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If I'm physically assaulted on the job, can I get workers' comp?

Most people avoid physical altercations at all costs. You may even specifically steer clear of places where people tend to settle disputes through violence rather than negotiation or even verbal sparring. But what happens if you should be assaulted or attacked at your place of employment?

Proper planning can help prevent work zone accidents

When working in a work zone on or near a roadway, there are many hazards you need to be aware of. Construction sites are filled with trucks and mobile equipment moving through the area. Workers are constantly exposed to the potential of being hit by these and other vehicles.

Early version of worker's comp covered colorful characters

If someone were to offer to tell you the history of workers' compensation, you would likely make a very quick exit from the room. After all, even though workers' compensation serves the vital task of helping injured workers get the care and treatment they need, it's background cannot be interesting, right? Well, that's true only if you find tales of pirates boring.

What should I do if I get chemicals in my eyes at work?

If you work with chemicals, it is all too easy to suffer an eye injury. This could happen if you unknowingly get a chemical on your hands and you rub your eyes or if a chemical splashes into your eyes while being poured. It is even possible for chemicals you are mixing together to have an explosive reaction, splattering the chemicals into your face. But regardless of how it happens, once you get chemicals in your eyes it is vital that you rinse with water immediately.

What can I do if my job is contributing to my depression?

Everyone has the occasional bad day at work and stress is an inherent part of most jobs. As such, it is not unusual for a worker to feel down or anxious from time to time. But if your job is seriously impacting your emotional well-being and mental health, it is very important to have the matter addressed. If you are experiencing work-related depression or anxiety, you should consider the condition as being as serious as a physical injury.

Backup accidents on construction sites cause serious injuries

Trucks and other large vehicles present some of the most serious hazards found on construction sites. Trucks used to bring in building materials are constantly on the premises, and frequently they back up in very tight quarters. In such situations, it is far too easy for a construction worker to be struck or even run over by a truck.

Some important information about workers' comp and medication

Prescription drugs can play a major role in a successful recovery from a work-related injury. And fortunately, prescription medication is one of the benefits available through New York's workers' compensation program. But if you want to make sure that you have your pharmaceutical needs covered, you need to understand how the system works.

How does returning to work affect workers' compensation benefits?

You may not realize it, but your job probably provides you with rewards beyond your paycheck. For one thing, every work day you get to spend time with others who are performing similar tasks in the same environment. This means that you have likely forged bonds with coworkers because together you face the same challenges.

How can welders avoid breathing in deadly fumes?

Welders work on almost any sort of project that requires the joining of metal parts. This could involve work on construction sites, bridges, ships and pipelines. And the process of welding always produces smoke that contains gas byproducts and metal fumes.

If inhaled, welding fumes can cause very severe health issues. Even short term exposure can cause problems, such as irritation of nose, throat, and eyes as well as dizziness and nausea. Prolonged exposure can result in damage to the kidneys and nervous system. The fumes could also cause larynx, lung and urinary tract cancer.

Construction-related injuries on the rise in New York City

Typically, when there is a building boom in New York City, the news is all good for construction workers. After all, more construction means there are more jobs available, and more jobs mean more opportunity to earn money. And since 2012, the Big Apple has enjoyed a 35 percent increase in construction jobs.

Success Stories

  • A 43 year old ironworker who fell four stories and sustained injuries to his ankle while installing a staircase settled his claim for $1,500,000.00. The accident was due to the failure of the building owner and general contractor to provide a safe place to work.
  • A construction worker operating an asphalt roller settled his case for $525,000.00 when the edge of the roadway he was paving collapsed into a trench being dug by a subcontractor causing him to sustain injuries to his leg.
  • A 54 year old commuter settled his case against the NYCTA for $1,200,000.00. when he tripped and fell on a subway platform due to the pavement being in disrepair, causing him to fall forward and to strike his head on a train pulling into the station.
  • The estate of a 64 year old woman received a settlement of $425,000.00 after she was struck and killed by a speeding tractor trailer while crossing the street at the intersection of Richmond Terrace and Port Richmond Avenue.
  • A $1,200,000.00 settlement was reached on behalf of a 54 year old man from Staten Island, New York, who, while in the course of his employment as a bus driver, was rear-ended on the Garden State Parkway and caused to suffer injuries to his back and neck as well as a fractured rib and fractured pelvis.
  • A 47-year-old building superintendent who sustained injuries to his head and right side of his body due to a tripping hazard at his job site received a settlement of $300,000.00 from the electrical company performing work at the site.
  • A 43 year old construction worker was caused to sustain injuries to his back, shoulder and hand when the elevator he was riding malfunctioned and dropped 8 floors. He received $350,000.00 in the settlement of his claim against the building owner, maintenance company and elevator company.
  • The administrator of the estate of a 69 year old man who suffered stage four pressure sores while a patient at a Queens nursing home settled the case for $400,000.00 after the man died.
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