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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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Worker Killed on the Job in Fresno County (Electrocution)

According to a report from ABC 30, a man was killed on the job in a tragic workplace accident in Fresno County. He was electrocuted while working near utility lines on a raised platform. Here, our Fresno workerscompensation attorneyexplains what we know about this case and discusses the risks associated with workplace electrocutions.  Workplace Electrocution Incident

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California is a No-Fault Workers’ Comp Insurance State (But There are Some Exceptions)

California law (Labor Code § 3700) is clear: Employers must obtain workers’ comp insurance coverage for their employees. Workers’ comp insurance is no-fault—an employee does not need to prove negligence or any other type of misconduct by their employer to recover benefits. As long as the accident happened while the employee was working, they can

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Nurses in California Push for More Comprehensive Workers’ Comp Rights

According to a report from Bloomberg Law, nurses are continuing to push for more comprehensive workerscompensation rights. With backing from top labor advocacy groups, the coalition of nurses wants legal rights that put them in the same position—eligible for a presumption of coverage for certain injuries and illnesses—that law enforcement officers and firefighters receive. In

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Workers’ Compensation in California: What is a Mandatory Settlement Conference (MSC)?

Work injuries remain a serious issue in our state. According to the California Department of Industrial Relations, nearly 500,000 workers are hurt on the job annually. In California, an employee is entitled to no-fault workers’ comp insurance coverage. If you are hurt on the job, you can file for benefits, regardless of whether or not your […]

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Be Careful About What You Share on Social Media When Your Workers’ Comp Claim is Open

Long gone are the days when social media was the province of teenagers. In April of 2021, the Pew Research Centerreleased results of a survey finding that 72% of people nationwide have at least one active social media account—and the fastest growing group of users is senior citizens. It makes sense, social media can be a […]

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California Workers’ Compensation Claims: What to Know About Cumulative Trauma Injuries

In California, employers are required to provide no-fault workers’ comp insurance benefits to their staff. A worker who is hurt on the job is entitled to get coverage for all reasonably necessary medical care and for partial wages. UnderCalifornia Labor Code section 3208.1, an injury may be specific or cumulative.  A cumulative injury is one […]

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California Senate Rejects Workers’ Comp Reform Proposal

On June 4th, 2021, The Press Democrat reported that the California State Senate has rejected a bill that would create long-term reforms to the workerscompensation insurance system that would have made it easier for some frontline health care employees to qualify for benefits. In this article, our California workerscompensation attorney proposed an overview of the reform proposal […]

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California Workers’ Compensation: Defending a ‘Cumulative Trauma’ Claim

Under California workerscompensation laws, there are two broad categories of work injuries —  specific injuries and cumulative trauma. A specific injury occurs in a single event, in which an employee is hurt at a specific place and time. In contrast, cumulative trauma injuries develop gradually over time. They occur as the collective consequence of many repetitive movements

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