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Workers' compensation possible of family of deceased worker

A California family recently got the devastating news that their family member died while he was at work. A sanitation worker was crushed to death by the hydraulic mechanism in his truck, but there are still many questions surrounding the circumstances of his accident. If a person dies while at work or while doing a job-related task, the family of the deceased could have a rightful claim to workers' compensation benefits.

Workers' compensation possible for worker who fell off roof

California workers who are required to work on roofs and from heights understand the importance of fall protection and safety training. Recently, the importance of this issue came to light when an employee of a solar panel installation company fell off a roof. Like other employees who suffer injuries in work-related accidents, he has the right to seek benefits through a workers' compensation claim.

Workers' compensation for heat-related illnesses

The summer is hot, especially in certain parts of California. For workers who must be outside for the majority of their day, the heat can be a dangerous threat to their health and safety. It's smart for workers to know their rights when working outside and how to stay as safe as reasonably possible. Workers will also find it useful to understand the workers' compensation process in case they need to file a claim due to heat-related illnesses.

Fatal crane accident and workers' compensation death benefits

California workers have the right to expect a certain standard of safety in their workplaces. This means that they have the right to expect their employers to ensure that dangerous incidents do not repeat themselves. There was a recent fatal accident involving a California crane company with a history of safety issues, leaving one grieving family wondering if they are eligible for death benefits through a workers' compensation claim.

Smoke from wildfires and workers' compensation

California firefighters and other types of emergency responders face various risks and threats when fighting fires, especially wildfires. In 2018 alone, millions of acres burned in California, and the men and women who are called to fight these types of outbreaks deserve as much safety as reasonably possible when they go to work. This includes having access to necessary safety equipment. Keeping workers safe means fewer workers' compensation claims for smoke-related illnesses.

Workers' compensation and workplace accident trends

Most California employees have the right to seek compensation and support in the event they suffer injuries in a workplace accident. Through a workers' compensation claim, injured workers can get the help they need to get better and move forward. Across the country, fewer work accidents are being reported, which means the number of these claims is down as well.

Should workers' compensation cover mental trauma?

When a California worker suffers an injury on the job, he or she could be eligible for certain benefits. Through a claim filed through the employer's workers' compensation insurance policy, a worker may be able to secure benefits necessary to cover medical bills, a portion of lost wages and more. However, there are some who believe these benefits should also extend to individuals suffering from mental trauma from work. 

Know what to expect from your employer after a workplace accident

A workplace accident will have a negative impact on your life in many ways. From your medical bills to your ability to continue with your career after your recovery, there are many issues that could cause financial hardship. You have a right to financial support through a workers' compensation claim, but it is beneficial to have a full understanding of your rights. 

If you are hurt at work, what can you expect from your employer?

If you suffered an injury in an accident at your place of work, you may feel overwhelmed and confused about your situation. California workers have the right to seek workers' compensation benefits through their employer's insurance, but it can also be helpful to learn more about the process and what you can expect from your employer.

Can you get workers' compensation benefits for PTSD?

The short answer to that question is yes, but matters are hardly ever that simple, especially when insurance benefits come into play. Workers' compensation insurance covers physical, mental and psychological injuries, but obtaining benefits for what is largely an unseen and subjective psychological condition (through the eyes of insurance adjusters and employers) could be problematic.

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