Gilbert Fisher: Anytime someone passes away, those who are left behind would be well-served to consider consulting with a workers' compensation attorney to see if perhaps the death is someway connected to their employment. For example, oftentimes people might die because of stress or hypertension, and that might be a condition that's developed over time and work might be part of that. So it would always pay to sit down with a workers' compensation attorney and go over the facts and see if those who are left behind -- the children, the dependents -- might be entitled to workers' compensation benefits to help them financially cope with the loss.
Most people who live here locally in California's Central Valley are aware of something called Valley fever. It's a disease that can be contracted by exposure to spores that are released when soil is disturbed. People outside of the area have never heard of it. A lot of people don't realize is that more often or not, you're exposed to those spores because you're working in an environment where you're exposed to that. That would be a workers' compensation injury.
And sometimes the results of Valley fever can range from mild flu-like symptoms that you get over relatively easily, and other times it can be severe. Health issues, lifelong health issues, catastrophic medical bills and even death. And if you or a loved one have contracted Valley fever and have ongoing issues or if you know someone who has died as a result of Valley fever, you would be well-advised to talk to a workers' compensation attorney who understands Valley fever and who has handled those cases and can help you get the workers' compensation benefits that can help you deal with this catastrophic injury.
Narrator: If you or a loved one need help with a workers' compensation issue, call our office today.