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  • The Dangers of Returning to Work Too Early After a Workers’ Comp Injury

    Oftentimes, employers want to get their injured employees back to work as soon as possible. Unfortunately, this is generally not in the best interests of the employee for numerous reasons. If you sustained an injury while performing your job duties, it is important to wait until you are fully healed and ready to take on the demands of your job without harming your physical wellbeing or creating ...
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  • How to Prepare for Your Workers’ Compensation Hearing

    If your workers’ compensation claim is being disputed, you might require a formal hearing before a workers’ compensation judge to fight for the benefits you deserve. During your workers’ compensation hearing, a judge will review the evidence in your case and make a decision to award or deny you the benefits you are seeking. It is critical that you are properly prepared for this hearing and ...
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  • What Happens if I am Involved in a Car Accident While Performing My Job Duties

    For many of us, work is not only performed in an office or other worksite. Many occupations require employees to drive as part of their work duties. So what happens when a worker gets injured in an accident while on the road? If you were recently involved in a motor vehicle accident while performing your work duties, you might be wondering what to expect next and if workers’ compensation benefits ...
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  • Who Decides When I Have Reached Maximum Medical Improvement?

    When an employee suffers an injury in the workplace, he or she will likely be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. However, there are several factors that can potentially impact how long you are able to receive these important benefits, such as the length of time it takes for you to recover from your injuries. Of course, the recovery process is not an exact science and no two situations are ...
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  • How to Prepare for Your Independent Medical Examination (IME)

    After you file a workers’ compensation claim, you will likely be asked to attend an independent medical examination (IME) with a doctor who is not your treating physician. This exam can have a major impact on your ability to receive workers’ compensation benefits and, therefore, it is important to properly prepare for it. We have provided a list of tips below that should help you prepare for your ...
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  • What Not to Say to the Independent Medical Examination Doctor

    There are many steps involved in filing a workers’ compensation claim, including an independent medical examination (IME). This appointment can be stressful, especially since the doctor’s findings can make or break your workers’ compensation claim. Before you attend your IME, it is important to understand what you should avoid saying to the doctor conducting your examination to avoid derailing ...
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  • Is it a Good Idea to Settle Your Workers’ Compensation Claim?

    When employees are injured on the job, workers’ compensation benefits help lessen the burden they experience as they take time away from work to recover from their injuries. As long as the injuries occurred within the scope of one’s employment and did not involve willful misconduct, an injured worker would likely be eligible for receiving these benefits. However, while this might sound simple and ...
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  • Why Did My Workers’ Compensation Benefits End?

    Workers’ compensation benefits are crucial for helping injured workers get through their period of recovery while they are out of work, covering a portion of their lost wages and any medical costs related to their injuries. However, if your benefits recently came to an end and you are unsure why, or believe you should continue to receive them, you are likely in search of answers as to why this ...
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  • Employer Retaliation for Filing a Workers’ Comp Claim

    When a worker sustains an injury on the job, he or she has the right to file a workers’ compensation claim to help pay for medical expenses and lost wages. Unfortunately, sometimes an employer might wrongfully retaliate against the employee for exercising this right. This is a violation of the law and, if this happens to you, you have the right to take action against your employer and must seek ...
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  • Does Workers’ Compensation Cover a Car Accident While at Work?

    Transportation-related accidents were the most common type of fatal work injury in 2016, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, accounting for 40% of all work fatalities for the year. If you were on the job while you were involved in a motor vehicle accident, this can complicate matters since such accidents are only covered by workers’ compensation in limited ...
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  • Does Workers’ Compensation Cover Mental Illness?

    When we think of injuries sustained on the job, we tend not to think of psychiatric injuries, but rather physical ones, such as broken bones and head injuries. However, even psychiatric injuries can be covered by workers’ compensation under certain circumstances. California, unlike other states, covers psychiatric injuries within the workers’ compensation system. That said, employers and insurance ...
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  • Lung Diseases and Workers’ Compensation: What You Should Know

    The respiratory system is critical for a person’s health and, unfortunately, many work environments put this delicate part of the body at risk for sustaining injuries. The consequences of these injuries can range anywhere from minor to serious or fatal. If you believe you suffered a lung disease as a result of your job duties or work environment, you need to obtain skilled legal representation as ...
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  • What You Need to Watch Out for with Your Workers’ Comp Adjuster

    Working with a workers’ compensation adjuster can be a little overwhelming and, generally, their goal is to ensure they minimize the number of benefits you receive. They might even try to delay or outright deny your claim to save money for the insurance company they work for. One way to navigate this situation is to know exactly what kind of tactics you can expect from an insurance adjuster, so ...
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  • Common Mistakes Made in Workers’ Comp Claims

    After suffering an injury at work, it is important to follow through the workers’ compensation process to ensure you obtain the benefits you are entitled to. Unfortunately, many employees make a number of mistakes and missteps along the way that prevent them from receiving their workers’ compensation benefits. What kind of mistakes should you avoid and what can you do to prevent your claim from ...
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  • Why Did My Employer Deny My Workers' Compensation Claim?

