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September 2016 Archives

Permanent disability: What is a permanent and stationary report?

California workers who are receiving workers' compensation benefits are usually receiving the benefits only temporarily. However, if the condition continues to get worse -- or does not improve -- the worker might be able to qualify for permanent and stationary benefits, also referred to as P&S. In order to receive permanent disability benefits, the injured employee must obtain a P&S report from his or her treating physician.

Grin and bear it: massage therapists tend to work through their injuries

Sore feet, aching forearms, and a tight back are typical at the end of the day for massage therapists. In a profession focused on the well-being of other people's bodies, many massage therapists find themselves in need of healing. Massage therapy is a physically demanding profession which can cause injuries, and many injured employees try to work through their pain.

Workplace safety and scaffold injury prevention

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, approximately 65 percent of construction workers use scaffolds on a regular basis while performing their job duties. As such, it is no surprise that scaffold-related accidents are exceedingly common in the construction industry. They also result in some of the worst kind of injuries.

BART hit with stiff fines for 2 2013 employee deaths

It's been three years since two workers died after being struck by a BART train in Walnut Creek. Now, BART could have to pay stiff fines regarding its neglect of safety protocols, which led to the fatal incident. The tragic Oct. 19, 2013, BART crash resulted in the deaths of two BART workers aged 58 and 66.

Is the workers' compensation appeals process fair?

It's not very easy for a hurt California worker to appeal a denied medicare request through the workers' compensation system. The reason is largely the result of 2013 reforms via Senate Bill 863; injured workers cannot appeal their denials of treatment before a judge anymore. These matters are decided -- and many are saying unfairly so -- by a private and profit-driven corporation contracted to review appeals.

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Making a false or fraudulent workers’ compensation claim is a felony subject to 5 years in prison or up to $50,000 or double the value of the fraud, whichever is greater, or by both imprisonment and fine.

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