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California Proposed Heat Safety Rules for Indoor Employees May Be in Trouble

According to a report from National Public Radio (NPR), a proposed heat safety regulation for indoor workers has run into problems in California’s state capital. Only two other U.S. states currently have any type of indoor heat safety rules in place for workers. In this blog post, our Fresno workerscompensation attorney discusses the proposed […]

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Workplace Violence is a Serious Problem: California Has New Law to Help Protect Employees

In September of 2023, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 553 into law. A first-of-its-kind state law, the bill is designed to help protect employees from the threat of workplace violence. It requires employers to develop and implement workplace violence prevention plans. Here, our Fresno workers’ comp lawyer discusses the workplace violence risks that

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I Am an Independent Contractor in California: Can I File for Workers’ Comp Benefits if Injured While at Work?

Employers in California and throughout the United States are increasingly relying on the contributions of independent contractors. You may be wondering: Can I file for workers’ comp benefits if I am hurt while working as an independent contractor? The short answer is “no”—independent contractors are not covered by workers’ comp. However, there are key qualifiers

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How are Permanent Disability (PD) Benefits Determined in a California Workers’ Comp Claim in California?

Were you or a loved one seriously injured on the job in California? You may be entitled to permanent disability or PD benefits. These are a form of workers’ comp benefits that are reserved for people who have an injury or impairment that is so severe that a full recovery is not reasonably expected even

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Report: Extreme Heat Injuries More than 20,000 Workers Per Year in California

As reported by Reuters, July of 2023 has been the world’s hottest year in recorded history. California has not been spared—many parts of our state have experienced serious heat waves this summer. Extreme temperatures pose a significant safety hazard to outdoor workers. According to reporting from The Desert Sun, more than 20,000 people suffer heat-related injuries and

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Returning to Work After an Accident in Fresno: The Three Main Paths and Your Rights as a Worker 

Accidents happen in the workplace. The California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) reports that 161,860 workers missed time on the job due to work-related injuries or illnesses in 2020 alone. Workerscompensation insurance coverage helps to ensure that people who were hurt on the job have the financial resources that they need to pay for medical care

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Five Duties an Employer Owes to You After a Workplace Accident in California 

All workers in Fresno County are entitled to no-fault workers comp coverage under California Labor Code § 3700. If you sustained a work injury, you have the right to seek workers’ comp benefits for medical care and wage replacement. Beyond that, your employer owes you certain basic duties after an accident. In this article, you will find

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How Long Does it Take on Average to Get Workers’ Comp Benefits in California

Unfortunately, workplace injuries and accidents continue to happen far too frequently. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimates that 1.1 million workers take time off annually to recover from a job-related injury or occupational disease. Workerscompensation insurance exists to help ensure that employers have financial protection and security after an accident.  You may be wondering: How

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Understanding the Two Types of Workers’ Compensation Settlements in California

California law requires all businesses and organizations that operate within the state to carry no-fault workerscompensation coverage (Labor Code § 3700). If you are hurt on the job in Fresno, you have the right to file a workers’ comp claim to seek medical coverage and wage loss benefits.  Following a serious workplace accident, your

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California Work Safety Regulators Release COVID-19 Safety Guidance for School Employees

In January, the Omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus swept across California. There were nearly 140,000 COVID-19 cases confirmed statewide on January 21st—the highest daily amount during the entire course of the pandemic. However, the outbreak receded. On March 1st, there were fewer than 6,000 cases in California. Public health and safety policies are changing,

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