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Workers' compensation and funeral costs in California

The loss of a loved one is a stressful time in life. It can be an incredibly overwhelming experience if your loved one died while performing their job duties. Many work-related deaths occur because of the negligent actions of a co-worker, the employer, a malfunctioning piece of equipment or some other reason. Dealing with a death under these circumstances can be unbearable. It can also be expensive when burying your loved one.

The average funeral today can cost close to $9,000 if you hold a viewing, purchase a casket and bury your loved one in a cemetery plot. This cost also includes fees, transportation costs, flowers, a grave marker and other items. If you decide to have your loved one cremated, you can expect to spend anywhere from $6,000 to $7,000.

Benefits of knowing first aid on the job

First aid is something that every adult should learn at some point in their lifetime. Why? You may never have to use what you know, but that one time where it is needed, you might save the life of a co-worker or loved one or even your own life. Today, we will explore the benefits of knowing first aid on the job.

If you are able to provide first aid to a co-worker who has become seriously ill or suffered an injury on the job, you might help reduce their recovery time. When someone has to wait for EMTs or paramedics to arrive, their chances at a quick recovery drops.

How to prepare for a Social Security hearing

Having to file for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits is a difficult time in your life. You were likely injured on the job, or were diagnosed with an illness that prevents you from working. What can make matters worse is when your initial claim is denied. You do have the right to appeal and will need to attend a hearing. Here are some tips on how to prepare for the hearing.

This might seem like an obvious tip, but you need to answer the question that has been asked. Many people hurt their chances at securing benefits by failing to answer a question properly or completely refusing to answer. Be open and honest with the judge, and you should not have any problems.

Understanding workers' compensation eligibility in California

If you have been injured at work, you may no longer be physically able to carry out your job tasks. Most workers in the United States can file for workers' compensation after an injury at work, no matter how fault regarding the accident was attributed.

If you want to file for workers' compensation to recoup financial damages, it is important that you first understand whether you are eligible. By being proactive and acting quickly after your injury, you will stand the best chance of being able to make a successful claim. The following are some of the eligibility requirements that you must be able to meet in order to gain workers' compensation.

How you can prove employer retaliation

Facing retaliation by your employer is not easy. This can make it very difficult for you to get up and go to work each day. You likely don't want to face your supervisor and might start burning through your sick and personal days, putting you behind on your work. Let's explore how you can prove employer retaliation.

The signs you should be on the lookout for regarding retaliation include the following:

  • Being demoted
  • Firing or termination
  • Being disciplined for no reason
  • Being excluded from staff meetings all of a sudden
  • Reduction in salary
  • Being reassigned to a new shift
  • An unexpected negative performance review

Spotting the signs of a hostile work environment

There are plenty of problems that arise at work each day for one reason or another. Some of those problems could lead to a hostile work environment. A hostile work environment is a problem for all involved, including the victim of the hostility. You should never accept working in a hostile environment, which is why you need to know how to spot the signs of such a problem.

For the most part, a workplace becomes hostile when a supervisor or a co-worker makes it impossible for you to effectively perform your job duties. This happens when their actions, inactions, words or other communication cause problems. This results in the terms of your employment being altered because of the actions of another person.

How to avoid a struck-by accident at work

Accidents at work happen all too often, leaving workers seriously injured or even killing them. One of the fatal four accidents, as labeled by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), is the struck-by accident. Struck-by accidents can happen in a myriad of ways, all of which we will examine in today's post, so you know how to avoid them.

Victims of workplace accidents often suffer injuries caused by falling objects. It doesn't matter if you work on a construction site, in a warehouse or in a traditional office setting; an object can fall from higher up and wind up hitting you on the head, causing serious injuries. If required, wear a hard hat when working in a dangerous location, and be aware of your surroundings at all times.

Steps to take when injured on the job

When you head off for work each day do you ever consider that you could suffer an injury? This likely isn't at the front of your mind, but it should be, especially if you work in a dangerous profession. Dangerous professions include emergency services, mining, construction and some others. Do you know what to do if you are ever injured on the job

We will outline the steps you need to take in today's post.

  • Care for your injury on site: Ask for a co-worker to bring you the first aid kit or call 911, depending on how serious the injury is.
  • Notify a supervisor immediately: Don't wait until help arrives. Let an immediate supervisor know what happened if you are not unconscious.
  • Document the incident: Write down everything you can remember about the incident that led to your injury. Don't leave any detail out of the written report.
  • Accept medical care/transport: Accept any medical care provided on the scene and transport to the hospital even if you think you haven't suffered a serious injury.
  • Follow doctor's orders: Do not deviate from the orders your attending doctor prescribes after suffering an injury on the job.
  • File a workers' compensation claim: Use the paperwork provided by your employer to file the claim and do so as soon as possible after the accident.

Riot Games is sued by California, asked to reveal pay by gender

On June 12, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) announced that they were suing the Los Angeles-based video game company Riot Games (RG). Their investigation enforcement lawsuit was filed against them for failing to cooperate in answering their questions. They're trying to determine if gender discrimination is occurring in their workplace.

The gaming review company Kotaku first began receiving complaints from RG employees about gender discrimination last year. When confronted about it, company executives promised to let anyone who engaged in discrimination go.

Are serious mental conditions considered a disability?

People often think of disabilities as something physical. A worker injures their back on the job, loses feeling in their legs and can never walk again. Another worker suffers an amputation injury and the damage is so severe that doctors cannot save the limb. These types of serious injuries may make it necessary for people to seek out Social Security Disability benefits.

But what about mental disorders? Clearly, they can make it just as difficult -- or impossible -- to work. They can change your life. Many of them can never be cured, even if you can treat them. Can you seek benefits on those grounds?

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