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Workplace Injuries Archives

Deadlines for reporting a workplace injury

Workplace injuries are more common than you might think. These injuries can be avoidable for the most part but can lead to some very serious issues in Stanislaus. If you or a co-worker winds up suffering an injury on the job, you need to report it as soon as possible. This includes filing a report with your supervisor and even reporting it to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), if necessary.

Common causes of back injuries on the job

Workers at jobs all across California and the country are at risk for suffering an injury each day they walk into work. They might take every precaution when at work and still, an accident can occur that could lead them to suffer an injury. A common workplace injury involves the back, which can put a worker off the job for an extended time. Here are the most common causes of back injuries on the job in Stanislaus.

How to protect against repetitive injuries in the workplace

Some of the most common injuries workers suffer on the job are those of repetitive injuries. They are just what you think they are: injuries caused by repetitive motion of a body part. These most likely occur in the worker's arms or legs since these body parts are used the most in workplaces that use physical labor in Stanislaus, California. Here are some tips for preventing these types of injuries.

Don’t put up with secondhand smoke exposure at work

Workplace injuries and illnesses of all kinds may qualify for coverage under workers' compensation. This applies in instances when a specific injury occurs in a work accident, but may also include exposure to toxic substances over time. Many employees may be surprised to learn that workers' compensation may even apply if an employee suffers from an illness because of secondhand smoke in the workplace.

Reporting an injury properly for workers’ compensation

When a worker suffers an injury on the job, he or she must properly report the injury to the employer in order to file a workers' compensation claim. If the worker does not uphold his or her responsibility to properly report the injury, then the workers' compensation claim may never go through.

Claiming emotional distress after a workplace injury

When a person suffers an injury in the workplace, or anywhere else for that matter, there is a significant chance that he or she may suffer some form of emotional distress as a result. Unfortunately, emotional distress often gets lumped in with frivolous claims, and may not seem like a "real" claim to the party responsible for damages, such as an employer's insurer. While it is possible to receive fair compensation for emotional distress after workplace injury, the victim of the injury must make a convincing case based on a number of possible factors.

New law increases workplace safety protections

With the new year comes a number of new laws taking effect across California, affecting many different areas of civil and criminal law. Among the new laws effective in 2018 are measures aimed at increasing protections for workers in several industries and occupations, including those who work closely with a number of cleaning products used heavily in janitorial positions and cleaning processes at both the industrial and domestic levels.

What if my employer disputes my injury claim?

Sometimes, after you suffer an injury, you may have difficulty determining if it is actually work-related. You may find that your employer objects to an injury claim even if you believe that the injury actually qualifies for coverage under workers' compensation. You may gain more in-depth understanding of your injury and the circumstances surrounding it by consulting with an experienced attorney who can help you fairly assess your injury through the eyes of the law.

Does your workplace contain toxic materials?

When most people think about workplace injuries, they may imagine some large industrial machine malfunctioning, causing catastrophic injuries to several workers. However, one of the most commonly overlooked types of workplace injuries is toxic exposure. Depending on the nature of a worker's job and the duties he or she performs on a regular basis, the work environment itself may pose significant long-term risks.

Work-related injuries in decline in California

In a national season of seemingly constant bad news, it is always wise to take time to recognize when objectively good news arises. For workers in many sectors here in California, occupational injuries are on the decline. While the decrease is slight, it is an encouraging trend, and one that may indicate workplaces paying extra attention to the safety and well-being of workers in many environments. Just about any way you look at it, this is good news for workers and businesses, plain and simple.

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