Recent data shows California is a dangerous place for workers.
August 22, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- California a dangerous state for workers
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There are many occupations where workers might be subjected to conditions that could threaten their health. No matter what they do, their work environments are dangerous places. If every single person is not performing their duties in precisely the right way, it could lead to a devastating workplace accident.
A recent study by Allsup examined data provided by the U.S. Department of Labor to learn more about what occupations and what regions of the country were most dangerous for workers. The results showed that California was the third most-dangerous state for workers, with one injury per every 100 workers. This is above the national average of .7 injuries per 100 workers.
In California, the construction and agricultural industries leave many individuals exposed to potential threats on their safety. The large machines often present at these jobsites require that workers nearby remain alert, or they could find themselves unable to avoid an accident. Those injured on the state within the state may be eligible for workers' compensation benefits.
The workers' compensation system provides a quick way for injured workers to receive compensation while they are out of work recovering from their injuries. This allows workers to collect these funds without having to prove any fault for the injuries; simply being injured while working allows the workers to proceed with their claims.
While this may seem like a great benefit for workers, under California law, those injured on the job may have to see a doctor that has been selected by an employer. This could lead to future disputes about the type of care that an individual is receiving.
Injuries that are significant can take more time to heal, and the physician's treatment plan may not be addressing all the injuries. These individuals may be able to see their own doctors under certain circumstances after a specific period of time has passed.
If you have been injured while working, contact an experienced workers' compensation attorney as soon as possible. There are requirements that you must follow in order to be eligible for these benefits. Report any injuries to your supervisor immediately, so that your employer has a record of the accident on file.
You may have difficulty receiving the treatment you need to return to health when going through the process. An attorney can help you ensure that you receive an adequate diagnosis for your injuries. You may feel pressure from employers to return to work before you are ready. If you go back too soon, you run the risk of further injury.
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