I recently received a call from a mother residing in Lancaster, California, whose son lost his life while performing construction work in Los Angeles,...
A CLOSER LOOK AT CALIFORNIA WORK RELATED DEATH BENEFITS
August 3, 2014
WORKERS' COMPENSATION PRESUMPTION BILL FOR NURSES: MRSA
June 6, 2014
California workers' compensation law requires a nurse who develops methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus skin infections (MRSA) to prove that the infection was contracted at work. MRSA is a staph infection that does not respond to most antibiotics. As many as 78% of MRSA infections are contracted from health facility centers according to the the Centers for Disease Control.
Accordingly, the California assembly passed bills (to be voted on by Senate) that would create a rebuttable presumption under California workers' compensation law, which would presume causation between MRSA contraction by a nurse and his or her employment at a healthcare facility. The law would apply in California workers' compensation claims for nurses who provide direct patient care at certain healthcare facilities.