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  • What to Do if a Portion of Your Workers' Compensation Claim is Denied

    Posted By Law Offices of Wax & Wax || 27-Nov-2019

    Workers’ compensation is unfortunately not a guarantee for all work injury cases. For a number of reasons — such as the failure to prove the injury’s relation to work or neglecting to follow certain processes — your claim could be denied. If your employer denies your claim completely, you have the right to file an appeal. But what can you do if your workers’ ...
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  • My Work Environment Exacerbated My Preexisting Condition - What Are My Options?

    Posted By Law Offices of Wax & Wax || 19-Nov-2019

    If you have a preexisting condition that was worsened as a result of your work, you may be unsure of your right to recover workers’ compensation. Preexisting conditions can complicate workers’ compensation claims. Many employers and their insurance providers identify preexisting conditions as a reason to deny coverage to injured workers, but this is not always lawful. In some cases, ...
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  • Workers' Compensation Timeline: Accepted vs. Denied Claims

    Posted By Law Offices of Wax & Wax || 11-Nov-2019

    In the immediate aftermath of a work accident, receiving medical treatment and reporting your injuries to your employer are the first things you should do. Beyond these crucial steps, your path to receiving your compensation will differ depending on if your employer and their insurance company accept or deny your claim. Claim denials add several extra steps to the workers’ compensation claim ...
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  • Nobody Witnessed My Work Injury - What are My Options?

    Posted By Law Offices of Wax & Wax || 29-Oct-2019

    During the workers’ compensation claim process, witness testimonies can serve as invaluable evidence. If employees saw an accident happen and are able to support the claims of their coworker, claim denial is less likely. However, not all workers have the support of their coworkers when filing their claim, because nobody was around to witness the accident. Although witness testimonies are ...
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  • Are You Entitled to Workers' Compensation Benefits if You Work Remotely?

    Posted By Law Offices of Wax & Wax || 15-Oct-2019

    Almost every company in the United States is required by law to purchase workers’ compensation insurance. The workers’ compensation system is ingrained in employment polices throughout the country — but the nature of employment is changing. It is much more common for employees to work remotely than ever before. Are people who work from home entitled to workers’ compensation ...
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  • What Information on Workers' Compensation Should Employers Provide?

    Posted By Law Offices of Wax & Wax || 8-Oct-2019

    Nearly every business in the United States is required to purchase workers’ compensation insurance and provide benefits to injured employees. In addition to offering those benefits in the event of an on-the-job accident, employers must also take action to ensure their employees are educated on their rights under the workers’ compensation system. The Rights of Injured Employees Every ...
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  • When Is Workplace Violence Covered by Workers' Comp?

    Posted By Law Offices of Wax & Wax || 25-Sep-2019

    Every employer in California is required to provider workers’ compensation insurance, even if they only have one employee. This insurance kicks in to help cover expenses and losses caused by any workplace accident, regardless of fault. But what if you’re hurt in a way that’s not accidental? Workers’ comp insurers are very clear that there are some injuries they will not ...
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  • What to Do if Your Workers' Compensation Claim Is Denied

    Posted By Law Offices of Wax & Wax || 16-Sep-2019

    An unexpected injury can result in high medical bills, a growing credit card balance due to lost wages, and concerns about whether you’ll be able to return to the life you had before. Any harm or illness caused by your job should be covered by workers’ comp—but your insurance may try to find reasons to deny the claim, leaving you to struggle through the expenses on your own. ...
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  • Can Contract Workers in California Start Asking for Benefits?

    Posted By Law Offices of Wax & Wax || 4-Sep-2019

    Misclassified Contract Workers Gain Benefits Under New CA Law When Governor Gavin Newsom signed AB5 into law, he made a decision that could change the game for any workers currently considered “ independent contractors.” The law, building off a previous court decision, clarified the terms under which workers could be considered contractors rather than employees. With the goal of ...
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  • Common First Responder Injuries

    Posted By Law Offices of Wax & Wax || 28-Aug-2019

    Emergency medical technicians (EMTs), police officers, and firefighters all face serious injury risks each time they put on their uniforms and go to work serving our communities. Unfortunately, work-related injuries can be expensive to treat, and some are so severe that the first responder cannot return to their normal work duties. Due to the dangerous nature being a first responder, there are ...
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  • Common Injuries Among Factory Workers

    Posted By Law Offices of Wax & Wax || 15-Aug-2019

    Factory workers must deal with numerous safety hazards in their workplace that can potentially cause serious injury. Whether you work in the food packaging industry or car manufacturing industry, factory workers are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits if they suffer a work-related injury. Even injuries that develop over time can be covered by workers’ compensation. Below, we ...
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  • Workplace Injury Risks for Electricians

    Posted By Law Offices of Wax & Wax || 1-Aug-2019

    Electricians have a demanding job that requires them to have special training and skills to safely perform repairs and installations. Regardless of the level of training an electrician has received, these workers are still exposed to countless on-the-job hazards that can cause serious and even fatal injuries. Just like workers in other occupations, electricians have the right to file for ...
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  • Can a Workers' Compensation Claim be Reopened?

    Posted By Law Offices of Wax & Wax || 25-Jul-2019

    When a workers’ compensation claim is resolved, the intention is that the provided benefits will provide adequate financial support so the injury victim can pay for medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses. This purpose is not achieved in every case, and a victim may find, for one reason or another, that their workers’ compensation benefits are not sufficient. In these cases, the ...
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  • How are Workers' Compensation Payments Calculated?

