Sunday, September 27, 2009

Workers Comp: 2 employees flashed by electrical arc

Two electric & power employees suffered electric burns to their faces and necks when electrical equipment where they were working -- arced.

The two men were working in a bucket truck along a highway when they were flashed by an electrical arc. Both suffered burns and were flown in medical helicopters to care.

The power worker with the first and second degree burns was air lifted overnight to a university hospital specializing in burn units; he is listed in critical but stable condition.

The other utility worker suffered second-and-third degree burns; he is listed in fair condition.

The cause of the incident is under investigation.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Cancer and Fire Fighters

30 states already have a law that covers workers' compensation for firefighters with cancer. Pennsylvania firefighters are hoping that the state will follow suit.

Under the proposed legislation, the Cancer Presumption Bill, burden would be placed on the employer or municipality to prove that job hazards were not a major contributor to cancer for a firefighter who has served four or more years. Benefits would be disbursed either by the municipality's insurance company or workers' compensation carrier.

Studies have shown that cancers, including those that attack the brain, liver, colon, and prostate, are more prevalent in firefighters than in the general population. Pennsylvania receives fewer than 10 claims a year from firefighters for workers' compensation for cancer.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

PA Workers Comp Claims on the Rise

According to a new study reported by the Workers Compensation Research Institute, medical costs for workers compensation were on the rise in Pennsylvania.

The study reported that lower doctor and hospital costs per claim were driven by lower to typical prices paid to doctors and lower payments per service for hospital outpatient services.

Higher costs per claim for services were billed by chiropractors and physical/occupational therapists which stemmed from higher utilization of these services due to more visits per claim offset by typical prices paid.

In Pennsylvania, the study found more claims received clinic/evaluation and office visits, physical therapy, and minor X-rays in a hospital outpatient setting than in other study states. This might suggest that more routine procedures were delivered in a hospital outpatient setting in Pennsylvania than were provided by nonhospital providers in other states.

While more care was delivered in a hospital outpatient setting, the average medical cost per claim in Pennsylvania was substantially lower than other study states.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

New Jersey Employers Fails to Pay Workers Compensation

The owner of a Morris County, New Jersey paving company was indicted for failing to provide workers' compensation to his employees.

This negligence forced the state's Uninsured Employers' Fund $254,000 to the employee for expenses that he incurred as a result of the accident.

The owner of Accurate Paving is accused of failing to provide workers' compensation insurance coverage to his employees from October 7, 2003 and April 28, 2009.

On Oct. 8, 2003, an employee suffered serious injuries in an accident while on the job, then needed surgery plus a three-month stay in the hospital.

A fourth-degree crime carries maximum penalties of 18 months in state prison and $10,000 fine.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Workers Comp? DJ Shot to Death at Work

A man was shot to death while working as a DJ in a bar. His father is asking for workers compensation benefits because his son was shot to death while at work.

The shooter was convicted of second-degree murder.

The father is also seeking medical and funeral expenses related to his son's death.

OSHA: Show us your accountability

So many things went wrong under George W. Bush; OSHA's lack of enforcement is just one of them.

OSHA created the Voluntary Protection Program which was supposed to hold the safest companies to higher standards. Instead it was a sham where conservatives pandered to business interests while easing oversites.

OSHA officials were supposed to vet applicants to make sure that only companies with the best safety records, and the fewest relative illnesses and injuries, were enrolled.

A company in the program had three fatalities in separate accidents over a five-year period, yet remained in OSHA’s good graces. Another company was cited 10 times for serious violations yet continued to shine under OSHA's halo. Files have never revealed the true injuries and death violations.

(Blogger's note: Can the same be said for the FDA?)

President Obama promises to revamp OSHA and increase enforcement. Let's hope that happens.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Workers Comp: Please Don't Take My Wheelchair

A W. Va. nursing home employee injured her back permanently in 1990 while trying to lift an elderly patient. She soon began collecting workers compensation benefits, including medications and use of a wheelchair.

But the new management of the Workers Compensation Fund took away her wheelchair.

Then they gave it back -- but only for 30 days.

The 59 year old woman still has problems standing and walking and says her permanent back injuries also cause circulation problems in her legs.

The new workers comp management fund is also going to take away her meds including painkillers.

