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.
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.
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.
No matter how safe one feels at work, it only takes the blink of an eye for something to happen to leave one seriously injured. This occurs whether due to a repetitive stress injury, slip-and-fall, car accident or some other type of workplace accident.
It only takes the blink of an eye for a San Diego workplace accident to occur, leaving unsuspecting workers with injuries. In the aftermath, an injured worker may be subjected to a significant amount of hardship. Specifically, he or she may face unexpected medical expenses, rehabilitation costs and lost wages, when his or her injuries render him or her unable to work. This can be a trying time, one that is fraught with financial instability, emotional turmoil and physical pain.
Over the last several weeks, we have talked about workers' compensation, as well as the benefits of the program. When successfully obtained and maintained, workers' compensation benefits can provide a significant financial lifesaver for those who are struggling after suffering an injury on the job. However, succeeding on a workers' compensation claim is not as easy as it may sound, and even a successful claim could leave an injured worker in need of additional compensation to cover his or her losses.
Ideally, an individual who is injured on the job will be able to recover workers' compensation benefits to help them make ends meet while they recover. The whole idea behind the program is to help injured workers obtain the medical care they need so that they can get back to work. But what happens when an individual who has been cleared to return to work is no longer offered their position?
Being injured on the job is no small thing. It may leave San Diegans with significant physical pain and suffering, but it can also leave one in a dire financial predicament. This can be especially true when one's injuries render them unable to work. In conjunction with one another, medical expenses, rehabilitation costs and lost wages can all leave one feeling overwhelmed and unsure of how one is going to make ends meet. Of course, one may be able to receive workers' compensation benefits, but there are certain limits on these benefits that, if not handled correctly, could leave one in a bad spot.
Workers' compensation is an important resource for injured workers to understand and be familiar with as it provides important protections and assistance to workers who have been injured on the job in a workplace accident. Workers' compensation provides important benefits to injured workers, however, additional options may be available to workers depending on the circumstances.
Until 1970, many workers throughout the United States found themselves working in potentially hazardous conditions. There were no laws in rules in place to keep workers safe from dangerous working conditions. Whether you were working in a mine, a factory dealing with hazardous chemicals, or on a construction site with large machinery and heavy supplies, there always was a significant risk of injury, illness or even death. In 1970, the United States government passed the Occupational Health and Safety Act and formed the Occupational Health and Safety Administration, also known as OSHA, under the United States Department of Labor.