As any California construction worker can attest, the construction industry is fraught with dangers that can cause serious or fatal injury. That is why every company in this industry should make workplace safety its first priority, and most of them do. The California Division of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal/OSHA) sets minimum safety standards for companies to follow that are designed to minimize the risk of injury to workers. Even so, accidents can still occur, and some of them are fatal.
Upset patients, deadly diseases, and infected needles may appear to be the biggest threats to nurses but the most common cause for workplace injuries is heavy lifting. Back injuries are so common that nurses rank among the top professions that suffer from musculoskeletal disorders, coming in right alongside freight and stock laborers.
When you are injured on the job, you anticipate that you will receive assistance to help with medical expenses, lost wages and other financial issues. However, it is safe to say that the changes in the California workers' compensation system tend to favor employers more than employees. Receiving benefits could be a long and frustrating process if you attempt to go it alone. Below are some of the issues that you could be confronted with as you attempt to navigate the process.