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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.

Violence at work leads to many workers' compensation claims

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, workplace violence in California and other states account for a significant number of deaths and injuries every year. Workers' compensation benefits claims following such incidents are also prevalent. OSHA's definition of workplace violence is any threat of violence or actual violence against workers. Such violence can occur both in and outside the place of work and could include verbal abuse, threats, physical assault and homicide.

Workers' compensation: Clean-up after wildfires will be hazardous

Workers who are involved in cleanup procedures after wildfires in California may not be aware of the risks they are facing. The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health says many dangers exist even after fires are under control. Fire, gases, electricity and unstable structures are only some of the hazards to which workers are exposed. With so many potential causes of injury or illness, many workers will likely rely on the California workers' compensation insurance program to help them cope with doctors' bills in the aftermath of the cleanup process.

Precautions can limit workers' compensation claims

California workers who earn their incomes on industrial plants will likely know that they will always be exposed to multiple safety hazards. Employees who suffer on-the-job injuries may claim workers' compensation benefits, but there are ways to reduce incidents that could cause workplace accidents. Although it is the responsibility of employers to protect the health and safety of employees, workers who look out for themselves are more likely to escape injuries.

Workers' compensation: Fall from elevated pallet can be deadly

Employees in warehouses and distribution centers in California typically face hazards related to forklifts and other materials handling equipment. One of the most prevalent causes cited for injuries on workers' compensation benefits claims involves employers allowing employees who are not qualified to operate these dangerous vehicles. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has strict safety regulations in place to prevent forklift accidents, and it is the responsibility of business owners to enforce compliance.

Workers' compensation claim may follow death in construction zone

Road construction workers nationwide, including in California, frequently put their lives on the line. Not only are they exposed to the negligence of distracted drivers who travel through construction zones, but also the heavy equipment that is used on site. It is not uncommon for these workers to fall victims to either the one hazard or the other, typically resulting in workers' compensation claims.

Workers' compensation available for victims of work accidents

The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health recently reported that it had completed the investigation into the tragic accident that killed one person and caused serious injuries to another during the cleaning up after the February mudslide in Santa Cruz County. Fortunately, the injured victim and the family of the deceased worker did not have to wait for the conclusion of the investigation before claiming workers' compensation benefits. They were entitled to pursue financial assistance immediately after the workplace accident.

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