Common Construction Site Injuries and How to Avoid Them

One of the most dangerous places to work is at a construction site. Workers risk serious injuries from any number of hazards including loose and malfunctioning tools, improperly assembled scaffolding, and items falling from above. There are also potential hazards to pedestrians who happen to walk past a construction site. Construction site injuries are sudden…

Understanding Worker Rights Under the FLSA: Separating Fact from Fiction

The federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) provides workers with powerful rights, yet most workers remain unaware of, or harbor misconceptions about, its protections. With the FLSA protecting 135 million workers in 7.3 million establishments nationwide, it is important to separate fact from fiction. Here is an overview of how the FLSA affects workers in…

Workers’ Compensation for Concussions

Similar to the vast majority of American adults, we spend most of our time at work. Whether you work at the office, travel, or work from home, if you are injured while on the job, also called “within the scope of your employment,” your options for financial recovery are more limited than you might think….

Jobs that Commonly Lead to Injuries

Accidents, injuries, and illnesses in the workplace are common and can occur under a variety of circumstances. This is true especially if you work in a so-called ‘dangerous’ job. If you have sustained an accidental injury or illness while on the job, you may be entitled to monetary compensation under Florida’s workers’ compensation laws. Under…

Structure of A Workers’ Compensation Claim

When a worker is injured on the job, he or she is usually entitled to workers’ compensation benefits to compensate for medical expenses, rehabilitation and lost wages resulting from the accident. The requirements and terms of an injured worker’s right to receive workers’ compensation benefits in Florida is set out by statute, commonly known as…

Can I Sue After A Workplace Accident?

Employment relationships are very tricky and regulating them is a balance between the livelihood and well-being of the worker and the ability of the employer to remain profitable. Without the worker, there is no business, but without the business, there is no job for the worker. This balancing act permeates employment laws and regulations, labor…

Workplace Injuries can be Disabling

Some of the most serious injuries Floridians suffer are those that occur on-the-job, especially in high-risk professions. The issue with many workplace injuries is that they often occur to body parts you are using to do your job, which can incapacitate you from work for an extended period of time. If you are unable to…

Can You Get workers’ compensation for Stress-Related Illnesses?

Workplace accidents are an everyday occurrence within the American workforce. Workers who are injured on the job have a legal right to be compensated for their injuries through their employers’ workers’ compensation coverage. For some accidents, such as slip and fall injuries, this is a fairly straightforward process. But what happens when injuries are intangible…

Steps to Take After a Workplace Accident

Accidents in the workplace are very common and can happen at any time, under a variety of circumstances. If you have been injured in an accident while you were working on the job (and without regard to fault), you may be entitled to monetary compensation under Florida workers’ compensation laws. Insurance coverage in a Florida…

Even Office Workers Can Sustain Injuries

Although working in an office setting is, generally speaking, much less dangerous than working in construction or as a firefighter, office safety is still an issue for everyone involved. Office workers may still suffer injuries on the job due to environmental hazards or an improperly maintained work-space. If you have been injured on the job…

US Labor Calls for Federal Oversight of Workers’ Comp Laws

The United States Labor Department is calling for an examination of changes to state workers’ compensation laws in an effort to prevent the further deterioration of the system, NPR reports. “Working people are at great risk of falling into poverty,” the department stated. These different changes from state to state have resulted in “the failure…

Understanding Your Work Comp Claim

What damages can I seek in my workers compensation claim? In work comp claims, you’re entitled to lost wage benefits, medical benefits, and impairment benefits.  In addition, the possibility for payment of penalties and interest exists in the event a monetary payment you’re entitled to receive is not paid timely.  Essentially, when you’ve been injured…