What Are Lump-Sum Settlements?

Most workers do not consider that they may suffer a serious injury on the job. But, what if you do suffer a severe work injury? Clearly, workers’ compensation is a satisfactory resolution; however, filing workers’ compensation still leaves workers with an important decision to make. Injured workers need to thoroughly reflect on whether or not they should receive a large sum or receive periodic payments for their injuries.  Lump-Sum Payments Versus Periodic Payments Although the idea of receiving a large payment[…] Read More

Traumatic Brain Injury

In the United States, traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a leading cause of death and disability. According to data by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 2.8 million people suffer a TBI every year in the United States. These injuries range from mild concussions to more severe injuries that impact the person’s ability to care for themselves. Many victims of TBI need ongoing care and assistance, which can be costly. If you or a loved one[…] Read More

What are the Most Dangerous Jobs?

Every day in the United States, millions of men and women put themselves in harm’s way, all in a day’s work. While federal safety guidelines, employee training, and innovative protective gear have all reduced the risk to employees in dangerous professions in recent years, some jobs will always be risky. The following is a look at the top five most dangerous jobs in 2019 as reported by Newsweek. Logging Logging is essential for providing raw materials for paper, wood, and[…] Read More

Silica Dust Compensation

Silica dust is a known cause of silicosis, which is a lung disease that causes hardening and scarring of the lung tissue. Silicosis makes it hard to breathe and increases the risk for bronchitis and lung cancer. More than 250 U.S. workers die annually from silicosis. Silica dust is created by the crushing, cutting, drilling, hammering, and hauling of rock, concrete, or masonry products. Workers exposed to silica dust because of their jobs are at risk of inhaling particles of[…] Read More

Seasonal Worker Safety

Seasonal workers often include those working in construction, roofing, agriculture, or other outdoor jobs. These jobs tend to include working in dangerous conditions for long periods of time. Many seasonal employees work around heavy machinery and heights, so having a safety plan is a priority. What is Seasonal Work? Seasonal work is a job that is conducted during a predefined time period; typically, one season during the year. An organization tends to hire an individual on a seasonal basis if[…] Read More

Occupations That Lead to Asbestos Exposure

Asbestos is a commonly known fibrous mineral that was widely used in a variety of American industries for decades for its insulating and heat-resisting properties. In the 1970s, it was phased out when it became clear that it was a direct cause of serious and fatal diseases for those who worked with the product. Asbestos fibers, when inhaled or swallowed, can cause lung disease and cancer, including lung cancer and mesothelioma. Those who worked in occupations involving asbestos handling are[…] Read More

COPD and Workers’ Compensation

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a term used to describe a host of lung diseases, such as chronic bronchitis, bronchiectasis, some forms of asthma, and emphysema. COPD is most often caused by smoking and inhalation of environmental hazards or air pollution. When COPD is caused by exposure to toxic chemicals and fumes in the workplace, workers’ compensation benefits can provide coverage for lost wages, medical treatments, and prescription medications. Professions At-Risk for COPD There are a wide variety of industries that[…] Read More

Pregnancy and Workers’ Compensation

Pregnant workers are covered by a range of workplace protections, including federal and state-specific laws. When employees are pregnant, they are protected from discrimination and harassment under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). These two laws protect those who are pregnant, have been pregnant, or may become pregnant in workplaces with 15 or more employees. It is important to know that a pregnant worker does not leave their rights at the door when they enter[…] Read More

Eye Injuries for Welders

Welding is a dangerous occupation with a high risk of serious and fatal injuries. The use of extremely high temperatures to melt metals exposes welders to the risk of burns, respiratory problems, eye injuries, and even death. Eye injuries can be devastating to a worker’s ability to continue earning a living and quality of life. All welders should be aware of the safety hazards inherent to their occupation and the proper safety precautions that should be taken to prevent injury.[…] Read More

Commonplace Work Injuries

According to the National Safety Council, a worker is injured every seven seconds in the U.S. That equals out to a staggering 4,600,000 injuries a year. The cost to employers in 2017 was over 100 million production days and injured workers suffered in the form of pain and lost wages. Almost all work injuries are preventable when employers use best practices and adhere to the standards and guidelines set forth by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The following[…] Read More