All across the nation, including in California, it seems that the need for police officers and firefighters to address serious and disturbing events only keeps growing. Mass shootings were once a shocking experience but today are sadly all too common. In recent years, the wildfire season has become one of extreme destruction, and the loss of life. Police, firefighters, paramedics and other emergency responders are routinely put in situations that would logically leave anyone with symptoms of trauma.
In California, insured workers will usually be compensated for any damages they receive on the job through workers' compensation. However, there are some situations in which it a worker has the option of suing either a third party or even their own employer as well.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
When California workers get hurt on the job, they may be unable to work for a few weeks while they recover. Sometimes people may be able to receive short term disability insurance to help take care of their family while they are out of work.
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.