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Can filing a workers' compensation claim get you fired?

Many workers who get injured on the job hesitate in filing a workers' compensation claim because they fear that in doing so, they could either be retaliated against or fired. If this describes you, then you'll find comfort in knowing that in California it's illegal for an employer to retaliate against an employee who files a workers' compensation claim.

While you may feel a sense of relief knowing that you being let go from your job for simply filing a workers' compensation claim is highly unlikely, you'll still want to make sure you follow some basic guidelines to give yourself the best possible chance of your claim being accepted.

How to respond to a worksite spill

One of the most common workplace injuries employees can encounter is a slip and fall. In fact, injuries sustained from slipping on the job results in the greatest amount of lost days from work, according to the National Floor Safety Institute

The best thing for employers and employees alike is to avoid slips and falls entirely. This is done by ensuring there is a way to address spills immediately. Although workers can clean up water fairly easily, some worksites need to be mindful of chemical spills. It is much better to avoid these complications than deal with the ensuing medical problems. 

Avoidable workplace accidents waiting to happen

Any workplace can pose risks - some more than others. Whether you are working in a mine, a construction site or at a desk in an office, there are still some basic health and safety principles that we should all be aware of.

This blog will provide a brief overview into how companies and employees can avoid certain health risks in their working environment, and what to do if you think that your workplace is unsafe.

Worker’s compensation and predesignation

Getting injured on the job can unfortunately be common in many industries, including construction, mining and farming. If you work in a high-risk industry, you may be concerned about medical expenses if you get hurt, and questions such as whether you can be treated by your regular doctor in the event of an injury.

This blog will serve as a brief overview into making preparations in the event of a work-related injury, and how predesignation works.

Workplace injuries shows to be higher for Latinos and blacks

Researchers with the University of Southern California's (USC) Initiative for Population Heath have determined that both African Americans and Latinos are at a greater risk for suffering a workplace injury more so than other ethnic groups.

As for why these two groups have higher-than-average job-related disability rates, the lead researcher on the project notes that he and his team are only beginning to try to make sense of the disparity. He suspects that a combination of two factors may be to blame.

Explosions more common on worksites than many people realize

While the government has made efforts to reduce workplace injuries, they still occur at an alarming rate. According to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, around 2.9 million workplace injuries occurred in the country in 2015 alone. These injuries have a variety of explanations, and one of the most overlooked is explosions.

Explosions seem rare, but many industrial and commercial properties have dealt with them in the past. Naturally, these incidents have the potential to become disastrous and injure a lot of people all at once. There are several ways an explosion can take place, so become aware of them as well as how to prevent them. 

Workplace safety whistleblowing: Know your rights

When you are concerned about the safety of your workplace or you think that you or your colleagues may be in imminent danger, your first thought might be to place a complaint, either with your employer, or with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). However, your second thought may be concern or fear that this type of complaint, otherwise known as whistleblowing, may place your job in jeopardy.

This blog will provide a brief overview into your workers' rights to be a whistleblower, and to make complaints to ensure workplace safety for yourself and your colleagues.

Older workers are at greater risk of fatal injuries

The federal government has been keeping statistics on workplace deaths for some time now, and there's good new and bad news.

The good news is that workplace deaths are generally declining. Over the last nine years, the chance of dying on the job has dropped about 22 percent. The bad news is that this statistic doesn't apply to everyone. If you happen to 55 years of age or older, your risk of dying on the job has actually increased by as much as 65 percent.

Everything you need to know about workers’ compensation

If you have been injured at work, it is likely that you are entitled to workers' compensation. You might think that asking for workers' compensation might negatively affect your career prospects, but compensation is your legal right as a worker and is covered by the insurance of your employer.

This blog will answer some of the most frequently asked questions about workers' compensation.

California's workers' compensation law and rights to medical care

If you've been injured on the job in California, then under the state's workers' compensation policies, you have a right to receive rehabilitative medical care at your employer's expense. It's important to note that the treatments you receive, though, are required to be in alignment with those prescribed in the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine's (ACEOEM) practice guidelines.

The ACEOEM outlines different evidence-based treatment options for common occupational injuries. Among some of the different specifications detailed in the guidelines, it describes how often you should expect to be treated for an ailment (frequency), the length of time you should be have to undergo it (duration), as well as how intense the treatment should be.

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