    If you suffered a workplace injury and your claim was denied by your employer, you are likely stressed out and trying to decide how to cover the costs of your medical bills and missed time from work. However, you have the right to challenge a denial through the workers’ compensation appeals process. Make sure you understand the reasons why your employer denied your claim to begin with. Your ...
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  • Who is Covered by Workers’ Compensation Insurance?

    Generally, most workers who sustain injuries or develop occupational illnesses are able to recover workers’ compensation benefits. This applies to both full-time and part-time employees as long as the injury or illness was sustained during the course of their employment. That said, not all employees are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. Do you know if you would be able to obtain ...
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  • Common Workplace Shoulder Injuries

    Many injuries that are acquired in the workplace are developed over a span of time rather than sustained in a one-time incident. Shoulder injuries are some of the most common injuries workers experience and tend to vary in severity, depending on the type of work that was performed and for how long the worker performed the tasks that led to the injury. Although many insurance companies attempt to ...
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  • Common Occupational Injuries for Healthcare Workers

    Healthcare workers have an incredibly important job. In fact, the healthcare industry is one of the fastest growing job markets. Unfortunately, the people whom we look to for help when it comes to caring for our wellbeing are also at a high risk for suffering a vast range of injuries on the job. The healthcare industry is physically demanding and often takes a toll on workers as a result. If you ...
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  • Can I Sue My Employer and File for Workers’ Compensation?

    Regardless of the injury or illness you developed on the job, you will likely have to file a workers’ compensation claim to recover benefits. However, this does not mean that there are never any occasions that call for a personal injury lawsuit, wherein an employee can recover damages. Generally, it is more beneficial for employees to file a workers’ compensation claim since it eliminates the ...
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  • Toxic Exposure and Workers’ Compensation Claims: What You Need to Know

    When we think of injuries that warrant workers’ compensation benefits, we tend to think of broken bones, back injuries, and severe lacerations sustained in accidents. For many, however, injuries and occupational illnesses come in an entirely different form. Exposure to toxic chemicals can result in serious conditions and injuries that could affect an individual for the rest of his or her life. If ...
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  • What You Need to Know About Workplace Violence Injuries

    In most cases, when an employee sustains an injury at work, it is the result of an accident. You might have smashed your hand while using dangerous machinery, or slipped and fell on a wet floor. However, sometimes your co-workers or customers could be a potential hazard in your work environment. In fact, according to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), nearly 2 million ...
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  • Returning to Work After an Injury

    After being injured at work, you will want to begin your path toward recovery, so you can resume your job duties. Of course, no matter how eager you or your employer are for you to return to your job, it is critical not to do this before you are physically able to or you will only make your injuries worse. As such, there are some things you need to consider and think of before you begin to plan ...
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  • Your Rights as an Injured Worker

    Even when an employer provides a reasonably safe and healthy environment for employees, it is still possible to be injured or to develop a harmful condition due to performing job duties. However, to protect employees, every state has a system that assists employees when they suffer from work-related injuries and illnesses. If you are unsure of what your rights are in the event of sustaining an ...
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  • How Do Pre-Existing Conditions or Injuries Affect My Workers' Compensation Claim?

    Filing for workers’ compensation benefits can sometimes be a little complicated, especially since it is often a first-time experience for many. If you have a pre-existing condition, the process can get a little trickier, particularly if the pre-existing condition somehow relates to your claim. If your medical records show that you suffer from a herniated disk and you later injure your back while ...
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  • What Records Do I Need to Keep For My Claim?

    Organized and detailed record-keeping is critical in just about any legal matter, including workers’ compensation cases. In fact, doing so can increase your chances of receiving these important benefits and, if you end up in a dispute with the insurance company, you will have the proof you need to support your claim. Of course, if you have never dealt with this type of matter before, you might not ...
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