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Santa Ana California Workers' Compensation Law Blog

California, marijuana legalization, workers' compensation and you

As of Jan. 1, 2018, California joined the list of states that now allow the use of not only medical marijuana but recreational marijuana.

Which means the blowback is just beginning in the working world as employers try to figure out what happens when an employee has THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, in his or her system at work.

How can you stay safe on your daily walk?

A lot of folks make New Year's resolutions to lose weight and get in shape -- and walking is one of the cheapest, easiest ways to do both.

However, not every street is designed with walkers in mind. If you don't practice "defensive walking," it's very easy to end up injured by a car -- even if you're in a crosswalk.

Can I get workers’ compensation for chronic pain?

Before you started working for your current employer in Santa Ana several years ago, you were the picture of perfect health. You had energy and no issues with discomfort and pain. But now you experience pain in your back and wrists that never seems to end.

You might find yourself wondering if you can receive workers’ compensation benefits for the condition. 

Drunken driver charged with murder after multiple offenses

California doesn't play around with serial drunken drivers.

When someone in California is caught drinking and driving and subsequently convicted of driving under the influence (DUI), he or she must sign a document acknowledging that causing an accident while driving impaired will result in a charge of murder. These warnings are called "Watson Advisements."

Can you stay safe in an unfamiliar home during the holiday break?

The National Safety Council (NSC) considers accidental injuries inside homes to be one of the most dangerous obstacles people face in life. Statistically, one person is injured in a home accident every four seconds -- and a death will occur roughly once per 16 minutes!

People are more likely to have an accident in unfamiliar surrounding -- which means that if you're staying with friends or relatives this holiday season, you're more at risk of an accident than you would be if you were at your own home.

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: