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A Look at Silicosis

Posted by Nicole Gendics on April 29th, 2016 in workers compensation | No Comments

Silicosis is a preventable but potentially fatal lung disease. It is caused by inhaling silica (crystalline silicon dioxide) particles. Because quartz, a crystalline silica, is so abundant in the earth’s crust, workers in a wide range of occupations are exposed to the dust on a regular basis.

Medical professionals have known about the dangers of inhaling this dust for decades. There is no cure once a person develops silicosis, but there are treatments available. In the most severe cases of the disease, a lung transplant is often the only option. In a report published in 2015, data showed… Read More

Keeping Older Drivers Safe at Work

Posted by Nicole Gendics on April 27th, 2016 in workers compensation | No Comments

Work-related deaths occur daily across the United States and one of the leading causes of these deaths is motor vehicle crashes. Home health care professionals, sales representatives and truck drivers all operate a vehicle as part of their employment duties. As these workers age, there risk for accident increases. Keeping older drivers safe at work is a responsibility of any employer who has drivers on their payroll.

Safety Training

Safety training is not something that occurs once, it is ongoing. Employees should be trained yearly regarding their companies safety policies and procedures,… Read More

Refrigerators: The Hidden Dangers in the Office

Posted by Nicole Gendics on April 25th, 2016 in workers compensation | No Comments

When you think of workplace dangers, what do you think of? If you are like many people, you immediately picture large, clanging machines. Maybe your mind even wanders to slippery floors and other similar hazards. Chances are high that the office refrigerator didn’t enter your thoughts.

Take a moment to think of the fridge in your workplace. Is it clean? Is it cold enough? When was the last time it was cleaned out? Office refrigerators are a virtual breeding ground for mold and other bacteria, any of which can make you ill. Here are some tips for making the office fridge a safer place for your … Read More

How Global Warming Impacts Workers

Posted by Nicole Gendics on April 22nd, 2016 in workers compensation | No Comments

Recent studies have shown that certain workers may be particularly vulnerable to the effects of global warming. Some of these workers include health care workers, emergency responders, firefighters, farmers, utility workers, and transportation workers. Existing health and safety issues can be amplified and new hazards can emerge. Workers in these occupations may be exposed to hazardous conditions that members of the general public can avoid.

Possible Impacts to Workers

Impacts to workers can vary depending on industry. Factors such as extreme weather, an increase in ambient temperature… Read More

Safety Standards for Mines

Posted by Nicole Gendics on April 20th, 2016 in workers compensation | No Comments

Recently, Don Blankenship, former CEO of Massey Energy, was sentenced to one year in prison, a sentence that many say was not long enough. Blankenship was investigated after an explosion at Massey’s Upper Big Branch mine killed 29 workers. Massey was found guilty of conspiracy to willfully violate mine health and safety standards.

If you own or work in a mine, there are safety tips to keep in mind. One slip can mean disaster.

1. Pay Attention to Danger

Always stay aware of your surroundings and know your equipment. Mining is dangerous. Every employee should remain vigilant every moment … Read More

Common Facts About Workers’ Compensation

Posted by Nicole Gendics on April 18th, 2016 in workers compensation | No Comments

Construction fall injuryAlmost everyone has heard of workers’ compensation, but unless you have had to pay a claim or file a claim, many do not know the facts. The average cost of workers’ comp is $1 billion per week across the nation in both direct and indirect costs. Here are some quick facts regarding this coverage.

Top Causes of Disabling Injuries

People are injured on the job everyday. From minor scrapes to slight slips and falls, most injuries are taken care of quickly. Unfortunately for some, there are injuries that prove to be disabling. The most common causes of these types of injuries are overexertion,… Read More

Tips to Document the Accident for Workers’ Comp

Posted by Nicole Gendics on April 15th, 2016 in workers compensation | No Comments

Workers’ compensation claims are not always as straightforward as people may think. There are three major things that need to be proven in order to win such a case: jurisdiction, employment and injury. In addition, you will have to prove causation and notice. Documenting everything that you can will assist you and your attorney as you move through the process of a workers’ compensation claim. Here is what you can do to help yourself:

1. Photos

If you are able to, take photos of the area surrounding your accident. If you tripped and fell, take a photo of what you fell over. If you were hurt… Read More

What Happens if You Say No to Workers Comp

Posted by Nicole Gendics on April 13th, 2016 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Congratulations! Your small business has finally taken off and you are ready to hire your first employee. Knowing that your business has grown to the point that you cannot handle everything on your own is exciting. Hiring employees is a thrill. Until the light of day hits and you realize the amount of responsibility you have taken on. The more prepared you are, the easier the transition from sole proprietor to employer will be.

One of the biggest topics that new employers ask about is workers’ compensation. For many, the cost of premiums is daunting. You are about to go from putting all of your… Read More

Workers’ Compensation Benefits and Taxes

Posted by Nicole Gendics on April 11th, 2016 in workers compensation | No Comments

Many people who have been awarded a workers’ compensation claim are unclear as to whether or not these awards are considered taxable income. Unless you are receiving Social Security benefits, your award is not taxed. In some instances, you are not taxed even if you do receive benefits. Here are a few things to know in order to make the topic clearer.

Benefits are Offset

In some states, when you receive workers’ compensation and Social Security benefits, what you receive from workers’ comp offsets your Social Security benefits. When this happens, it is only because your award… Read More

Most Common Complaints about Workers’ Compensation Claims

Posted by Nicole Gendics on April 8th, 2016 in workers compensation | No Comments

As attorneys who have represented injured workers, we have heard many complaints about the process of workers’ compensation. Being injured at work is stressful enough, being forced into a process that can be anything but smooth at times only adds to the frustration.

In order to help ease your burden, we have put together the five complaints that we hear most often and attempted to put together explanations that can make things easier to swallow.

1. I was denied.

Without a doubt, this is the number one complaint among injured workers. Being denied doesn’t mean your case is over. It … Read More