Workplace Safety and Health
Gerald D. Brody & Associates is San Diego’s trusted name for workplace safety and health law. We stand at the ready to help individuals throughout our metro area, and beyond, to understand their legal rights and when it would be in their best interests to pursue a case.
OSHA is the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, a division of the U.S. Government’s Department of Labor. It is responsible for developing rules, guidelines and training to ensure safety in the workplace.
Both employees and employers are responsible for putting forth a good-faith effort to follow OSHA rules. This helps ensure less risk and fewer injuries for everyone.
By law, workers are entitled to a safe work environment and it is incumbent upon employers to ensure their workplace has no known health and safety hazards, in compliance with OSHA regulations.
Worker’s rights include, but are not limited to:
Being provided with safety equipment to perform work
Being provided safe machines with which to work
Protection from harmful chemicals
The right to obtain a copy of test results conducted on the safety of the workplace
Training in the language employees comprehend
The right to talk to an OSHA inspector and request an inspection
The right to report injuries or illnesses and receive copies of those reports
Common Workplace Hazards in San Diego
As in many other communities, construction workers are at the greatest risk of workplace injury in San Diego. However, anyone who works with or around heavy equipment should also be wary of accidents.
Those working in logistics and fulfillment centers, as well as professional truck drivers, are subject to a higher likelihood of a vehicular accident, slip and fall or head injury.
Do I Have a Case?
If you are injured while performing services for your employer, you may have a case. This is true even if you were working from home at the time. You may qualify for workers’ compensation in San Diego even if you have a repetitive stress injury that develops over many months or years. It’s essential to speak to an attorney to safeguard your legal rights.
Employers, Including Small Business Owners
San Diego employers don’t have to passively wait for a workers’ compensation case to test their ability to navigate employment law. By partnering with an attorney now, you can protect your assets and your business from fraudulent compensation claims.
You can also reduce legal liability by ensuring you have an efficient compliance regime in place. This is crucial for small businesses!
The aftermath of an accident is a difficult time for any employee. Injuries can impact your ability to work and might have unknown consequences. To navigate your claims process, three things are essential:
Inform your employer about your accident and document it in writing right away;
See a doctor for a complete medical examination to establish the extent of injuries;
Talk to an attorney who understands San Diego workers’ compensation regulations.
How Can an Attorney Help?
A qualified workers’ compensation attorney is your best ally in defending your rights. Any well-run business should have clear standards in place for workplace health and safety compliance. If you feel your claim is not receiving adequate attention, it’s time to talk to a lawyer.
Gerald Brody & Associates
Gerald Brody & Associates helps the people of the San Diego area to ensure workers are protected when there has been a breach of workplace safety. This often involves helping throughout the stages of workers’ compensation claims and even fighting in court if claims are denied.
To learn more, please contact us today.