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  • Workers' Comp & Personal Injury: The Role of Third Party Liability

    || 21-Nov-2018

    When a worker is injured on the job and more than one company is involved, or more than one person, a standard workers’ compensation claim may not be enough to fully address the legal issues at hand. This is highly common in the construction industry, where multiple trades work on the same jobsite simultaneously. For instance, if an employee working on one trade (such as a flooring ...
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  • Leading Causes of Workplace Injuries in America

    || 11-Oct-2018

    Each day in America, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimates about a dozen workers will lose their lives in workplace accidents. Countless more will be injured, ranging from mild to severe. While this number is harrowing, it is actually encouraging when comparing it to OSHA data from four decades ago, when roughly 38 workers died a day due to preventable accidents. ...
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  • Can I File a Workers' Compensation Claim for Repetitive Stress Injury?

    || 18-Sep-2018

    Many workers often associate workers’ compensation claims with serious workplace accidents, like an industrial accident that causes permanent injuries. However, some of the most common and debilitating work-related injuries are actually caused gradually over time, eventually amounting to a serious health condition. Such injuries are known as repetitive stress injuries or RSI. Even though an ...
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  • What You Need to Know Before Filing for Workers' Comp

    || 2-Jan-2018

    If you were injured in your place of work, you are going to want access to workers’ compensation benefits. Unfortunately, employers and their insurance company often try to fight these claims since they are generally interested in securing the best outcome for themselves, which is to pay you less than you deserve, or to deny your claim entirely. If you have never been through the process ...
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  • Can I Sue My Employer for a Work Injury?

    || 20-Mar-2017

    Being injured on the job can be a difficult experience, especially when you are not sure where to turn for compensation. When it comes to workplace injuries, most employees in the state of Virginia are covered by workers’ compensation, which is a no-fault insurance system that provides medical and wage supplementation benefits for injured workers. As a no-fault system, workers’ ...
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  • Can Seasonal Workers Qualify for Workers' Compensation Benefits?

    || 14-Nov-2016

    The holiday season brings about hectic and busy circumstances for many businesses and companies. As a result, many businesses are forced to hire seasonal workers. Below are some occupations commonly hired during this time of year: Grocery store employees Department store employees Chefs and restaurant workers Security guards Drivers Decoration services Snow movers Of course, like any other ...
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  • Recovering Permanent Total Disability Benefits in Virginia

    || 2-Nov-2016

    When someone is in a major accident at work and is unable to work as a result of injuries sustained in the accident, the injured party may recover workers’ compensation benefits to cover medical bills and partial lost wages. Several types of benefits are available depending on whether the worker suffered a temporary or permanent disability, and whether the employee is able to return to work. ...
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  • Worker Safety in Hospitals

    || 4-Oct-2016

    When most people think of hospitals, they imagine a place where people can be treated for injuries and illnesses. However, many people fail to realize the hazards that hospital workers face every day. In fact, in 2011, United States hospitals reported nearly 253,700 hospital employees sustained work-related illnesses and injuries. Studies show that this is nearly double the rate for the entirety ...
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  • Hearing Loss: America's Most Common Work-Related Injury

    || 14-Sep-2016

    Hearing loss is the most common work-related injury in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). According to researchers, roughly 22 million Americans are exposed to damaging levels of occupational noise each year. While exact numbers of affected workers are hard to come by, an estimated $242 million is spent annually on workers’ comp benefits for ...
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  • Workplace Fatalities on the Rise in Virginia, Officials Urge Vigilance

    || 10-Aug-2016

    A rise in workplace deaths has sparked concern across Virginia, and state officials are urging residents and employers to take greater vigilance when it comes to work safety. The announcement came earlier this month from the Virginia Occupational Safety and Health (VOSH) program after a review of mid-year statistics. Their findings: there have been 29 preventable work-related deaths due to injury ...
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  • Four Things to Do After a Work Injury

    || 1-Aug-2016

    If you are like most employees, you may not have had to deal with workers’ compensation before. The following tips can help you know what to do if you become injured at work. Seek medical attention. Do not delay in getting care. If needed, go to the emergency room, or ask your employer if you are required to see a certain doctor or if they will allow you to choose your own doctor. If you are ...
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  • Work Injuries Increase During Summer

    || 22-Jul-2016

    According to reports recorded by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employees sustain more injuries during June, July, and August than any other months of the year. In fact, statistics show that roughly 3,300 employees sustain injuries each June day. Unfortunately, the majority of these accidents occur due to lack of supervision and enforcement of OSHA safety standards and procedures. According to ...
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  • Information Regarding Workers Compensation for Occupational Diseases

    || 20-Jun-2016

    When a person becomes ill due to an unsafe work condition, the consequences can be severe. Along with accumulated hours of missed work, a person can suffer serious pains, costly medical expenses, mental anguish, and much more. For this reason, a person who develops an occupational disease should contact experienced legal representation right away. A skilled lawyer can help that person obtain the ...
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  • Your Rights Under Virginia Workers' Compensation

    || 10-Jun-2016

    Workers’ compensation laws can be complicated. As a result, employees may neither fully understand workers’ rights nor their employer’s responsibilities. One of the most important things to remember is that Virginia workers’ compensation is designed to protect those injured while on the job. In fact, worker’s compensation, in the state of Virginia, is designed to: ...
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  • What Is Virginia's Statute of Limitations?

    || 1-Jun-2016

    The statute of limitations is the deadline for filing a lawsuit. Typically, this means that after an accident or injury, victims and families will only have a limited amount of time to formulate and file their claim. Failing to file a claim within the statute of limitations will prevent victims from pursuing compensation for their injuries and damages. In Virginia, the following statute of ...
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  • OSHA's Final Rule May Greatly Decrease Number of Workplace Injuries

    || 25-May-2016

    According to recent reports, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has stated they have created and finalized new federal requirements which will make illness and injury data more available to the public. In August, information regarding illness and injury data, which is collected by employers by law, will be submitted to OSHA so that the agency can make this information available to ...
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  • Sleep Apnea Sufferers May Be Twice as Likely To Sustain Workplace Injuries

    || 6-Apr-2016

    According to an article published by The Huffington Post, individuals who suffer from chronic, untreated sleep disorders are twice as likely to suffer workplace injuries than those without sleep disorders. Additionally, people diagnosed with sleep apnea, a sleep condition which consists of disrupted sleep due to intermittent pauses in breath, are three times as likely to sustain fatigue-related ...
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  • Types of Benefits Covered Under the Virginia Workers' Compensation Act

    || 11-Mar-2016

    When a worker becomes injured, they are permitted to file a claim with the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission. If their claim is accepted, the Commission will safeguard their rights under state laws. For more information regarding how to file a claim, check out this page. To help you understand in detail, our Virginia workers’ compensation lawyers have listed the various types ...
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  • How to Prevent Repetitive Strain Injuries in the Workplace

    || 31-Aug-2015

    Repetitive strain injuries in the workplace might be more common than you think. In fact, the United Sates Department of Labor and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration records that these types of injuries are the most common and costly types of occupational health problems in the nation. The two organizations state that these types of injuries total more than $20 billion a year in ...
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