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November 2015 Archives

Despite drop in accidents, employer defense still important

Many employers may be paying attention to the trend in number of injuries in the workplace. Employers in California may be happy to hear that injuries in the workplace have been declining significantly statewide. Although this can result in a decreased chance of an injured worker claim and need for an employer defense, an employer should always be prepared.

FedEx may need employer defense after fatal workplace accident

The larger a company becomes the more employees it will eventually need in order to continue growing and operating. This means a higher probability of a workplace accident occurring in California. FedEx is one of these large international corporations, and it may now require an employer defense after a recent fatal workplace accident.

Employee's fall off catwalk causes injured worker claim

Safety should be a top concern for an employer in any type of work site. This means taking all the necessary precautions to ensure employees are working in a safe workplace in California. However, not every single accident can be prevented despite an employer's best efforts. Unfortunately, this is what one employer is now finding out after being sued in an injured worker claim.

Uninsured employers are taking significant risks

Every California business that has employees is required to carry workers' compensation insurance. Uninsured employers are taking significant risks that include the possibility of criminal prosecution. Below are some of the other consequences that employers face when they fail to carry this insurance designed to provide benefits for injured employees.

Alleged fraudulent workers' compensation claims lead to arrest

Workers nationwide, including in California, are often the victims of workplace injuries. Knowing that their employers provide workers' compensation insurance that will assist with medical expenses and lost wages may provide some peace of mind. Unfortunately, some employees take advantage of the benefits by filing fraudulent workers' compensation claims.

Establishing ongoing employer defense may be beneficial

Regardless of how well California employers manage their workers' compensation programs, sooner or later they will likely become involved in litigation over workers' injuries. Unanticipated claims from former employees or being named as one of many defendants in occupational injury exposure claims may require the employer to hire a professional to handle employer defense. The demands of running a profitable company can be taxing on a business owner, and having to deal with complicated workers' compensation claims may be better left to experienced professionals.

Workers' compensation employee fraud leads to 6 month sentence

All California workers who suffer workplace injuries are entitled to pursue workers' compensation benefits claims. Unfortunately, employee fraud is prevalent, and it is not uncommon for employees to exaggerate legitimate injuries or make claims for non-existent injuries. Filing fraudulent workers' compensation claims is illegal, and employers have the right to take actions against such conduct.

Fatal accident may require employer defense

Machinery plays an important part in all sectors of society and industry in California. However, machinery can also become a problem when there is a malfunction or user mistake. This can cause a worker to be injured on the job. It can also result in an injured worker claim and a need for an employer defense.

Unexpected building collapse could result in injured worker claim

Things do not always go as planned. There are infinite numbers of unexpected things that could happen in practically any situation. This is definitely true for the workplace in California. An unexpected accident can easily lead to an injured worker claim and possibly a need for an employer defense.

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