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Understanding workers' compensation hearings and appeals

If you have been injured in a California workplace, you should be entitled to compensation for the damages that you suffered. Most people suffer a measurable amount of financial damages even in the case of a minor injury. Even if they only have to take off one day of work and pay for minor medical treatment, they may have to pay medical bills and lose wages as a result.

This is why it is important that you take action as soon as you can to file a workers' compensation claim. If you do not file the claim within 30 days of the original injury occurring, you may no longer be eligible to gain damages.

Your employer's obligation to pay employees

As an employee in the United States, you have the right to get paid fairly and punctually. This means that employers who do not pay their employees on time or do not pay them what they are entitled to under the law can be subject to legal action.

It is important that you equip yourself with information about your rights as an employee in California. By doing this, you can take action when your employer falls short on their legal obligations to you.

Violence dramatically increases against nurses

Nurses are the people who take care of everyone before themselves; they assist doctors, help patients and advise loved ones about their relative’s health. However, more nurses are finding themselves needing care after workplace violence.

According to 2018 investigation, the rate of violence against nurses rose from 7.8 per 10,000 in 2016 to 8.8 in 2017 – the highest level since 2011. The data suggests that healthcare professionals are the most at the risk of assault in the workplace.

Claiming workers' compensation for a mental illness

Most workers' compensation claims involve physical injuries. This might involve a construction worker gaining compensation for medical bills after falling off a ladder or an office worker gaining compensation for a back injury from sitting at their desk. However, mental illnesses can also arise as a result of workplace conditions.

Mental illnesses can be much more difficult to successfully make a workers' compensation claim for, but they are equally as deserving in comparison to physical injuries. If you believe that you are suffering mentally as a result of your working environment, you should consider filing a workers' compensation claim.

Claiming compensation for mental illnesses that stem from injury

Being injured can have a profound effect on your life. It can affect your financial stability, your career progression, your independence and your entire lifestyle. This is why it is very common for victims of an incident or accident to suffer mentally as well as physically in the aftermath.

If you are considering going through the process of making a personal injury claim in the state of California, it is important that you get what you deserve, keeping this in mind. In order to do so, it is a good idea to consider the ways in which your mental illness was caused or worsened by the accident and the extent to which this affected your life both emotionally and financially.

Employee rights and drug testing in California

The recent legalization of marijuana for medical purposes in the state of California has meant that the law regarding the use of the drug has become somewhat blurred and confusing for many. Often, companies in the state of California demand that their employees take drug tests. This may be for regulation and safety reasons, such as if the company employs truck drivers, or it may simply to ensure that corporate workers are not abusing drugs.

If you are concerned about drug testing and how it affects medical marijuana consumption in the state of California, it is important that you take the time to understand the law. The following are some of the most frequently asked questions regarding the issue of employee drug testing in California.

Can I trust my boss after a work injury?

If you have been injured while at work in the state of California, it is likely that you will be considering making a claim for workers' compensation. In the majority of situations, you are within your rights to do this. However, you must make sure to take action as soon as possible. If you notify your employer too late, you may no longer be able to make a successful claim.

It is important to know the role that your boss plays in the claims process additionally. Your employer is essentially a middle man, working between you and their insurance provider. It is important that you do not automatically trust your employer to make the right decisions for you, and that you take the time to understand how the law works for yourself.

Determining the value of a spinal cord injury claim

Being involved in a car or cyclist accident can cause extensive and traumatic injuries. Unfortunately, many victims of such accidents suffer from spinal cord injures as a result. Spinal cord injuries can vary in severity. Some injuries can heal and improve over time, while other patients suffer with the debilitating effects of their injuries for the rest of their lives.

If you're suffering from a spinal cord injury in the state of California, it is important to take appropriate action. By making a personal injury claim, you may be able to gain compensation for the pain and suffering you have experienced, as well as funds to pay for medical treatment and care that can improve your wellbeing and quality of life.

Common questions about age discrimination at work

If you are an employee and over the age of 40 in the state of California, you may be starting to feel that your age is becoming a barrier to gaining or retaining work. If you are worried that you are being discriminated against because of your age, it is important that you understand the law so that you can take action when necessary.

Employees over the age of 40 often have questions about what counts as age discrimination in the workplace. The following are some of the most frequently asked questions.

Three workplace safety concerns around the holidays

With the holiday season bearing down, many workers are putting in long hours to try keep up with the consumer demand for gifts. Then after the holidays are over, there are all the returns and after holiday sales.

It is a busy time of year, even if you do not work in retail. You may be covering for coworkers who are out on vacation. You may also have been tasked with taking down the holiday decorations or planning a holiday party. With all these extra responsibilities, it is easy to feel overwhelmed and get careless. Here are three safety concerns to watch out for at your workplace around the holiday season.

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