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State law governs most workers' compensation claims. These laws are aimed at protecting workers from injuries sustained on the job. Most states require every business to have some form of workers' compensation insurance to cover its employees. A workers' compensation claim is not considered a lawsuit but rather, is a claim for benefits from the employer. Usually, workers' compensation is the exclusive remedy for workers, unless the worker can point to a third party as a contributing factor in their injury, such as a manufacturer of equipment. There are several types of injuries for which a worker can recover. In some cases, even work-related stress may lead to a valid injury for which a worker can recover.


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Many types of employment involve close interactions with customers. People with a cold, the flu, or something worse may wander into our offices or businesses, putting healthy employees at risk.

So if you catch an illness from a customer, is your boss liable?

Most workplace injuries truly are accidents. You smashed your hand in the heavy machinery. Your chair collapsed under you. You slipped on water in the kitchen. However, a less recognized source of injury could be your fellow coworkers or even customers.

According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration, “nearly 2 million employees are victims of workplace violence each year.” If you were hurt by another person in an attack or assault at work, can you get workers’ compensation?

Many of us get stressed at work. It’s an unavoidable hazard of having a job.

However, some people suffer severe stress resulting in anxiety. Do you have anxiety? Is it affecting your ability to do your job and earn money?

If yes, you may be able to get workers’ compensation for anxiety.

Getting hurt on your first day of work is not a great look. You were hoping to make a great first impression, and now your boss might be having second thoughts about her hiring practices.

All future career concerns aside, can you get worker’s compensation benefits, even though you just started your job? How long do you need to be on the job before you’re eligible for workers’ comp?

The official first day of summer is only four days away, but it’s already been hot, hot, hot.

For those of you lucky enough to work in a comfortable air conditioned room, be grateful. For people who have to work outside, be careful! Previously, we wrote about getting workers’ compensation for skin cancer when you work outside. However, a more immediate danger lurks when the temperature rises, heat stress and heat stroke.

If you get heat stroke while working outdoors, can you get workers’ compensation?

According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, undocumented immigrants make up 3.5 percent of the United States' population. In California alone, undocumented immigrants make up 10 percent of the workforce.

With so many undocumented immigrants in the workforce, it is inevitable that some will get injured at work. But, can undocumented immigrants get workers' compensation?

Workers' compensation is meant to compensate you for your lost ability to work. However, once you're past retirement age, that lost ability to work shouldn't matter anymore because you've retired. What if you're past retirement age but are still working?

Will you lose your workers' compensation benefit after retirement age? Can you get workers' compensation and retirement payments?

Many people think that working outside is healthier than working indoors. Outside, you get fresh air, exercise, and vitamin D. Inside, you spend hours sitting in a chair and staring at a computer screen.

However, working outside for extended hours can have its dangers as well, especially skin cancer. Can you get workers' compensation for skin cancer?

Got a migraine? Just take a couple aspirins, and get back to work!

If you've ever had a migraine, you'll know that it can be debilitating. According to the World Health Organization, migraines are one of the most debilitating diseases in the world. Nearly 28 million American may have migraines that affect their ability to work.

So, if you can't work because of migraines, can you get workers' compensation for it?

Maybe you're turning your head to see your computer monitor. Maybe you got rear-ended in the company car. Either way, if you've got a work-related pain in the neck, you may be wondering whether you can collect workers' compensation benefits.

As with most workers' comp claims, it will largely depend on exactly how you were injured, so let's take a look at how workers' compensation insurance works for neck pain.