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Workers' compensation will assist family of deceased electrician

Electricity poses deadly hazards to workers across California, and the flowers and candles that were placed in Modesto recently are grim reminders of just how dangerous it is. The surviving family members of the worker who recently lost his life while working on a street light are likely eligible to seek financial assistance through the state-regulated workers' compensation system. In the meantime, the circumstances that led to this tragedy will be investigated by the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health.

Workers' compensation is not always the only remedy

Losing loved ones in workplace accidents can devastate any family. Although surviving family members in California can pursue financial relief through the workers' compensation insurance system, the full economic impact of such a loss is never entirely addressed by the death benefits the program offers. If a third party was involved in the death of a worker, the family might have grounds to file a civil lawsuit.

Workers' compensation: Dropped rebar may leave worker paralyzed

A construction site of California High Speed Rail was recently the site of yet another workplace accident. This time, the victim might have to rely on the state's workers' compensation insurance system to provide disability benefits for long-term financial support. This project saw another HSR construction accident in the same area last November.

Safety precautions can lessen workers' compensation claims

Workers in all industries in California and elsewhere are at risk of suffering occupational injuries -- some of which can be fatal. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 5,000 people lost their lives due to on-the-job injuries or work-related illnesses in 2016, and many more suffered nonfatal injuries. Safety authorities say the picture could look entirely different -- and the number of workers' compensation claims can be lessened -- if employers and employees carefully follow existing safety precautions.

Housekeepers may have fewer workers' compensation claims soon

A particular section of the workforce in California will soon benefit from a unanimous decision by the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health. Authorities have taken note of the lobbying by the workers union for hospitality workers for improved and stricter safety standards. Once new regulations are in effect, there might be fewer workers' compensation claims for injuries suffered by employees in this industry.

The complexity of workers' compensation benefits can be confusing

Employees of California companies may be unsure of their eligibility for insurance benefits if they should suffer on-the-job injuries. Legally employed individuals -- excluding contractors -- who suffer medically verified injuries while on duty are typically entitled to claim workers' compensation benefits. However, the injuries must be severe enough to interfere with the victim's ability to work, and injuries suffered under certain circumstances are not covered.

Workers' compensation benefits for deceased firefighter's family

At the morning briefing of the San Diego unit of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection on a recent Thursday, the director emphasized the dangers of complacency. He reminded firefighters of the fact that mopping up hot spots when fighting wildfires is no less dangerous than battling against fierce fires. He said most injuries -- and subsequent workers' compensation claims -- occur while dealing with charred rubble and burned trees.

Workers' compensation: More workers diagnosed with Valley Fever

Both the California Department of Public Health and the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health expressed their concern over the sharp increase in Valley Fever cases that are reported. Although the numbers are provisional, CDPH says 1,294 more cases were reported across the state from Jan. 1 to Oct. 31, 2017, compared to the same period in 2016. OSHA says more companies are being cited for failure to protect workers, and there will likely be more workers' compensation claims from Valley Fever victims.

Workers' compensation benefits available for retail workers

Hazardous workplaces in California are typically associated with industries such as construction and manufacturing. Not many people realize that employees in the retail industry are also at risk of suffering injuries, as is evident in the workers' compensation insurance records. In the time leading up to the holidays, retail workers are exposed to long work hours and excessive stress due to the typical shopping frenzy at this time of the year.

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