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Lump Sum Payments for Permanent Disability

California workers who suffer a disability caused by a workplace accident or work-related job tasks are typically entitled to file for workers' compensation through their employer's insurance. In many cases, the injured worker begins receiving medical treatment and weekly wage benefits as soon as his claim is approved. However, over the course of medical treatment, the doctor may determine that there is a permanent partial or total disability. At that point, the injured worker may negotiate a lump sum payment for future wage loss and cost of future medical treatment.

Why California needs to do away with independent medical reviewers

In 2012, citing a system overwrought by unnecessary medical procedures and spending, the workers' compensation program in California underwent a major overhaul. As part of the 2012 initiative, many of the rights previously provided to injured workers to appeal denied claims was taken away and given to so-called independent medical reviewers. Consequently, today the lives of many injured workers in the state have been turned upside-down as they seek to obtain the workers' compensation benefits to which they are entitled.

Injured San Diego workers deserve a strong legal advocate

Whether an individual works in an office building in downtown San Diego, a warehouse in Chula Vista or on a construction site in Oceanside; every work environment is full of hazards. In cases where an individual suffers an injury or becomes ill due to an occupational hazard, workers' compensation insurance helps cover costs related to medical expenses, lost wages and disability.

OSHA report details economic and social impacts of work injuries

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration recently released a report entitled, "Adding Inequality to Injury: The Costs of Failing to Protect Workers on the Job." Detailed in the report are examples of how workplace injuries serve to create financial burdens which negatively impact the overall economic and social standing of those workers and families impacted.

Are you a nurse? Does your employer consider you expendable?

In a healthcare setting, nurses fulfill many vital roles in helping treat and care for patients. Nurses also have the most contact with patients and are therefore often responsible for helping patients dress, move and walk. Throughout the course of a work day, a nurse may help stabilize, support and lift numerous patients. Given the physical requirements of the nursing profession, it's no surprise that many nurses suffer work injuries including those to the back.

Are you entitled to worker's compensation?

A physical injury may not only be painful, but also inhibit one's ability to participate in certain activities and even work. In cases where an injury occurs at work or while performing work-related duties, an individual may be able to receive compensation under worker's compensation law.

Workers' compensation basics

The job duties and work environments of U.S. workers are as unique and varied as the personal attributes of workers themselves. While certain industries such as construction and manufacturing are notoriously physical and potentially hazardous, even individuals who spend the majority their work days behind a desk may be exposed to numerous workplace health and safety hazards. 

Workers suffering from carpal tunnel may seek workers' comp

There is no question that workplaces such as construction sites can be dangerous. It is possible that accidents occurring at these locations could result in worker being seriously injured. These are not the only locations in which workers might be hurt. Even those who work in offices could find that the tasks that they do as a part of their job leads to injuries. One injury that an office worker might face is carpal tunnel syndrome.

OSHA updates workplace injury and death requirements

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is the federal, and in some cases state, agency tasked with establishing and enforcing workplace safety and health rules and regulations. Under federal law, U.S. employers with 10 or more employees are required to keep records of and report workplace related injuries, accidents and illnesses to OSHA. In September, the agency announced updates and changes to policy regarding when employers must report workplace-related deaths and serious injuries.

An advocate and champion for injured workers

Regardless of industry, age, title or pay scale; every worker in the U.S. is afforded protections under U.S. labor laws. Laws like the Occupational Safety and Health Act help ensure that employers take measures to provide for the health, safety and protection of employees.

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