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Many common workplace injuries are preventable

The National Safety Council (NSC) reports that in the United States, a worker is injured every seven seconds, which translates to 510 an hour, 12,600 per day, 88,500 per week and 4.6 million every year.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says worker deaths from falls are the second-most common type of fatality behind transportation accidents. Fall injuries, many of which are preventable, account for nearly $70 billion alone in workers’ compensation medical claims each year.

Will workers’ compensation cover PTSD?

Mental stress is common in all job types. Very few workers in the United States escape its clutches. But when it comes to stress that comes from on-the-job injuries or otherwise debilitating events, workers who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may find it difficult to perform everyday working duties.

Even though an estimated 7-8% of Americans will experience PTSD, it is rare that PTSD will warrant an immediate claim award. A dislocated shoulder from a fall at work is a pretty straightforward injury. But mental distress and other related effects are not as easy to prove, nor are they as easy to identify – even when experts are involved.

Postal Service continues to fight decade-old EEOC ruling

The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has refused to settle nearly 28,000 claims from injured workers 11 years after the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) ruled it illegally fired or discriminated against disabled employees, according to ProPublica.

The EEOC found in 2009 that the service fired or pressured 44,000 injured postal workers to quit. The commission also found that the Postal Service discriminated against thousands of others by changing their work duties and accommodations for disabilities, creating a hostile work environment.

MSDs account for most workplace injuries

Across the United States every day, thousands upon thousands of workers are in pain owing to aggravated or strained muscles, nerves, discs, tendons, ligaments or blood vessels.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) are the largest and costliest classification of workplace injuries and are responsible for 30% of all workers’ compensation costs.

What are the most dangerous jobs in America?

When you think about dangerous situations, you might think about walking alone at night or driving in bad weather. The reality for thousands of Americans is they face danger every single day, simply by going to work.

New information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that there were over 5,000 workplace deaths in 2018, which equals 3.5 fatalities per 100,000 workers. However, the number of mortalities is nearly 30 times that for certain jobs. Here is a glimpse of the most dangerous industries, based on the number of fatalities per 100,000 workers in that industry:

Not-so-fertile breathing grounds for compensation

It started with a little shortness of breath. But now you always feel that you’re overcome with weakness, battling a harsh cough and fighting off chest pain. It may all be because you picked up one of the deadliest diseases in the world at work. But without taking the proper steps, it’s not likely you’ll get the help you need from workers’ compensation.

Policies never provide coverage for 95% of ultimately-fatal occupational diseases like Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). This massive shortcoming is typically due to the difficulty of linking the consequences of long-term exposure to your occupation. The answer to your compensation questions may rest with your physician, who could probably use a hand for orientation.

What happens if my workers’ comp claim gets denied?

No one plans to suffer an injury at work, but sometimes accidents happen. Thankfully, New Jersey law requires businesses to offer workers’ compensation insurance to help keep employees financially afloat while they recover.

But what happens if your workers’ comp claim gets denied? The appeals process for a denied claim can leave you frustrated and confused, but there’s still hope.

What are the benefits of hiring a workers’ comp attorney?

At first glance, the workers’ compensation process may seem pretty straightforward. As an employee, if you get injured while at work, you know you’re entitled to compensation for your medical bills and time off work. You file a claim, and the rest should be pretty automatic, right?

Unfortunately, getting the workers’ compensation you deserve isn’t always this simple. Hiring a workers’ compensation attorney to help with your case can be a valuable decision. Here are some key advantages an attorney can offer you:

Can I see my own doctor for workers’ compensation care?

If you work in a physically demanding industry, a workplace accident can leave you seriously injured. Your employer’s workers’ compensation benefits can cover the cost of medical care and lost wages. But do you have to use the doctor your employer requests?

Recovering from a severe injury can mean weeks or months of rest and physical therapy for you. You may want a familiar doctor to provide that medical care for you. But for your company to pay workers’ compensation benefits, New Jersey law limits your options for healthcare professionals.

Drug use most prevalent in the construction industry, study finds

Construction work is an inherently dangerous job. The work is physically demanding, and even under the best of circumstances, there is always a risk of an accident. But when mind-altering substances are involved, the danger on the worksite increases dramatically.

A recent study published in the Drug and Alcohol Dependence journal found that workers in the construction industry had the highest likelihood of abusing substances than workers in any other industry. Use of non-prescription opioids, cocaine and marijuana was especially common, according to the study.

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