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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.To give one example, a worker fell off of a [...]

December 12, 2019|Workers' Compensation|

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?New York covers trauma-related injuriesYou can experience undue stress in any occupation. Jobs that involve emotionally high stakes, such as police work or firefighting, are especially likely to leave a person feeling mentally or emotionally unable to cope with the tough things they may have seen.Under New York's workers' compensation [...]

December 11, 2019|Uncategorized|

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 [...]

November 29, 2019|Drunk Driving Charges|

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 [...]

November 14, 2019|Uncategorized|

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.Occupations with higher rates of sleep deprivationAccording to a recent study, workers in the following occupations reported higher rates of short sleep durations:These occupations all fall in emergency services, health care, transportation and production. As such, it is worth noting [...]

November 14, 2019|Uncategorized|

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, [...]

October 31, 2019|Drunk Driving Charges|

Collapse of building attracts national attention

The construction of a Hard Rock hotel in another state recently came to a devastating and tragic standstill as the framework of the building suddenly gave way and collapsed, leaving the building partially imploded.The accident left at least three people dead, including at least one construction worker. Several others, including workers, were injured, many of them quite seriously. One worker, who broke his leg, said that he had to be rescued after getting buried under a pile of debris.Now, recent information has come to light suggesting that the building had been unstable days before its collapse. Specifically, a video emerged [...]

October 18, 2019|Uncategorized|

How construction workers can push back against retaliation

Construction workers often worry they may frustrate their employers if they file a workers' compensation claim. Due to the pressure and intensity of their jobs, construction workers can be at higher risk of facing severe injury and are often expected to be back on the job before they're ready. Unfortunately, some employers may not be understanding of a worker's conditions and may mistreat them upon their return. Moreover, it's illegal in most states for construction managers to deal with their crews this way. That's because many construction workers have certain rights regarding their recovery.However, some employers may not always comply [...]

October 10, 2019|Uncategorized|

Forklift operator critically injured at construction site

A man from another state suffered a critical injury at a museum that is well-known nationwide.The accident involved a forklift. According to reports, a construction worker was trying to transport some heavy equipment on a forklift as part of the museum's renovation project. Perhaps because of the weight, the forklift flipped over and trapped the worker between the forklift and a hole in the floor.It took rescuers around 45 minutes to free the trapped man. The rescuers had to use heavy duty equipment and consulted with medical professionals at a nearby hospital during the process. After freeing the man, rescuers [...]

October 3, 2019|Uncategorized|

Who pays for your workers’ compensation claim?

If you're like many people, you care about how your employer perceives you. You want them to see you as a professional and reliable employee. Sustaining an injury on the job may leave you conflicted about what to do. You know that you need medical care due to your work-related injury, but you also don't want to cost your employer and become viewed as a liability.The worst thing that you can do is delay filing your workers' compensation claim. Waiting or delaying filing a claim could lead to a fine and/or misdemeanor charge from the New York Workers' Compensation Board [...]

October 1, 2019|Uncategorized|
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