All Posts in Category: workers compensation
Road Construction Workers Face Danger Daily
Road construction season is in full swing on South Carolina roads. Now is the perfect time to review the risks that road construction workers are subjected to everyday and how drivers can help keep these men and women safe while they perform their jobs. Work zone accidents increase each year, and it is up to everyone to understand the dangers that are involved in this type of work.
There are several potential hazards to road construction workers. They not only work in traffic, but they often operate heavy equipment. According to the Department of Transportation, more than 20,000 road … Read More
Knowing When It’s Time to Switch Lawyers
You are injured in a workplace accident and decide to file a workers’ comp claim. Maybe you even decide to pursue a personal injury lawsuit. No matter the reason, you have hired an attorney to assist you in what is looking to be a drawn out battle.
What started off on the right foot has gone sour. You no longer have faith in your attorney and are wondering if you can switch. The short answer is ‘yes.’ You are not alone. There are a variety of reasons that people fire their lawyers in favor of another. Typically, the problem starts with a lack of communication.
When you hired your lawyer,… Read More
What You Should Tell Your Doctor After a Work-Related Injury
After you are injured at work, the doctor who treats you will play an essential part in your journey towards compensation. The doctor will make several important decisions with regards to your care. These include whether or not your injuries are work related, the nature of treatment you are to receive, how much time you need off of work, whether you need light duty, and when you have reached maximum medical improvement.
The facts that you choose to tell your doctor can have an impact on their effectiveness in your case. Say too much and you could hurt yourself. Say too little and you could do the same.… Read More
Causes of Depression After Work Injury
Many people who have suffered a workplace injury face the possibility of being out of work for quite some time. When this occurs, people often become depressed due to the challenges that being out of work can bring. There are several reasons that people can become depressed after a workplace injury.
Loss of Income
The loss of income after a work injury can be stressful and frightening. The prospect of not being able to pay bills, not provide for a family or even be forced to give up recreational activities can be a burden. For some people, finding a work-at-home opportunity or side job can help alleviate… Read More
Does Your Employer Have to Offer Light Duty?
In many cases, if you are injured at work, your doctor will eventually release you at a certain point before you are completely healed. This is when most people seek light duty from their employer. But are employers required to offer this type of work? The answer is not always so simple.
Your employer must offer you light duty in most states provided that such a position exists. What your employer does not have to do is create a new position for you. If you are given a light duty offer, you must accept it, providing that your physician has released you to perform such duties.
How to Stay Safe on a Construction Site
Many employers tell their workers on construction sites to speak up if they believe they see a problem that could pose a safety risk to others. People who are new to the job may be hesitant to do so. Others may be afraid of crying wolf. One thing is for sure, no one on a construction site can rely solely on the actions of others to protect their own safety. Here are 10 things that can be done on any construction site to help ensure the safety of all employees.
1. Buddy System
New hires should be assigned a buddy. Working in twos means that there are four eyes on the job and we all know that ‘two sets of eyes… Read More
Proving Soft Tissue Injuries for Compensation
When you are hurt on the job, you may suffer a laceration, a crushing injury or even a broken bone. While it is certain that no one wants to experience these things, they are often much easier to prove in court than a soft tissue injury. Soft tissue injuries are difficult to see and it can be difficult to prove to a judge that you suffered them. That said, it is not impossible.
The most common soft tissue injury is whiplash. This describes a strain or sprain to the cervical column. It is typically caused by a quick acceleration and deceleration of the body.
Other common soft tissue injuries… Read More
Deadliest Jobs in America
The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries released information to the public showing that there were 4,609 fatalities in U.S. workplaces in 2010. It was down only slightly from the year before. Not only does the report give statistical data, but it also lists the most dangerous occupations in the country.
Fishing on the open ocean consists of catching animals in large quantities. Dangers of the occupation include extreme weather, drowning and operating heavy equipment.
People in the logging industry cut down trees for both… Read More
Preventing Violence for Convenience Store Employees
In a post released in April, NIOSH stated that the rate of homicide among workers in convenience stores is 7 times greater than those in all other industries. Keeping employees safe must be a priority for any convenience store owner. Modifications to stores can help reduce risk. If you own a convenience store, here are a few things you can do to help ensure the safety of your workers.
1. Provide a Clear View
One of the biggest mistakes owners make is hanging signage in front windows that blocks the clear view of the inside of the store. Signage is often a good way to advertise sales or products, but it must… Read More
Staying Safe While Working in the Heat
Normally, your body cools itself by releasing fluid to evaporate, taking heat off your skin with it. In other words, you sweat. When the temperatures soar and humidity is high, sweating is simply not enough to cool the body adequately. It is during these times that you are at risk of heat illness. Heat stroke and heat exhaustion can truly be deadly if you don’t recognize the signs early enough.
Just two years ago, close to 3,000 people suffered with some type of heat illness. In 18 of those instances, heat illness proved deadly. The good news is that heat illness is preventable. If you employee… Read More