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Food Delivery Service Ordered to Pay Workers’ Comp Claims

Posted by Gary Christmas on 26 Dec, 2016
Delivery man delivering food to a woman at home

In this age of smartphones and apps, ordering food and other necessities with a few taps of a finger has become the norm. Many businesses are trying to break into the industry — some of which are cutting corners to do so. Such was the case with Postmates, a startup delivery company. They have been ordered to pay workers’ compensation premiums from the last two years for its more than 3,000 couriers in Washington state. However, Postmates is fighting the court decision.

Postmates had not paid the premiums because it viewed couriers as independent contractors, much like Uber and Lyft do. Read More

 

Indiana Records Historically Low Worker Deaths

Posted by Gary Christmas on 21 Dec, 2016
Worker in a faint after on-the-job injury

When a worker is killed on the job, workers’ compensation benefits may extend to their family. This covers expenses like funeral costs, lost wages and others, as well as noneconomic damages like pain and suffering (in some cases). Though the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) does its best to enact stringent guidelines designed to prevent any sort of worker injury or death, they cannot prevent every incident. As such, hundreds of workers are killed every year on the job.

The Indiana Department of Labor has tracked occupational deaths since 1992, with the inception of theRead More

 

The Link Between the ACA and Workers’ Comp

Posted by Gary Christmas on 20 Dec, 2016
Handyman fell from a ladder and sitting on the floor with backache

When the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. ACA or “Obamacare,” was first introduced, there were more than a few concerns across the board. One of the most common worries was that, since everyone was insured, hospitals and doctors’ offices would be packed to the gills with patients with little more than scrapes and bruises. This concern was especially prevalent for those who have jobs that may require the use workers’ compensation more than others, such as in construction.

New research has shown that workers’ compensation claimants are just as able to get qualityRead More

 

Workers’ Compensation Rate Hike Blocked in Fla.

Posted by Gary Christmas on 28 Nov, 2016
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A major point of contention for workers’ compensation is how much insurance companies charge for coverage. In Florida, that rate was set to increase by 14.5 percent on December 1, which would force businesses small and large to pay more for their employees’ coverage. A week before that was to come into effect, the hike was blocked by the Leon County circuit court because it violated Florida’s Sunshine Law.

The proposal for the rate increase stemmed from rulings by the Florida Supreme Court stating some of the laws dictating workers’ compensation in the state were unconstitutional. Read More

 

Miami Cops Struggling to Get Workers’ Comp for Zika

Posted by Gary Christmas on 28 Nov, 2016
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One of the biggest news stories of 2016 has been the rapid spread of the Zika virus. It is spread from person to person through mosquito bites. Last year, there was an outbreak of Zika in Brazil, which spread throughout South America. As Americans traveled to those affected nations, they brought the virus back with them. Though Zika was originally thought to be practically harmless, it was discovered that, when contracted by a pregnant woman, it can cause microcephaly in fetuses.

Miami in particular was hit hard by the Zika outbreak, due to its tropical weather and the fact that its airport is usuallyRead More

 

San Bernardino Victims Fighting for Workers’ Comp

Posted by Gary Christmas on 28 Nov, 2016
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On December 2, 2015, a married couple inspired by foreign terrorist organizations opened fire upon a training event and Christmas party of San Bernardino County Department of Public Health. Of the about 80 employees present, 14 people were killed in the attack, and 22 were seriously injured. In the year since then, county employees who were injured both physically and psychologically have had to fight tooth and nail for workers’ compensation, often not receiving it at all.

One victim, Valerie Kallis-Weber, underwent countless surgeries and has faced a myriad of other problems stemmingRead More

 

Top 5 OSHA Violations of 2016

Posted by Gary Christmas on 15 Nov, 2016
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Every year, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) publishes a list of the most cited violations. Though there is usually not much change in the rankings from year to year, the statistics that accompany the list are revealing. OSHA encourages employers and employees alike to take note of these violations to make sure the listed offenses are not being committed in their own workplace.

This list is a combination of both “serious” and “willful” violations. Serious violations are those in which serious physical harm, including death, could occur, and the employer Read More

 

Alternatives to Opioid Use for Work Injuries

Posted by Gary Christmas on 15 Nov, 2016
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America is currently in the midst of the worst heroin epidemic in the nation’s history. The most common starting point for heroin addiction isn’t the drug itself, but rather its legal cousin: opioid prescriptions. They are both derived from the same source, and have similar effects. So, when the prescription runs out, many turn to other sources to keep their high. And because opioids have been overprescribed in the past decade or so, it has led to an increase in heroin use.

In 2015 alone, over $1.5 billion was spent on opioids for workers’ compensation claims — over 10 percent of allRead More

 

NFL Players with Brain Damage Suing for Workers’ Comp

Posted by Gary Christmas on 15 Nov, 2016
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In recent years, brain damage among current and retired players in the National Football League has become a major talking point, both within the league itself and in mainstream media. Specifically, the deadly brain disease called chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) has raised questions about safety for professionals, as well as college, high school and even little league players. The 2015 Will Smith movie Concussion brought these issues to light for most of America. Now, professional players want compensation for their brain injuries.

In short, CTE is caused by repeated concussions,Read More

 

What’s Really Happening with Trump University?

Posted by Gary Christmas on 21 Jun, 2016

trumpIf you’ve watched or read the news at all in the past year, no doubt you’ve seen Donald Trump everywhere. The millionaire (or billionaire, depending on who you ask) presidential candidate has make a name for himself by calling for radical policy changes and other drastic measures. However, before he ever made a serious run for the presidency, he was a well-known businessman, gaining recognition for his aggressive real estate endeavors. He’s even an best-selling author, earning global acclaim for Trump: The Art of the Deal.

However, he’s also been criticized for his many business missteps,… Read More