It seems that people who filed disability claims prior to July 1, 2005 are covered by the old fund and claims filed after July 1, 2005 are covered by the new fund.

What happens to those old filers who still need the help?

Friday, June 5, 2009

Workers Comp Confusion in W. Va.

Workers compensation confusion in W. Va.

W. Va used to have a state wide workers comp system but no more. Now 70 different companies are part of the pie.

Do you know which workers comp. pie you're in?

If you get injured at work and need medical attention, medical personnel will ask the name and address of your workers comp provider. If you don't know, your medical care can be held up for one to two weeks.

What's the solution?

Ask your HR department who handles your workers comp and carry the information in your wallet.

That's the last thing that you need when you're injured -- the inability to receive medical attention.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Gov. Pays $2.5 Million to Atomic Weapons Workers Comp

As February 2009, the U.S. Department of Labor paid over $2.5 million to workers or their surviving family members in 17 cases of people who developed cancer or beryllium disease from being exposed to toxic substances at the Tennessee plant known as the Birdcage which made atomic weapons.

Another case has been approved for the $ 150,000. lump sum compensation pending payment.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Workers Comp: An Eye for an Eye

Pity the poor construction worker who got a sliver of metal in his eye which eventually led for the need to remove the eye.

Although the eye removal didn't happen right away, a good lawyer with a team of medical experts was able to get the worker compensation even though it was originally denied.

Nobody wants to lose an eye but this is a perfect example how workers compensation law works to benefit of the victim.

Find out more.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Free Consultation for Workers Comp Cases

Sometimes people are afraid to call a lawyer because they think they have to pay to play.

That's simply not true when you call Bulldog Lawyers about your workers comp. case. You can ask questions and get realistic answers over the phone.

The legal consultation is free and there is no obligation to continue so if you are injured at work -- call.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Workers Compensation and Mining Dangers

Mining is one of the riskiest ways to earn a living. Not only are there dangers associated with drilling through the earth hundreds of feet below the surface, but the health hazards posed by dust, machinery, and the small margin of error for mistakes contribute to the extreme chances necessarily taken by miners in order to get the job done.

The type of mine is critical when it comes to determining the safety of a miner. Underground metal mines have a fatal accident rate twice that of coal mines, while surface mines have extremely low rate of on-site deaths. The presence of machinery in close quarters, unpredictable geological formations under the earth, and a low chance of surviving an accident contribute to a higher death rate.

Miners can develop a fatal disease as a result of inhaling dust or toxic airborne agents. Improvements in safety technology combined with a greater awareness of the risks posed by coal and other forms of dust have managed to dramatically lower the rate of death among miners from this cause.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Workers Comp Law: Ohio Company Violates OSHA

It's no secret that a number of companies in this country keep violating OSHA safety regulations on a regular basis. One such company which has repeatedly landed on the OSHA bad boy list is Takumi Stamping Inc., located in Fairfield, Ohio.

The latest batch of charges against the company totaled 19 with a fine value that touches nearly $250,000. The company is charged with a variety of health and safety violations.

Takumi Stamping manufactures stamping and welding products which they provide exclusively for Toyota. Not only is Takumi in the process of expanding its operations, it also gets a tax abatement of $38, 000 per year for the next ten years. Right now, the company offers employment to nearly 300 locals and has 25 full-time positions.

In April, an OSHA inspection team found 10 safety violations which were considered serious, nine serious health violations and a number of repeat violations.

One of the most disturbing violations is that a number of employees were not properly trained to use the machinery. Worse still, they were not aware of the hazards of using certain equipment which were meant to be handled by only authorized personnel. No protection was given for the extreme noise levels and there were no proper lockout or tagout procedures. The latter violation can lead to amputation and in certain cases even death. The last time Takumi made the OSHA violations list was in 2003, with a list of 30 citations.

The company has 15 business days to either meet for an informal conference or contest the citations leveled against them.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Bulldog Workers Comp' Lawyers are Relentless

If you are injured on the job, the last thing you want to do is accept the workers comp decision that your employer put forth.

The next thing you want to do is hire a law firm without finding out what they have done for other workers comp victims.

If you think every law firm has the same clout as everyone else, you would be wrong.

Insurance companies know which workers comp law firms will settle for less and which workers com law firms will take the case to the mat.

Who do you want in your corner?