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Workers' Compensation Archives

It seems Tesla employees keep workers' compensation system busy

Working in auto manufacturing plants appear to be extremely hazardous. That is if one looks at the many investigations launched into worker safety at the Fremont factory of Tesla Inc. According to the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, the electric vehicle maker's Fremont plant is currently the subject of six ongoing investigations. Employees in this facility will likely find comfort in knowing that they are covered by the workers' compensation program of the state.

Workers' compensation claim or civil lawsuit -- or both?

It was recently reported that the president of a California engineering and construction company along with a project manager and a foreman would be facing criminal charges over the death of an employee in 2016. It was not reported whether the worker's surviving family has sought financial relief through the civil justice system with regard to the workplace accident. That potential claim would be separate from the death benefits that they likely claimed from the state's workers' compensation insurance system.

Workers' compensation may not be valid if fatal fall was suicide

One of the most significant risks that construction workers face is falling from heights. Many fatal falls have led to surviving family members filing death benefits claims with the California workers' compensation insurance system. The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health is investigating a fatal fall accident that occurred on a recent Thursday morning.

Injured firefighters can rely on workers' compensation benefits

It is that time of the year again when wildfires tear through communities in California. Every summer, injured firefighters and grieving families of deceased firefighters file workers' compensation benefits claims to help them cope with unanticipated financial losses. Lives have already been lost and injuries suffered in wildfires in Northern California this year.

Does workers' compensation cover heat-related illnesses?

Following the recent death of a postal worker in California, a health official reminded employees to provide frequent breaks for their employers to allow them to cool down when they work in soaring temperatures. Although it is not confirmed yet, authorities suspect the postal worker's death was heat-related. She died on a day when temperatures reached 117 degrees. Many workers' compensation claims are filed each summer by employees whose bosses do not prioritize their safety.

Does workers' compensation cover off-site lunch-break injuries?

Workplace injuries occur every day -- on construction sites, in offices, factories and on movie sets. Suffering an on-the-job injury that prevents the immediate return to work can cause havoc in anyone's budget. This is when most California workers rely on the workers' compensation system to provide financial assistance.

Workers' compensation claim might follow window washer's death

The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health and the San Diego Police have launched investigations into the death of a window washer. A workers' compensation claim for death benefits will likely follow this tragedy. According to authorities, the incident occurred on a recent Tuesday morning at a condominium complex in downtown San Diego.

Will workers' compensation cover rhabdo in firefighters?

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health recently warned firefighters in California and other states of the risk of developing a dangerous condition that is called rhabdomyolysis, or rhabdo. It is caused by electrolytes and proteins that are released into the blood when damaged muscle tissues, caused by overexertion, are broken down by the process of rhabdo. Early diagnosis of rhabdo can set the ball rolling to obtain workers' compensation benefits.

Workers' compensation: Arc flash burn victim sues Tesla

A 37-year-old trainee electrician in California has filed a personal injury lawsuit against the automaker Tesla. This claim arose from severe burn injuries the man suffered in an arc flash incident in June 2017. Although he was in the employ of a contractor on the Tesla site and eligible for workers' compensation benefits through his employer, he alleges egregious negligence by Tesla because the car manufacturer refused to cut the electricity to the equipment on which the man had to work. He asserts Tesla wanted to avoid slowing down the production by isolating power.

Workers' compensation: Trench collapse claims life of 1 worker

The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health has opened an investigation into the recent death of a construction worker in Orange County. This incident involved a collapsed trench, which is one type of construction accident that leads to thousands of workers' compensation claims for benefits every year. The tragedy is that many workers lose their lives in these incidents that are entirely preventable.

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