California workers have certain rights, and one of them is the right to safe workplace environments. Not all workplace accidents cause physical injuries, and in some industries, unfair pressure and excessive working hours can cause occupational conditions that can be life-threatening. Unfortunately, it is often difficult to substantiate workers' compensation claims in such circumstances.
An employee of a Long Beach hotel is currently struggling to cope with medical costs and other expenses because her workers' compensation claim was denied by the insurance company. It is reported that the 20-year-old woman has been an employee of the hotel for approximately one year. Her family asserts that she regularly arrived home in an exhausted state after many hours of overtime and being responsible for single-handedly washing all the dishes of all the meals served at the hotel.
The young woman reportedly collapsed outside the hotel in April after a day's work. It was reported that she worked a regular shift of eight hours on that day, but then she had to work an additional six-hour shift. She was rushed to a hospital where a CAT scan indicated a cerebral hemorrhage, and she went into a coma from which she awoke only recently. Her father reported that she is in a lot of pain and struggles to speak. Also, the right side of her body is reportedly immobile.
The workers' compensation insurance company denied this worker's benefits claim, stating that her condition was not work-related. Friends and colleagues are now calling on the company owners to pay her medical expenses. California workers who have had their benefits claims declined may benefit from consulting with an experienced workers' compensation attorney who can assess the circumstances and available information and protect the rights of the worker.
Source: lbpost.com, "Supporters Call for Workers' Justice After Young Hotel Dishwasher Suffers Cerebral Hemorrhage", Stephanie Rivera, Sept. 24, 2015