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Santa Ana California Workers' Compensation Law Blog

Signs of negligence: What to look for after an accident in winter

Winter weather and weary drivers are just part of the dangers faced by motorists in December. Because of the increased dangers, there are all sorts of tips available for drivers who are interested in staying safer during this time of year.

However, not everyone is as safety conscious as you are. Should you end up in a car accident and have to file a personal injury lawsuit in order to get your damages covered, one of the big questions that comes up in court is whether or not negligence was involved.

California wildfires could spark firefighter injuries

Despite the recent devastation from California’s colossal wildfires, firefighters have refused to surrender. Every day, they wake up and dedicate themselves to protecting the community. In this service, they frequently sacrifice their health.

However, they shouldn’t have to face unnecessary risks on the job. Employers have a strong obligation to keep their workers safe, no matter the industry.

Holiday delivery drivers and adequate insurance coverage

Have you picked up some extra work this holiday season doing deliveries for Amazon, UPS or even a local business?

If so, you might want to find out exactly how your boss is classifying you on the rolls. Are you an independent contractor, essentially responsible for yourself and your own boss, or are you considered an actual employee and subject to all the company's rules?

3 steps to take when consulting with a truck accident attorney

Meeting your attorney for the first time after you've been injured in an accident with a truck can be scary -- which is why it helps to be prepared.

Here are three things you need to know to be prepared for your appointment:

Cumulative trauma injuries and workers comp

Sometimes, a work injury happens suddenly. Other times, it can take years to develop. While both of these can form the basis of a workers' compensation claim, the practicalities involved can differ.

Because cumulative trauma injuries can be complicated to identify and treat, such cases may present unique challenges. An experienced attorney can provide the guidance and strategy appropriate to your particular situation.

Contractor, subcontractor named in trucking wrongful death claim

Sometimes it can be difficult to determine exactly who is to blame for an accident.

Other times, there's simply more than one party responsible -- the accident was the result of a series of errors, made by different people, not just one.

Are workers' compensation claims pushing opioids?

There's been a couple of governmental studies on workers' compensation claims that cast a disturbing light on the use of opioids on the injured.

The information comes at a time when much of the nation is in the midst of an opioid crisis and begs the question about whether or not opioids and other heavy-duty drugs are being pushed on injured workers in lieu of care that would be more effective but also more expensive.

Be aware of the many dangers of the common car accident

Car accidents happen all the time -- and people often walk away from them having no idea how badly they're really hurt because of the temporary effects of adrenaline on their system.

In reality, however, car accidents cost consumers around $277 billion every year -- much of it in medical costs.

Workers' compensation death claims: What you should know

When a worker in California dies due to his or her work-related injuries, survivors who were financially dependent on that worker are often able to file what's known as a "death claim."

Learn more about who is eligible to file these types of claims and the death benefits available.

How does legalized marijuana affect workers’ comp?

The marijuana conversation is complicated because our state and federal laws differ. The passing of Proposition 64 legalized recreational and medical marijuana here in California. However, marijuana is still classified as a Schedule 1 drug under the federal Controlled Substance Act, making it illegal at the federal level.

Complex laws and rules surrounding marijuana use may cause concern for workers. Employees in dangerous professions such as construction or healthcare often get injured. In fact, employees in seemingly safe professions often experience long-term cumulative injuries. They might wonder: can my employer deny compensation due to recreational or medical marijuana use?