    Posted By Law Offices of Wax & Wax || 17-Jul-2019

    One of the most common questions work injury victims ask is: “How much is my claim worth?” Although it is difficult to determine a figure in advance, there are some methods that can be used to predict what factors will affect your benefits. Types of Workers’ Compensation Benefits The amount of workers’ compensation benefits a person receives often depends on the severity of ...
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  • Does Workers' Compensation Cover Employee Negligence?

    Posted By Law Offices of Wax & Wax || 8-Jul-2019

    On-the-job injuries can be caused by almost anything in a workplace: Faulty equipment, unsafe sites, and a lack of safety oversight by an employer are all factors that frequently contribute to work accidents. Employer negligence, in particular, is often blamed for work accidents. But in some cases, employee negligence is at fault — either the negligence of a coworker, or of the injury victim ...
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  • Can I Sue My Employer for a Workplace Injury?

    Posted By Law Offices of Wax & Wax || 24-Jun-2019

    Following a workplace accident, you are likely confused and overwhelmed with the prospect of pursuing the compensation you deserve. Due to the stressful and urgent nature of the situation, you may be further unsure of whether you should fight for workers’ compensation benefits through your employer’s insurance or by pursuing litigation in court. Determining the best course of action ...
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  • Can I Get Workers' Compensation for Depression?

    Posted By Law Offices of Wax & Wax || 17-Jun-2019

    Sometimes, a workplace accident or injury is so devastating that it affects the victim in more ways than one. Depending on the circumstances of your on the job injury, you may be suffering from a far more than just physical consequences. In fact, the majority of injured employees experience some sort of mental or emotional difficulty in the aftermath of what they have endured. Depression is ...
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  • Can I Choose My Own Doctor for a Workers' Compensation Claim?

    Posted By Law Offices of Wax & Wax || 10-Jun-2019

    Even the most cautious employee may find themselves sustaining an injury in an unexpected accident in the workplace. When this happens, there is no time to waste in immediately seeking top medical care. Many employees don’t realize the doctor who treats them plays a priceless role in determining the outcome of their workers’ compensation case. In fact, many valid claims having been ...
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  • Common Workers' Compensation Misconceptions

    Posted By Law Offices of Wax & Wax || 20-May-2019

    If you have been injured at work, it is your responsibility to learn about the workers’ compensation system and how it can serve you. Unfortunately, you cannot hope for your employer to always look out for your best interests which is why it is vital you understand your rights to fight for the compensation you are entitled to. Without proper guidance and counsel, you may fall victim to ...
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  • What Are the Penalties for Workers' Compensation Fraud?

    Posted By Law Offices of Wax & Wax || 13-May-2019

    Unexpected injuries or accidents are rampant in the workplace, and workers’ compensation benefits exist to protect those in need of assistance and care after the fact. Though rare, workers’ compensation fraud happens. Filing a fraudulent claim to recover these benefits will result in substantial civil and criminal consequences, including jail time and fines. Examples of Workers’ ...
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  • Can I Retire While On Workers' Compensation?

    Posted By Law Offices of Wax & Wax || 6-May-2019

    Every employee looks forward to the day they can finally retire and look back on all of their years of hard work and dedication with pride. Unfortunately, things do not always go as planned. Many employees are injured on the job before they have the chance to fulfill their career hopes and dreams. As an injured worker who is nearing the end of your career, you may be concerned that retiring will ...
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  • Why You Need Workers' Comp Insurance for Your Domestic Employee

    Posted By Law Offices of Wax & Wax || 2-May-2019

    Protect Yourself and Your Nanny or Household Employees If you hire a nanny, household employee, or home healthcare employee to care for a family member or your children, you need to consider workers’ compensation insurance. As soon as you hire someone to work in your home, your home is a “workplace” and injuries that occur there are your responsibility. The safest way to protect ...
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  • What to Do When You're Unhappy with Your Workers' Comp Doctor

    Posted By Law Offices of Wax & Wax || 24-Apr-2019

    What to Do When You Don’t Like, Or Disagree with, Your Doctor If you are dealing with a work-related injury or illness and receive dismissive or inadequate care from the assigned physician, there are steps to take to protect yourself. It is not uncommon for workers’ compensation doctors to brush off work related injuries, to not take patients seriously, and to be unsympathetic. The ...
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  • Signs of Employer Retaliation for Filing Workers' Compensation

    Posted By Law Offices of Wax & Wax || 21-Apr-2019

    As an employee who was injured on the job, you are within your full rights to pursue workers’ compensation for your injuries and damages. If you file a workers’ compensation case and suddenly find you have no job to return to, you are not alone. Many employers actively discourage employees from filing these claims, despite California law prohibiting workplace discrimination against the ...
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  • Workers' Comp FAQ: 5 Common Questions and Answers

    Posted By Law Offices of Wax & Wax || 19-Apr-2019

    Workers’ Compensation Basics Workers’ compensation insurance and benefits protect employers and employees when an injury occurs. Understanding workers compensation laws in your state will help you know what to do when an injury occurs, what is and isn’t covered, and if you can choose your doctor. The 5 questions and answers below provide basic knowledge about California workers ...
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