Most working adults spend many of their waking hours at their workplace, so it is not surprising that this is where many people suffer injury. All employers in Los Angeles are required to have an Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP) in place to maintain a safe working environment. Despite these efforts, nearly half a million California employees suffered injury at their workplace in 2009.
Employees with workplace injuries should file a claim through workers compensation. This system was set up to guarantee that workers would receive compensation for their injury-related costs—and to protect employers from litigation. This is the theory. In practice, workers comp boards can dispute a claim and attempt to minimize the damages owed to an employee. If you suffered injury at your workplace, you should speak with a Los Angeles workers compensation attorney who has experience negotiating these types of claims.
Certain types of jobs are more dangerous than other kinds. Fishing, logging, farming, transportation, construction, and working in the steel industry account for the highest workplace fatality rates.
Other kinds of jobs may be safer, but accidents and injuries occur in all workplaces. The most common worker injuries include the following:
When an employee suffers burns or broken bones in an accident at the workplace, there may be little ambiguity in showing that the injury was job-related. It can be more difficult to prove that a chronic back injury or repetitive strain injury resulted from improper procedures on the job. A skilled workers compensation attorney can help you get the full compensation you are qualified to receive for these kinds of injuries by presenting compelling medical evidence to the workers compensation board in Los Angeles. A good lawyer will also make sure you file your paperwork correctly and on schedule.