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Workers' compensation laws are designed to ensure payment by employers for some part of the cost of injuries, or in some cases of occupational diseases, received by employees in the course of their work. Worker's compensation legislation requires the employer to furnish a reasonably safe place to work, suitable equipment, rules and instructions when they are reasonably necessary, and reasonably competent foremen and superintendents. The employer is liable for an employee's acts of negligence, for the employer's own gross negligence, and for extraordinary risks of work. In most cases, the employer is not liable for accidents occurring outside the place of work, or for those which have not arisen directly from employment.

We represent injured workers in all aspects of a California workers' compensation claim. No matter where you are at in the process, we can help. In addition, we offer a free consultation to discuss your claim and help you better understand your options. In California, there are two types of Workers' Compensation Injuries; Specific and Cumulative.


A specific injury has certain date or incident which caused your injuries. A cumulative injury happens over a period of time through repetitive actions, work-duties, and usage of a body part. Cumulative injuries are often overlooked and denied in the Work Comp system. Our goal is to provide representation for all injured workers so they get the benefits they are entitled under the California Workers' Compensation system.

Orthopedic injuries include multiple types of injuries to the human body. These are the most typical injuries associated with Workers' Comp.

Joint injuries to the wrist, hand, knee, ankle, or shoulder are all orthopedic, no matter if muscle or bone. Injury to your neck, back or spinal injuries are also orthopedic injuries which can often cause long-term disabilities, and often affect other body parts.

Orthopedic injuries can be caused by a variety of circumstances. Burn injuries can be caused by chemical exposure, fire or electric shock. Amputation and crush injuries often involve heavy machinery, loads or vehicles, and they can also result from defective machinery or negligence at work.

Some orthopedic injuries are from a cumulative trauma (CT) injuries or repetitive motion, such as carpal tunnel syndrome and plantar fasciitis.

Internal injuries can include any injury which affects the inside of your body. These injuries can be from hypertension, damage from chemical exposure, organ damage, cancer, or cascading injuries or compensable consequences from other issues.


Compensable consequences from orthopedic injuries include internal injuries such as high blood pressure, GERD, digestive and bowels; and other consequences; such as stress, depression, and anxiety.


(UPDATE: Under SB 863, some compensable consequences are no longer considered for permanent disability. These include Sexual Dysfunction, Sleep Dysfunction, and Psych. Treatment can still be received.)

Often the most overlooked work-place injury is a psychological injury. These injuries often are a compensable consequence to an orthopedic injury. However, there are times when an employer or the type of job brings on stress, anxiety or even depression to a debilitating level.


Emotional, discriminatory and stress-related matters are often considered part of a psychological injury.


These injuries are often quite difficult to prevail on as there are several hurdles to jump in order to receive a finding of industrial causation. Our Attorneys are more than happy to discuss your claim and what it will take to prevail on this type of injury.

© 2020 Riley & Associates. Representing Injured Workers with offices in Redding, and Susanville.

The materials on this website do not, nor are they intended to create an attorney-client relationship or constitute legal advice. All California Workers' Compensation claims are different.

For advice regarding your claim, please contact a workers' compensation attorney.