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What Kind of Benefits Can I Receive From Workers’ Compensation After a Workplace Injury?

Posted on October 19th, 2016

Workers’ compensation laws in California protect injured workers in the event of a job-related accident. Workers’ compensation will cover some of a worker’s losses after sustaining an injury in the workplace. According to the rules of workers’ comp, injured workers don’t need to prove an employer was negligent for compensation. Workers only have to prove that they sustained an injury while performing job-related tasks. After the system accepts your workers’ compensation claim, you’ll receive certain benefits. Workers Comp Benefit #1: Medical Care California workers’ comp will cover any and all medical care related to your workplace injury or illness. This includes the costs of an ambulance, hospital visits/stays, tests physicians must run, and treatments your injuries require. A workers’ comp insurance company must pay for all medical treatment to cure and relieve your injury or illness, whatever this may entail. Once you receive the company’s approval, workers’ comp pays for reasonable and necessary medical care. In California, you must visit a doctor on the list of physicians that your employer approves. Workers Comp Benefit #2: Time Off Work In many cases, a worker’s personal injury causes missed days at work. Workers’ compensation benefits pay to replace a worker’s lost income…

How Dangerous Is Motorcycle Lane Splitting? Reducing Motorcycle Accidents in CA

Posted on October 19th, 2016

Should Motorcycle Lane Splitting Be Outlawed in California? There’s an ongoing debate in America about the safety of a motorcycle practice known as lane splitting. Lane splitting is when a motorcyclist drives between lanes, riding on the white line through stopped or slowed traffic instead of within a lane. Currently, the only state that has legalized motorcycle lane splitting is California. While many applaud the passing of this legislation and believe in its safety, other organizations are pushing to outlaw lane splitting in the Golden State. Here are the facts about lane splitting and motorcycle accidents in California. Lane Splitting and Collisions One of the most obvious safety factors about lane splitting is the significant reduction in the number of rear-end collisions involving motorcycles. Driver inattention on Riverside’s busy roadways results in dozens of motorcycle-related rear-end collisions every year. In these collisions, motorcyclists may become pinned between vehicles, thrown off bikes, and suffer severe personal and property damages. A study by the University of California Berkeley found that lane splitting significantly lowers the risk of motorists striking motorcycles from behind, reducing the chance of head and torso injuries. Stop-and-go traffic on busy highways is the most dangerous roadway condition for vulnerable…

What Are the Most Common Types of Automobile vs Truck Accidents?

Posted on August 24th, 2016

Car accidents involving commercial trucks, eighteen-wheelers, or tractor-trailers are typically more catastrophic and damaging than collisions between two passenger vehicles. The size and weight of commercial trucks exerts extreme gravitational forces in an accident, causing great damage to passenger vehicles and their occupants. Injuries can be devastating, causing permanent disability or death. Most often, truck accidents in Riverside are the result of truck driver negligence or poor vehicle maintenance. Six Common Causes of Truck Accidents Truck drivers have to undergo special training to hold a commercial driver’s license, but they still make frequent errors in judgment. Truck drivers may ignore the legal number of hours they have to rest in between drives or drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Trucking companies may shirk their responsibilities and fail to maintain fleet vehicles, resulting in deadly accidents. Learning the Top 6 Common Types of Truck vs. Automobile Accidents can help you understand your rights as a victim. #1. Rollover Truck Accidents Truck accidents can often result in the truck rolling over due to high speeds, taking a curve too fast, steep declines/inclines, overcorrecting when the trailer drifts off the road, and hitting an object in the road. If a driver fails…

Frequently Asked Questions of Injured Workers – Workplace Accident Lawyers

Posted on August 23rd, 2016

Workplace accidents happen to workers all the time for a lot of different reasons…and this is the case not only at higher-risk jobs, like construction sites, but also at workplaces in virtually every industry. When a worker suffers a minor or catastrophic injury in the workplace, he or she will likely have a variety of important questions. Workplace accidents make victims question whether they could have avoided their injuries, who will pay for medical costs, and if they will ever get back the lost wages or earning capacity they lost in a traumatic accident. Luckily, there are resources available to help injured workers learn about their rights and responsibilities under the law. What Do I Do After Sustaining a Workplace Injury? If you sustain an injury at work, it’s recommended to report the accident to your employer as soon as possible after the incident. Fill out an accident report and see a doctor right away, even if you don’t feel injured. The accident may have caused an injury or aggravated an existing condition without you realizing it. If your injuries are extreme, go to the emergency room. If you are not seriously hurt, ask your employer if he or she…

11 Safety Tips for Your Next Road Trip to Avoid Car Accidents

Posted on June 14th, 2016

A little planning can go a long way when it comes to road trips. Safe driving is the key to arriving at your destination safely and well-rested. Before you hit the I-15, or the 10 Freeway – two of the most notorious Southern Californian routes for auto accidents – consider these 11 tips for avoiding car accidents on your trip: 1. Take your car in for a tune-up. If you do your own maintenance, give your car a once-over before hitting the road. If not, ask your mechanic to check the battery, tire pressure, belts, and fluid levels before heading out. 2. Prioritize sleep. Caffeine will only take you so far. The National Sleep Foundation say to aim for 7-8 hours of sleep in the nights leading up to your trip, and pull over and nap if needed. Supplementing a lack of sleep with caffeine can make drivers jittery, and the effects will not last for very long. 3. Create a driving schedule. If you are traveling with licensed passengers, trade off driving times as needed throughout the trip. Trade off when you feel tired or after you stop to fill up the tank and stretch your legs. 4. Examine…

Dog Bite Injury Prevention: Important California Leash Laws for Large & Small Dogs

Posted on June 14th, 2016

Many dog owners see leash laws as a way to protect people. However, leash laws exist to protect pets, too. Whether you agree with a local law about leashes or not, all dog owners must abide by these restrictions. Leash laws vary from community to community. The state of California does not have any laws that govern normal dog ownership activities, such as walking. In some communities, you may only need to prove that you have voice control over your dog, while other areas require that all dogs wear leashes in public areas. Riverside County Areas Where Leashes Are Not Required Throughout the state, you will find parks, lakes and areas where you do not have to leash your dog, even if the city or county has leash laws. You do not need to leash your pooch: Within a fenced-in backyard In a designated off-leash area, such as a park or neighborhood In a dog park designed for pet socialization. Here’s a list of dog parks in Riverside. In Riverside Areas that Leashes are Required If you walk a dog in a public or private area that allows dogs within Riverside County, the dog must wear a handheld leash that does not measure longer…

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