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Working Too Hard: Workers' Compensation

The United States' economic contraction and unemployment rates are old news. People are still struggling to find and maintain employment in this job market. However, some who are fortunate enough to be employed are making sacrifices in forms of their physical health and well-being.

Injuries in the work force are common. With the pressure of providing for a family, employees may succumb to stress, which can result in mistakes or accidental injuries in the workplace. Between equipment malfunctions and the dangers of a certain professions, individual workers and employers must not forget personal health and safety.

Federal law requires all businesses provide workers' compensation insurance. When an employee is injured on the job, workers' compensation insurance provides medical coverage while also providing the victim's family with a temporary source of income. If the injury is permanent, the employee may be entitled to a permanent disability settlement, as well. A workplace injury attorney in Orange County can help to ensure the best type of representation for a client.

Most Dangerous Employment Fields in the U.S.

In California, the most dangerous industry sectors include:

  • Agriculture
  • Forestry
  • Fishing &hunting
  • Construction
  • Transportation
  • Warehousing

Educational and health services prove the least dangerous professions to employees, although some risks do exist. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in California, workers in the fields of maintenance, installation, and repair who experience work injuries require the longest duration of recovery time because of the demands of their professions.

Catastrophic & Fatal Workplace Accident Statistics

Overall, there has been a decrease in fatal injuries over the last decade. It is important to consider the decrease in number of jobs in the economy in relation to the decrease in catastrophic work injuries. However, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the year 2010 recorded an increase in fatal injuries of three percent. Many minor injuries are explained by overexertion while on the job. Overexertion may be one cause of work related injuries, but others include failure of equipment, falling or slipping, industrial accidents, electrocution, chemical exposure, or the misuse of heavy machinery.

In order to provide for a family, some workers may befall catastrophic or fatal injuries. A catastrophic injury may include:

  • Brain injuries
  • Neck injuries
  • Back injuries
  • Burns
  • Paralysis
  • Amputation
  • Internal organ damage

Unlike a minor work injury, a catastrophic work injury may cause the victim long term emotional damage, thereby creating both physical and added monetary stress on the injured worker and his or her family. Without a breadwinner, a family suffers financial stress of providing basic necessities. A catastrophic injury worker's family is also burdened with the continuing expense of doctor and hospital costs.

Our catastrophic work injury and personal injury lawyers in Orange County can advocate for the injured worker and try to assure their financial and medical needs are met through successful verdicts and workers compensation settlements.

Contact a Workers' Compensation Lawyer in Orange County

It is clearly important that employees protect themselves at work in case of a catastrophic work related injury. Alvandi Law Group’s personal injury attorneys and workers compensation attorneys of San Bernardino County and the workplace injury lawyers of Fontana want to help protect workers in California who are victims from serious workplace accidents and catastrophic injuries.

For press, and for more information regarding workers compensation and personal injury and to receive a free legal consultation with no obligations in Orange County, contact Alvandi Law Group at ">(800) 980-6905.

The offices of Alvandi Law Group are located at 2955 Main Street Suite 110, Irvine, CA 92614. Alvandi Law Group’s website is