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September 2017 Archives

How you can protect yourself from injuries in the workplace

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, just under 3 million full-time, private industry workers suffer nonfatal illnesses or injuries each year in the United States. Many of these injuries result from employers taking cost-cutting measures that undermine worker safety. This is why it's important for workers to be proactive in protecting themselves from getting hurt while on the job.

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.

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.

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.

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