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Mental Illness in the Workplace

One of the most common issues in the workplace, yet the least talked about, are employees struggling with mental illness. Ignoring mental illness has been detrimental to businesses across the country. If mental health is addressed in the workplace as well as other conditions and illnesses including employee morale could increase. There is a stigma of mental illness at work that has plagued workplaces for decades. With the American workforce increasing its productivity by over 430 percent per worker since[…] Read More

Types of Truck Driver Injuries

Truck drivers face many health risks beyond vehicle accidents. Occupational demands and tight, sometimes unreasonable deadlines for deliveries put truck drivers at an elevated risk for some serious and ongoing injuries. If you are a truck driver and you have been injured at work, you may be able to collect benefits under your employer’s workers’ compensation policy. However, getting these benefits can be more challenging and complicated than initially meets the eye.         1.  Repetitive Motion Injuries[…] Read More

Can “Gig Employees” File for Workers’ Compensation?

Over the past few years, more and more Americans are looking to gig work, either as supplemental income or full-time employment. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are currently over 21 million gig workers in the country today. However, depending on how you define a “gig worker,” there are likely more than that. That is because it is difficult to determine between an employee and a gig worker, as each state has their own definition. Employees of a[…] Read More

Are Worker Injuries on the Rise at Amazon?

Factory work can be physically grueling. Although many strides in safety training have been made over the years, factory and manufacturing work still leads in frequency of workplace injuries. It is no wonder that Amazon warehouse workers are susceptible to injury. It may be surprising to learn that Amazon workers are injured at a higher rate than similar companies. A study by the Strategic Organizing Center (SOC), which is organized by labor unions, found that Amazon warehouse workers are subjected[…] Read More

What Are the Types of Workplace Slip and Fall Injuries?

No matter the nature of your job, a slip and fall is a common workplace accident to stay aware of. Slip and fall accidents lead to many different injuries, ranging from minor sprains to severe and debilitating injuries. In fact, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) found that slip and fall accidents in the workplace are one of the top causes of injury and death. There are several reasons that can cause a slip and fall, but the most[…] Read More

Can My Employer Fire Me if I File for Workers’ Compensation?

Workers’ compensation insurance covers you when you get injured while performing your job. You will receive benefits after your workers’ compensation claim is approved until you fully recover or reach maximum medical improvement (MMI.) At MMI, your doctors have agreed that you have reached the point at which you are as recovered as you will be. What happens if before you reach MMI or recover you hear from your employer that your job is being terminated? Is this legal, especially[…] Read More

Can I Receive Workers’ Compensation if I am Not Clocked In?

Workers’ compensation is given to an employee who gets injured while performing a job-related duty under the direction of their employer, which includes compensation for their lost wages, medical treatment, and other assistance the employee may need.  However, if the worker was off the clock and was injured, it is more than likely that they would not receive any workers’ compensation at all. Many states describe workers’ compensation as providing benefits to an employee if they were injured while performing[…] Read More

Does Workers’ Compensation Cover Nerve Damage?

There are a myriad of injuries you could suffer at work, regardless of your job.  One of the most common work injuries is perhaps one of the lesser talked about: nerve damage.  Nerve damage can happen to anyone and can range from temporary numbness to a debilitating and catastrophic injury.  Should you suffer nerve damage at work, it may be difficult to determine an amount of a workers’ compensation claim because the symptoms and effects of nerve damage differ from[…] Read More

Is Sleep Deprivation Causing More Work Injuries?

Over the past decade, it has become readily apparent in the United States that we have a sleeping problem. There have been repeated reports on the fact that Americans are getting less and less sleep. In addition, the sleep that they do get is not quality sleep. This national problem can cause more issues than just having a grumpy morning at work. Sleep-deprived workers are more prone to being injured at work. Sleep deprivation has many causes, and experts state[…] Read More

How Important Is Foot Safety on a Work Site?

One of the most utilized parts of our bodies are often the least protected, particularly in the workplace.  Often taken for granted, our feet are used practically every day, yet are normally provided inadequate protection against workplace hazards.  Proper footwear is very important; it promotes better productivity and helps protect workers from any potential injury. Types of Footwear Needed for Work Sites Different types of footwear protect from different injuries.  As such, certain footwear is recommended depending on your occupation:[…] Read More