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April 2016 Archives

A cautionary tale about scaffolding violations

In our last post, we highlighted some of the basic, and necessary, steps that contractors must take to ensure workers' safety when working on scaffolding. This is especially important given how often workers fall and the severity of the injuries that can be sustained. Further, the potential OSHA violations can form the legal basis for negligence suits in addition to workers' compensation benefits.

Basic steps for preventing scaffolding injuries

With the commercial construction boom in Southern California expected to continue, it is increasingly important for builders to know and observe safety rules regarding scaffolds. Essentially, a trained, competent person must supervise workers who are completing projects while on scaffolds.

City audit reveals 'excessive' workers comp claims

There may be a stigma that workers’ compensation claims may not be genuine, which may lead to companies contesting them because they believe the injuries reported may not be actual harms suffered while on the job. A recent indication of this was revealed through a L.A. Times.com article highlighting the work comp claims of firefighters and police officers.

Employers could see lower insurance premiums

There is always pressure to reduce costs in California’s workers’ compensation system. Whether it is for businesses, employees or those who work within the system (i.e. investigators, outside attorneys, medical providers) groups are always vying to save money on costs.

How prior injuries may affect your work comp claim

As we have noted in prior posts, workers’ compensation is supposed to help injured workers meet their financial obligations while they recover from their injuries and cannot work. The benefits stemming from these claims are based on a formula that assigns a particular monetary amount for each type of injury.

DOL reporting program provides good lessons

Indeed, the main goal of California's workers' compensation code is to ensure that injured workers are able to meet their financial obligations while they are unable to work due to work related injuries. However, an important part of the work comp industry  is preventing accidents.

What Our Clients Say
  1. My injury and subsequent WC case was one of the most difficult times in my life, and I wouldn't wish this upon my worst enemy. Throughout the entire ordeal though, Mr. Kropach and Ms. Shibata stood by my side, providing me amazing support.

    - Wpark
  2. I was in a very serious accident in early 2000 and found that Attorney Kropach and his Staff especially his paralegal Jill paid close attention to my case and no matter how many questions I asked they always had time to explain in layman's language what I needed to know.

    - Janice Ann
  3. I have been lucky to have William Kropach handle two different workers' compensation cases in the last several years that exceeded all of my expectations.

    - Arabella
  4. I hired Mr. Kropach years ago due to the fact that he was head of the San Fernando Valley Bar Association. After the insurance company denied my claim I thought my case was over but my attorney fought the insurance company all the way to the appellate court and WON.

    - Workers’ Compensation Client
  5. I hired Mr. Kropach years ago due to the fact that he was head of the San Fernando Valley Bar Association. After the insurance company denied my claim I thought my case was over but my attorney fought the insurance company all the way to the appellate court and WON.

    - Workers’ Compensation Client
  6. I have a 18 year old work-comp case. Mr. Kropach never gave up or settled for anything less. He kept fighting for my rights to win. He realized I was in the right and He never once asked me to just give up.I won my case 100 %

    - Edward
  7. I have known Bill for over 25 years. He is personable and very knowledgeable in the area of Workers Comp. My experience during this very stressful time has been excellent. His staff is courteous and efficient and always kept me up to date with my case.

    - Donna
  8. I hired Mr. Kropach for my workers compensation claim about 3 years ago. I was suffering severe pain on my elbow as a result of my job. Mr. Kropach was superb in helping me settle this case.

    - Dax
  9. Bill treated me with care, individuality, and really examined my case carefully. I was immediately impressed with his track record and his dedication to voluntary unpaid community services.

    - Brad
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