Injured Workers May Use Illegal Drugs To Get By
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Injured Workers May Use Illegal Drugs To Get By
26 May 2016 | William J. Kropach
Recovering from a serious workplace injury may be a long process. But for those who are accustomed to being breadwinners and active providers in their households, the road to recovery may be littered with potholes. It is not uncommon for injured workers to cope with the pain and downtime with pain medications prescribed by their … READ MORE
Could High Heels Lead To A Workers’ Comp Claim?
19 May 2016 | William J. Kropach
Those who are fans of Anne Hathaway movies remember the scene in “The Devil Wears Prada” where Hathaway’s character is opposed to don some Italian leather slingback pumps until she is coerced into doing so. In fact, there are many businesses where women are encouraged to wear high heels in order to maintain the motif … READ MORE
In our last post, we highlighted the increasing penalties for failing to report workplace injuries, and how it was a sign that OSHA did not trust that employers would self-report their injuries. Recently OSHA published new and final rules regarding the electronic submission of workers’ injury and illness data. This information is to supplement such … READ MORE
In a prior post, we highlighted OSHA’s the success of OSHA’s new injury reporting protocols. Essentially, employers who had employees who were injured in the course of their duties were required to report certain injuries and all hospitalizations within a 24 hour period. While the reporting protocols were envisioned to be easier because it was … READ MORE
A Cautionary Tale About Scaffolding Violations
29 Apr 2016 | William J. Kropach
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 … READ MORE
Basic Steps For Preventing Scaffolding Injuries
27 Apr 2016 | William J. Kropach
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. While scaffolding is inherently dangerous, it is surprising how many people do not know how … READ MORE
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 … READ MORE
Employers Could See Lower Insurance Premiums
12 Apr 2016 | William J. Kropach
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. The state’s Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau proposed a reductionin insurance premiums that employers would … READ MORE
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. But for those people who … READ MORE
DOL Reporting Program Provides Good Lessons
1 Apr 2016 | William J. Kropach
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. To that end, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) began … READ MORE