Way back in 2012, a 60-year-old woman was shopping in a Dollar General store outside of the state of California. The woman was walking down the aisles when she stepped in a puddle of spilled laundry detergent. The woman slipped and fell, fracturing her leg and shoulder. The injuries she suffered required numerous surgeries to fix, and the medical bills associated with the procedures totaled roughly half a million dollars.
Many California residents may not be aware that when they are injured on the job and they are covered under workers' compensation insurance, a workers' compensation claim is their sole remedy for their injuries. An injured employee cannot sue their employer for a work-related injury in any other way. Many may find this system restrictive, as a personal injury lawsuit is probably going to get more compensation for an injured person, but there are certain benefits to pursuing a workers' compensation claim.
Many people may hesitate from filing a workers' compensation claim after they have been injured in a workplace accident because they fear they will lose their job or other work-related benefits. However, under California law, it is illegal to discriminate against workers who are injured in the course and scope of their employment.
Imagine that you are driving down the road one day, and you feel a sudden pain in your chest. "That's odd," you think. You're a relatively healthy person who keeps up with his or her doctor's appointments and checkups. So you keep driving thinking it's just a weird shooting pain. But it only persists and gets worse. Soon, you realize this isn't just a random ache or pain -- you are having a heart attack.
Even though most California residents spend more time at work than they do at home, they rarely consider the fact that they might get injured in the workplace. Whether working in an office or at a construction site, hazards of various types exist in the workplace and it is an employer's duty to ensure their workplace is either free from risks or that employees are aware of those dangers and how to avoid them.
31 people were killed in the United States in 2016 due to a dog attack. What is amazing about that statistic is that of those fatal dog attacks, 22 of them occurred with a pit bull. That means 71 percent of the fatal dog bites in the country were done by pit bulls, even though this breed only makes up 6 percent of the population.