Deaths as a result of accidents in the workplace are on the rise. This is according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics‘ (BLS) Census of 2016 Fatal Occupational Injuries. The report shows that there were 5,190 workplace deaths reported in the United States in the year 2016. That is a 7 percent increase compared to... (Read more)

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Injuries that are suffered on the job can be not only physical painful, but also emotionally traumatizing. A workplace injury can leave a worker unable to work for extended periods of time. He or she may need extensive medical treatment, care and attention. Many workers who are injured on the job may also require lengthy... (Read more)

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On average, at least one worker is killed on the job every day in California. The fatality rate is highest in the agriculture industry, with 17.1 deaths per 100,000 workers. The fatality rate is also high in the construction industry, with 6.8 deaths per 100,000 workers. Both of those death rates have increased in recent... (Read more)

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Workers’ compensation provides benefits for employees who suffer from work-related injuries. Some of those benefits are easy to calculate and others depend on factors that are open to interpretation. A California workers’ compensation lawyer can help injured employees understand the benefits to which they are entitled. Medical Expenses Medical expenses are the easiest benefit to... (Read more)

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If you have a dispute with your workers’ compensation case, you may have to take the insurance company to court in order to receive fair and full compensation for losses caused by your workplace injury. Sometimes, a workers’ compensation claim could be worse than the physical pain of suffering an on-the-job injury as the claim... (Read more)

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Workers’ compensation benefits, which are typically provided by the employer’s insurance company, are designed to help injured employees recover from injuries sustained on the job. Under California’s workers’ compensation law, the benefits provided to injured workers include medical expenses, death benefits (to families that have lost loved ones), lost wages and cost of rehabilitation services.... (Read more)

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A worker suffered serious injuries after a fire broke out at a high-rise hotel that was being renovated in Universal City. According to a report in the Los Angeles Daily News, the fire occurred in a ninth-floor room at the 26-story Sheraton hotel at West Universal Place. Officials said the fire was held in check... (Read more)

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Those who suffer injuries at work have to make a lot of important decisions quickly to help ensure their rights to compensation are protected. Too often, those who should pursue benefits through workers’ compensation avoid doing so because they are afraid or misinformed about attorney fees. When it comes to workers’ comp attorney fees, it... (Read more)

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Health care worker back injuries are among the most commonly suffered injuries among those who work in the health industry. Health care workers are put through numerous tasks that put severe strain on their backs every day. According to the CDC, over 18 million people are health care workers. Women workers are far more prevalent,... (Read more)

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that health care is the most rapidly growing sector within the U.S. economy, and employs over 18 million workers. The health care work force in the U.S. is nearly 80 percent women. There are numerous dangers that health care workers are faced with including potential... (Read more)

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No matter how conscientious you are in following safety rules and using precaution on the job, an accident can still befall you. Faulty machinery, another worker’s negligence, or even just acts of God can cause an accident and leave you injured. Workers compensation is, essentially, a form of insurance into which employers must pay. It provides... (Read more)

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  Two workers with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (DWP) suffered serious injuries in an electrical accident while working near a subterranean vault near Echo Park. According to a news report on Patch.com, paramedics were called to the scene at 400 S. Hoover St. where they rescued the two workers and rushed... (Read more)

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  A new study commissioned by Tesla workers found that automaker’s factory in the last two years had about one-third more worker accidents and twice the rate of serious injuries compared to other automakers. According to a news report in the San Jose Mercury News, this report is the latest episode in an ongoing dispute... (Read more)

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  As if the trauma of being attacked and seriously injured in the workplace and experiencing the trauma of watching co-workers shot and killed wasn’t enough, victims of the San Bernardino shootings have been reporting that they were having trouble getting medical treatment. According to a report in The San Bernardino Sun, the state Division... (Read more)

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President Donald Trump’s threat to deport undocumented people is preventing workers who are undocumented from seeking workers’ compensation benefits when they are injured on the job. This is according to workers in the immigration bellwether state of California, a Bloomberg News article states. Nearly 10 percent of the labor force in California is undocumented, according... (Read more)

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A recent report shows that undocumented immigrants, particularly Latinos who are injured on the job, file fewer workers’ compensation claims. According to a report on Vida en el Valle, there is an underestimation of the number of Latinos who fail to receive compensation, who fail to report their injuries or who receive nominal, if any,... (Read more)

