Last Spring, the Coronavirus pandemic led to millions of businesses across the nation being shuttered by mandatory stay-at-home orders given by governors in nearly every state, including California.
As a result, online sales grew nearly 45% in 2020, which kept businesses like UPS, FedEx, Walmart, and Amazon not only fully operational but beyond their existing capacity, requiring each to hire tens of thousands of new employees to keep pace with demand.
At Hanning & Sacchetto, LLP, our workers’ compensation attorneys in Whittier understand these companies will continue to grow, and with a focus on increasing their staff to achieve higher revenue, safety protocols can become secondary concerns.
Whether you are a warehouse employee, administrative team member, or a driver for a company that is fully functioning during the pandemic, you deserve to be safe at work. If you get hurt at work, our workers’ compensation lawyers in Whittier want to help you pursue the compensation you are entitled to, to get your life back on track.
What are the Most Common Workplace Accidents in California?
Warehouse work is inherently dangerous, as heavy machinery like forklifts and conveyors can cause serious injuries when employees are not properly trained to use them.
OSHA violations, slip and fall hazards, falls from height, heavy load accidents, and the lack of personal protection equipment can all lead to severe, or even catastrophic injuries in a warehouse, leaving you hurt and out of work for weeks or even months.
Administrative employees face their own dangers when working inside an office setting.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, office workers often get caught in or between objects, are often struck by objects, or bump into objects themselves, and as a result, are injured.
Improper storage, incorrect workstation positioning, and heavy lifting requirements can all lead to office injuries that can sideline an employee without notice.
With the growth of online orders and delivery needs, commercial driving needs are at an all-time high, with corporate giants Amazon, UPS, FedEx, and Walmart working long hours to keep up with their delivery requirements.
Long hours and even longer delivery routes can place employees on interstates and roadways with negligent drivers who become impatient with large trucks making stops and transporting packages, which can lead to severe accidents with injuries.
When drivers are injured during their routes, their employers may be held liable for their damages, including their medical care and wage compensation.
Do All California Companies Have to Carry Workers’ Compensation Coverage?
In California, even if the company only has one employee, workers’ compensation is mandatory for all employers.
California workers’ compensation law requires a business owner to carry workers’ comp insurance for employees who regularly work in California, even if the business is headquartered in another state.
What’s more, California has a no-fault workers compensation system, which means employees do not have to prove that their employer was at fault for the injury.
They simply must prove the injury was work-related.
If you have been hurt at work:
- Your employer must pay for your medical care,
- Temporary or part-time workers may be eligible to receive benefits,
- Independent contractors may be covered by workers’ compensation,
- Employees do not have to be legal residents of the United States to receive most workers’ compensation benefits.
If you have suffered an injury at work, and are facing resistance from your corporate employer, contact our workers’ compensation attorneys in Los Angeles County at Hanning & Sacchetto, LLP, today by calling 562-698-6446 to learn how we can pursue the benefits you are entitled to from your employers’ insurance coverage.