Given how much time employees spend at the workplace, it is no wonder that most California residents, like their counterparts across the country, consider their workplace their second home. They treat their colleagues like family and expect the same treatment in return, which is why they might hesitate from reporting a workplace injury and claiming workplace compensation-they do not want to put their employers in a tough spot. But, filing a workers' compensation claim after one is injured on the job is an injured employee's right and one they should not hesitate from availing.
Construction crews in California are usually at work year-round. They make roadway improvements, build new establishments and ensure that water and sewage pipes work correctly. These crews, which can be quite large and include heavy machinery, can work at a frantic pace, especially when emergencies arise. However, with so many moving pieces, workers on construction crews can find themselves at risk of being seriously injured or even killed in a workplace accident.
When a workers' compensation claim gets denied, it can be very disheartening. It means the claims administrator does not think the injury is covered by workers' compensation, but their word is not the final word-as mentioned in the last post, it is possible to appeal the decision.
Most people, including California residents, want to do their best while working. Wanting to make a good impression, many work long hours and perform difficult, often dangerous and sometimes tedious tasks. Which is why a workplace injury may set them back both emotionally and financially-emotionally because they do not want to lose out on a project and financially because medical bills could end up being very high. However, workers' compensation is one way injured workers can get the compensation they deserve after a work-related accident with less stress.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.