Recent Posts in Workplace Injuries Category

  • Can I Receive Workers’ Compensation if I Work from Home?

    Increasingly, people are working from home. The global pandemic has drastically changed how we do our jobs. Many workers discovered that they could perform their duties remotely, and companies adjusted accordingly. Many organizations began hiring more and more workers from outside their state, increasing their workforce and productivity while cutting the cost of office maintenance. As with any ...
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  • Can I Receive Workers’ Comp if I Have a Preexisting Condition?

    When everything runs smoothly, receiving workers’ compensation is easy. In the best-case scenarios, you file the paperwork, get your compensation, and move on. No big deal. This situation, of course, is not always the case. As an insurance benefit, workers’ comp filters through an insurer who always protects its bottom line. You can be denied for the smallest, most technical of reasons. This ...
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  • 4 Common Firefighter Injuries

    Firefighting is a dangerous job. It involves more than just flames. Simply running in and out of structures carries a risk of falling, slamming into something, or having pieces fall down on you. Generally, you can assume that injury is a standard, regular part of the job. In September of 2021, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) released its annual statistics for firefighter injuries. ...
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  • Suing an Employer for Wrongful Death

    When there is an injury at work, people normally turn to workers’ comp for assistance. In cases of extreme injury, this may not be enough to help, and people must turn to personal injury suits for compensation. This is especially true if an employer was in egregious violation of safety protocols. What happens, then, if a worker is killed on the job? In that case, the path is quite the same. Many ...
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  • California Passes Laws to Enhance Worker Safety

    In late September of 2021, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a bill into law, affecting workers’ rights. The bill covers many aspects, and it includes new provisions to protect workers’ safety. The law creates two new categories for safety violations: enterprise-wide violations and egregious violations . Enterprise-Wide Violations This category strikes at the culture of a negligent company. ...
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  • How Companies Can Abuse Worker’s Compensation

    Workers’ compensation is meant to protect workers who are hurt on the job. Employers pay into an insurance policy that workers use when they’ve been injured. Normally, the process is smooth, and there are few issues. However, unscrupulous insurance companies can build a case against the injured worker. When this happens, it may be necessary to fight these entities in court. Seguro-Suarez v. Key ...
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  • Occupations That Pose a Risk of Back Injury

    Each job carries its own innate dangers. For example, someone who works with chemicals is at a high risk of lung damage, and people who use keyboards can develop carpal tunnel syndrome. Some occupations, then, pose a greater risk of back injury than others. In this article, we will discuss back injuries and occupations that cause them; look at the commonalities between these jobs; and explain what ...
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  • Common Office Worker Injuries

    Office work is commonly considered to be safer than many other jobs. On a certain level, this is true. It doesn’t bear as much continual risk as construction or healthcare work. However, office work is by no means completely safe and without risk. There are many ways in which an office worker can be injured, even by activities that seem harmless. In this article, we will examine some of the more ...
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  • Common Foodservice Injuries

    Everything we do in life carries a risk, and our jobs are no exception. Whether you’re balancing on girders miles in the air or shuffling papers behind a desk, there’s always a chance of getting hurt. People don’t often think of foodservice as a high-risk job, but that’s a myopic view. With all the running around and handling of dangerous items, food service injuries can happen to the most ...
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  • Examples of Unsafe Working Conditions

    What Are Unsafe Working Conditions & Why Do They Matter? The International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates that about 2.3 million workers around the world are victims of work-related accidents or diseases every year, corresponding to the whopping 6,000 deaths occurring every day across the globe. In the US, 5,333 workers died from work-related injuries in 2019, a 2% increase from the previous ...
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  • What to Do If You’ve Experienced Toxic Exposure in the Workplace

    Repeated exposure to toxic chemicals in the workplace, or significant exposure at one time, can seriously jeopardize a person’s health. Worldwide, toxic exposure kills a worker every 30 seconds —that’s over 2,780,000 global deaths every year. Many millions of other individuals end up with mild to severe illnesses and injuries because of toxic exposure. Substances such as asbestos, pesticides, ...
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  • What Machines Are Used in Construction?

    If you stumble upon a construction site, one of the first things you’ll notice is all the heavy equipment . While these machines are crucial for excavation and other work, they can also be dangerous. To be best prepared for a construction job, or even a visit to the jobsite, you should know about some of these machines and the risks associated with them. Below are the top 3 pieces of heavy ...
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  • What Does Workers’ Compensation Insurance Cover?

    Most of us have heard of workers’ compensation, but if you have never had been injured on the job and had a reason to file a workers’ compensation claim, chances are you might not be too familiar with what it covers. If you have recently suffered a workplace injury and are now wondering what workers’ compensation will cover during this difficult time, we have broken down a list of what these ...
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  • What the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Company Knows About You

    Once you file your workers’ compensation claim, you can expect that the insurance company handling your claim will begin gathering background information about you. In fact, they can learn quite a bit about you without ever having to contact you. Insurance companies generally conduct these types of investigations to expose any falsities, inaccuracies, or contradictory information to prevent ...
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  • Most Common Construction Site Accidents

    Accidents can happen in any work environment, but some jobs are more inherently dangerous than others, causing employees to suffer more injuries , some of which might even be fatal, while on the job. In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2010, there were 774 deaths that occurred due to an accident on a construction site . To put this in perspective, construction site accidents ...
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  • Things to Know Before Settling Your Workers’ Compensation Claim

    If you are in the middle of a workers’ compensation claim and the insurer is offering a lump sum settlement, this proposition might seem tempting, but it is crucial that you carefully consider the possible consequences of settling your claim. It would also be wise to consult with a workers’ compensation attorney before making any decisions. He or she will be able to advise you throughout this ...
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  • Why Was My Workers’ Compensation Claim Denied?

    Your employer has an obligation to provide a safe work environment to ensure no employee is injured while performing his or her duties. Unfortunately, some employers fail to do so and, as a result, injuries happen. If you were injured on the job and pursued a workers’ compensation claim that was denied , you do not have to accept this as the final word on this matter. The workers’ compensation ...
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  • Common Workers' Compensation Terms Defined

    Before you file a claim for workers’ compensation, it’s important to familiarize yourself with the common terms you’ll come across as you complete the process. Knowing what these terms mean, and how they’re defined, can significantly help you understand the claims-filing process as a whole; it could even help improve your chances of getting your claim approved. Below, we define 10 of the most ...
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  • How Preexisting Injuries Affect Workers' Compensation

    Even if you have preexisting conditions, it does not mean that you are ineligible for workers’ compensation benefits . Employers are required to take a worker “as they are” and not discriminate between a healthy employee and one who is vulnerable to injuries. Any work-related injuries , whether they are old or new, may be eligible for workers’ comp benefits. You can find out if your condition ...
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  • Common Occupational Illnesses

    No matter how safe we all try to be, we are often unable to anticipate an injury. In many cases, workers’ compensation claims may not arise from a one-time accident. Rather, it can be caused by years of physical stress on the body and joints. Below are some of the most common types of occupational illnesses that may be eligible for workers’ compensation. Workers’ compensation can provide benefits ...
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  • The Top 5 Causes of Workplace Injuries

    The Travelers Companies recently conducted a study of more than 1.5 million workers’ compensation claims filed from 2010 to 2014 analyzing the most frequent causes of workplace injuries. According to the results, most workplace injuries stem from the following causes: Material handling – 32% of claims Slips, trips, and falls – 16% of claims Being struck or colliding with objects – 10% of claims ...
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