workplace injuries Archives

How new safety rules impact workplace injury reporting

Just one year ago, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) added to its already-expansive citation protocol by as much as 80 percent. Now, under new regulations, employers must be even more conscientious about budgets and safety than ever before.

Does workplace violence qualify for workers' compensation?

When we think about suffering an on-the-job injury, we usually envision some sort of accident befalling an employee, but in some cases it is actually person-on-person violence that brings about a workplace injury. Workplace violence is a more serious and widespread issue than you might think, and many people do not understand the role that workers' compensation plays in addressing it.

Might this be the reason your back hurts?

You've been working in the same Nebraska factory for over a decade. You enjoy your work; you even like your boss. However, lately, your back pain makes it impossible to perform your assembly line duties. In fact, you've called work a few times in the past several months when even the ibuprofen you took wasn't able to alleviate the pain. Several people mentioned the possibility that you might be suffering a repetitive stress injury.

Can Social Security Disability be affected by other payments?

If you are on disability and receive benefits, one of the things you might want to know about is how workers' compensation and other disability payments can affect your Social Security benefits. Fortunately, disability payments that come from private pensions or insurance companies don't affect your Social Security Disability benefits, so you will see no changes in the payout you receive.

Some workplace injuries justify civil claims against employers

Are you suffering the consequences of on-the-job injuries that resulted from unsafe conditions in your workplace? You may want to hold your employer liable, but you cannot file a legal claim against your boss -- except under certain circumstances. According to the workers' compensation system, employers provide insurance coverage, and, in exchange, employees are not legally allowed to sue their employers if they are injured -- regardless of whose fault caused the injury.