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How to protect your hearing at work

There are numerous dangers workers contend with at their jobs. Trips, lacerations and muscle strains are some of the most common, and employers are more likely to have protections in place against these injuries. However, far too many workplaces do not adequately protect workers against premature hearing loss from loud noises. 

From industrial factories to construction sites, many workers have to deal with loud noises on an almost daily basis. If you are not careful, then these noises can impact your hearing. You may be able to file a workers' comp claim, but prevention will help immensely. Fortunately, there are many ways to safeguard your hearing against these dangers.

Shoulder accidents that occurred at work

Accidents and injuries can occur in any workplace, from desk jobs to construction sites. The unfortunate thing about getting injured at work is that it can lead to needing to take time off work, and therefore, you may suffer from lost wages through no fault of your own.

Although high medical bills and the loss of wages can be a reality, the good news is that there are protections in place for those who are suffering from shoulder injuries that occurred at work.

Claiming compensation for workplace trauma

The workplace can be a very tense and stressful environment. It can also be at times a dangerous one, and while an employee is at work, he or she can be victim to a traumatic event.

Although traumatic events may not affect the person physically, it can still have a profound effect on his or her ability to carry out his or her work, and it may result in a decreased quality of life for the person. Therefore, there are some legal protections in place for those that are suffering from workplace-induced stress or trauma.

Understanding how workers’ compensation applies to you

When you are injured at work, you are likely to be overwhelmed by the prospect of lost wages or high medical fees, no matter whether your injury is minor or serious.

The workers' compensation rules and guidelines can be difficult to navigate, and many injured employees become unnecessarily worried that claiming workers' compensation might make them vulnerable to retaliation or that they might be more likely to lose their job.

Work-related neck sprain

Employees are at an increased risk of neck sprain if they engage in physical activities at work, for example if they are required to lift heavy items on construction sites.

However, almost any employee can acquire a neck sprain at work, including those who work in office environments that require them to sit at a desk for a prolonged period of time.

Is workplace culture delaying your report?

Many people sustain injuries on the job every day, including teachers, laborers, office workers, nurses and many others. In quite a few places in California, the workplace culture is open, transparent and supportive.

Unfortunately, it can be different at other work environments. If you have been injured and are afraid to file an injury report with your employer, know that you are not alone. Here are common reasons that keep potential filers on the fence:

Preventing ladder falls at work

Every year, more than 500,000 people are injured in relation to the use of ladders in the United States. As a result of these injuries, over 300 people die. These are shocking statistics, and they are proof that more needs to be done when it comes to preventing ladder-related injuries in the United States, especially at work.

Here are some of the ways that ladder injuries most commonly happen.

Taking action after a work injury

If you have been injured at work, you will know that it can be an extremely stressful experience. As a result, you may have to spend time at home recovering and this could lead to a loss of wages as well as high medical costs. Therefore, it's important that you take action and begin your claim for workers' compensation.

The first steps after an injury

Calculating your workers’ compensation in California

If you are a California worker and you were injured on the job, you are entitled by law to receive two-thirds of your gross wages before tax when you are unable to work due to your injury. Some employers offer compensation of the full amount of wages lost. However, there is a cap on the maximum allowable compensation amount, which is set at $986.69.

Some public entities that are self-insured make sure that the worker will still be able to receive their full salary regardless of this, however. Here are some tips on calculating your wage compensation.

Will my accident be covered by workers’ compensation?

When a person is injured in the workplace, it could affect his or her ability to earn money in the future, and it will of course cause them a great deal of pain and distress, depending on the severity of the injury. Therefore, there are certain protections in place that are aimed at providing a safety net for injured workers. This is widely known as workers' compensation.

The following are some of the most frequently asked questions about workers' compensation.

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