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What makes someone an independent contractor in a work injury?

As we discussed in a previous post, independent contractors are typically exempt from workers' compensation. However, sometimes employers try to misclassify their employees as independent contractors in order to avoid paying for their workers' compensation premiums.

Is everyone covered by workers' compensation?

We've dedicated many previous posts to discussing Georgia workers' right to workers' compensation benefits. Workers' compensation is a type of insurance designed to support workers and their families in the event of on-the-job accidents or negligence that incapacitate a worker.

Can a temporary worker sue their place of work?

Many companies use workers' compensation as a way of shielding themselves from litigation if one of their employees is injured or killed on the job. Instead, employees who suffer injury can file a workers' compensation claim with their company.

OSHA enforces safety regulations for temporary workers

If you work as a temporary worker, you may feel like you're at the bottom of the totem pole. You may not receive medical insurance or paid time off. However, you are still entitled to fundamental health protections.  

Do you work for a 'Dirty Dozen' company?

Workplace safety isn't on the "nice-to-have" list of goals for employers. Federal and state laws establish that workers have the right to operate in safe environments. That means making sure they get information about all the known risks around them, the training necessary to avoid harm and any equipment that might be essential for maintaining safety. Unfortunately, not every employer lives up to those obligations. And even where they do, work-related injuries still occur.

Can I seek workers' compensation when hurt by co-worker violence?

Headlines are not lacking items of violent and injury-causing events in workplaces. There was a time when shootings by disgruntled post office workers were common enough that the phrase, going postal, came into existence. Today, it can describe any situation in which someone displays uncontrolled anger in the extreme.

Dupont Yard Inc. fined after employee's hand partially amputated

Dupont Yard Inc., located in Homerville, GA, is facing a fine from the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), after an employee's hand was partially amputated on the job. According to WALB News 10, the employee received this and other injuries, while working on an unguarded machine at the manufacturer.

Why dependent partners can lose workers' comp claims in Georgia

Marriage isn't for everyone. Some couples don't care for official ceremonies. Others may not want to spend their hard-earned money on an extravagant party. Nonetheless, many couples live together in loving, committed relationships for years.

Restaurant safety and Work Injuries

When you think about jobs that have a high instance of workplace injuries, you may think of obviously dangerous or high-risk professions, such as construction. However, accidents can occur in any work environment--and even seemingly safe jobs can lead to injury.

I hired a workers' compensation attorney. What now?

After filing a workers' compensation claim, you may be one of the countless injured workers across the country who will seek out an attorney's assistance. After all, hiring an attorney can help to focus on recovery versus sorting out the legalese on your own. Nonetheless, an injured employee's work isn't done after hiring an advocate and the actions that you take can greatly impact your case.

When workers' comp meets personal injury

Workers' compensation functions as a system of protection--both for the employee and the employer. If you get injured on the job, workers' compensation insurance helps to ensure that you get the medical care you need and that you don't lose wages while you're out of work. In exchange, this system also protects the employer from a lawsuit.

A construction manager's mindset has a huge impact on safety.

A construction manager faces a lot of competing demands. They have to satisfy their clients, who want their project completed on time, on budget and with a high level of quality. At the same time, a manager also has to take into consideration the limitations of their crew and to be able to adjust goals as circumstances change.

COSH report: most dangerous workplaces in the nation

Last week was Workers' Memorial Week--a time dedicated to commemorating all of the workers who died preventable deaths on the job. The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH) released a report which outlines what it considers to be the most dangerous workplaces in the U.S.

Should first responders have coverage for PTSD?

Following this tragedy, the officer began suffering from symptoms similar to those of war veterans and others who have suffered trauma: nightmares, flashbacks, depression and anxiety. The officer had Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). He was unable to return to work. However, under Florida workers' compensation law, first responders cannot receive benefits for a mental condition if it is not also accompanied by a physical condition. As a result, the officer has been out of work without any support.

Georgia workers' comp covers firefighters for cancer treatment

There has been a national push in recent years to increase workers' compensation for firefighters. Due to the inherently risky nature of the work, supporters of the campaign held that firefighters should be entitled to additional coverage for special types of work-related injuries. In particular, they wanted firefighter workers' compensation to cover cancer treatment.

Concerns about doctor bias in workers' compensation evaluations

Vanessa Sylva is a 54-year-old, former chef in Hawaii. She spent much of her career working for a large-scale catering company--sometimes working as many as 80 hours a week. Her work caused her to suffer tears in each shoulder and numbness down her arms, making it nearly impossible for her to use her hands. After filing a workers' compensation claim, she was examined by Dr. Leonard Cupo--a doctor selected and paid for by the workers' comp insurance company. She was denied treatment for nearly a decade, leaving her in chronic pain and restricting her to her home, unable to engage in even simple activities such as playing cards.

How could medical marijuana impact workers' comp?

Marijuana is becoming increasingly legalized across the United States. To date, 29 states and Washington DC have legalized marijuana for medicinal purposes, and nine states permit the recreational use of the drug. And the numbers keep rising.

Study finds depression increases work-related injuries for women

According to the latest census data, women account for 57.9 percent of Georgia's workforce. Working women often juggle the demands of home and work, which can be stressful. While not always the case, the constant balancing act between shifting priorities can lead to mental health concerns.

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