Work Place

On March 30, the longtime director of the California Department of Industrial Relations, Christine Baker, announced her retirement after 34 years of service. Baker is known for accomplishing major reforms to curb workers’ compensation fraud and reduce painkiller prescriptions. In her retirement announcement letter, Baker wrote, “Since our major reforms to workers’ compensation in 2012, […]

In our present political situation, federal and state laws sometimes contradict each other. Currently, President Trump’s strict immigration policies are at odds with California’s “sanctuary state” policy. The state’s policy gives protections to undocumented immigrants and limits cooperation of local and state officers with federal immigration authorities. About 9% of California’s workers are believed to […]

According to the recently released 2016 report conducted by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, California work injury and illness rates continued to drop to the lowest in over ten years. The rate decreased from 3.8 injuries and illnesses per 100 full-time employees in 2015 to 3.7 in 2016. Breaking down the numbers The private sector […]

On Saturday, December 2, five workers were injured on California’s High Speed Rail construction project just north of Fresno, at the San Joaquin River crossing near Highway 99. State investigators reported that a tower made up of reinforced steel rods fell over and injured the five workers. Two were sent to the hospital for treatment. […]

Hiring an Attorney Is Critical

If you’ve been injured on the job, you are entitled to submit a claim for workers’ compensation benefits from the state. In California, these benefits can include lost wages, medical treatment, and partial or permanent disability funds. You are much more likely to receive the benefits you deserve with the help of a workers’ compensation […]

Dial & Associates FAQ

  When potential clients call our law firm, Dial & Associates, with questions, we are happy to help. Our office is accessible in many languages: our staff members Maria, Jennifer, and Deanna speak Spanish as well as our attorney at law, Stephen Dial. Stephen Dial is also fluent in Chinese, Japanese, French, German, and Italian. […]

Have You Hurt Your Back at Work?

Sustaining a back injury can happen in many ways, especially in jobs that work with equipment, machines, and on scaffolding. In these jobs, lifting or moving heavy objects can put excessive weight on your back and injure it. Repeating the same movements when working with machinery also puts your back at risk. In addition, tense […]

In California rainy days are not usually a huge issue, but storms can sometimes cause injuries that can be prevented. As we all know, Southern Californians are not known for their amazing rainy day driving techniques. It’s a running joke here that everyone breaks in Los Angeles when it starts to rain. In some case […]