Many workers don't want to report a work-related injury because they fear the costs. They don't want to pay for medical care, lawyer fees or lose their job, so they feel it isn't worth it to file a claim. It is important to understand that if injured on-the-job, you shouldn't have to pay for anything.
An Anheuser-Busch brewery worked was seriously injured when he fell into a vat of hot mash at the Van Nuys bottling plant on Feb. 8. The accident occurred just before 1 p.m., according to authorities.
California residents may be interested to learn that in 2013, the number of workplace injuries continued a trend demonstrating an overall reduction in their incidence. The year brought three million reported work-related injuries and illnesses across the country, which, while high, is a significant decline from those injured in the previous year.
As many as one million workers report experiencing back pain annually, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Back pain is the second leading cause of people missing work. Around $11 billion is paid out to cover workers' compensation expenses for back pain alone. California workers might be interested to know that the tasks people perform at work are thought to be a significant factor in the development of back problems.
When a California worker is injured while on the job, their employer is obligated to provide workers' compensation benefits regardless of if the injuries occurred over an extended period of time or because of a single event, such as falling off a ladder. It's important for California workers to be knowledgeable about the benefits they can potentially receive.
After an investigation by the Division of Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or Cal/OSHA, the death of a California airport worker was determined to be the result of employer safety violations. The 51-year-old man suffered fatal workplace injuries at Los Angeles International Airport when he was thrown from a tow tractor and pinned beneath a tire. At the time, the man was working for Menzies Aviation and operating the vehicle with no seat belt in place.
Los Angeles has its fair share of construction workers and truck drivers who pass through the area, and both of these professions are among the five most dangerous in the country, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Aircraft pilots and flight engineers, farmers and ranchers and anglers occupy the other three most dangerous jobs based on fatal injury work rates.
Friends and family members of a postal worker who was injured in a hit-and-run accident in the southern Los Angeles suburb of Compton addressed the public in a plea for justice on a local news network Oct. 22. The mother of five and grandmother of six had been working with the postal service for more than 20 years when a vehicle struck her while she was unloading mail near Euclid Avenue and Santa Fe on Oct. 19.
Los Angeles footbal fans may know that a federal judge has ordered parties in an NFL concussion lawsuit to participate in mediation in an effort to find a consensual resolution. The worker's compensation issue is huge for those former NFL players dealing with the aftermath of physical careers that have resulted in head injuries. The suit by more than 4,000 former players in the league addresses the need for financial compensation in the event of job-related brain injury.