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Bill seeks federal heat laws for workers

Many people who live and work in California find their job requires them to be outside for extended periods of time. Especially during the summer months, this can exposure them to high temperatures and harsh ultraviolet rays for extended periods of time. While the Occupational Health and Safety Administration has multiple laws in place that provide guidance to and requirements for employers to keep workers safe, none exist related to heat or sun exposure.

Can a blow to the head cause paralysis?

Paralysis is the inability to move one or more parts of your body. It has may be temporary or permanent, but if it occurs due to an injury that you sustained as part of your work as a public safety member, you should be able to recover compensation on account of it. 

What types of benefits are offered via workers' compensation?

If you are like most people in California, you are aware that there may be financial assistance available to you if you are hurt at work. This is through a program called workers' compensation. However, you may not have a clear understanding of what types of benefits are available as part of this program. The State of California Department of Industrial Relations manages this program and explains the different types of benefits that comprise it.

The link between firefighting and cancer

Chances are, you understood that the firefighting profession was a dangerous one when you decided to become a California firefighter, but you may have been most concerned about the injuries you could potentially sustain during firefighting. At Lewis, Marenstein, Wicke, Sherwin & Lee, LLP, we recognize that, while today’s firefighters face substantial injury risks, they also face a heightened risk of developing work-related cancer.

How can a fall from a ladder impact your health?

Your job in California has you going up and down ladders almost every day, multiple times a day. You may feel so comfortable with scaling even extremely tall ladders that the inherent risks of ladder-related falls aren't at the forefront of your mind. However, one fall can be all it takes to change the course and quality of your life.

Law enforcement rights could expand with new California law

Law enforcement officers put their lives on the line every day in California, but there are more than violent injuries and confrontations that they often worry about. In the past, certain injuries were overlooked by workers’ compensation claims, but according to KUSI News, a Democratic representative from San Diego recently announced a bill to extend officer’s workers’ compensation availability.

Do firefighters have a lifting problem?

Given the popular image of firefighters storming toward burning buildings with a fire hose in hand, naturally many people expect firefighters to be in peak physical shape. However, the truth is that California firefighters are not always in top physical condition. In fact, many firefighters are at risk of suffering a back injury even while not in the midst of handling a dangerous fire.

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.

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.

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