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Workers' compensation and the utilization review

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.

Understanding different options for injured workers

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.

How does OSHA protect workers?

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.

Representing injured workers in appeals

When a worker in the San Diego area gets hurt on the job, he or she is almost inevitably going to want the ensuring workers' compensation claim process to go as smoothly and as quickly as possible. The very purpose of workers' compensation in California is, after all, to get injured workers compensation for their medical bills and lost wages and to do so quickly.

Overview of the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act

Because San Diego is a coastal town, there are many workers in this area who spend their days on the docks unloading and loading ships. These Californians do an important service for the shipping industry, and industry which affects both the California and the national economy.

What can my boss do, or not do, if I get hurt on the job?

Even though workers in the San Diego area probably know that workers' compensation benefits are available for almost all work-related illnesses and injuries, they may still feel uncomfortable with filing a claim since it can be hard to predict how an employer will respond. After all, no employer like to pay more money for an injured worker, especially if the worker is not able to come to work for a while.

What should you do after a work injury?

A worker in the greater San Diego area, whether they work in San Diego itself or in suburbs like Carlbad or El Cajon, California, would probably find significant workplace injuries a little overwhelming. In addition to the physical recovery and all that entails, a worker also has to figure out how he or she is going to pay medical bills and continue to support his or her family without being able to earn income. The situation can leave someone not knowing where to turn first.

How a workers' compensation attorney can help you

Although the California workers' compensation system was, in theory, designed to help injured workers in San Diego and around the state to get benefits reliably and efficiently, it probably comes as no surprise that employers and those who represent them try to pay out as little as possible in terms of benefits and will use legal means to accomplish that purpose.

Key facts to remember about workers' compensation in San Diego

Workers' compensation is something that San Diego residents will frequently forget about until they need it. It is easy to get caught up in one's routine and think that a workplace accident or workplace injuries cannot happen. Unfortunately, they can and do. Sometimes they occur when working at jobs that require a lot of physical labor. At other times, they happen in safe, sedentary jobs where the belief that an injury can occur is thought to be limited to the worst-case scenario. Workers' compensation benefits are imperative and it is wise to know certain facts about them no matter the type of work a person does.

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