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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • California Workers' Comp Savings Come at Expense of Claimants

    The year 2013 brought about significant reforms for California’s workers’ compensation systems through a piece of legislation known as Senate Bill 863. This series of reforms made sweeping changes to the system in an effort to cut back on wasteful spending. A recent report issued by the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau estimated that the system has increased benefits for workers while ...
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