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What does workers’ compensation entitle employees to recover?

Sustaining a severe injury while on the job can be devastating in many ways. You could also experience stress by worrying about returning to work. Fortunately, there are benefits available that can help you out in a situation like this. If a serious injury has left you unable to provide for your family, understanding your workers’ compensation rights can help you receive compensation.

Is a legal claim possible when claiming workers' compensation?

Workers in the neighborhoods of New York City, or the Rockland County suburbs for that matter, may get hurt in a car accident or some other accident that is not the responsibility of either the worker or the worker's employer. For instance, if someone is driving for her employer while on the clock and gets hit by a negligent driver, she may have a valid legal claim against the driver. Nevertheless, because she was on the clock and doing work for her employer, she also likely has a viable workers' compensation claim.

The good news is that a person can file a claim for workers' compensation benefits. Whether doing so is the best choice depends on individual circumstances, but filing a workers' compensation claim frequently is a good means of making sure that injured workers can promptly receive medical care and some compensation for lost income.

Construction workers are relatively likely to get hurt

The construction industry is known for being a dangerous profession in that lots of people in this field get hurt or even die each year. In fact, when one breaks out the statistics, the average construction worker in New York stands a 1 in 10 chance of getting hurt on the job in a given year. The upshot is that, over a lengthy career, a worker will likely get sidelined by an injury at least once.

The good news is that this actually represents an improvement over time. In the early 1970s, there were 10.9 injuries per 100 construction workers, whereas now the number is just under 3 injuries per 100 workers.

Major parcel carrier accused of concealing work comp claims

Suffering an injury in the workplace is an unexpected event. However, these incidents can occur rather frequently, sometimes resulting in an employee requiring much medical attention and care, as well as time from work for recovery.

United Parcel Service, known for its brown UPS trucks and logos, is facing accusations that it has been trying to hide the frequency and extent of workplace injuries that its employees suffer. This is perhaps in a bid to keep workers' compensation costs low, since these costs depend heavily on the number and severity of claims.

Does workers’ compensation cover psychological trauma?

Most workplaces have safety measures and health and well-being tips to keep workers and employees safe while on the job. Unfortunately, accidents can still happen in the workplace, and many companies provide workers’ compensation for injured workers. But what happens if your injury is a result of mental or emotional stress?

 

Breathalyzer tests are not always reliable

Motorists in New York who get pulled over on the suspicion of drunk driving will probably be offered field sobriety tests and a portal breath test. If these tests show a need for further testing, the driver will be asked to submit to a supposedly more reliable test, often referred to by the brand name Breathalyzer, at a local police station.

If the Breathalyzer shows a person has at least .08 blood alcohol content, or BAC, then he or she will likely face an arrest and drunk driving charges. Because most courts consider these tests reliable, the person may think that a conviction is a predetermined outcome.

Marijuana still has no place at high-risk jobs

As anyone in New City or Rockland, Orange and Westchester counties can probably figure out by reading the news, society in the last 20 or so years has taken a far less critical look at the benefits and drawbacks of marijuana. Many states, including New York, allow it for medicinal purposes, and a growing number of states permit its broad use among adults. This change has led to an explosion of legal marijuana dispensaries and growers.

However, despite society's liberalized attitude toward the drug, a recent report from the National Safety Council stated that no worker in a job the report described as safety sensitive should have any level of marijuana in his or her system. As the name implies, the National Safety Council is a non-profit dedicated to promoting workplace safety across the economy.

Is your job putting you at greater risk of sleep deprivation?

Many New Yorkers work long hours or multiple jobs and come home exhausted. However, when being tired crosses the line into sleep deprivation, there is cause for concern.

Extreme tiredness takes a serious toll on people. Unfortunately, there are some occupations in which workers are at a greater risk of suffering sleep deprivation, which could lead to increased exposure to work-related accidents. 

The cost of a drunk driving conviction are astronomical

This blog has discussed on previous occasions how even those accused of drunk driving for the first time face the possibility of imprisonment and will almost certainly have to deal with a license suspension. Additionally, even one DWI or DWAI can have a negative impact on a New Yorker's career, especially if he or she is a licensed professional or drives regularly as part of her job.

What might get overlooked, though, is the huge financial cost of a drunk driving conviction. All in all, a person can expect to pay thousands of dollars, if not tens of thousands of dollars, over the course of several years after their conviction.

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