Almost all workers who have been injured when conducting work-related activities can benefit from workers' compensation. However, they will not automatically gain compensation. Instead, they must take action to report their injury to their employer and to file a claim within a certain amount of time.
It's common for workers to suffer from injuries that are caused by repetitive strains or motions. This is because a person's job might require them to take certain physical actions repeatedly and continuously over time. Those operating machinery, carrying out repetitive tasks or working at computers are particularly at risk.
All employees have the right to expect a reasonably safe workplace. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has put standards in place that dictate safety regulations across industries. However, it is not always possible to prevent accidents from occurring, and injuries can still occur.
You have the right to a safe workplace. If you believe that your workplace presents any unreasonable hazards or health risks, you may want to report this the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Under the law, you have the right to make a report without fear of retaliation.
Repetitive motion injuries are fairly common in a wide range of professions. This is because many workers repeat the same types of movements several times per day while at work. Over time, this can cause injuries, and many cause workers to file for workers' compensation as a result.
If a person is injured in the workplace, one of the few comforts is the knowledge that support is there when workers need it. Construction workers, emergency responders and others in high-risk careers often say it is not a matter but if, but when, in the case of getting hurt on the job.
California lawmakers passed Assembly Bill (AB) 5 on May 29. If it ultimately makes it past the Senate and gets signed off on by the governor, then the way that workers are classified in the state may change. This may have a significant impact on who is eligible to receive workers' compensation benefits.
People get injured doing their jobs every day. And while some injuries come with a gruesome story (such as getting an arm trapped in a machine), the truth is that most workplace injuries are rather mundane. But that doesn’t mean they are any less deserving of attention.
California's workers' compensation program helps workers who suffer a work-related injury get the financial assistance they need to deal with medical expenses and lost wages. For an injury to be covered by the program, it must either prevent a person from doing their job or interfere with their ability to do it.
If you are injured on the job, you may find yourself searching for financial relief in the near future. This is particularly true if your injury keeps you out of work for an extended period of time.