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No matter what legal services you’re in need of, our team at Scher, Bassett & Hames can help you. Our firm has over 60 years of experience, dedicating our services to helping people in need in the San Jose, CA area. Our lawyers and attorneys are extremely knowledgeable and are passionate about serving people when they need help the most.
About Housekeepers/Cleaners Lawyers
Just like any job, there are numerous risks involved with working as a housekeeper or cleaner. That’s why our team at Scher, Bassett & Hames has been providing essential legal services for over six decades. If you’ve been injured or hurt while on the job, you’re in need of lawyers for housekeepers. Our team is made up of the best lawyers and attorneys in San Jose, CA, and the Bay Area. We believe that if you are injured on the job, you have the right to workers’ comp to pay for your lost wages and medical bills.
Benefits for Injured Housekeepers and Cleaners
If you’re working in California as a housekeeper or cleaner, you are in good company. California has the most housekeepers and cleaners in America. Because of this, there are strict regulations and rules that must be followed to protect housekeepers and cleaners. If you are working in this industry, it can be very beneficial to understand the regulations in place. At Scher, Bassett & Hames, our lawyers for home cleaners are experts at helping you with your legal issues and concerns. We can help you gain a full understanding of the housekeeping regulations in California.
Hazards and Risks Faced by Hotel Housekeepers
The daily duties of hotel housekeepers are demanding and intense. With hotels focused on hospitality and offering the newest and most amenities for their guests, that adds extra pressure and duties to the housekeepers’ tasks. Over time, studies have found that more and more injuries are occurring to housekeepers and cleaners alike. A large percentage of these injuries are due to overexertion and damage done to tendons and muscles. These injuries can be life-altering and painful. Common injuries among housekeepers include:
- Slips, Trips, and Falls: There are many conditions that housekeepers face that present incidents that could lead to a slip, trip, or fall, including scrubbing bathtubs, showers, and bathroom floors. They also often carry large loads of linens or boxes. These large loads can block the view of a housekeeper, leading them to trip on hazards left in the walkway. Trips and falls can be severe as they can lead to bleeding, broken bones, and even concussions.
- Musculoskeletal Injuries: As a housekeeper, you are constantly moving and extending your body in ways that could sprain or strain muscles and tendons including vacuuming, changing linens, making beds, and dusting.
- Infectious Diseases: A housekeeper often has to handle waste, which can include dangerous waste such as uncapped needles, broken glass, vomit, body waste, and blood-borne pathogens. These things can carry infectious diseases as well as physical danger.
- Respiratory Illnesses: Housekeepers often use top of the line commercial cleaning products, which often contain heavy chemicals. These chemicals can affect respiratory health over time leading to serious respiratory illnesses.
- Stress: There are many stressful things about a job as a housekeeper such as job insecurity, extreme workloads, and other hazards. Long exposure to stress can cause severe damage on your body.
Protect Yourself if You Were Hurt on the Job
If you were hurt on the job, be sure to prioritize yourself. This will look different in different scenarios. Depending on how you were hired will depend on the liability your employer has for your injuries. Were you hired as a contractor or an employee?
- If you work for a third party (someone who hires someone to work in homes) or you work in several homes, chances are that you are a contractor. In this case, you’re not totally out of luck. Oftentimes, the owner of the property will probably have homeowner’s insurance, which often covers your injuries. If you aren’t sure where to go from here, we can help.
- On the other hand, if you were hired directly by the property owners, you are their employee. These employers are required to have workers’ compensation. If you need help filing for workers’ comp or have been denied workers’ comp, contact us.
Types of Workers’ Compensation Benefits
When applying for workers’ compensation benefits, there are several types that you can apply for and receive. Most commonly, workers’ compensation provides compensation for two-thirds of your average weekly wage. Sometimes there are unique circumstances that grant different compensation amounts and regulations. They are as follows.
- Temporary Partial Disability: If the claimant is able to return to work right away but not to the full capacity they were performing at before, this type of compensation might be provided. In these circumstances, the claimant might be assigned light duty. The compensation amount would help to make the difference between the normal wages earned and the amount earned now on light duty.
- Permanent Disability: Once you’ve reached your maximal medical improvement (MMI) which is the level your condition is expected to finish improving even with continued treatment, your doctor will reevaluate you to determine if you are permanently impaired. If the doctor has determined that you have permanent impairment, they will assign you a permanent disability rating. This rating will determine how much your impairment impacts your ability to work.
- Temporary Total Disability: In this case, a claimant is forced to take time off work to recover and rest. In these situations, the claimant isn’t receiving any of their normal wages. Total disability workers’ comp then provides the claimant with the lost wages while they recover.
- Death Benefits: In some tragic situations, you may have lost a family member in a workplace accident. Death benefits are provided to the family of an employee who was fatally injured while on duty. These benefits can range anywhere from $250,000 to $320,000 depending on the number of dependents the employee had. They often also cover up to $10,000 for burial expenses.
Why Choose Us?
When you choose Scher, Bassett & Hames for your legal representation needs, you know that you’ll be taken care of by the best lawyers in the Bay Area. We offer a long list of legal services including:
- Personal Injury
- Workers’ Compensation
- Agricultural Workplace Injuries
- Criminal Defense
- DUI Defense
- Family Law
- Social Security Disability Claims
Contact our team today for more information about these services. We can’t wait to provide you with the legal help you need.