Friday, September 4, 2009

Cate’s Case and Worker’s Compensation

Workplace injuries are a common occurrence, so common that in fact, even Oscar-winners can be a victim of it.

Cate Blanchett, a highly respected actress in tinsel town was reportedly injured while performing in a stage play, A Streetcar Named Desire when she got hit by a prop.

40-year old Blanchett suffered a head injury. During the play, one of the actors lifted a radio and she somehow got injured by it. The theater’s spokesman denies that it was intentionally thrown at the actress.

The audience even saw the blood which streamed down the fair actress’ head and neck.
While Blanchett has the money to see to her own treatment, other workers aren’t as lucky. Workplace injuries can be catastrophic not just to one’s health but also to a person’s livelihood.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, every day U.S. workers suffer injury, disability, and on average, 15 workers die each day from traumatic injuries. In 2007, more than 4 million workers had a nonfatal injury or illness.

Generally in the US, workers who are injured in the course of employment are provided compensation for medical care in case of workplace injuries. This type of insurance is called Worker’s Compensation.

In California in particular, workers are further protected as the state imposes the duty that every employer has a legal obligation to provide and maintain a safe and healthful workplace for employees.

Also in California, if employees get hurt while on the job, regardless of whose fault it is, they will be provided six basic benefits such as medical care, temporary disability benefits, permanent disability benefits, supplemental job displacement benefits or vocational rehabilitation and death benefits.

Workplace injuries can be devastating to any employee, especially those whose family depends on his income to make ends meet. But fortunately, with a worker’s compensation in place for employee’s, they can focus on getting better instead of worrying how to make ends meet when they get hurt on the job.