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  • Common Workplace Shoulder Injuries

    Many injuries that are acquired in the workplace are developed over a span of time rather than sustained in a one-time incident. Shoulder injuries are some of the most common injuries workers experience and tend to vary in severity, depending on the type of work that was performed and for how long the worker performed the tasks that led to the injury. Although many insurance companies attempt to ...
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  • Common Occupational Injuries for Healthcare Workers

    Healthcare workers have an incredibly important job. In fact, the healthcare industry is one of the fastest growing job markets. Unfortunately, the people whom we look to for help when it comes to caring for our wellbeing are also at a high risk for suffering a vast range of injuries on the job. The healthcare industry is physically demanding and often takes a toll on workers as a result. If you ...
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  • Can I Sue My Employer and File for Workers’ Compensation?

    Regardless of the injury or illness you developed on the job, you will likely have to file a workers’ compensation claim to recover benefits. However, this does not mean that there are never any occasions that call for a personal injury lawsuit, wherein an employee can recover damages. Generally, it is more beneficial for employees to file a workers’ compensation claim since it eliminates the ...
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  • Toxic Exposure and Workers’ Compensation Claims: What You Need to Know

    When we think of injuries that warrant workers’ compensation benefits, we tend to think of broken bones, back injuries, and severe lacerations sustained in accidents. For many, however, injuries and occupational illnesses come in an entirely different form. Exposure to toxic chemicals can result in serious conditions and injuries that could affect an individual for the rest of his or her life. If ...
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  • What You Need to Know About Workplace Violence Injuries

    In most cases, when an employee sustains an injury at work, it is the result of an accident. You might have smashed your hand while using dangerous machinery, or slipped and fell on a wet floor. However, sometimes your co-workers or customers could be a potential hazard in your work environment. In fact, according to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), nearly 2 million ...
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  • Returning to Work After an Injury

    After being injured at work, you will want to begin your path toward recovery, so you can resume your job duties. Of course, no matter how eager you or your employer are for you to return to your job, it is critical not to do this before you are physically able to or you will only make your injuries worse. As such, there are some things you need to consider and think of before you begin to plan ...
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  • Your Rights as an Injured Worker

    Even when an employer provides a reasonably safe and healthy environment for employees, it is still possible to be injured or to develop a harmful condition due to performing job duties. However, to protect employees, every state has a system that assists employees when they suffer from work-related injuries and illnesses. If you are unsure of what your rights are in the event of sustaining an ...
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  • How Do Pre-Existing Conditions or Injuries Affect My Workers' Compensation Claim?

    Filing for workers’ compensation benefits can sometimes be a little complicated, especially since it is often a first-time experience for many. If you have a pre-existing condition, the process can get a little trickier, particularly if the pre-existing condition somehow relates to your claim. If your medical records show that you suffer from a herniated disk and you later injure your back while ...
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  • What Records Do I Need to Keep For My Claim?

    Organized and detailed record-keeping is critical in just about any legal matter, including workers’ compensation cases. In fact, doing so can increase your chances of receiving these important benefits and, if you end up in a dispute with the insurance company, you will have the proof you need to support your claim. Of course, if you have never dealt with this type of matter before, you might not ...
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  • Common Reasons Why Workers’ Compensation Claims Are Denied

    If you were injured at work and denied workers’ compensation benefits, leaving you to face the consequences of your work injury without any assistance, now is a good time to take a moment to understand why your claim might have been denied and what your course of action might be moving forward. In some cases, the denial might have been valid, but oftentimes, employers simply do not want their ...
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  • The Most Dangerous Occupations in America

    There are a vast number of jobs out there and while any one of them can become dangerous and cause injuries to workers, some are simply more hazardous than others by their very nature. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2014, there were 4,821 fatal occupational injuries, the majority of which occurred in just a handful of sectors. We have compiled a list of some of the most dangerous ...
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  • What You Should Know About Light Duty Work

    For injured employees, the ultimate goal of workers’ compensation is to help make life easier for them, allowing them the time to recover from their injuries before returning to work. However, in cases when an employee’s doctor places light duty restrictions on his or her return to work or an employer offers a worker the chance to return and perform light duty work while he or she is still ...
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  • Most Common Occupational Illnesses

