Omaha Workers' Compensation Law Blog

A herniated disk can cause more trouble in the future

Any back or neck injury requires immediate medical attention. Even if you think rest and relaxation will resolve the problem, you never know what's going on until you consult with a medical professional.

A herniated disk, for example, has the potential to cause pain and decreased mobility for the rest of your life. The symptoms may not be terribly bad at first, but over time your symptoms could very well worsen.

Workers' compensation after chemical exposure at work

Depending on the nature of your job, it is possible that you could face exposure to certain dangerous chemicals in the workplace. Chemical exposure could lead to significant physical harm, causing health complications that could impact your health for years to come. If you become ill because of the occupational requirements of your job, you have the right to seek workers' compensation benefits.

Workers' compensation benefits are not only for the Nebraska workers who suffer injuries in workplace accidents, but they are also for individuals who are suffering from occupational illnesses caused by toxic exposure. You could have a rightful claim to this type of financial support, even if your initial exposure took place months or years earlier. You are entitled to care and support as you pursue a full recovery.

Falls, falling objects and dangerous equipment

If you work in the construction industry, there will be times when you find yourself in dangerous situations. This doesn't necessarily mean you'll suffer an injury, but you realize that something bad could happen at some point.

Fortunately, with the right dedication to safety, both by you and your employer, you can minimize the chance of an accident.

Don’t ignore a lower back injury

Depending on your profession, you may put a lot of stress on your back throughout the day. While some people are able to deal with this, others find that it leads to a serious injury at some point.

If you have any reason to believe you've suffered a lower back injury, don't continue to do your job. You need to stop all activity, receive medical attention and get a better idea of what is going on.

Workers remain afraid to report safety violations

It doesn't matter how bad the job gets. For many workers in industrial meat packing plants, especially those working the "killing floor," a bad job is better than no job at all when your choices are limited.

A November 2017, report filed by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) on workplace safety, found that workers employed in Nebraska are inclined to stay silent about their work-related injuries and illnesses. They fear retaliation, particularly job loss.

What is the real impact of a workplace accident?

As an employee, regardless of industry, you do your best to remain safe at all times. You never go to work with the idea that you will suffer an injury that requires medical attention.

The impact of a workplace accident is far reaching. In addition to your injuries and medical costs, there are other things that come into play. Consider the following:

  • Insurance costs for the employer
  • Company morale (such as other workers who are now afraid to do their job)
  • Impact on coworkers, friends and family
  • Loss of productivity
  • Skill replacement
  • Costing of training or hiring a new employee

Some workplace hazards are less obvious but significant

No job comes without safety hazards. Regardless of whether you work on a construction site, in an office or a science lab, your health and safety will be on the line. Nebraska company owners must take the necessary precautions to protect employees from harm in the workplace, and knowing the potential threats to your safety may provide further protection.

You may be surprised to learn that most workplace accidents are preventable, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration prescribes safety guidelines to cover all industries. With the appropriate respect and diligence for the regulations, you may avoid situations in which you will lose income due to workplace injuries.

Do you know what workers’ compensation covers?

As a worker, you hope that you never suffer an on-the-job injury. Instead, you do your best to remain safe at all times.

Even with this approach, there is always a chance that something could go wrong in the future. If this happens, you need to learn more about workers' compensation. You may be able to file a claim with the idea of receiving benefits until you can return to your job.

How to find the best doctor after a workplace accident

If you are involved in a workplace accident in which you suffer an injury, there is nothing more important than receiving immediate medical treatment. You don't want to put this off, as doing so could lead to additional health concerns.

The accident itself and your injuries will have a lot to do with where you receive treatment.

Important power tool safety tips to remember

Depending on your profession, you may find yourself using power tools on a regular basis. While these tools can help you do your job, they can also be dangerous at times.

Here are some important power tool safety tips to keep in mind at all times:

  • Wear personal protection equipment, such as gloves and goggles, when necessary
  • Never use a defective power tool or one that requires maintenance
  • Use the correct power tool for the job you're completing
  • Never operate electric power tools in wet conditions, such as in rain or above water
  • Disconnect power tools when they are not in use
  • Let others know if you're using a power tool that could cause them harm
  • Maintain your footing on solid ground when operating a power tool
  • Never remove a safety guard or guide
  • Be aware of your surroundings, such as anything that could cause an accident