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March 2017 Archives

Cal/OSHA takes aim at indoor heat-related workplace injuries

For several years, the California Division of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has required employers to take measures to reduce heat-related illnesses of their employees. A similar requirement appears to be in the works for indoor heat-related workplace injuries, much to the chagrin of many employers. Even the timing of a new regulation is causing disagreements.

The risk of workplace injuries is high in trenches

Trench work is a necessary part of many construction jobs here in California and elsewhere. The risk associated with working in trenches prompted the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to recommend two primary ways to avoid potentially injurious or fatal cave-ins. When companies fail to follow these recommendations and other guidelines regarding trenches, workplace injuries are often the result.

What is silicosis?

Crystalline silica is often used as a blasting agent in crushing and drilling rock or in masonry and concrete work. You can breathe in silica particles, and over time, the exposure to these tiny particles of dust can cause scarring in your lungs. This condition is known as silicosis, which is a progressive, disabling and sometimes fatal lung disease.

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.

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.

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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