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  • Do I Have Any Options if My Workers' Comp Claim Was Denied?

    If you have been injured while on the job, you are covered by an employer’s workers’ compensation insurance. However, workers’ comp claims may be denied for various reasons. If your worker’s compensation claim is denied, you will receive a letter which states the reasons your claim was denied. Common reasons for denial of workers’ comp benefits include, but are not limited to, the following: Claim ...
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  • What's the Difference SSDI & SSI

    The Social Security Administration (SSA) offers two types of disability benefits: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Although both programs supplement the income of those who are not able to work because of a medical disability, SSDI and SSI serve two distinct demographics. The main difference between the two is eligibility. SSDI is only available ...
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  • Top Causes of Workplace Injuries

    Serious and fatal injuries in the workplace are far too common. Each year, thousands are killed on the job, while millions more suffer severe injuries in the United States. The following are the most common causes of workers’ compensation injuries: Overexertion – Considered the leading cause of injury, overexertion typically relates to lifting, pushing, pulling, carrying, throwing, or holding. ...
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  • Are California Domestic Workers Covered by Workers' Comp?

    Although homeowners benefit from the service of domestic workers, this homeowner-to-client relationship can result in complications when and if an accident occurs. It is not often clear if the homeowner is an employer or if the domestic worker is considered a contractor with no recourse for support through workers’ compensation benefits. Most common types of domestic workers include: Housekeepers ...
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  • How Drug Tests Can Affect Your Workers' Comp Claim

    In many cases, employers require their employees to get their urine tested they suffer an injury at the workplace. If this happens to you, there are several things you should know about drug tests in relation to workers’ compensation benefits. First, if you are sent to a physician’s office for a urine test, you do not have to obtain treatment from that doctor for your injury. Seeking medical ...
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  • Can I File for Workers' Comp If I Work from Home?

    In today’s workforce, many employees telecommute and otherwise work from the comfort of their own home. While a home office or other type of home-work area may be considered a safe and injury-free environment, workers still suffer work-related accidents that lead to injuries. The question for many of those who work from home is whether they can recover workers’ compensation benefits for injuries ...
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  • Most Common Wear and Tear Injuries at Work

    Aches and pains are a common occurrence in the U.S. workforce. However, wear and tear injuries from the physical labor of a job can result in serious injuries. There are several occupations which obviously require a high level of physical fitness and are associated with the risk of wear and tear, such as jobs in the construction and fitness industry. On the other hand, occupations such as ...
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  • The Ten Most Common Types of Workplace Injuries

    Injuries can happen in nearly any workplace. In 2013 alone, more than 4,000 workers were killed and millions more suffered a serious injury. What may surprise you is that many of these injuries were similar and came as a result of similar causes. If you have suffered any of these types of injuries, you should not hesitate to reach out to a skilled Sacramento workers’ compensation attorney, who can ...
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  • Ten Common Workers' Compensation Definitions

    When you file a workers’ compensation claim, you’ll likely hear a number of words and terms thrown around that you may have never heard before. For most people this means it’s easy to become confused, and for some this could even become intimidating and stressful. Want to avoid this confusion and keep up with what’s going on? Here are ten common workers’ compensation law terms and their ...
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  • Workers' Compensation for Vision Loss & Eye Injuries

    According to the CDC, over 800,000 people suffer eye injuries on the job each year in the United States. Those who have the highest reported rates of workplace eye injuries or vision loss include carpenters, welders, electricians, assembly line workers, mechanics, and computer data personnel. The following are the common causes of eyes injuries at work: Blunt force trauma caused by falls, car ...
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  • Things to Consider Before Accepting a Workers' Comp Settlement

    After suffering an injury at the workplace, your first priority is to receive immediate medical attention. Once you obtain the treatment you need to recover, you must deal with other important matters, such as reporting the incident, getting your workers’ compensation claim started, and receiving benefits for your medical bills and lost earnings. Depending on your diagnosis and how long the entire ...
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  • Avoid These Workers' Comp Mistakes

    If you suffer an injury at work, you may be eligible to obtain workers’ compensation benefits to cover your medical expenses and lost wages while you’re recovering from injury. However, insurance providers will typically try to find a way to deny your claim entirely since they are only looking out for their own best interests. The following are common mistakes that can cost you the benefits you ...
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  • Common Workplace Injuries for Truck Drivers

