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  • Understanding Employer Retaliation Laws in California

    Posted By Law Offices of Wax & Wax || 18-Jan-2018

    In California, employer retaliation is strictly prohibited. This means it is illegal for your employer to take negative employment actions against you for filing a workers’ compensation claim, reporting the employer’s illegal activities (whistleblowing), or doing other protected activities. All complaints of employer retaliation are handled by the California Division of Labor Standards ...
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  • Insurance Companies Seek to Weaken Cumulative Trauma Injury Claims

    Posted By Law Offices of Wax & Wax || 17-Jan-2018

    Cumulative trauma (CT) injury claims are crucial for workers who have been hurt at work over time, not within a single instance or accident. Oftentimes, a CT injury claim is filed by an employee who was exposed to toxic substances for many years, or who completed the same action again and again, ultimately causing a repetitive stress injury (RSI). The benefits gained through a workers’ ...
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  • Common Construction Site Injuries - What You Need to Know

    Posted By Law Offices of Wax & Wax || 9-Jan-2018

    Construction sites are notorious for being hazardous working environments. With all the heavy equipment, scaffolding, and other unstable and dangerous conditions, it is easy for accidents to happen. What are some of the most common types of construction injuries, and how can you avoid them? Injuries that commonly affect construction workers include: Broken bones and fractures Lost limbs or digits ...
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  • Reaching MMI: What's Next

    Posted By Law Offices of Wax & Wax || 29-Dec-2017

    According to the American Medical Association, Medical Maximum Improvement (MMI) is defined as “the point at which a condition has stabilized and is unlikely to change (i.e. improve or worsen) substantially in the next year, with or without treatment. Although signs and symptoms of the condition may way and wane over time, further overall recovery or deterioration is not anticipated.” ...
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  • Can I Appeal a Workers' Comp Denial?

    Posted By Law Offices of Wax & Wax || 21-Dec-2017

    If you have filed a workers’ compensation claim and your request was denied, it means your claims administrator has decided that your injury or illness is not covered under California’s workers’ comp policies. Fortunately, that doesn’t mean you should give up just yet. First, you must figure out the reason why your claim was denied. It should be explained in the denial ...
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  • Social Security Disability Explained

    Posted By Law Offices of Wax & Wax || 14-Dec-2017

    Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is a Social Security program that pays monthly benefits to those who have become disabled before reaching the age of retirement and are not able to continue working. It is most commonly known as “workers disability.” To qualify for the SSDI program, it is required to have work a specific number of years in a job where you paid Social Security ...
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  • 5 Common Workers' Compensation Injuries

    Posted By Law Offices of Wax & Wax || 17-Nov-2017

    There are often many dangers in a workplace, and employers have a responsibility to keep things reasonably safe. Unfortunately, their failure to do so leads to many serious injuries each year. If you or someone you love has suffered due to the negligence of an employer, contact our Glendale workers’ compensation lawyers today to pursue justice. #1: Overexertion Injuries which stem from ...
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  • When is Sexual Harassment a Workers' Comp Claim?

    Posted By Law Offices of Wax & Wax || 16-Nov-2017

    Nobody deserves to have their personal space or comfort violated, least of all in a professional work environment. Sadly, many cases of workplace harassment go unreported because victims worry that they won’t be believed, they might lose their job, or that nothing productive can be done. In truth, there is always something that can be done to protect you from sexual harassment in the ...
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  • What are Permanent Disability Benefits?

    Posted By Law Offices of Wax & Wax || 15-Nov-2017

    Although most workers tend to fully recover from their job injuries, some continue to have serious, debilitating medical problems. A permanent disability is any long lasting disability or illness that impacts a person’s ability to work and earn a living. People with work-related injuries that resulted in permanent disability are entitled to disability benefits, even if they are able to go ...
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  • What Expenses Will Workers' Compensation Cover?

    Posted By Law Offices of Wax & Wax || 13-Nov-2017

    American workers who are injured on the job are entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits. Employers are required to have workers’ compensation insurance in case any of their employees get hurt while working. But what expenses are covered by workers’ compensation benefits? We explain below. Medical Expenses Workers’ compensation benefits cover all medical ...
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  • Attorney Alan Wax Speaks at CWCDAA on Utilization & Independent Medical Review

    Posted By Law Offices of Wax & Wax || 10-Nov-2017

    The California Workers’ Compensation Defense Attorneys’ Association (CWCDAA) 2017 Annual Winter Conference was a huge success, and Attorney Alan Wax of the Law Offices of Wax & Wax was there as a keynote speaker. Each year, the CWCDAA brings together some of the sharpest minds in workers’ compensation law for a large, multiday conference. This event provides incredible ...
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  • Returning to Work After Workers' Compensation Leave

    Posted By Law Offices of Wax & Wax || 9-Nov-2017

    Workers who are injured while performing job-related duties have a right to worker’s compensation benefits to assist with their overall recovery. But what happens when an injured worker is ready to get back to work? In this blog, we answer some common questions that arise for employees returning to work after filing a workers’ compensation claim. Will My Job Still Be There When ...
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  • Are Workers' Comp Claims Different than Personal Injury Claims?

