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How can you prove an emotional distress claim?

Not all injuries leave marks on the body. You may experience a personal injury in California which affects not your body but your mind, and the damage it causes may be at least as great as that caused by a physical injury. Nevertheless, it can be difficult to prove an emotional distress injury in court due to the lack of objective evidence such as medical imaging or bodily scarring. 

However, the difficulty of proving a claim of emotional distress should not dissuade you from pursuing the case. If you have sustained an injury, you have the right to seek compensation regardless of whether or not the injury is physical or psychological in nature. According to FindLaw, there are five methods you can use to prove your emotional distress claim. Due to the complexity of emotional distress cases, you will often need to incorporate more than one of these methods.

California issues air quality warnings

Earlier in August, a NASA satellite captured images of smoke hovering over central California. Air quality districts are warning people to stay inside. Sports, summer camps and other outdoor activities are canceled until further notice. Toxic smoke continues to cause major problems in communities.

And fire season is not letting up this year. Tinder dry conditions and strong winds have contributed to the most deadly fires in state history.

Firefighters and chemical exposure risks

Firefighters can face many risks. This includes risks of exposure to toxic chemicals. Today’s firefighters can encounter a wide range of toxic fumes on the job. One thing contributing to this is that today’s furniture contains all kinds of materials, finishes, glues and resins that can generate such fumes when burned.

Toxic fumes can not only be present when a fire is raging, but also after it has been put out. So, it can be important for fire departments to have appropriate safety policies for chemical exposure prevention both during and after fires.

4 Mistakes that can ruin a workers' compensation claim

Day in, day out, the public safety members of our community dedicate their talent, time and skills. If you work at a police or fire department, you know that the chance of an accident is higher than normal.

Your job can be dangerous, whether you are directing traffic on a busy intersection, fighting an apartment fire or responding to another emergency. Injuries happen, and the affects can be long-lasting.

Cancer is now leading cause of death among firefighters

You have probably heard the phrase, “Where there is smoke, there is fire.” For firefighters, where there is smoke, there is cancer.

Many people wrongly assume that most firefighters die from an actual fire. A study by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention found that cancer is now the leading cause of death among firefighters. In fact, over 60 percent of firefighter’s deaths are now cancer related.

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