March 2017 Archives

Injured at work? You have the right to report it

If you suffer an injury at work due to your employer's blatant disregard for safety guidelines, you have the right to report the incident. Furthermore, you have the right to do so without fearing retaliation. Notifying the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) of unsafe working conditions is a protected act. This means that your employer, or anyone acting on his/her behalf, is prohibited from taking any form of retaliatory action against you.

Injured on the job? You may have to fight for fair compensation

Many employees assume that if a worksite injury is severe enough, their employer's insurance will kick in and propose some fair com pensation for their losses. However, even if the injury is serious and permanent, an employer's insurance may fight tooth and nail to keep from making fair amends.

The most common construction site injuries

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) carefully tracks all reported work-related injuries and deaths each year. Construction workers are at increased risk, compared to other occupations, for serious injury and even death on the job.

A traumatic brain injury can change your life forever

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is one of the hardest injuries to recover from, as your brain is such a delicate organ. Everything about you, from your breathing to your memories is a result of your brain's functions. When you suffer a traumatic brain injury, you can lose memories, skills and abilities, sometimes without the ability to regain them. A TBI can effectively end your career, resulting in the loss of your income. It can also result in substantial medical expenses. If you've suffered a TBI due to a vehicular or work-related accident, you should speak with an experienced personal injury attorney.

Did discrimination against Hispanic workers cause your injury?

Working in construction is difficult, physically exhausting work. It is also incredibly dangerous, which is why many construction workers are able to earn premium pay. That premium can motivate some construction companies to hire under-trained or unskilled workers for construction. These workers can may command substantially less pay than fully trained and experienced construction workers. In some cases, companies choose to hire undocumented Hispanic workers because they know their workers won't feel secure enough to report safety and employment law violations to government authorities.

What's the most dangerous job in the US?

What's the most dangerous industry for American workers? Is it construction? Manufacturing? Commercial fishing a la The Deadliest Catch? While these occupations all come with a multitude of risks, none of them top the list of dangerous jobs in the United States

What is Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome?

When you suffer a broken bone as the result of an accident, you may think having the bone set is all the medical attention you'll need. In some cases, particularly if the break is in an extremity or limb, you could develop a condition known as Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS). CRPS is most commonly associated with broken limbs and resulting nerve issues in your extremities. If you broke a bone in a car accident, a workplace injury, or even a even a simple slip-and-fall accident at a retailer, it could result in permanent nerve damage and extensive medical expenses for years to come.

Aging workers: 3 signs of disability discrimination

Workplace injuries are not uncommon. People are hurt all the time on the job. Sometimes, these accidents result in little to no time off work, while other injuries leave workers with disabilities. As an aging worker, you know it's harder to get new job training, and an injury could impair you for a long period of time.

Injured on the job? What if your employer isn't insured?

Any business that employs workers in the state of Pennsylvania is required to have workers' compensation insurance to protect employees who get hurt at work. It's the law. But sometimes workers become injured on the job only to discover that their employer has neglected to maintain this important insurance.

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