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Latino and African American men are at the highest risk for being injured on the job, according to a study from the University of Southern California. According to a report, researchers looked at data on 11.6 million people from the American Community Survey between 2006 and 2013. They found that foreign-born Latino men between 18... (Read more)

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California’s Department of Industrial Relations, which administers the state’s workers’ compensation system, is fielding criticism from injured workers and doctors who say getting authorization for medical treatment is unreasonably difficult. According to an NBC Bay Area news report, the director of that department, Christine Baker, has defended the system saying that reforms made four years... (Read more)

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On Dec. 1, a worker in Mariposa County was struck by a tree branch and killed. On Dec. 4, a San Bernardino tree trimmer suffocated when dry palm fronds collapsed and trapped him. On Jan. 6 a worker in Los Angeles County fell about 60 feet to his death when the branch to which he... (Read more)

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The California workers’ compensation system’s independent medical review (IMR) process, which is used to resolve medical disputes, climbed by 6.5 percent in 2016, a new report shows. This is despite the fact that last year, physicians once again upheld about 90 percent of treatment denials. The California Workers’ Compensation Institute’s analysis is based on a... (Read more)

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Did you know that factory workers can receive Workers’ Compensation benefits for injuries that develop over a period of time? This type of injury is called a cumulative trauma injury and results from repetitive use of the same body part or parts. Factory workers often suffer from cumulative trauma injuries to their ankle(s), feet, knee(s),... (Read more)

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Many people falsely believe that they would only be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits if they suffered from a specific and distinct injury at work, like a car accident or slip and fall. However, that is not true. One of the most common types of injuries we see day to day in our practice is... (Read more)

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By Leanna Der-Grigorian of Oktanyan Der-Grigorian Law Group posted in Mileage on Thursday, December 29, 2016. IRS recently released that the 2017 mileage reimbursement rate is now 53.5 cents per mile.  This is a .5 decrease since the 2016 rate of 54 cents per mile. What does this mean for your accepted workers’ compensation claim? Starting... (Read more)

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It can be devastating if you are an injured worker whose workers’ compensation claim has just been denied. However, you don’t need to feel discouraged or think there is nothing more that can be done regarding your claim. A number of perfectly legitimate workers’ compensation claims are denied simply because the employee who filed the... (Read more)

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When you work with Oktanyan Der-Grigorian Law Group, Inc., you will have a team working on your behalf. As your attorneys, we are just one part (albeit an important one) of that team. But equally important is the medical treatment and advice you receive from your doctor. Our lawyers are on your side and will... (Read more)

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If you have suffered an injury in the workplace, you have a right to seek and obtain workers’ compensation benefits to help pay for medical expenses and receive reimbursement for a portion of lost wages. At Oktanyan Der-Grigorian Law Group, we understand the physical, emotional and financial challenges injured workers face. We also understand that... (Read more)

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Toxic chemicals can cause injuries either by substantial exposure one-time or when exposed to a certain toxin over a period of time more than once, also known as occupational disease. Most states consider harmful exposure to toxic chemicals at work as a worker’s compensation claim. Types of Toxic chemicals There are a number of different... (Read more)

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The following article is written by K Durham Law PLLC Nurses, hospital staff and other healthcare workers have an important job to do. They provide crucial services to patients no matter where they are. Healthcare workers may be working at private or public hospitals, medical clinics or they may even be serving patients at their... (Read more)

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Some jobs are safe, with others being comparatively dangerous, right? Put another way: Although just about the last thing on the mind of a person who engages in mainstream white-collar endeavors at the workplace each day pertains to work-related injury risks, such is not the case with, say, a construction or forestry worker. Or a... (Read more)

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Indeed, litigants often come before a court in California and elsewhere seemingly mismatched in the extreme by comparative differences in the power and resources they command. A plaintiff, for example, might be a single person with limited means who is squaring off against an international business possessed of nearly incalculable wealth and clout. Conversely, state... (Read more)

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Although state and federal labor laws addressing the distinction between regular employees and independent contractors can be a bit abstruse, what courts often look to as being of prime importance is an employer’s degree of control over a worker. Is it indirect? Is a worker’s job deemed project-based and intended to be of a finite... (Read more)

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