The State of California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) propounded information for Employers concerning the prevention of psychiatric injuries or psychiatric workers’ compensation claims. The Labor Code requires that Employers be provided information concerning psychiatric injury prevention programs when a claim has been filed against them. See Per Labor Code 3208.3 (i.)
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
It is not uncommon that Injured Workers may have difficulties which may warrant the need for some accommodation so that they can participate in their workers’ compensation case at the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board. Continue reading
An Injured Worker’s Occupation at the time of an industrial injury can trigger a variety of rights and benefits within workers’ compensation. It can impact the Injured Worker’s Permanent Disability Rating and therefore affect the amount of the compensation the Injured Worker will receive as a result of their injury. It can also impact the Injured Worker’s entitlement to a job displacement voucher. Continue reading
In California, Cumulative Trauma Injuries are permissible. The theory behind cumulative trauma injury is that repeated exposure or micro-trauma over a period of time can be the source of an industrial injury. Common workers’ compensation cumulative trauma injuries include carpal tunnel syndrome, back sprains and strains, and stress/psyche injuries.