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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.

Do mental injuries qualify for workers' compensation benefits?

Workers' compensation coverage for injuries in the workplace is a crucial protection to workers in every job sector. However, not all injuries are as simple to cover properly as others, and mental injuries are often among the most difficult to address. Mental difficulties stemming from the workplace often draw skepticism and require some extra heavy lifting to secure fair compensation. However, it is certainly possible to do, making worthwhile to at least explore your options fully.

Does workers' compensation cover repetitive stress injuries?

As an employee, you may be eligible for workers' compensation if you suffer an injury on the job. You may even have grounds to file a workers' compensation claim for a repetitive stress injury (RSI), which can occur in very low-labor work environments, such as content writing, accounting, food service and any number of other jobs where you repeat the same sequence of actions or motions many times.

Poorly rested workers cost many industries heavily

The Sleep Matters Initiative at Brigham Health for the National Safety Council (NSC) recently released data gathered through their Fatigue Cost Calculator, and the results are fairly undeniable — lack of quality sleep for employees is not good for business.

Does my boss have to hold my job if I go to rehab?

For many of us, a time comes when we realize that our behavior is not healthy and we need to seek professional help to overcome destructive patterns through a rehabilitation program. Of course, when most people realize they have a problem (or are informed by concerned family and friends), it is never a convenient time, especially if the person in question holds a job. The individual considering rehab may worry that if he or she goes to rehab, he or she is forfeiting their job. If a person chooses to seek treatment in rehab, is an employer forced to hold a position open for them?

Employers' responsibilities to employees injured on the job

If you suffer a work-related injury, your employer has certain responsibilities toward you. Unfortunately, some employers need a little encouragement to fulfill their responsibility. While the law is generally on the side of the injured worker, enforcing the law may require getting some professional help.

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