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Workers' compensation after a California workplace accident

Most employers in California strive to ensure the safety of workers. However, regardless of the number of safety precautions in place, workplace accidents still occur. While many workers are entitled to workers' compensation, the path to compensation is complicated, filled with paperwork and deadlines with which a person unfamiliar with the process may struggle.

Once a worker has notified his or her employee about an injury, the employer has one working day to mail or give the worker a claims form. This form must be completed and returned to the employer. Because a delay could impact acceptance of a claim, it is important that this task is completed in a timely manner. Once received, the employer must complete the "employer" section and mail or give a copy of the completed form to the injured worker within one working day. The original is given to a claims administrator.

Workers' compensation possible following fatal accident

The average person in California likely faces a variety of different dangers as he or she goes about everyday life. In some cases, dangers are well-known, allowing a person to take proper precautions. In others, a person may have felt relatively safe when an accident occurred. Regardless, a person injured in a workplace accident may be entitled to workers' compensation benefits. These benefits typically extend to dependent family members in the event of a fatality.

One out-of-state family may now qualify for such benefits as a result of a fatal accident that took the life of a 54-year-old man. According to reports, the man was operating a bulldozer on a steep grade at the time of the accident. The bulldozer apparently rolled several times before landing in an upright position.

Man hospitalized as a result of serious workplace injuries

When most people in California think of dangerous occupations, they likely think of police officers and fire fighters who put their lives at risk every day. However, industrial employees who work with large pieces of machinery are similarly at risk for workplace injuries. For example, one out-of-state man recently suffered serious injuries while using machinery.

Reports indicate that the accident happened at Nu-Wool Co. just after 8 a.m. one morning in early August. The man's hand reportedly become lodged in a wool compression machines. Co-workers were able to extricate his hand before emergency workers arrived.

OSHA alleges breach of safety standards after scaffold accident

In California and across the United States, falls are a leading cause of death in construction work. In April 2015, at a Massachusetts work site, three roofers fell two stories, requiring hospital treatment for broken bones, spinal injuries and a punctured lung. According to inspectors, the fall was the result of using a wooden plank that could not support the workers' weight. The invoice for the plank was marked "not for scaffold use."

An OSHA investigation revealed violations of several OSHA standards in addition to the undersized scaffolding plank. These included scaffold platforms that were too high, ladders that were not long enough to provide stability and failing to ensure that workers were using fall protection. As a result, the company was cited for willful, repeat and serious violations and was assessed a fine of $294,500.

Man dies as a result of workplace injuries

Most people in California are aware that workplaces can be dangerous. Many dangers may be hidden and unexpected, while others are more obvious. While most employers work hard to safeguard workers from known dangers, accidents can still occur. For example, one man was recently killed as a result of workplace injuries he suffered in an accident.

According to reports, the accident occurred one morning in late July. The man was working as a subcontractor for Huger Nucor. As he worked, he was apparently crushed between two pieces of machinery.

Workplace injuries sends man to hospital

It is amazing the way all aspects of the human body work together to allow a person to perform day-to-day functions. An injury to any part of a person's body can impact how he or she completes necessary tasks to be successful in personal and work tasks. Workplace injuries that prevent a person in California from working can place that person in a shaky financial situation. One man and his family may be suffering after he was injured at work.

The accident happened at approximately 10:45 a.m. one morning in July at a Tyson Foods plant. Officials claim that the 59-year-old male employee's hand became lodged in a piece of equipment used to grind meat. Several of his fingers were partially severed as a result.

Workers' compensation possible following workplace accident

Many people in California are dedicated to ensuring the health and safety of their family. As a result, they work long, grueling hours to make certain that all their needs are met. Family members say that one man in another state who was recently killed in a workplace accident was such a person. While officials work to analyze the details of the accident, the man's family could qualify for workers' compensation insurance benefits.

The accident occurred one morning in July. According to information provided by the man's family, the victim, an employee of Profile Industrial Packaging, was working on scaffolding at the time of the accident. His brother-in-law claims that there were gaps in the scaffolding. While there is much unclear about the incident, according to family members, the man fell approximately 20 feet.

California attorneys aid with workers' compensation claims

On the first day of employment, a new employee likely signs multiple papers and is given an overwhelming amount of information. One of the things that they likely learn about is the workers' compensation employment benefits that their employer is required to provide to protect California workers financially in the event of a workplace accident. However, an injured worker with no previous experience with the process may be unaware of the requirements, making it difficult to ensure fair compensation if they are injured at work.

Fortunately, the attorneys at Dixon & Daley LLP can help you if you were injured while at work. We have over 35 years of experience helping injured workers. We can help you with a variety of different aspects of claims related to a workplace injury in addition to seeking adequate compensation. If you are being denied benefits or modified work accommodations, or if you are being harassed by co-workers and supervisors or believe that you are not receiving quality medical care, among other concerns, contacting our attorneys could be the first step to ensuring fair treatment.

Family of California worker may deserve workers' compensation

Keeping a city running in an efficient manner often requires a great deal of effort as well as the coordination of many employees and contractors. Citizens may not fully realize the effort, time and money required. In some cases, workers may even be putting their lives at risk. If injured while at work, California workers are likely entitled to workers' compensation, which extends to dependent family members in the event of a fatality. The family of one man may qualify for these insurance benefits after a recent workplace accident.

The man was employed by ABM Electrical & Lighting Solutions, a subcontractor for OpTerra Energy Services. The company was contracted by one California city to upgrade approximately 18,000 streetlights. While most of the project had been previously completed, this man was working on a boom truck to retrofit streetlights with LED lights.

Workplace injuries prove fatal in recent accident

Because of the dangers that many face in their workplaces, the federal government and states such as California create laws and regulations with the intention of protecting the safety of all employees. Unfortunately, even with these in place, accidents can still happen -- potentially endangering the lives of workers. For example, one out-of-state man was recently killed as a result of workplace injuries suffered at an airport.

The accident happened one Thursday morning in late June. According to reports, the 57-year-old victim was an employee of Manafort Construction. He was working on a water main in a trench as part of safety upgrades at an airport.