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Many workers' compensation claims follow fatigue-related injuries

Safety authorities in California and elsewhere recognized the problem of fatigue among truck drivers a long time ago. Although lawmakers have attempted to eliminate trucker fatigue, workers' compensation claims for injuries suffered in truck accidents are prevalent. In fact, safety professionals maintain that fatigue affects workers in all industries.

They say the challenges related to occupational fatigue extend beyond the transportation industry. Safety managers in all industries can improve production, work quality and profits by assessing the impact fatigue has on their particular business fields. One adviser says it is a growing problem that adversely affects many businesses.

This adviser says revising workers' schedules to allow a bit more sleep or an extra break in the workday can help to reduce fatigue. By achieving this, workplaces will be safer, injuries can be prevented, and lives can be saved. However, he suggests that safety officials explore ways to address more than workplace fatigue because workers who arrive at work already exhausted can jeopardize not only their own safety but also the safety of others.

California workers may find comfort in knowing that the state-regulated workers' compensation insurance program is a no-fault system that covers injuries regardless of who caused them. However, the benefits claims process could be challenging without the support and guidance of an experienced workers' compensation attorney. With legal guidance, an injured worker can pursue financial relief to help him or her cope with medical expenses and lost wages if the injuries cause temporary disability. Additional benefits are typically available for workers who suffer permanent disabilities.

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