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Workers' compensation and work-related assault injuries

According to statistics from Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), approximately 2 million assaults occur annually in American workplaces. Some of these assaults result in only minor injuries, while others cause severe suffering. What many New Jersey victims of work-related assault do not realize is that workers' compensation will likely cover their injuries.

What is the purpose of workers' compensation?

As a worker in New Jersey, you need to be aware that you have rights. Under workers' compensation laws, you have the right to medical care if you are hurt on the job along with other benefits. Workers' compensation is a no-fault insurance program, so it doesn't matter if you caused an accident or were involved due to someone else's errors. You may not be entitled to workers' compensation if you caused an accident to purposefully injure yourself.

Discrimination and workers' compensation: What you need to know

You were doing your job when your coworker made a mistake that nearly cost you your life. You suffered serious injuries, and you needed to go to the hospital immediately. You knew you'd be covered by workers' compensation, and you were. However, your boss seems to begrudge you over the claim. Is that fair? No. Is it legal? Perhaps not, depending on how far your employer takes his dissatisfaction.

The risks associated with providing care to others

Health care workers are some of the most important and most undervalued employees. Choosing to work as a doctor, nurse or other type of care provider means committing to long hours and high-stress situations, all in order to provide care and healing to others. Workers in these environments, particularly hospital employees, often face higher risks of injury or illness than those in other industries.

What you should know about cold stress in the workplace

Cold stress is a major concern in the spring, fall and winter or when people work in cold environments year-round. It's vital that employers take the risk of cold exposure seriously and help prevent workplace accidents resulting from exposure. How? By training employees to be safe in these environments.

Why are workers' compensation claims denied?

If you've been hurt at work, you likely know that you need to file for workers' compensation. You make a claim through your employer in most cases, and then the workers' compensation insurer reviews your case. In some cases, the claim is denied, even though you have a legitimate injury. Why is that, and what can you do?

You can claim workers' comp for repetitive strain injuries

Authorities often express their concerns about employers who prioritize profits over employee safety. Business owners sometimes resist spending money to address safety hazards because compliance with some regulations may require high initial expenses. Unfortunately, this is a misperception. Safe workplace environments in which there are limited chances of injuries can avoid the costs of lost hours and workers' compensation claims that will lead to increased insurance premiums.

Does workers' compensation cover post-traumatic stress disorder?

Post-traumatic stress disorder is a serious mental illness that needs to be addressed. If you have PTSD from a job that you performed, can you get workers' compensation? The answer may be yes, depending on the circumstances.

Worker killed after falling from forklift pallet

Forklift accidents are fairly common in industrial and construction situations, but there are many cases where they could be avoided. For example, if the forklift is inspected at the beginning of each shift, it would be easy to tell if it was being worn down or if rust had eaten through any important parts. Taking just a little time to review the state of the equipment can make a huge difference in how the machinery works and can save lives.

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