An unfortunate fact is that workers are injured, become ill or killed every year while on the job in California. Although California has a relatively low rate of workplace fatalities, there is still much that can be done to improve workplace safety. Preventable injury is the purview of the employer, along with state and federal regulators. As for workers, those who have been injured or become ill on the job can file a claim for workers' compensation to receive financial or medical assistance.
The last week of April, leading up to International Workers' Day, is known as Workers' Memorial Week. Worker's Memorial Week is an annual remembrance of individuals who were killed, hurt or suffered an illness while working at their jobs. Many such workers were injured while on the job in one of the industries that have infamous reputations for dangerous conditions. Nationwide, these types of work give rise to disproportionately large numbers of workers' compensation claims and job-related injuries.
As this blog has mentioned in the past, California's workers' compensation system is a broad "no fault" system, meaning that an employee who gets hurt on the job does not have to prove his or her employer was responsible for the injury or illness. Indeed, the employee may share some of the blame for the workplace injury and still have full access to workers' compensation benefits.
It is a sad fact that some Stockton, California residents will never recover fully from their workplace injuries. When this happens, workers are entitled to receive an additional workers' compensation benefit in order to compensate them for their ongoing inability to do the work they used to before their injury.
After a workplace injury, an injured Stockton, California, employee may need help with medical bills and may also need some income to supplement his or her time off of work. This is what California's no fault workers' compensation is for, and it is designed to get benefits to injured employees quickly and, hopefully, with minimal hassle.
Innovation drives new jobs and fresh market demand. For workers, this opportunity can provide the chance to learn new skills, but it can also cause unanticipated stress. In California, this exact sentiment is being felt by workers at the Tesla plant in nearby Fremont. Although the facility is called the "factory of the future," its workers have not been able to avoid the industry's history of stress and injury.
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.
A 56-year-old man lost his life in a tragic car accident last week. A Caltrans worker was also seriously hurt in the collision. The crash happened while a Caltrans road crew was performing maintenance on Highway 198 in Tulare County at approximately 9:30 a.m.