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Who is covered by workers' compensation insurance?

Almost all workers can receive workers' compensation benefits if they suffer an on-the-job injury. Both part-time and full-time employees are generally covered by these valuable benefits as long as their compensable injuries or illnesses happened during the course and scope of their employment.

However, there are certain categories of workers that may not be able to receive benefits depending on the state where they live and work. Workers at risk of not having workers' compensation coverage include:

Follow these tips to help your carpal tunnel syndrome

When you're suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome, the symptoms can be so severe that you're unable to perform your job duties. You could be feeling numbness in your fingers and hands, pain and other problems that prevent you from typing or using a computer. It might even feel as if there's absolutely nothing you can do to get better.

However -- as you will see in the tips that follow -- you can take certain precautions that could enable you to eradicate or prevent carpal tunnel. If you want to take your health back into your own hands, literally, follow these tips:

  • Take take care of your general health. Control your weight, don't smoke and be sure to get regular exercise.
  • Keep your hands and fingers flexible with regular stretching throughout the day.
  • Don't do anything that appears to aggravate numbness or pain in your fingers and hands.
  • Whenever you're doing any kind of hand or wrist activity, spread the pressure evenly throughout your hand. Only slightly bend your wrists and don't do activities that cause you to bend your wrists for long periods of time.
  • Always use good posture when sitting at a computer.
  • Try using a wrist splint that will stabilize the motion of your wrist while working and sleeping.
  • Reduce the amount of salt you consume.
  • Change positions and switch hands as often as you can.

Workers' compensation: What kind of benefits can I receive?

A serious workplace injury is not an easy situation for the average California resident to manage. For one thing, the worker will be suffering from the pain and discomfort of the injury and he or she will be struggling to get better, get appropriate medical care and to gather enough funds to pay for the medical care. Secondly, the worker might not be able to continue working while injured, and this will significantly eradicate his or her income levels at a time when he or she needs a healthy income the most.

Fortunately, if the injuries were indeed job-related, a California worker can usually seek financial compensation to pay for lost income and medical care pertaining to his or her injuries by filing a workers' compensation claim.

Repetitive motion injuries: What is tendinitis?

One of the most common repetitive motion injuries is known as tendinitis. This condition comes about as a result of doing the same motion over and over again on a daily basis without rest. Any worker -- even an office worker who uses a computer mouse and keyboard every day -- can contract debilitating tendinitis.

Here is a little bit more information about tendinitis that every California worker should know:

  • Shoulders, elbows and biceps are some of the most common areas where someone can suffer from tendinitis.
  • Tendinitis relates to the chronic inflammation of affected tendons.
  • Men tend to have tendinitis more than women.
  • The place where tendons become inflamed is usually at the insertion site where they connect to the bone.
  • Tenosynovitis is similar to tendinitis. It happens where tendons pass through a lubricated sheath at the muscle's insertion point. With too much motion and not enough rest, this sheath can become chronically inflamed, resulting in tenosynovitis, which is treated in a similar way to tendinitis.
  • Sometimes, carpal tunnel syndrome involves tenosynovitis.

Is your construction job on the "most dangerous" list?

Any field in the construction industry has its hazards. Some workers, such as roofers, have a higher risk of falling from a dangerous height. Electricians face the possibility of electrocution on a regular basis. Excavators might find themselves under constant threat of a trench collapse. Since a construction accident might be waiting around any corner, many employers have to carry workers' compensation insurance.

In the construction industry, there are certain professions that are more dangerous than others. Is your Santa Ana construction job on the "most dangerous" list?

5 workers hurt at a high speed rail construction site near Fresno

A serious accident happened at a massive high speed train construction project north of Fresno late last month. The incident left five workers injured after a tower fell over. Two of the workers needed hospital care for their injuries. The California Highway Patrol said that the workers' injuries were moderate and the worst of them may have involved a back fracture.

According to the CHP, they were continuing their investigations into the incident because the accident happened on state property. The CHP says that a tower constructed out of steel rods came tumbling down in the incident. Cal OSHA has also given their explanation of what happened, saying that rebar fell down and five employees were hurt. Cal OSHA is investigating the extent and nature of the injury portion of this case. Once a Cal OSHA investigation begins, the agency will have another six months before it must file its decisions and any citations regarding the matter.

What should railroad workers do after a workplace injury?

Railroad workers receive a special kind of protection in the event of a work-related injury. These employees are protected under the Federal Employers Liability Act, which is also known as FELA. However, in order to protect their rights to receive compensation after a workplace injury, railroad workers need take several important and necessary steps.

The first thing railroad workers need to do is to file a workplace injury report with their supervisors. This involves giving information regarding the injuries and the causes and factors that led to them. It's important to file this document as accurately as possible because it will be used later in your claim process to evaluate the extent and nature of benefits you can receive.

Did your husband die in a construction accident?

Imagine your husband has spent the last 20 years going to his job at California construction sites -- day in and day out. He has never suffered a serious injury, not even a scratch. As a painter, the risks of his job are minimal, but at his last construction job, he complained of unusual working conditions that worried you.

Tragically, last week, he went to work and he didn't come home. An accident happened while he was working on a scaffold, painting a hard-to-reach area. The scaffold was old and rickety, he slipped and his harness failed. The unspeakable event claimed his life and now you, your children, his family and friends will be attending a memorial service in his honor.

Why can't firefighting contractors sue the state of California?

Countless California workers and their families rely on the state's workers' compensation program to provide money to pay for medical care and death benefits in the event of an on-the-job accident. However, one category of worker -- who risks his or her life for the community -- cannot get workers' compensation or sue the state of California for benefits relating to an on-the-job event. This person is the firefighting contractor.

When someone works as a private contractor to help the state of California fight wildfires, and is injured or killed on the job, no legal recourse is available. The reason is because of a law from 1963. The law dictates that neither private contractors working for the state nor public agencies will be liable in the event of a firefighting injury. As a result of the law, family members of a man who died while operating a bulldozer in the course fighting fires in 2016 had to drop a wrongful death suit they filed against the state.

99 percent of NFL player brains have injuries

A study has examined the donated brains of NFL players and other football players. Among the 202 brains of football players that scientists examined, 87 percent showed signs of brain damage. Meanwhile, among the 111 belonging to National Football League players, 99 percent showed brain damage.

These statistics are staggering and worrisome, but the authors of the study have stated that the results might not be indicative of the true risks involved. The study was published earlier this year in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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