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Can you claim retaliation if your workers' comp gets denied?

As an employee in California, you have a right to protection from retaliation in workers' compensation cases. If you file for compensation after an on-the-job injury, they cannot retaliate by cutting your hours, cutting your pay or firing you, for instance. The law works this way so that you feel confident enough to file when you think you have a valid claim. Otherwise, the mere threat of retaliation may force workers to stay silent just to keep their jobs.

California workers risk wildfire-related workplace injuries

The California fire season runs from September through December, and it is not only firefighters who are at risk. Employers in all industries must ensure that workers understand the hazards posed by wildfires and learn how to avoid workplace injuries when they have to deal with fires. Wildfires are typically unplanned, often human-caused, and known to destroy everything in their path.

Physical labor linked to risk of early death

It is true that a sedentary lifestyle is unhealthy and can increase certain health problems, such as obesity. However, it's important to note that some types of physical activity can also be problematic. In fact, one study linked physical activity with an increased risk of an early death.

Typical workplace injuries in auto repair shops

Workers in all industries in California face safety hazards, some of which are unique to their occupations. Those who earn their living in auto repair shops face an almost endless list of dangers each day. The diversity of their jobs expose workers in automobile repair services to hazardous chemicals, fire and explosion risks, workplace injuries caused by machinery and tools, and ergonomic injuries caused by the awkward postures in which they do many of their tasks.

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