It's one of the favorite scams unethical companies use to reduce costs, make more money and gamble needlessly with the lives of workers -- and a Florida construction company owner just got caught doing it.
Workers' compensation is supposed to make it easier for the American workforce. The system is designed to be a no-hassle alternative to time-consuming and costly court fights. That often leads injured workers to believe that all they have to do is file their claim in order for their employer's insurer to kick into gear and start taking care of their medical bills and lost wages.
One of the most ordinary workers' compensation scams doesn't involve workers trying to get something for nothing.
Everyone knows, or at least should know, that prolonged exposure to loud noises can damage your hearing. Anyone who has attended a rock concert without some form of ear protection has probably experienced a ringing in the ears for days afterward. If you paid the price for the ticket, that damage is a risk you chose to face and you can't expect someone else to cover the cost of your recovery.
Among the different benefits that workers' compensation offers, cash payments are an important consideration.
A study recently published in Arthritis Care & Research suggests that workers in certain industries may be more susceptible to being diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) than others.
Working road construction in Baltimore is a dangerous job. Between dodging heavy machinery and performing strenuous labor, every day you encounter a new hazard. For the last several years, you have been one of the lucky ones that avoided injury. Unfortunately, that ended a few days ago when you suffered a back injury while moving heavy equipment. It did not seem that bad the day it happened, but by the next morning it was impossible to move.
Workplace safety is a major concern for employers and employees. Across the country, Maryland included, employees get hurt while on the job on a daily basis. A work-related injury may occur for any number of reasons. However, it is believed that overexertion is currently the major cause of non-fatal workplace injuries in the United States.
One of Maryland's finest was injured near the end of October while on the job. The state trooper was sitting in his patrol car when his vehicle was apparently struck by an SUV. The extent of the victim's injuries is not known. As is common following such a work-related injury, the trooper was provided medical treatment and is said to be recovering.
Every year, there are numerous Maryland residents who experience illnesses that they believe may be work-related. This type of illness would be categorized as an occupational disease. What exactly, though, may be characterized as an occupational disease, and are any damages sustained as a result compensable?