The workplace can look vastly different from one worker to the next, and this is greatly dependent on the industry an employee works in. While some may work in a seemingly safe office and others work at dangerous heights on a construction site, the fact of the matter is that the work environment could significantly impact some workers. Take for example asbestos exposure. When a worker is exposed to this mineral repeatedly over time, this could result in an asbestos-related illness.
Accidents happen. We do not like to think about them, but individuals in California and elsewhere find themselves as victims of a serious accident. It should be noted that not all accidents are the same. Some occur in the workplace, signaling that a worker has certain rights and benefits because of the injury they suffered. In other cases, the negligence of another driver, property owner or defective products are the cause of the accident. By discerning which type of suit applies can help an individual be more successful in their efforts.
Suffering an injury in the workplace can be a serious situation. While some injuries are easy to overcome, only requiring a few days to recover, others can cause an employee to suffer for weeks, months and even years. When a back injury occurs in the work environment, a worker could endure much pain and suffering, requiring much medical attention and even time off work to recover.
A previous post on this blog talked about a San Diego, California worker's right to pursue an administrative or even judicial appeal after her workers' compensation claim gets wrongfully denied or mishandled in some way.
It is an unfortunate fact that many workers in the San Diego area wind up getting hurt on the job. Workplace accidents can happen to anyone, including industrial workers, construction workers and even workers who work in white collar positions that are generally thought of as relatively safe.
A previous post on this blog talked about how many office workers and other residents of the San Diego area may suffer from repetitive motion injuries.
As a previous post on this blog reported recently, those who work in San Diego's offices or in other white-collar environments can find themselves suffering from work-related injuries just as easily as can a Californian who works in construction or at a factory.
Workers' compensation is available to most full-time employees in California, but it may not be available to every work. As a previous post on this blog mentioned, many San Diego, California workers operate on daily basis as independent contractors, meaning that they, at least in theory, are not the employee of the firm which is paying them but are rather more like service providers one hires on a job-by-job basis.
Many San Diego businesses regularly use independent contractors to help them carry on their operations. In most cases, this is understandable enough. After all, no one is going to hire a person to wash the windows full time or, for many businesses, even clean the office.
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.