Workers' Compensation Archives

What are the real causes of workplace back injuries?

As you probably know, back injuries are among the most common causes of employee disability in California. Your spine is a complex system of bones, ligaments and discs, and it is highly susceptible to damage under certain circumstances. However, the cause that seems most obvious to you may not be the only factor in a back injury. 

What to do if your employer does not have WC insurance?

While California law requires most employers to carry workers' compensation insurance, there are still those companies that choose not to carry it. If you get injured at work, you have the right to be treated fairly and have your expenses related to that injury paid for. However, if your employer does not have workers' compensation insurance, you may wonder if you can get any help or have any recourse to get the benefits owed to you.

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.

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.

Can I get workers' comp for an off-premises traffic crash?

Workplace injuries occur for a myriad of reasons, from electrocution to accidents involving heights. However, traffic accidents are a major problem for many employees in San Bernardino, and all over California. After suffering an injury while driving at work, employees may experience significant physical pain, mental trauma and devastating financial setbacks. Fortunately, some are able to secure workers' compensation benefits, which could help you if you are going through this firsthand.

Recovering from a work accident as a truck driver

If you drive a semi or another type of large truck, you likely face an assortment of risks every single day you work. Whether you drive in San Bernardino, or on roads in another part of California, you may face hazards while maneuvering through traffic, unloading cargo or as a result of repetitive stress. At Kampf, Schiavone & Associates, we are well aware of the multiple challenges that injured truckers may face while trying to move forward from a workplace accident.

Employers and workers' comp insurance

Whether you work for a small business or a large firm, there are a number of hurdles you may have to overcome. For example, you may decide to take legal action against your employer over allegations of discrimination or you may find yourself in the middle of a contract dispute. However, if you are facing problems because of a work injury, the consequences can be particularly damaging. In San Bernardino, and other cities around California, these charges can lead to significant financial penalties that may spell disaster for you. At Kampf, Schiavone & Associates, we understand the high level of stress that workers in this position often struggle with.

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