Will My Personal Information Be Protected if I file a Worker Compensation Claim?

A June 2011 SC Magazine article reports that hundreds of thousands of workers who applied for California workers compensation benefits had their personal information mistakenly exposed online. Southern California Medical-Legal Consultants (SCMLC), a company that collects workers compensation insurance funds for medical providers, kept the Worker names and Social Security numbers in their database for internal purposes. Unfortunately this kind of unauthorized publication of computer-stored, confidential, personal information happens with relative frequency, either as a result of intentional hacking, unintentional human or computer error. Government agencies, hospitals, universities, banks and even NASA have all been compromised at one time or another. Read More

Is There Job Security While On Worker Comp?

For those who are out on workers comp, the easiest way to have job security is to file paperwork under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). FMLA provides injured workers with compensatory benefits for up to 12 weeks per year without risk of losing your job while you recover. Federal law requires all employers to comply with this. Even if state law allows companies to fire someone while on workers comp, federal laws carry more weight. The employer is required to at least try to find a position for someone after he or she returns from disability leave. The only way a company can deny the person a position is if they cannot afford to pay the person to work in any position for the company. Read More

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