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Workers' Compensation claims are undermined by strict provisions

Workers? compensation is mandated by federal and state law (in all 50 states). The idea is that you can receive compensation shortly after getting injured on the job, to ensure that your medical bills are covered and that you can maintain a steady income until you can return to work. But some states allow companies to opt out of state regulated plans if they have an alternative plan. This post will go over the dangers in these plans and how you can deal with them.

An in-depth look at workers' compensation, Part 1

Workers' compensation is a relatively recent development. It was pioneered a century ago by California as a way to bring down litigation costs for workers and employers. It was then copied in some way by ever state in the Union. Workers' compensation is now the standard system to protect and cover employee's medical expenses and lost wages while they recover from injuries sustained at work.

Silicosis due to working conditions

Workplace injuries can be a hassle for employers because employees might need time off work. If the injury was caused due to the employer's negligence, they might have to pay for treatment of the injured employee. Injuries are easy to deal with because employees might be able to return to their previous position. However, occupational diseases are an effect of adverse working conditions, but the results are far worse than injuries. Occupational diseases have a long-term effect and might cause severe issues for the employer.

What is covered under workers' compensation?

When employees get injured while working, they may be entitled to workers' compensation. They are entitled to this compensation for the duration of their recovery. Essentially workers' compensation is the protection of the employee from lost wages and medical expenses that would have been caused due to injury. The process of filing for compensation is designed to be simple, but there are frameworks and benchmarks set to decide whether the worker is entitled to workers' compensation or not. Workers' compensation is fundamentally different from a lawsuit and is intended as a form of protection for the employee as well as a form of reward. The process of filing for said compensation is akin to making a request contrasting with the aggressive style of demanding used by lawsuits.

How can the use of social media hurt a workers' compensation case?

Working is at the heart of how most people get by in life. When you are suffering from an injury and unable to perform your duties, it can have a devastating impact on being able to provide for your family. If this injury occurs at work or while on the clock, you might be able to receive workers' compensation benefits. These benefits can help cover medical care, retraining costs and lost wages associated with your injury.

How much is my workers' compensation claim worth?

Missing hours at work, the bills pile up, and you wonder how your family will make it after the next paycheck comes in short. Getting injured on the job can be frightening, especially when you do not know if a worker's compensation claim will get you anywhere. A workers' compensation claim can cover the time you missed from work, but many people do not know that a claim can cover a lot more than just lost wages.

Injured workers: explore means of recovery outside workers’ compensation system

The workers’ compensation system is built on an exchange of sorts. The exchange is that workers implicitly agree to give up their right to sue their employer when they are injured on the job in exchange for the right to receive no-fault compensation in the event of a work-related accident or illness.

Retaining wall collapses at construction site, kills worker

An unfortunate accident at a construction site killed a worker in his 50s recently. The accident occurred north of San Diego, California in Oceanside when a retaining wall at the construction site suddenly collapsed and fell on the worker. It is unknown at this time why the retaining wall collapsed, but an investigation is ongoing -- a standard procedure when a workplace accident occurs, especially a fatal one.

Carpal tunnel syndrome: progressive, painful and debilitating

Millions of workers in and around the San Diego area work on assembly lines, at computers or engage in other repetitive hand and arm movements day in and out. Some of these workers will be stricken with a painful and disruptive condition known as carpal tunnel syndrome.

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