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Workers Compensation

16 May

Proving an Existing Injury was Aggravated by Your Job

You may be able to get workers’ compensation benefits if an existing injury becomes aggravated or worsened by your current employment activities. However, proving your job caused an aggravation of your existing injury can be challenging. How do you separate…

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08 May

What Happens if I Am Partially at Fault for a Work Injury?

Sometimes a worker who gets hurt on the job is partially responsible for the injury. He or she may have been reckless or failed to take safety precautions to avoid getting hurt. It is only natural for these workers to have questions about eligibility…

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23 Apr

Why Did the Workers’ Compensation Adjuster Request a QME?

If your workers’ compensation adjuster disagrees with the doctor’s report on your permanent disability, he or she may request that you be examined by a qualified medical examiner (QME). However, you should be aware that the adjuster may try to manipulate…

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11 Apr

Preventing Heavy Equipment Accidents on Construction Sites and in Factories

There is a lot of heavy equipment and machinery used on construction sites and in factories, from cranes, forklifts and tractors to lathe machines, vertical machining centers and drilling machines. These machines are necessary to get the job done, but…

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05 Apr

Can Law Enforcement Officers File Lawsuits Over Work Injuries?

Police officers willingly accept the risks of their job – while citizens move away from danger, these brave men and women regularly go into dangerous situations to enforce the law or protect citizens from criminals. Since law enforcement officers accept…

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29 Mar

Proving Your Back Injury is Work-Related

Back injuries can be quite painful and debilitating, even if the injury is relatively minor. Even a minor injury to your back can affect you for quite a while and make it difficult to work in the same capacity you did before the injury occurred. Some…

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18 Mar

Strategies for Lowering the Risk of Worker Falls on Construction Sites

Each year, falls are some of the most common accidents to occur on construction sites. These accidents happen for a variety of reasons, from poor planning, slippery substances on walkways, carelessness, defective or broken equipment, and poor training…

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07 Mar

Preventing Workplace Accidents Involving Toxic Substances

Industrial accidents often involve exposure to toxic chemicals, like lead, mercury or benzene. These and other substances can cause a variety of severe injuries and medical conditions, from skin problems to cancers and possibly heart failure and death. Fortunately,…

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25 Feb

Does Carpal Tunnel Qualify for Workers' Compensation?

Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the median nerve in your wrist becomes inflamed, leading to pain and numbness in your hand and fingers. The pain from this injury can be debilitating, making it very difficult to work, particularly if your job involves…

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15 Feb

Special Benefits for Police Officers Injured at Work

Government employees like police officers who get hurt on the job are entitled to certain benefits that are not available to other injured workers. For example, if you fit certain qualifications you can receive your full salary for up to one year. There…

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