always did, sometimes a person simply is not able to get back to he or she was before his or he injury, even with extensive medical treatments and rehabilitation.

Under such circumstances, California's workers' compensation system may provide the worker ongoing partial disability benefits, assuming of course the worker qualifies for them. Workers can continue to work and draw partial disability payments, but the flip side is that these payments are partial, meaning they don't represent the full lost-wage benefit a worker could claim if he were totally disabled and unable to work.

Lose a loved one to the fatal four? We can help

A previous post on this blog discussed construction's fatal four, that is, four common causes of fatal workplace injuries at a construction site. As that previous post mentioned, these sorts of accidents are preventable, either by a construction worker's employer or by another party, for instance, the company which made scaffolding that gave way.

These sorts of accidents are without a doubt devastating on a family. In addition to the emotional turmoil of an unexpected death, San Diego families also have to deal with the financial fallout of losing the income of a breadwinner while coming up with money to pay for final medical bills, a funeral and other expenses.

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