When most in Los Angeles hear stories regarding workers’ compensation claims, they may likely assume them to involve injuries suffered while on the job. While that may be the case in many situations, such an assumption may fail to take into account the emotional toll that one’s career can exact. Such a toll may result in psychological or emotional issues that can be equally as damaging as physical injuries. Unfortunately, securing workers’ compensation benefits for stress and psychological issues may not be as simple as it is when dealing with typical work-related injuries.
The following scenario has been relayed to us here at Sacks and Zolonz LLP several times before: an employee slips and falls at work, resulting in knee injury. After a while, word comes out that he or she is also experiencing neck and back pain due to the accident, and suddenly needs more money to cover medical expenses and compensate for time off of work. If this describes the same situation you are currently having with an employee, you may be facing a bit of a conundrum: On the one hand, you may feel sympathetic to his or her suffering and simply want him or her to improve. On the other, you may be wondering how one single incident could produce so many health issues.
For California workers, being hurt on the job can be a devastating experience. Loss of income can quickly lead to financial instability, which is why most employers are obligated to carry workers’ compensation insurance to protect their employees in the event of a workplace injury. Knowing the ins and outs of workers’ compensation law is crucial to this end, so that you can be sure that your employer is abiding by all pertinent rules and regulations.
In our last post, we highlighted new potential legislation that would give the Division of Workers’ Compensation more resources to detect and prevent fraudulent claims. Yes, false claims do not outnumber legitimate claims, but fraud still causes problems for employers and insurers alike.
Workers’ compensation fraud is still a pervasive issue in the state of California. In a number of posts we have highlighted the drains on the state’s work comp system and shown that fraud could lead to criminal sanctions. While it is a necessary function, the state does not necessarily allocate many resources towards investigating fraud.
If you are a nurse in the Los Angeles area, then you are already aware of what a rewarding but difficult job it can be. You may not be aware, however, that those who work in the nursing profession run a particularly high risk of being injured on the job. According to NPR, more than 35,000 injuries to nurses are reported annually and the main culprit is clear: lifting and moving heavy patients.
Most California employers are mandated by law to carry workers' compensation insurance. This insurance is to provide benefits to employees who are injured on the job or who develop work-related illnesses. In addition to being required to carry appropriate insurance coverage, employers are supposed to report employee status and injury per regulations. These laws help to keep the system working fairly for all employers.
It may be no secret to anyone in California who works in the construction industry that jobs in this sector put workers in potentially hazardous situations on a fairly regular basis. It is for this reason that there are so many safety regulations and laws in place. Workers should be able to know that their employers follow these rules so that they feel safe when going to work each day.
As the owner of a construction company, you have a particularly important job to keep your various workplaces safe for all employees. While you may not be able to avoid all possible injuries, you can benefit from protecting your site from the most common OSHA violations, thereby keeping your employees safer on the job. Here at Sacks and Zolonz, we understand the gravity of workplace injury claims, and we want to provide you with fair representation if an accident occurs. However, the best defense is to maintain facilities with the utmost safety standards.
Since your employees may be tempted to abuse your workers' compensation benefits, you should be proactive about preventing fraudulent claims. You can take this precautionary measure through clear procedures regarding workplace injuries, as well as regular communication with your employees. Here at Sacks and Zolonz, our objective is to protect you from unnecessary and fraudulent claims.
There are many types of workplace injuries that can happen at your company. Some individuals may suffer from carpal tunnel while others may deal with extremely serious injuries such as head trauma, broken bones, burns and lacerations. It makes sense of course that some individuals in certain workforces are more likely to get injured than others and companies do their best to make sure these injuries rarely happen.
As a business owner in California, the last thing you want is for one of your employees to get hurt or killed in a workplace accident. Not only is there the potential for loss of life, but also the rise in costs that can occur if you have a workers’ compensation claim or have to train a new employee to take the injured employee’s place. The Department of Labor’s blog lists the top OSHA violations that produce the most injuries and fatalities so you know what to watch out for in your industry.