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How Common are Back Injuries at Work?

Did you or your family member sustain a back injury while on the job? You are not alone. Back injuries are among the most common workplace ailments—they account for nearly 20%of all work-related impairments. You have the right to file for workers’ comp for a back injury. In this article, our Fresno workerscompensation attorney provides an

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Hurt on the Job in California? Four Key Things to Know About Third-Party Liability Claims

In California, your employer has a duty to provide no-fault workerscompensation coverage. You can obtain workers’ comp benefits without proving that your employer was “at fault” for your accident. However, you cannot file a personal injury claim against your employer for a job-related accident. That being said, you can sue a negligent third party,

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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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California Workers’ Compensation and Third Party Liability Claims

An injured worker generally cannot file a lawsuit against their employer. Under California law (Labor Code Section § 3600), a workers’ comp claim is an injured employee’s “exclusive remedy” against their company or organization. In exchange, workers are entitled to no-fault benefits. They do not need to prove that their employer did anything wrong to get

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Are Independent Contractors Covered by Workers’ Compensation in California?

As explained by the California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) “All California employers must provide workerscompensation benefits to their employees.” Of course, the key word in that sentence is “employees.” You may be wondering: Can an independent contractor file for workers’ comp benefits in California? In general, the answer is ‘no,’ but an employee who was improperly misclassified

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