Blog Posts in 2016

  • 22-Dec-2016

    Asbestos Exposure and Cancer

    Asbestos refers to a group of naturally occurring minerals in the environment; asbestos fibers are heat and fire resistant, and can be separated into strong, durable threads. Since asbestos fibers do not conduct electricity, it has been used in a ...
  • 8-Dec-2016

    Machine-Related Injuries

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration ( OSHA ) came up with construction’s “Fatal Four,” which included falls, electrocutions, struck by an object (8.1%), and caught in/between (4.3%). As far as caught in or between ...
  • 28-Nov-2016

    Falls and Workers' Compensation

    Falls are a major hazard in many occupations, especially in the construction industry. A worker can fall while walking, while climbing a ladder to reach merchandise or change a lightbulb, while working on a roof, or while working 10 or even 80 feet ...
  • 9-Nov-2016

    Chemical Exposure in the Workplace

    Most people come into contact with chemicals on a daily basis, especially if they use household chemicals to clean their kitchen, bathroom, and floors. Although minimal exposure to certain chemicals is generally deemed safe, continuous or prolonged ...
  • 27-Oct-2016

    Can I Get Workers' Comp If I'm at Fault?

    While there are dozens of dangerous occupations, workers can get injured in any type of job. Some of the more dangerous occupations include working as a logger, a fisherman, or as a cab driver, but being a policeman is dangerous, and believe it or ...
  • 17-Oct-2016

    New York Workers' Comp: Medical Care

    If you were recently injured in a work-related accident, or if you just learned that you’re suffering from an occupational disease, you likely have questions regarding medical care. Can you choose your own doctor? Will your medical payments be ...
  • 28-Sep-2016

    Occupational and Work-Related Diseases

    According to the World Health Organization (WHO), “An ‘occupational disease’ is any disease contracted primarily as a result of an exposure to risk factors arising from work activity.” WHO reports that work-related diseases ...
  • 14-Sep-2016

    Occupational Hearing Loss & Workers' Compensation

    Have you suffered from occupational hearing loss? If so, you are not alone. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), occupational hearing loss is one of the leading work-related illnesses experienced by U.S. ...
  • 29-Aug-2016

    What to Do After a Work-Related Accident

    Before there was workers’ compensation, when a worker was injured in a work-related accident or when they became ill because of an occupational disease, they had to file a lawsuit against their employer. In order to prevail in court, the ...
  • 11-Aug-2016

    Can a Workers' Compensation Claim Be Denied?

    Before workers’ compensation laws were created, injured workers would have to file a lawsuit against their employers to collect damages when they were injured in a work-related accident. During this arduous legal process, injured workers had to ...
  • 25-Jul-2016

    Common Workplace Hazards in the Healthcare Industry

    For many, working in the healthcare field brings great advantages – good health insurance, steady schedules, good pay, and satisfaction helping other people. To outsiders, the healthcare industry may seem entirely “safe,” but ...
  • 12-Jul-2016

    Workers: Disability Benefits for Off-the-Job Injuries

    In New York, most employees are aware that if they are injured in a work-related accident, or if they become ill with an occupational disease, they can file a workers’ compensation claim. But, what if you become disabled due to an off-the-job ...
  • 22-Jun-2016

    Falls From Heights & Workers' Compensation

    According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), falls are the LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH in the construction industry. In 2013 alone, there were 828 fatalities in construction, 291 of which involved fatal falls, OSHA reports. The ...
  • 7-Jun-2016

    Workers' Compensation for Repetitive Stress Injuries

    What are repetitive stress injuries (RSIs)? Occupational RSIs, otherwise known as a “repetitive stress injuries” involve more than 100 types of job-related injuries that are caused by constant wear on tear on the human body. According to ...
  • 18-May-2016

    Most Dangerous Occupations in America

    According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), 4,679 workers were killed in workplace accidents in 2014. On average, that equated to 13 deaths per a day and nearly 90 each week. But the numbers don’t stop there. Each ...