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How a Workers' Compensation Lawyer Can Help Injured Workers Get Medical Care

Receiving medical care after a work-related injury is the first thing you should do in order to start your road to recovery. However, you need to make sure you are receiving proper medical care and advice.

Selecting a Doctor

The state of California has a medical system called the Medical Provider Networks (MPN). It was created to diagnose and treat work-related injuries. Most employers in California have a pre-approved MPN. If your employer does, you will need to select a pre-approved medical provider in the MPN.

Families of deceased men may benefit from workers' compensation

All workplaces in California hold some degree of risk with many hazards arising from unexpected places. Unfortunately, two men in another state have recently lost their lives in an accident that officials are still investigating. The families of the two men may benefit from workers' compensation insurance benefits as they struggle to come to terms with the losses of their loved ones.

The accident happened at a landfill one morning in mid-October. Reports indicate that two individuals, a 60-year-old man and a 35-year-old man, became trapped in a vertical pipe at John C. Holland Enterprises, Inc. The pipe is said to be 3-feet wide and approximately 20-feet deep.

California man dies after suffering workplace injuries

The risk of being injured at work is likely well known. Unfortunately, the U.S. Department of Labor reports that over 4,000 fatal workplace injuries were reported in 2014. Of that number, 28 percent were related to occupations involving moving or transportation, and within that group, almost a quarter of fatalities were caused by falling equipment or other objects. A recent out-of-state incident involving a man from California has added to the number fatalities.

The incident happened one morning in early October. According to reports, the 48-year-old victim was at a loading dock at a company that deals with architectural glass production. When he unstrapped a load of glass, it reportedly shifted, falling on him. He was trapped underneath.

Back injuries are the most common work injury

When people think of workers' compensation, they usually think of slips, falls, overexertion and repetitive motion injuries. All are true, and back pain may be the consequence from any of them. After the common cold, back pain is one of the main reasons Americans miss work.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics finds that transportation, retail and construction are the top three industries for back injury. It's frequent in labor-focused jobs, but back pain runs the gamut of professions from grocery work to office settings to masonry and piano movers.

Forklift accident in California causes fatal workplace injuries

Those who work in the outdoors in California must often juggle deadline expectations with poor weather conditions. As such, some people must perform tasks in less than ideal weather. Unfortunately, officials believe that wet roads may have contributed to a recent accident that resulted in fatal workplace injuries.

The incident happened one evening on a day in early October. According to reports, a 27-year-old vineyard employee was working to harvest grapes. As part of this task, he needed to drive a forklift down a road that reports describe as wet and steep. Unfortunately, the forklift is believed to have overturned, killing the man.

Toxic exposure to lead in the workplace

Hazards in the workplace come in many forms. An employee could be injured due to motor vehicle accidents, falls, repetitive motions, and many others. Some employees in California and across the country are harmed as a result of toxic exposure to lead. Despite regulations in place by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, workers in various fields, including mining and construction, suffer each year as a result of lead exposure.

Lead was the cause of one of the first recorded work-related illnesses. Those who worked with the substance thousands of years ago became ill with what was called "lead colic." Centuries later, in 2012, over 1 million tons of lead was produced in the United States. Some reports estimate that over 1.6 million workers are exposed to lead.

Construction accidents: Man killed in trench collapse

Many jobs in California can lead to worker injuries or even death. Those who work in construction, for example, face harm from a variety of different construction accidents, including collapsing walls, falling from heights, being hit by heavy machinery and other potential dangers. In fact, reports indicate that a young man recently passed away as a result of a trench collapse in another state.

Reports indicate that the 20-year-old male victim was working with a partner to dig a trench as part of the construction of a house one afternoon on a day in early October. The partner claims that he stepped away momentarily to attend to other tasks. When he returned, he reportedly could not find the victim.

Worker at California Goodwill suffers fatal workplace injuries

Most people in California are aware that all occupations contain some degree of risk. While the risk for an employee of Goodwill, for example, likely seems relatively low, any occupation that requires a worker to operate heavy machinery could lead to workplace injuries. Unfortunately, reports indicate that a worker at Goodwill recently lost his life.

Emergency responders received a call about an accident one afternoon on a day in late September. According to reports, the victim suffered severe head injuries. He was rushed to the hospital but ultimately passed away as a result of his injuries.

Workers' compensation: Accident injures 1 firefighter, kills 1

Firefighters have difficult jobs. In addition to rushing into dangerous situations, sometimes without fully knowing the entire scope of the situation, they must also travel at high speeds in order to arrive at emergency sites in times of need. Unfortunately, one firefighter in California lost his life and another was seriously injured in an accident that occurred while they were en route to a fire. As a result of the accident, workers' compensation may be necessary to help cope with the financial ramifications of the accident.

The accident happened one Wednesday morning in September. According to reports, the two firefighters were in a water truck headed to a fire that was threatening an Air Force base. Unfortunately, the truck rolled over near a roundabout.

Man's workplace injuries results in amputation

Some injuries suffered at work by those in California can be treated, and after a certain period of recovery, the person can return to his or her life. Other workplace injuries, such as an amputation, will force the person to relearn how to perform multiple tasks in his or her life. Such an injury may even prevent the person from returning to work. Unfortunately, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating a recent out-of-state incident that involved an amputation.

The man was reportedly a co-op worker. While many details are unclear, the 28-year-old is said to have entered a grain bin while its auger was still in operation. He reportedly stepped into the open well of the auger, causing serious injury to his leg.

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