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Stress and workers' compensation

Employees in New York who experience a high amount of stress in their jobs may have grounds for a workers' compensation claim. Mental stress can be caused by a number of work-related factors, and those that have a negative effect on an employee's ability to perform their job may result in benefits or access to employee assistance programs that help reduce stress.

The risks associated with commercial baking

Bakers in New York are at increased risk of developing baker's asthma, which is a fairly common occupational respiratory disorder. In order to reduce workers' compensation claims, employers need to be aware of prevention strategies and employees should to know the symptoms involved so they can minimize the damage and get help right away.

Symptoms of workplace carbon monoxide poisoning

Carbon monoxide is a dangerous gas that can be determential to an individual's health, resulting in sickness or even death if too much CO is inhaled. New York employers are required to take steps to ensure that their workplace is protected against possible CO hazards. Many employees, however, may not be aware of how subtle carbon monoxide poisoning can be.

New OSHA rule limits respirable crystalline silica exposure

Construction workers in New York often face a much higher risk of illnesses because of workplace exposure to inhalable carcinogens. Now, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration is addressing the danger by enforcing standards which took effect in 2016, when the new rule passed. The purpose is to lower the amount of silica that employees may be exposed to. 

When is an illness deemed work-related?

If you are suffering as a result of an incident that occurred at your place of employment, it is essential to go over your options. In Richmond, and around New York, many people can get workers’ compensation benefits to move on. However, there are certain requirements which must be met. For example, you must be able to show that your illness or injury was work-related. So, what constitutes work-related illnesses, anyway?

What are some workplace hazards that welders face?

From tripping in an office space to exposure to pesticides on farms, workers face a variety of risks on a regular basis. In Staten Island, and in cities all over New York, it is very important for people to be aware of the different risks that are present at their place of work. For example, if you are a welder, you should familiarize yourself with some of the potential hazards you could be exposed to on the job.

Can high temperatures lead to workplace illnesses?

Often, people realize certain on-the-job dangers, such as falling from heights on construction sites. However, there are other hazards that may not receive as much attention but can also lead to workplace illnesses, resulting in lost lives and serious injuries. In New York, and elsewhere in the U.S., those who work outside or in a hot environment may be hurt by the high temperatures in various ways.

Why You Should Be Wary Of a Workplace Illness

In our day to day interactions, it has become unavoidable to experience exposure to various chemicals. Let’s face it, deadly chemicals can be found in any imaginable place from toxins found in domestic items to carbon monoxide in vehicle exhaust. Luckily, our interactions with such toxic substances is only limited to a few minutes, if nit seconds. On the other hand, toxins found at the workplace are a whole new dimension and can spell disaster in the absence of quick medical aid. If your profession entails working around poisonous substances, then wearing protective gear becomes basic instinct. In the absence of such equipment, exposure to such carcinogens can ultimately cause cancer.

The three types of carcinogens and how they cause cancer

In our daily lives, we are often exposed to chemicals. In fact, potentially deadly chemicals are everywhere, from carbon monoxide contained in vehicle exhaust to a variety of toxins found in household cleaners. But fortunately, our exposure to these chemicals is typically in relatively safe amounts and for very brief periods of time.

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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