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Do you have post-traumatic stress disorder after a work accident?

Post-traumatic stress disorder is a condition that many workers in Southern California suffer from. Some employees who work in particular fields, such as law enforcement, manufacturing and health care, may be more likely to experience PTSD. Workers can learn how to identify the signs of PTSD so they can better understand their workers' compensation rights.

Workers' compensation and repetitive stress injuries

People who work in manufacturing and industrial jobs in Southern California are just as at risk for repetitive stress injuries as they are for workplace accidents and illnesses. Cumulative trauma injuries can occur from long-term use, strain and stress of muscles in the affected areas, such as the hands, wrists and back. To better understand your rights as an injured worker, take some time to learn about California workers' compensation and how it applies to repetitive stress injuries.

Mesothelioma cases from toxic exposure to asbestos on the rise

Like the rest of the country, California residents might have believed that asbestos-related deaths were rare and on the decline. Recently, however, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new data indicating that toxic exposure to asbestos remains a problem even today. In 1999, 2,479 people lost their lives to malignant mesothelioma, which is an asbestos-related disease. In 2015, that number rose to 2,579.

Those numbers represent a 4.8 percent increase during that time. While the majority of the victims are 85 years old and up, 682 of the deaths occurred in people between the ages of 25 and 44. The fact that the majority of the victims are elderly is not surprising, since the disease can incubate for anywhere between 10 and 50 years.

Victim's family may deserve workers' compensation after crash

A workplace accident can happen at any time. Unfortunately, even the most safety-conscious employees can fall victim to such an accident, often due to the actions of another. As a result, states, including California, require employers to provide workers' compensation insurance benefits to their employees.

One out-of-state family may be entitled to such benefits after a fatal crash took the life of a truck driver. The man was reportedly hauling a load of logs one afternoon on a day in February when he encountered a vehicle that was being driven slowly and halfway on the shoulder of the road. Reports indicate that the driver of the car attempted a hard left in front of the truck.

Man hospitalized after suffering workplace injuries

When most people in California consider dangerous occupations, they likely think of police officers who must deal with perilous situations daily or firefighters who are expected to rush into burning buildings. However, all jobs hold some degree of risk, especially those that require the use of machinery and heavy equipment. Workplace injuries can easily occur regardless of the amount of emphasis an employer may place on safety.

Unfortunately, one out-of-state man was recently injured in a workplace accident. According to reports, the incident happened one morning on a day in February. A 41-year-old man's arm and hand become trapped in a piece of machinery. Rescue workers were required to dismantle the machinery in order to extricate the worker.

Worker in critical condition after suffering workplace injuries

All workplaces in California hold some degree of risk of injury. Those who work with electricity are likely all too aware of the risks they face. Despite their knowledge and the safety precautions they may take, accidents can still happen that result in serious workplace injuries. Unfortunately, one out-of-state man is hospitalized, listed in critical condition, after he received an electric shock while laying fiber optic line.

Reports indicate that rescue workers were called to the scene at approximately 5:30 one evening on a day in mid-February. A crew working for Fiber Com Connect was reportedly working to lay fiber optic line. They were using compressed air in order to send the line through a conduit.

Man suffers fatal workplace injuries while unloading truck

Anytime workers in California must unload heavy equipment or products from a truck, they face certain dangers This is especially true if the materials shift unexpectedly. Because of the potential of suffering from workplace injuries in a variety of different scenarios and the financial harm such injuries can create, employers in all states are required to provide workers' compensation insurance coverage for employees. One family may need these benefits following a recent accident in another state that resulted in the loss of a life.

The accident happened in mid-February. A group of workers at Manning Building Supplies were reportedly working to move doors that weighed approximately 200 pounds each from one trailer to another. Unfortunately, one worker dropped a door, causing the trailer to shake.

Facts to know about those living with a brain injury after a workplace accident

Brain injuries come in all different shapes and sizes, and no two brains - or people -- are the same. Where one may deal with an injury easily, another person may respond with severe changes to health, personality and relationships forever. Life is dramatically different for most after brain injuries, which may be the result of an accident or injury on the job. If you or someone you love is dealing with how to live with a brain injury, there are a few facts you should know.

Construction accidents: Worker loses life following mudslide

Mother nature can often complicate the best of plans. In some cases, weather events and conditions can create dangerous road conditions, including an increased risk of mudslides. While crews attempt to clean up these conditions, they could become involved in construction accidents. For example, crews in California are currently investigating a recent incident that killed one worker and left another injured.

The incident happened one afternoon on a day in February. According to reports, two men were working at the site of a mudslide on a California highway. A dump truck reportedly backed over the two men. It is unclear if the dump truck was equipped with backup warning alarms.

Fall causes fatal workplace injuries

All work sites in California and across the country have a great deal of occupational hazards regardless of the type of business. Certain conditions, such as poor weather, can increase the hazards employees face when their job responsibilities require them to be outside. A recent accident that happened in another state and resulted in fatal workplace injuries demonstrates the dangers these workers face.

The incident involved a doorman who was shoveling snow. According to reports, he fell while doing so, causing him to crash into a glass window. Unfortunately, he suffered cuts to his face and neck.  

Case Results

  1. $4.5 Million Settlement

    Medical Malpractice - Hypoxic brain injury during surgery.

  2. $2.9 Million Settlement

    Construction site accident resulting in cervical fusion

  3. 100% Permanent Disability Award

    Workers Compensation - Multiple injuries to State worker

  4. $1.6 Million Settlement

    Truck v. pedestrian accident resulting in multiple factures.

  5. $1.2 Million Structure Settlement

    Workers Compensation - spine injury with guaranteed payments for life.

  6. $1.2 Million Settlement

    Motorcycle v. car accident resulting in multiple fractures and scarring.

  7. $933,000.00 Settlement

    Child burned when table collapsed spilling scalding water from coffee um.

  8. $850,000.00 Settlement (Before MICRA)

    Medical Malpractice - Endotracheal injury during surgery resulting in death.

  9. $780,000.00 Settlement

    Disputed liability car v. truck collision.

  10. $500,000.00 Settlement

    Workers Compensation - Spinal injuries to delivery driver.

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