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3 points to know about California workers' compensation

Workers' compensation is a type of insurance that is meant to protect workers if they are injured on the job or suffer a work-related illness. The important factor here to remember is that the injury or illness has to be related to your job. For example, if you are in a car accident while you are out with friends, you wouldn't qualify for coverage. If the accident occurred while you were driving as part of your job duties, you would likely be covered.

Seeking medical benefits for a workplace accident

If you have been injured in a workplace accident in California, you may have already attempted to seek medical benefits. This process is often made difficult, though. At Koszdin, Fields, Sherry & Katz, we have seen many cases where people have struggled due to roadblocks. Often, you will not get to choose what doctor you use. You will have to use one appointed by your employer. In addition, you may be denied services or coverage for essential medical treatments or equipment. The process can be harrowing.

Back injuries in the workplace

While any body part can be injured in a workplace accident, one of the most common areas to feel pain is your back. This is because you use your back muscles for many tasks and can strain it with either a sudden movement or slowly over a long period of time. We at Koszdin, Fields, Sherry and Katz can work to get you the help you need if your back has been injured at your job in California.

Is your employer failing to accommodate your work injury?

Getting hurt at work can cause a host of issues. In addition to needing to file a report and a claim for workers' compensation coverage, you could find yourself unable to work for some time. Depending on the extent of your injuries, you may need reasonable accommodations from your employer to continue working and earning a living wage. Under federal law, employers must make reasonable efforts to accommodate the disabilities of those who are otherwise qualified to fulfill a position. Whether you are dealing with a short-term disability while you recover or something permanent, you should get helped.

Traumatic brain injuries in the workplace

People who work in a wide-range of industries run the risk of receiving a traumatic brain injury while on-the-job. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that 30 percent of all injury deaths in the U.S. involve traumatic brain injury. At least 153 people die from TBI every day. Although brain injuries are most common in construction and warehouse settings in California and across the nation, workers who are employed in offices and other settings may be affected as well. It is crucial that people know how to spot the signs of brain damage and receive medical attention as soon as possible in order to minimize the damage caused by these injuries.

What steps are taken to report an unsafe working environment?

If you see an unsafe situation or you are exposed to a safety risk where you work in California, you have the right to report it to an authority that can get it fixed. This right is given to you through the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 and enforced by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. At its heart, this act ensures you the right to work in a safe environment where your employer has removed or protected you from any preventable risks.

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