The definition of work accident includes accidents occurring “while engaged in an economic activity, or at work, or carrying on the business of the employer leading to physical or mental injury. According to the International Labor Organization (ILO), more than 337 million accidents happen on the job each year, resulting, together with occupational diseases, in more than 2.3 million deaths annually.
Every 7 seconds, a worker is injured on the job. These numbers are staggering, and the worst part is that each one is preventable. Taking preventative action can spare workers needless pain and suffering. Hazardous materials, workplace violence, poor lighting, stress, trips and falls, fatigue dehydration, and lifting heavy equipment are among the most common causes of work-related injuries.
California has a no-fault workers compensation system, ideally benefiting both employees and employers. Workers cannot sue their employers in court, and in return, employees don’t have to prove that their employer was at fault for the injury–just that the injury was work-related. The California workers’ compensation system, paid for by employers, provides several benefits to injured workers including providing medical treatment coverage, prescription drugs, medical aid devices and transportation costs to seek treatment.
Depending on the nature of your worker’s compensation claim and related injuries, workers may be entitled to recover other forms of benefits outside of the worker’s compensation program, including state disability insurance benefits (SDI), Social Security disability benefits (SSDI), court judgments or settlements from a lawsuit against third party.
If you have been injured while at work, you may be entitled to financial compensation from your employer, a third party or both. We can help you in determining the most beneficial course of action to take for your unique situation. Our firm offers a free case evaluation where we will provide answers to your questions and explain your legal options.
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