There's a lot of misunderstanding about workers' compensation in California. Many workers are not aware of their rights, and other workers may be discouraged from filing a claim because they fear retaliation from the employer.
All jobs hold a certain amount of risk. Unfortunately, many of these risks are due to the unpredictable actions of others. Police in California as well as officials from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are currently investigating an accident that resulted in the loss of one man's life and caused significant workplace injuries to a CalTrans employee.
Police officers know that they could potentially face life-threatening situations as they go about their workday. Despite this knowledge, they continue to report to work every day, ready to sacrifice themselves in order to protect others. However, a workplace accident can often leave a victim and/or his or her family concerned about their financial situation. The family of a deceased California police officer is likely wondering how they will make ends meet after their loved one was killed in a recent motorcycle accident. Workers' compensation benefits may be able to help fill the gap.
When most people in California start a new job, they receive some vague information about what happens if they are injured while completing job-related tasks. As a result, the average person is likely aware that he or she may qualify for workers' compensation benefits if injured at work. When considering a workplace accident, many might immediately think of a fall or even a repetitive injury that develops over time as a result of the performance of typical activities. Many people may be unaware that they could also qualify for benefits if injured off-site while completing their employment responsibilities.
Thousands of workers report to work each day in California. These workers do so with the intent of fulfilling their job responsibilities to the best of their abilities. Unfortunately, regardless of the dedication and commitment to safety, many suffer workplace injuries that have a significant impact on the rest of their lives. The attorneys at Dixon & Daley, LLP, are dedicated to ensuring that injured workers received the workers' compensation benefits they deserve after workplace accidents.
The hazards associated with professions such as police officers and firefighters are obvious to many. However, workers in all professions -- especially those who work with any type of heavy equipment as part of their employment responsibilities -- are at risk of suffering workplace injuries in California. Unfortunately, a recent out-of-state accident exemplifies the risk all workers face.
The vast majority of employers go to great lengths to protect the health and safety of their employees. Employers ensure there is proper safety gear available and keep heavy machinery in good working condition, among other precautions. Despite these efforts, fatal workplace accidents still occur, often leaving family members wondering how they will cope with the financial complications of their loss. Many are entitled to workers' compensation benefits as a result of such an accident. One family in California may need these benefits to cope with the unexpected loss of their loved one.
Thousands of workers in California report to their places of employment each day, eager to work hard in order to support themselves and their families. Unfortunately, many workers may not realize the risk in which they place themselves simply by fulfilling their work responsibilities. Many are injured or killed in workplace accidents that often leave workers and/or their family members wondering how they will cope with the financial ramifications. These people may deserve workers' compensation insurance benefits.
While the risk of being involved in an accident at work is prevalent in all occupations, those who work with heavy equipment may face unique risks. Regardless of the occupation, employers in California and other states are required to provide workers' compensation insurance coverage in the event an employee suffers workplace injuries. The family of a recently deceased man may be entitled to these benefits after an accident caused his death.
Digging near gas lines has the potential for serious ramifications. Most states place an emphasis on educating the public about the importance of digging with care. A recent incident in California further illustrates this point after a worker suffered fatal workplace injuries.