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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.

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.

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.

What are crush injuries and what happens if you suffer from one?

Crush injuries are one of the more serious types of workplace accidents an individual can be involved in. There are many ways this type of injury can occur. A building may collapse with workers in it, someone might get trampled in a stampede into or out of a building or open space or a worker may get pinned under or behind heavy machinery.

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.

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.

What is black lung disease?

Despite more stringent safety regulations in mining, those who work in that industry still contract "black lung disease." It gets its name from the fact that a person's lungs turn from a healthy pink to black. It's also known as coal workers' pneumoconiosis (CWP). Coal macules form in the lungs and eventually turn into coal nodules.

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