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Compensation may be available for workplace injuries

Employment in California and across the country is up. Many of those jobs are in the service industries, including restaurants. Service employees have a right to expect a safe place to work. A San Diego taqueria does not appear to be meeting that expectation and that has resulted in workplace injuries.

A worker fell off a ladder and was seriously injured in January of last year. The establishment failed to report the injury and also failed to remediate the conditions that led to the accident. An investigation following the accident uncovered 10 safety violations.

Those violations include failure to keep records of unsafe conditions, failure to provide adequate safety training to employees, failure to have adequate first aid supplies and a lack of an emergency eye wash station. As a result of these violations, the restaurant has been fined $40,105. The California Department of Industrial Relations has stated that the establishment had 15 days to pay the fines. The 15 days started on Dec. 28, 2018.

Workplace injuries do happen, even when adequate safety measures and training programs are in place and properly followed by staff. When an accident occurs and results in a serious injury, the employee may wish to seek out the advice of an experienced workers' compensation attorney. No worker in California should have to suffer the consequences of a work injury on his or her own. A knowledgeable lawyer can inform the client of one's rights and guide the client through the legal process to obtain all benefits applicable to the specific circumstances. 

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