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Workers' Compensation Archives

Dangers of silica dust (part 1): Who's at risk?

Industrial workers, construction workers and miners are exposed to all kinds of hazardous substances on the job. One of the most common is silica dust. With particles 100 times smaller than sand, silica can readily enter the lungs and cause permanent damage, including lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and kidney failure. Excess silica exposure can also cause silicosis, an occupational disease where particles accumulate in the lungs, leading to inflammation, lesions and buildup of scar tissue. In severe cases, it can be fatal.

What every nurse should know about needlestick injuries

Nurses face all kinds of occupational risks: heavy lifting injuries, exposure to biohazards, increased stress and fatigue from overwork, and even violent patients, to name a few. One of the biggest dangers they face on a daily basis, however, is needles.

No workers' comp for Uber drivers: A look at an alternative

Life as an Uber driver has pros and cons. On the one hand, drivers have the flexibility to choose when they're on the clock and how much they want to work. For some, it's a side gig providing extra cash for a rainy day fund. For others, it's a sole means of support, with many drivers clocking 60 or more hours per week.

Can injured employees still get workers' comp if they fail a drug test?

Employers have the right to expect - and enforce - a drug-free workplace. Illegal drug use raises multiple problems. It can not only impair the employee's ability to do the job, but also jeopardize their safety - and that of everyone else.

When can employees get workers' comp for PTSD?

The question recently came to light in a newsworthy case involving two Microsoft employees. The employees sought workers' comp for PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) after serving on the company's "Online Safety" team, where they were required to view horrific images and videos involving abuse, rape, murder and child pornography for purposes of removing the content and reporting it to law enforcement. Microsoft has challenged their claim on grounds that PTSD isn't an occupational illness under these circumstances.

Will workers' comp cover parking lot injuries?

Workers' compensation provides a safety net for employees who suffer job-related injuries or illnesses. Generally speaking, employees can't get workers' comp for injuries that took place while commuting to or from work. A car accident on the way to work, for example, probably wouldn't be covered.

Widow wins survivor benefits after husband worked himself to death

Most fatal work injuries result from sudden accidents: vehicle collisions, falls, equipment malfunctions and the like. However, as one case illustrates, job-related deaths can happen out of the blue from something as simple as overwork.

Top 3 things you should do after getting injured on the job

Job-related injuries are commonplace in many fields. When it happens to you, however, the accident takes on a whole new dimension. You may feel panicked and in shock. If the injury is severe, you may not know whether you'll be able to return to work anytime soon - or ever again.

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