    Commercial truck drivers have an immensely difficult job. Not only are they responsible for a vehicle that ways dozens of tons, they also have to safely navigate it across our highways, manage the cargo, and continually stay focused mile after mile, day after day. As a result, commercial truck drivers actually have a pretty dangerous job. Drivers are injured in many different ways, whether it’s ...
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  • Five Common Workers' Comp Myths

    There’s no denying it: workers’ compensation law is complex. If you have been injured on the job, you may be considering filing a workers’ compensation claim, but you might not know where to begin. Some of the information we often hear people say they heard from friends and family or found online isn’t exactly helpful either. In fact, we’ve been presented with a number of these workers’ ...
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  • How to Document Your Workers' Comp Claim

    If you have been injured on the job, then you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. However, they aren’t going to just be given to you as soon as you are injured—you’ll need to file a claim and then prove to your employer and their insurance company that you should receive these benefits. Insurance companies and employers have the right to investigate these claims in order to make ...
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  • Can I Claim Workers’ Compensation for Skin Problems?

    Skin conditions tend to happen gradually over a period of time, but that does not mean they are not covered by workers’ compensation. If you developed a skin condition or disease on the job, you might be entitled to workers’ compensation, depending on the specifics of your condition. To be eligible for benefits, you must prove you developed it as a direct result of your occupation. Conditions ...
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  • Understanding Maximum Medical Improvement

    When you are injured on the job and file a workers’ compensation claim, you’ll likely have to see a doctor periodically to get checkups and further treatment so your injury can heal. Over time, your condition will improve, but there may come a point where you stop improving without ever reaching full healing. This is known as “maximum medical improvement,” or MMI for short, and reaching this point ...
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  • Are Workers’ Compensation Benefits Taxable?

    In most cases, workers’ compensation benefits are generally not taxable, which is a relief for those trying to get by on these necessary benefits. Workers’ compensation falls within the same category of other non-taxable income, such as public welfare fund payments, compensatory damages, disability benefits, and compensation for the permanent loss of or use of a body part. That said, there are ...
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  • Can I Recover Workers' Comp With a Pre-Existing Condition?

    Having a pre-existing condition could complicate your workers’ compensation claim if you are injured while on the job. While a pre-existing condition doesn’t make you ineligible, your employer and insurance company will likely try to leverage your pre-existing condition against you to protect their bottom line. There are three types of pre-existing conditions in workers’ compensation claims, and ...
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  • How Social Media Impacts Your Workers' Comp Claim

    In our ever-connected world, social media outlets have become a huge part of our lives. Some people depend on these outlets for everything from communication to news to valuable information. As we become more comfortable with these online spheres, we also choose to share more personal details that we may not have been so willingly open to discuss, including details regarding a workers’ ...
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  • How to Prepare for Your Workers' Comp Hearing

    When you can’t come to an agreement as to what your workers’ compensation benefits should be, or whether your employer is responsible for your injuries, you may need to pursue a workers’ compensation hearing. A hearing is a meeting before a judge or panel of judges where you plead your case, your employer or their insurance company pleads theirs, and you both present your evidence in order to ...
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  • Five Reasons Your Workers' Comp Benefits May End

    If you are receiving workers’ compensation benefits, you likely depend on them to help you financially while you recover from your injury. When you are receiving benefits, it’s important to know when your benefits can end and why. Not only can this help you avoid making a mistake that jeopardizes your benefits, but it can also help you plan for when you will no longer have this source of added ...
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  • Why Employers Dispute Workers' Comp Claims

    Workers’ compensation benefits are extremely important for employees who are injured while on the job, so it may come as quite the shock to learn that your employer has decided to dispute or even outright denied your injury claim. Why would they choose to do this? There are many reasons, some legitimate and others not so much. Let’s take a look at a few of them now. Financial Ramifications ...
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  • Can I File Claim for Chemical Exposure?

    Injuries, illness, or other harm done to the body from chemical exposure can lead to temporary or even lifelong problems. For those who have been harmed due to toxic chemical exposure in the workplace, it becomes all the more important to resolve the matter as soon as possible. A workers’ compensation attorney can help you file a claim for financial compensation. Uncovering Chemical Exposure Cases ...
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  • How to File Workers' Comp for Occupational Hearing Loss

    Hearing loss can certainly develop after a while of being exposed to loud, incessant noise in the workplace. Some workers might not realize that they have legal rights and to find due compensation from occupational hearing loss. Our Sacramento workers’ comp lawyers at Smolich & Smolich can help keep you informed about your legal rights. Understanding Workers’ Compensation Laws In a report from the ...
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