When you think about the types of California jobs that are most likely to cause workers injuries, you may think about those held by construction workers, miners and loggers, among others. It may surprise you to know, however, the single-most common work-related injury in America is hearing loss, which can affect workers across these as well as numerous other industries. At Kampf, Schiavone & Associates, we recognize the prevalence of work-related hearing loss, and we have helped many clients who lost hearing because of factors relating to their work environments pursue solutions that fit their needs.
Regardless of what sort of job Californian workers like you have, the potential for repetitive stress injuries will exist. Though some may believe that this type of injury is inconsequential, they can actually have a huge impact on your life and may even affect your efficiency at work.
Workers' compensation in California is designed to protect you when you are injured — or if you become unwell due to your professional activities. However, you might find that things are not always as simple as they should be. If you were to receive a diagnosis of a long-term, occupational disease from your doctor, the medical information itself could be confounding. Combined with the complexity of the workers' comp issue, it would be completely understandable should you feel overwhelmed by the situation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.