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What is the purpose and effect of workers' compensation?

Workers' compensation is the primary legal vehicles to protect workers when they are injured in the workplace. Prior to workers' compensation, workers were not protected by any comprehensive systems and were left to seek compensation from the courts. Workers' compensation is compensatory payments paid by your employers' insurance company (or if it is internal insurance, the employers' insurance company) to you. It is meant as compensation to cover your medical expenses and to replace a portion of your income if you are unable to work or must perform a reduced job.

Overview of the injuries suffered in car accidents, Part 1

Car accidents are among the most prolific accidents in the United States. Every day thousands of people get into car accidents, most are not serious and a few result in severe injuries. As a result, a large body of law and practice has evolved around car accidents so that most of the time they are dealt with formulaically. But, for those few serious injuries, the formulaic approach may not be sufficient. This post will go over the types of injuries you could sustain and how it may require you to seek compensation.

Workplace injuries, at home

Everyone knows that if you are injured at work, then you can file a workers' compensation claim. But what if you are injured while working from home? Are you entitled to the same protections? Can you even recover workers' compensation? This post will go over the nuance of working from home and the extent of your coverage.

Can you report a dirty workplace to OSHA?

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is the federal agency charged with investigating companies for safety violations and enforcing federal safety standards. OSHA also promulgates a series of guides, videos, and other educational materials to educate employers and workers on their respective rights and obligations. You may not realize it, but keeping a dirty workplace can result in safety hazards which violate OSHA safety standards. This post will go over how a dirty workplace could be a violation and how you should go about addressing it.

A review of construction site safety resources

Construction sites remain one of the most dangerous places to work. To address these dangers, various federal and state agencies regulate the industry and publish safety resources to keep workers and employers up to date on the latest developments in safety. This post will briefly discuss each resource and how it can help you.

The primary resource is the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). OSHA both regulates the industry by imposing minimum safety standards and coordinates safety articles, publishes its materials, hosts conferences, and posts safety videos. OSHA utilizes the one-two method of enforcement and education.

Can you report a dirty workplace to OSHA?

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is the federal agency charged with investigating companies for safety violations and enforcing federal safety standards. OSHA also promulgates a series of guides, videos, and other educational materials to educate employers and workers on their respective rights and obligations. You may not realize it, but keeping a dirty workplace can result in safety hazards which violate OSHA safety standards. This post will go over how a dirty workplace could be a violation and how you should go about addressing it.

Construction sites have the highest rate of brain injuries

Those hardhats that you see construction workers wear aren’t just a fashion statement. According to a study published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine, construction sites account for the highest number of traumatic brain injuries that occur in US workplaces. This post will go over the findings of the study and what it might mean for you.

There are numerous studies that identify the dangers of traumatic brain injuries (TBI) in sports, car accidents, and other dangerous events. But, there are very few that study the rate of TBI injuries in the workplace. This study reviewed TBI rates in the workplace from 2003 to 2008.

A brief history of workers' compensation laws

Before the creation of workers' compensation, workers were forced to pursue compensation for their injuries through either direct negotiations or the courts. Workers' compensation addressed the shortcomings in that system. This post will go over how workers' compensation came about and the impact it has today.

Under the original system, it was tough for workers to obtain compensation. Workers were forced to sue their employees, which even if their claim was good, could take years before they received a payout. By the time the case was over, the worker was usually bankrupt and had lost everything.

Class action lawsuit filed against Butler School District, Superintendent for exposing students to lead in drinking water at Summit Elementary

Attorneys Douglas J. Olcott and Caitlin M. Harrington along with Brendan Lupetin from Meyers, Evans, Lupetin & Unatin, filed a federal class action lawsuit against Butler Area School District and Dale R. Lumley, PhD today. This is a civil suit seeking to hold those responsible for allowing the students, faculty and visitors of Summit Elementary School to be exposed to unsafe levels of lead in the school's drinking water. The suit is asking the court to order the school district to pay the costs associated with extensive medical testing or medical treatment which any of the children may require. The suit also seeks to compensate the children who were unnecessarily exposed to lead for the fear and inconvenience the families have incurred as a result of the School District's decision to ignore the tests results, conceal those results from the public, and in doing so needlessly endangering our children.

Distracted drivers: smartwatch edition

Smartwatches are everywhere. They are manufactured by all of the big tech companies, by fitness companies, navigation companies and more. Everyone is hoping that their version of the smartwatch will ignite the market and lead to new heights for the product. But, while companies vie for market share, every day, safety experts, and governments are left to cope with the real world implications of these technologies.

Many safety experts argue that smartwatches are dangerous and distract drivers. Some industry insiders argue that smartwatches are another hands-free device, similar to Bluetooth. But, safety experts point out that smartwatches are not true hands-free devices because they force the driver to take her attention from the road and to take one hand off the wheel to read the notification on the watch.

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