Burn Injuries and Workers’ Compensation: What You Need to Know

In the Workforce, there are many workers who are at risk for sustaining burn injuries.  Many occupations expose workers to the risk of burns. These occupations include firefighting, food processing, and construction. Burn injuries can be serious. They can cause the need for extensive treatment, create severe impairments with respect to the ability to work, and severely impact an individual’s ability to perform activities of daily living. Continue reading

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Welding & Cancer Risks: Welding & Workers’ Compensation: What You Need To Know

Many Employees work in environments which place them at a greater risk for occupational injuries and occupational disease. One of the occupations that have a unique risk for cancer is the Welding Trade. For those individuals who work in that Trade, it is important for them to know about the particular medical conditions that may arise as a result of their employment.

In event that they succumb to those conditions, it is important for Welders to know that they can claim workers’ compensation benefits for diseases which arise from their trade. Workers’ Compensation benefits allow for the Injured Worker to claim medical treatment and compensation. This would include payment for their cancer treatment. Continue reading

Subsequent Injuries Fund & Workers’ Compensation: Additional Benefits for Seriously Disabled Injured Workers with Pre-Existing Disabilities: What You Need To Know

The State of California has a Special Program for Injured Workers who have pre-existing labor disabling conditions. It is called the Subsequent Injuries Fund. It is commonly referred to by the abbreviation “SIF”. This Special Program allows for Injured Workers who are seriously disabled to obtain additional compensation beyond their ordinary workers’ compensation case.

What is the Subsequent Injuries Benefits Trust Fund?

Per the Department of Industrial Relations, “[t]he Subsequent Injuries Benefits Trust Fund (SIBTF) is a source of additional compensation to injured workers who already had a disability or impairment at the time of injury. For benefits to be paid from the SIBTF, the combined effect of the injury and the previous disability or impairment must result in a permanent disability of at least 70 percent. The fund enables employers to hire disabled workers without fear of being held liable for the effects of previous disabilities or impairments.” In sum, ratings of an Injured Worker’s overall disability, regardless of it being industrial, must be 70 percent or more to qualify. Continue reading

Durable Medical Equipment & Workers’ Compensation: What You Need To Know

Durable Medical Equipment is an important component of medical care for Injured Workers in their attempt to recover from their injuries or maintain their abilities to perform activities of daily living.  This article is intended to discuss Durable Medical Equipment within the workers’ compensation system.

It is not uncommon that Injured Workers, during the course and scope of their claim, receive correspondence from the Insurance Company which has the abbreviations “DME” within it. The term “DME” refers to the term Durable Medical Equipment.  Further, many Injured Workers, as part of their treatment, are prescribed Durable Medical Equipment.  Sometimes, the Insurance Company approves the durable medical equipment for Injured Workers. Other times, the Insurance Company denies the provision of that equipment. Continue reading

HEADACHES AND WORKERS’ COMPENSATION: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

California Workers’ Compensation Law allows for Injured Workers to claim work injuries in the form of Headaches. Headaches Injury claims can be complicated. This article is intended to discuss workers’ compensation and the issues related to filing a claim for Headaches.

Headaches are a serious concern in the workplace. It is reported that “the time off work due to the headache disorders is substantial.” See Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health 1992; 46: 443-446 Impact of a headache on sickness absence and utilization of medical services: a Danish population study Birthe Krogh Rasmussen, Rigmor Jensen, Jes Olesen. The AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment 5th Edition reports that Headache Disorders are a major cause of work loss. See P. 567. Continue reading