November 2017 Archives

How does a fatal work accident affect employee morale?

When a fatal accident occurs on a California worksite, our first concern is for the victim and his or her loved ones, as it should be. However, the aftermath of the accident lingers at the worksite. If you have had a coworker who was killed at work, you may understand how damaging that can be to everyone else. Even workers who do not witness the accident are affected.

Emotional pain after a birth injury

Medical malpractice occurs in many ways, but some cases are especially upsetting. For example, a medical professional's negligence can be particularly devastating for a mother and child who suffer due to a birth injury, as well as their loved ones. If you have been through a birth injury, our California law firm understands how painful your experiences may be from a physical, financial, and emotional point of view. Sadly, the emotional pain associated with these incidents can take years to overcome and may be permanent, in some cases.

Workers' comp and video footage

With workers' comp cases, video footage can have an impact on your case in multiple ways. In some instances, this footage can be used to prove what took place in an on-the-job accident, helping an injured worker obtain the benefits that they are in need of. On the other hand, surveillance and even video footage and other evidence (such as pictures posted on social media) can be used to prove that someone did not sustain a workplace injury which should result in workers' comp benefits. Either way, it's important to understand how video footage could impact your case if you plan on going to court or are working on a claim.

Did you suffer a blow to the head on the job?

If you work with your hands for a living, you know that serious injuries can occur any time, without warning. Unfortunately, this often means that manual labor employers expect workers to accept occasional injury as part of the job, instead of giving a workplace injury the attention and understanding it deserves.

Could you die from a chiropractic adjustment?

When you go to the chiropractor, you probably do not think that anything you have done could result in death. However, neck manipulations are a concern because they can lead to narrowed arteries, tears in blood pathways and even blood clots, which may cause a stroke. As Science-Based Medicine notes, neck manipulations should only be used when all other methods of treatment have failed and only when this type of manipulation has been shown to be beneficial for your condition. 

What is a no-fault workers' compensation system?

Most employers in California are required by law to have workers' compensation insurance. If your employer carries this insurance, it is operated under a no-fault system. According to the American Institute of CPAs, no-fault workers' compensation means that it does not matter who is responsible for the accident. You get your benefits without having to bring a lawsuit against your employer. Your employer does not have to admit guilt in the incident either. 

Can at-home employees get workers' compensation?

Many companies in California are jumping on the work at home bandwagon and allowing their employees to work from home offices instead of coming into a workplace managed and maintained by them. While there are many perks to having employees work at home, such as less overhead costs for office spaces and supplies, there are also areas that can pose problems. If you work at home as an employee of a company, you may wonder what happens if you get injured while working.

Social media and workers' comp claims

We have covered many facets of workers' compensation and workplace accidents on this blog. However, there are many more issues to keep in mind if you have been hurt at work or intend to file a workers' compensation claim. For example, your social media activity could affect your ability to obtain benefits, depending on the type of information that you decide to share. Our law firm knows that these accidents can leave employees with a range of problems, from anger and concerns about the future to uncertainty about which steps to take. While many people in this position turn to the internet, it is vital to be careful about what you share.

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