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Effects of alcohol abuse on the job

The use of alcohol can help liven up social situations and ease anxiety in some people. However, when it is abused it can have a number of negative effects on the drinker's personal and professional life. Drinking in excess or at the inappropriate time can greatly affect an employee's job, from productivity to the denial of workers' compensation benefits for injuries that may occur at work.

Workplace injuries and who is covered under the law

All workers in New York are at risk for some type of workplace injury or illness over the course of their lifetimes, but some industries and jobs pose a higher risk than others. Being aware of what causes the most injuries can help employers and employees take steps to prevent harm. However, if an employee does get hurt there is a good chance he or she is covered by workers' compensation insurance and can file a claim to cover related costs.

Depression can lead to workplace injury

Depression is a serious problem that affects a number of people in New York. One of the consequences of depression is an increased risk of injury in the workplace, which can result in more workers' compensation claims. As a result, it is important that workers with depression get the help they need so it does not lead to additional issues at work or at home.

What if my employer isn't covered by workers' compensation?

After being injured on the job, you rely on your employer's workers' compensation policy to account for medical expenses, lost wages and many other expenses. But what if you find out too late that your employer is not actually covered by workers' compensation insurance? Is there any action you can take to recover damages under New York law, or are employers allowed to simply not carry coverage?

Does New York workers' compensation cover child performers?

You never expect your little tyke's talent act to make it big, but when it does you may find yourself dealing with far more than just managing your child's mental health and well-being while dealing with the stresses of being a performer. A great deal of paperwork and protections are required to ensure that child performers do not work undue hours or suffer hardship as a result of their performances. You may also worry about what happens if an employer hires your child as a performer, and an injury takes place in the workplace. Is a child performer covered under New York workers' compensation law?

Can medical marijuana impact your workers' compensation?

While you never want to end up out of work and dealing with chronic pain after a workplace injury, you have the protection of workers' compensation to ensure your recovery, chronic pain, or disability do not leave you destitute, while providing options to relieve your suffering. However, with New York's medical marijuana laws, you may find a doctor prescribing you medical-grade cannabis as a way to ease any ongoing pain. Yet with many employers taking a dim view of the increasing legalization of marijuana, will using your medical marijuana prescription give employers grounds for a case against continuing your workers' compensation payments?

Understanding Workers Compensation and the ADA

Those who have suffered a work injury, whether mental or physical, may be afforded additional workers' compensation protections other than those offered by the state of New York under the ADA. The ADA, or the Americans with Disabilities Act, has, since 1990, existed as a civil rights and liberties law that, according to the EEOC website, offers protections to citizens with disabilities in ways considered fair and equal under the law. This includes protecting against discrimination, such as discrimination in availability of public services, access to employment, access to telecommunications services and access to accommodations.

Are job-related car crashes eligible for workers' compensation?

Workers' compensation benefits are available for employees suffering all sorts of on-the-job injuries. These traditionally include such things as back pain (from repetitive motion trauma), broken bones, falls, crush injuries and occupational illnesses like cancer caused by chemical exposure.

What is OSHA's role in workers' compensation cases?

If you work in New York, you have heard of OSHA, or the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. OSHA defines, monitors, and enforces workplace health and safety standards, including imposing penalties on employers who fail to comply with those standards. But if you have been injured on the job in an unsafe situation, how do OSHA violations tie into workers' compensation claims?

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