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April 2016 Archives

Some safety tips on using nail guns

Most every construction worker is familiar with nail guns. There are dozens of varieties but they all essentially use a mechanism to quickly shoot nails into various surfaces. They are easy to use, convenient and radically increase efficiency. Unfortunately, all of that ease comes at a price; nail guns are powerful and, when defective, can cause serious injuries. This article will go over the dangers and a few safety tips.

What happens if your workers' compensation claim is challenged?

Work injuries, especially for industrial and construction workers, can be devastating. These injuries are typically more serious and the recovery period is longer than with other job types. That is why workers' compensation is critical. In order to receive compensation, you must file a claim, but what happens if it is denied? This post will briefly discuss that process and what it means for you.

Work Injury some terms and rules to know

Suffer a Work Injury? You'd think if you got hurt at work your employer and their insurance company would want you to get treated as quickly as possible so you can get better and can come back to work. They'd pay for your time off and pay for your medical treatment. Some times it happens that way and some times it doesn't. And if they do pay you they are always checking on how you are doing in hopes the workers' compensation insurance carrier can cut their losses and get you off workers compensation. Whether you suffered a work related injury and aren't getting paid or you suffered a work injury and are getting paid here are some basic terms and rules to know.

How is your workers' compensation claim approved?

Pittsburgh is still very much an industrial-manufacturing town. Workers operate in very dangerous environments handling chemicals, large machinery and dangerous processes. This makes Pittsburgh one of the more dangerous cities to work in, for some. Luckily, Pennsylvania has a robust system to protect and provide for injured workers. This post will go over the review and approval process for your claim.

Who hears your claim if it is denied?

Many workers' compensation claims are relatively easy to substantiate and therefore are easily approved. But for certain injuries, like illnesses that built up overtime due to exposure to dangerous chemicals or substances, proving a connection can sometimes be difficult -- especially if you smoked or have other lifestyle factors could appear to contribute to your illness. In these cases your claim could be denied. This post will go over the workers' compensation appeals board and how it reviews your case.

Car Accident Full Tort and Limited Tort

Car Accident and Full Tort and Limited Tort. If you are in an car accident due to the negligence of a nother driver and suffer injuries the type of insurance policy you have determines what you can collect. It doesn't matter what company you have your automobile insurance under either. Basically we are talking about coverage. What gets paid.

Who hears your claim if it is denied?

Many workers' compensation claims are relatively easy to substantiate and therefore are easily approved. But for certain injuries, like illnesses that built up over time due to exposure to dangerous substances, proving a connection can sometimes be difficult. This is especially true if you smoked or have other lifestyle factors could contribute to your illness. In these cases your claim could be denied. This article will go over the workers' compensation appeals board and how it reviews your case.

Social Security Disability Benefits Fraud Warning

There is a Social Security Disability Benefits Fraud Warning out as of March 29, 2016 from the Office of Inspector General. Social Security Inspector General Patrick P. O'Carroll wants people to be on the lookout and warned. A new rash of scam phone calls from criminals is out. These criminals are trying to get information from you, like your social security numbers and bank account information. They are calling to probe or "Phish" for information about you. They are calling people who may have applied for social security disability benefits and/or SSD and/or SSI. The callers are hoping that people may think by answering their questions it is helping further their claim for benefits when in fact these innocent victims are unwittingly giving their personal information to the bad guys.

New rules regarding silica in the workplace

The Department of Labor recently put out new rules to improve safety for workers who are exposed to silica on the job. These rules were promulgated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. This is the first update to the rule since 1971. Silica is dangerous because it is respirable and can cause silicosis, an incurable disease that affects workers from a variety of job areas. This article will go over the new rules and how they may impact you.

What steps should be taken after a workplace accident?

Getting injured on the job can be both frustrating and anxiety-inducing. You might be annoyed that your job has hurt your body, and worried that you won't be able to work because of it. Luckily, there are certain worker's compensation laws in Pennsylvania to get you the health coverage you need as well as any lost wages along the way. When you do suffer a workplace accident, also be sure to follow the proper procedure to ensure that your employer will compensate you for your injury.

Workers' Compensation case study time limits results

A Workers' Compensation case study on time limits and results: A carpenter was loading a truck with plywood when he felt back pain. It wasn't the first time he's had back pain as he's been doing some form of labor work most of his adult life. He thought the pain would subside after a day or two as this is what typically he has done in the past but this time it kept bothering him. A week or so later he goes to his boss and tells him that his back has been really bothering him for the past week since they unloaded that truck. The boss tells him to go to the local MedExpress and let him know what they say. He does and they keep saying it's just a strain and he can keep working. Ultimately, he ends up seeing his family doctor, someone he's seen off and on in the past for his aches and pains and colds and flu over the years, and is sent to a specialist like an orthopedic surgeon. After an MRI he is told he needs back surgery. The carpenter tells his boss who now turns it in to the workers' compensation insurance carrier months later who denies the surgery and denies a work injury.

Top 10 causes of workplace disabilities

Liberty Mutual released a study that lists the top 10 types of workplace injuries that are considered serious but are nonfatal. These are the injuries that affect a worker's ability to continue on the job for periods of six days or longer. The Liberty Mutual study ranked the injuries according to their workers' compensation costs.

What expenses will workers' compensation cover?

Workers' compensation, in the simplest sense, is an insurance scheme that protects workers who are injured while on the job. It removes the burden of filing a civil lawsuit against your employer in exchange for quicker payouts. It will cover your injuries regardless of fault. So, whether you were careless or your employer was, it does not matter, you're covered. This article will discuss which expenses workers' compensation will pay for while you are recovering.

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