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Just as in any other kind of accident, a workplace injury can vary in severity. Some workers suffer scrapes, bruises and cuts that hurt and are annoying, but have little to no impact on their ability to perform their jobs. Other injuries, though, leave individuals disabled and unable to work ever again. Since workers whose workplace injuries are severe enough to knock them out of work may be able to recover workers' compensation, the system differentiates between injury severity and, therefore, benefits that can be paid out.

Occupational cancer and workers' compensation

Our blog has spent a lot of time discussing workplace injuries and how they can affect not only an individual's ability to work, but also to maintain financial stability. While many Californians find themselves in this situation, where they are overwhelmed by their lost wages and unexpected medical expenses, many others find themselves in just as dire of a condition, perhaps even worse, when they are hit by a workplace illness.

Aggressive advocacy for those seeking workers' compensation

If you've been injured on the job, then you know the difficulties you can face as you try to recover your health. There are, of course, the physical limitations that may be thrust upon you, as well as pain, thereby requiring extensive medical care. Yet, your injuries may also leave you unable to work, which means there may come a period of time where you run out of income and deplete your savings. This, in turn, can leave you in a dire financial position where you may struggle to keep the lights on, put food on the table and otherwise provide for yourself and your family.

Workers' compensation and returning to work

Being injured on the job can turn your life upside down. The work that may have once provided you with the ability to pay your day-to-day expenses can disappear, at least temporarily. This can leave you in a financial bind, but you probably qualify to recover workers' compensation benefits. Although recovering these benefits can be a challenge in itself, maintaining them for the period of time you need to recover and return to work can be just as difficult.

What is a qualified medical evaluator for workers' compensation?

Being injured on the job is no small thing. An individual may experience significant pain, incur a massive amount of medical debt and face the challenges imposed upon them by lost wages. Fortunately, workers' compensation benefits are available to most of these Californians who have been hurt in a workplace accident. There are some people, though, whose claims are denied for a variety of reasons. There may be disagreement about whether the accident occurred while the worker was performing his job duties, or about whether the claim was filed in a timely fashion. Yet, one of the most common reasons workers' compensation claims are denied is because the injury is not serious enough to keep the individual out of work. This can affect not only an initial claim, but also the amount of benefits received.

Bay-area firm fighting for injured workers

Going to work and performing your job duties should be a pretty straightforward process. For most Californians, it is. But for others, a routine day at work can pose many challenges that can prove injurious. Whether suffering harm in a construction accident, a warehouse incident or a repetitive motion performing what you might think of as a menial task, a workplace injury can leave you with serious damages. You might need costly medical care and, if your injury is severe enough, you may find yourself temporarily out of work, which means lost wages.

How to dispute a medical exam for workers' compensation

When people in California go to work each day, they are usually just focused on what they need to do at their jobs. They don't usually think about whether they will be injured or not while they are working. Despite this, many people are injured on the job in all types of employment. These injuries can be very devastating for workers and their families if they rely on that income to meet their needs.  

Report urges federal involvement in state workers' comp laws

The U.S. Department of Labor released a report earlier this month on the workers' compensation system. Their recommendation is for further exploration into enacting federal oversight and federal minimum benefits for workers' compensation. Since workers' compensation is currently regulated at the state level, this could change circumstances significantly for some injured workers.

New workers' comp laws to reduce treatment delays and fight fraud

Two newly-signed laws will help to improve California workers' compensation, and build upon reform efforts that began in 2012. These new laws, signed by Governor Jerry Brown on October 2, concentrate on cracking down on fraud by health care professionals and reducing the delays applicants experience in obtaining medical evaluations.

Investigation finds few overturned workers' comp claim denials

By law, those who are eligible for workers' compensation benefits should receive them. A recent investigation by the NBC Bay Area news, however, reveals that this may not always be the case in California. Instead, many injured workers face denials of their claims for their treatment claims and very few denials overturned during the appeals process. 

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