    Posted By Law Offices of Wax & Wax || 8-Nov-2017

    When it comes to workers’ comp claims and personal injury claims, the biggest difference between the two is that personal injury claims are based on fault, while workers’ comp claims are not. To collect compensation for injuries acquired from a non-work-related accident, a person must prove that another party’s negligence caused their injuries. In this blog, we discuss other ...
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  • What Are the Benefits of Hiring a Board Certified Attorney in Workers' Compensation Law?

    Posted By Law Offices of Wax & Wax || 6-Nov-2017

    There are a lot of lawyers out there who claim that they “specialize” in workers compensation law. However, many of these attorneys are more like generalist. This is because they lack the focus and necessary hands on experience that is needed to handle all aspects of a workers’ compensation claim. Don’t let yourself be fooled by these imposters, instead, hire a board ...
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  • SSDI Benefits vs. Workers' Comp: Which Is Right for Me?

    Posted By Law Offices of Wax & Wax || 3-Nov-2017

    Injured workers are entitled to a few types of financial support, like workers’ compensation and Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) . However, determining which benefits you qualify for can be a tricky matter. In this blog, we explain some of the key differences between workers ‘comp and SSDI. What’s the Difference? States require employers to carry workers’ ...
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  • Can My Employer Fire Me While I'm on Workers' Comp Leave?

    Posted By Law Offices of Wax & Wax || 1-Nov-2017

    Some people avoid filing their workers’ compensation claim because they fear that their employer will retaliate by firing them. However, it is important to know that an employer cannot fire you for filing a workers’ compensation claim. While you can’t be fired for making your initial claim, there are circumstances where your employer can fire you while your workers’ comp ...
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  • Common Work-Related Shoulder Injuries

    Posted By Law Offices of Wax & Wax || 30-Oct-2017

    One of the most common occupational hazards is shoulder injuries. While OSHA has a detailed set of guidelines to help prevent these kinds of injuries, many workers continue to suffer from should injuries caused by their job duties. Employees who work long hours using repetitive arm movements are at high risk of sustaining a shoulder injury. In this bog, we explain some of the common types of ...
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  • Governor Brown Vetoes AB 570, Citing Gender Discrimination

    Posted By Law Offices of Wax & Wax || 20-Oct-2017

    Workers’ compensation law won’t be getting any major changes anytime soon, as the only major piece of legislation to reach Governor Brown’s desk after this year’s legislative session has been vetoed. AB 570 has been vetoed, with the Governor writing a fairly lengthy explanation letter for his decision in returning the bill to the State Assembly without his signature. ...
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  • Work-Related Skin Disorders

    Posted By Law Offices of Wax & Wax || 16-Oct-2017

    When your skin comes into contact with dangerous substances or chemicals, you can be exposed to various diseases and injuries that can have lifetime effects on your skin and body. Skin exposure can happen through contact with cleaning products, oils, paints, adhesives, welding fumes, wet cement, and wood dust. Prolonged or frequent contact with water can also cause damage to one’s skin. Some ...
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  • How Long Does A Workers' Comp Case Take?

    Posted By Law Offices of Wax & Wax || 11-Oct-2017

    Although the workers’ comp system is intended to streamline the compensation process for injured workers, a common complaint among people filing their claims is that the process moves at too slowly of a pace. In this blog, we explain how long the average workers’ comp case can take and the factors that can impact the length of a case. Average Duration According to a recent survey, the ...
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  • How Can I Make My Workers' Comp Case Move Along Faster?

    Posted By Law Offices of Wax & Wax || 5-Oct-2017

    After you have filed for workers’ compensation benefits, it can seem like an eternity before your case begins to see any signs of progress. Workers' comp cases take some time and require a good amount of patience. In fact, the cases commonly take serval months before a resolution can be reached. Although workers’ compensation cases can be lengthy, there are a few things that you ...
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  • CAAA Workers' Compensation Newsletter

    Posted By Law Offices of Wax & Wax || 3-Oct-2017

    This month’s California Applicants’ Attorneys Association Workers’ Compensation Newsletter presented a number of important subjects, ranging from news topics, events, informative pieces, and more. The newsletter opens with a piece titled Senator Steven Bradford: Aiming At the Racist Heart of Appointment, in which he highlights the racist undertones of the apportionment regime in ...
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  • What Is a Cumulative Trauma Disorder?

    Posted By Law Offices of Wax & Wax || 26-Sep-2017

    Cumulative trauma disorders (CTDs), also called repetitive strain injuries, are some of the most reported types of occupational injuries. These types of injuries affect the musculoskeletal system, which includes joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, and blood vessels. CTDs are typically caused by a combination of the following: Repetitive Motions Awkward Posture Mental Stress Forceful ...
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  • Can I Collect Workers' Comp for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

    Posted By Law Offices of Wax & Wax || 21-Sep-2017

    Carpal tunnel syndrome has become more and more common among workers who perform their job duties over a keyboard and mouse, though the injury is also frequently seen in other occupations as well. Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by compression of the median nerve and the tendons that flex your fingers. “Carpal tunnel" refers to an area in in your wrist through which the median nerve ...
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  • Are Back Injuries Covered Under Workers' Compensation?

    Posted By Law Offices of Wax & Wax || 18-Sep-2017

    Back injuries are among the most commonly reported workplace injuries. From sprains to herniated disks, back injuries can be extremely painful and debilitating. Not only do these types of injuries tend to require surgery or extensive treatments, they can also prevent workers from returning to their occupations. Although injured workers are entitled to collect workers’ compensation benefits ...
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