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Santa Ana California Workers' Compensation Law Blog

Are roads really more dangerous in summer?

Summertime brings warmer weather and more free time with friends and family for a few months out of the year. It's a time to finally take that vacation and get to the ballfield or hiking trail you've been meaning to visit.

With the extra free time and more leisure activities comes increased traffic, and therefore traffic accidents. The monthly rate of traffic accidents peaks in July and August, with July 4 as one of the most dangerous days of the year to be on the road.

How to avoid repetitive stress injuries at work

Long-term exposure to the same work tasks requires constant muscle movement and stress on joints. Before you know it, you could find yourself experiencing constant pain and discomfort in the same areas of your body. When you suspect your job is causing your body to develop misalignment, you should have a medical exam right away. A physician is most likely to ask you about the type of work you do and conduct an evaluation with that information in mind.

When you know what repetitive stress injuries are, you are more likely to avoid them. So, repetitive stress injuries are small, subtle continuous movements that slowly wear down your body ligaments. For example, a person working at a desk all day is at risk for developing carpal tunnel syndrome. Another instance is where someone must load and unload heavy boxes (movers, transporters, etc.). Anytime the body is subjected to continual strain, there is a higher chance of wear and tear in that region.

Avoid strains and burns as a restaurant worker

As a restaurant worker, there are an immeasurable amount of ways you can injure yourself on the job. You are constantly on your feet, in and out of the kitchen, and have to deal with harmful substances and slippery floors.

With so many things that can hurt you at your job, it is important to be prepared for anything that can come your way, whether you expect it or not.

Follow these tips to stay safe while boating for fun

There's nothing more wonderful for a boater than fair weather, friends and few hours on the water -- unless tragedy strikes. So how do you keep yourself and everyone on your boat safe?

According to all the statistical information gathered by the Coast Guard, these are the best safety tips you and your friends or family can follow:

Injured California workers may struggle to get pain medication

It's no secret that prescription painkillers are under fire from numerous directions. Once heavily prescribed, opioid painkillers are starting to become an increasingly difficult commodity to obtain by legal means.

Has the pendulum swung too far? Are injured workers in desperate need of pain relief going to be left without?

Overloaded trucks: Understanding and avoiding risk

As a driver of a commercial vehicle, you know you have to make every trip count -- but overloading a truck can have tremendously negative consequences.

Not only can overloading cause a truck to experience more wear and tear, it can also lead to devastating accidents out on the road.

An unemployment claim could destroy a workers' compensation claim

What do you do when you've been hurt at work and your workers' compensation claim ends up denied the first time around? Should you file for unemployment while you try to get your workers' comp approved?

Filing for unemployment while your workers' compensation claim is working its way through an appeal is a bad idea for several reasons. It could destroy the credibility of your claim and put you in a position where you're violating the law.

Tesla Model S involved in accident that killed driver

The 34-year-old driver of Tesla Model S was killed recently in a crash while using the autopilot feature.

According to authorities, the car went off the road and ran into a fence. It finally came to rest in a pond on the other side. It's still unclear how the driver died -- whether it was a result of injuries from the crash itself or drowning. Authorities hope to gain more information from viewing the car's computer (assuming that it hasn't been damaged beyond repair by the water).

Occupational hazards faced by nurses

If you count yourself among the many people across California who make a living working as a nurse, you probably understand all too well that your job places you at risk for aches, pains and numerous other career-specific hazards. Nursing can be one of the most rewarding professions out there, giving you a chance to make a measurable impact on the lives of others. However, it is also an inherently dangerous way to earn a living, with the U.S. National Library of Medicine’s National Institutes of Health noting that many nurses report higher-than-typical rates of injury and illness.

Just what types of specific hazards do you face as a nurse?