    Every year, thousands of workers file claims after sustaining an injury or illness at work caused by a variety of factors, including the demands of the occupation itself. These claims do not necessarily have to involve a one-time accident that results in harm to the employee. In fact, they often include injuries and illnesses that develop over a greater span of time. If you developed an ...
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  • What Workers’ Compensation Insurance Companies Know About You

    Once you take the crucial step of filing your workers’ compensation claim, the insurance company handling your claim will begin obtaining background information about you. This is something that can be accomplished without ever having to contact our even question you, so whatever you do, make sure you never provide false or inaccurate information since they will easily be able to disprove this ...
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  • How the Workers’ Comp Appeals Process Works

    If your workers’ compensation claim was denied, this is not the end of the road for you. The next step would be to move forward with the appeals process. For many, this is likely a first-time experience, which means you might be unclear about how to process works. First, it is vital that you seek the assistance of a skilled legal professional who is experienced in handling such cases. He or she ...
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  • How to Move Your Workers' Comp Claim Case Along

    Workers’ compensation cases can take quite some time and, if this is the first time you have ever filed one, you might feel like it is taking forever. While it is important to have patience and to keep in mind that it can be several months or years before an insurance company reaches a resolution, there are a few ways to speed things along. Here are some tips to help you pick up the pace on your ...
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  • How Long Do I Have to File a Workers’ Compensation Claim?

    When you sustain an injury in your place of work, it is imperative that you understand what is required of you to ensure you receive the workers’ compensation benefits you are entitled to. Failing to do so might result in your inability to receive any of these vital benefits, which is absolutely the last thing you want or need. Meeting certain deadlines for submitting necessary paperwork is among ...
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  • Brain Injuries Are Common in Many Occupations

    Employers are obligated to provide a safe work environment for their employees to prevent them from sustaining avoidable injuries. Unfortunately, not all employers take this responsibility seriously and, as a result, workers are harmed. Some of the most common accidents that occur in the workplace lead to brain injuries, which can be mild or incredibly severe and life-altering. Whether you work in ...
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  • Should I File a Workers' Comp or Personal Injury Case?

    If you have been injured in a work-related incident, you may be wondering whether it’s a good idea to file a workers’ compensation claim or a personal injury case. The answer isn’t always as straightforward as it seems, as some situations could support filing for either one as opposed to one or the other. On this blog, we’ll take a look at when to file for each of these different types of injury ...
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  • Do I Have Any Options if My Workers' Comp Claim Was Denied?

    If you have been injured while on the job, you are covered by an employer’s workers’ compensation insurance. However, workers’ comp claims may be denied for various reasons. If your worker’s compensation claim is denied, you will receive a letter which states the reasons your claim was denied. Common reasons for denial of workers’ comp benefits include, but are not limited to, the following: Claim ...
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  • What's the Difference SSDI & SSI

    The Social Security Administration (SSA) offers two types of disability benefits: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Although both programs supplement the income of those who are not able to work because of a medical disability, SSDI and SSI serve two distinct demographics. The main difference between the two is eligibility. SSDI is only available ...
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  • Top Causes of Workplace Injuries

    Serious and fatal injuries in the workplace are far too common. Each year, thousands are killed on the job, while millions more suffer severe injuries in the United States. The following are the most common causes of workers’ compensation injuries: Overexertion – Considered the leading cause of injury, overexertion typically relates to lifting, pushing, pulling, carrying, throwing, or holding. ...
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  • Are California Domestic Workers Covered by Workers' Comp?

    Although homeowners benefit from the service of domestic workers, this homeowner-to-client relationship can result in complications when and if an accident occurs. It is not often clear if the homeowner is an employer or if the domestic worker is considered a contractor with no recourse for support through workers’ compensation benefits. Most common types of domestic workers include: Housekeepers ...
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  • How Drug Tests Can Affect Your Workers' Comp Claim

    In many cases, employers require their employees to get their urine tested they suffer an injury at the workplace. If this happens to you, there are several things you should know about drug tests in relation to workers’ compensation benefits. First, if you are sent to a physician’s office for a urine test, you do not have to obtain treatment from that doctor for your injury. Seeking medical ...
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  • Can I File for Workers' Comp If I Work from Home?

    In today’s workforce, many employees telecommute and otherwise work from the comfort of their own home. While a home office or other type of home-work area may be considered a safe and injury-free environment, workers still suffer work-related accidents that lead to injuries. The question for many of those who work from home is whether they can recover workers’ compensation benefits for injuries ...
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