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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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  • Do Independent Contractors Qualify for Workers' Compensation?

    Posted By Law Offices of Wax & Wax || 14-Apr-2019

    No matter the industry or workforce, the state of California demands employers protect their employees’ safety and wellbeing while on the job. Injured workers are entitled to financial compensation for their physical and emotional damages, though employers may attempt to shirk this responsibility--even if their negligence or misconduct resulted in injury. Unfortunately, independent ...
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  • Workers' Compensation & The Trucking Industry

    Posted By Law Offices of Wax & Wax || 7-Apr-2019

    Trucking is one of the most grueling and exhaustive professions in the workforce. Drivers must skillfully operate large vehicles filled to the brim with cargo while maintaining endurance to travel long distances. The job is incredibly demanding with everyday elements such as dangerous weather conditions and heavy traffic jams, increasing various risks. Truck accidents are vastly more devastating ...
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  • Youth Sports Leagues: Coaches and Workers' Comp

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

    If You Coach Youth Sports and Are Hurt on the Job, Does Workers’ Compensation Apply? If you coach little league, high school sports, or a private travel team, and you get hurt at an event, will it be covered by workers’ compensation? The question has several answers and depends on your title with the organization. The applicability of workers’ compensation to your injury will ...
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  • Workers Compensation Treatment Guidelines & Policies

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

    Evidence-based treatment guidelines are a crucial aspect of delivering consistent and effective medical care to injured workers. Despite this fact, research has shown there is a significant variation in the specific treatment guidelines adopted and implemented in workers’ compensation systems throughout the United States. In State Policies on Treatment Guidelines and Utilization Management: ...
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  • Drug Testing & Workplace Injuries: Burden of Proof

    Posted By Law Offices of Wax & Wax || 7-Feb-2019

    Can a Drug Test Affect Your Workers’ Compensation Claim? The purpose of workers’ compensation insurance is to make sure that employees are protected from losing their income and subsequent means to well-being due to a workplace accident or illness. This inherent purpose, and the laws protecting the privacy of employees, work in your favor when it comes to drug testing after an injury. ...
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  • Common Workplace Injuries for Medical Professionals

    Posted By Law Offices of Wax & Wax || 22-Jan-2019

    Were You Hurt While Helping Others Heal? As medical professionals, you see tons of injuries, ailments and sicknesses daily, but you probably don’t think about your own risk of injury as much as you should. Healthcare workplace injuries are just as important to think about as others, and just as deserving of workers’ compensation. Our team of Glendale workers’ compensation ...
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  • Special Needs Educators & Work Injuries

    Posted By Law Offices of Wax & Wax || 9-Jan-2019

    Your Student Inflicted Injury Qualifies for Workers’ Comp As a special needs educator or school employee, you face situations that are out of the ordinary more often than others in the education system. Some of these situations are dangerous or violent in nature. You may suffer a student inflicted injury while at work, one that requires medical attention, and it may qualify for ...
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  • Burn Injuries & At-Risk Occupations

    Posted By Law Offices of Wax & Wax || 26-Dec-2018

    Work-Related Burn Injuries Burn injuries require immediate first aid attention and often a visit to the emergency room. Work-related burn injuries can vary in severity and complexity, as well as cause. A severe burn injury may require several surgeries, multiple doctor visits, antibiotics, topical medications, and time away from work. You deserve to receive care and compensation for your injury. ...
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  • Obesity Reclassified: How this Affects Your Workers' Comp Claim

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

    The Link Between Workers’ Compensation and Obesity The reclassification of obesity as a disease by the AMA affects workers’ compensation two-fold : How employers are handling the obesity epidemic with regard to their employees has changed; and How doctors are treating obesity as part of workers’ compensation claims has changed. Our team of Glendale workers’ compensation ...
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  • Protect Yourself from Workplace Injuries Over the Holidays

    Posted By Law Offices of Wax & Wax || 29-Nov-2018

    The holiday season is a time to celebrate with friends and family by eating delicious meals, giving and opening gifts, and even taking a trip. However, workplace accidents and injuries tend to increase during this time of year. In order to have an injury-free season, it is important to understand the potential hazards in order to avoid them altogether. Common causes of work accidents during the ...
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  • Workers' Compensation & Personal Injury Claims: Can I File Both?

    Posted By Law Offices of Wax & Wax || 22-Nov-2018

    If you were injured at the workplace or while performing job duties, you might be wondering if you should file a workers’ compensation claim or a personal injury lawsuit. In most cases, you are only eligible to recover workers’ comp benefits if your employer, your coworker, or even your own actions caused your workplace injury. However, if your injury was caused by a third party, which ...
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  • 5 Types of Injuries Not Covered by Workers' Comp

    Posted By Law Offices of Wax & Wax || 16-Nov-2018

    Workers’ compensation covers injuries suffered within the scope and course of employment. In other words, workplace injuries are covered if an injured employee was performing a task for the benefit of their employee. Even if you cause your own injuries, you are still eligible to obtain workers’ comp benefits. However, there are some types of injuries which are not covered. The ...
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