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Hospital Workers Injured By Corrosive Cleaner

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A major health care provider with several hospitals in operation was facing infection within hospital walls related to a “superbug” that causes diarrhea. The hospital sought out a new method of containing the infection that was cheaper than the two-pronged approach it was employing earlier. Workers began falling ill—not with a virus—but from the… Read More »

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Georgia Issues Ruling Against Worker In COVID Claim

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The Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation recently heard a case involving a jail worker who contracted COVID and died of the illness shortly after an inmate also caught the disease. The Georgia SBWC denied the workers’ claim on the grounds that she failed to prove that her employment was the proximate cause of… Read More »

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I Caused A Car Accident While On The Job, Now What?

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This is a complicated question because it has a number of “ifs” associated with it. For the purposes of this article, we will assume that you are an employee of a company who was on the job when the accident occurred and that you are at fault for the accident. Uber and Lyft drivers… Read More »

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Federal Inspections Turn Up Dangerous Conditions At Dollar General

By O’Connell Law Firm |

Why do you hear about Dollar General in the news? The Tennessee-based dollar store chain has been the subject of many Georgia workers’ compensation claims by employees who have been injured on the job. Dollar General’s injured workers in Georgia are targeted by robbers or assaulted by members of the public.  Dollar General has… Read More »

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First Responders Commit Suicide More Often Than General Public

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Studies have shown that first responders and firefighters die by suicide more often than the general public. It is widely believed that their job leaves them with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and depression resulting in ongoing psychiatric affliction. First responders have stated that the job has left them with PTSD and sights, sounds,… Read More »

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Is Sound Destroying Your Health?

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According to a recent book, employees are subjected to regular-type sounds on a daily basis that range from a co-worker talking about their day to the pinging notifications from a cell phone notifying them of text messages from a friend. While these sounds aren’t associated with occupational hazards, there is at least one individual… Read More »

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Postal Worker Faces Prison For Federal Workers’ Comp Fraud

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A former postal worker is facing ten years in prison and the forfeiture of over $700,000 in stolen funds after pleading guilty to defrauding his employer’s workers’ compensation insurer. According to authorities, the postal worker received workers’ compensation payments for over eight years after reporting a back injury he sustained at work. The government… Read More »

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Workers’ Compensation Claim Goes Before AZ Supreme Court

By O’Connell Law Firm |

No, it’s true. Very few workers’ compensation claims will ever end up before even a state Supreme Court. Why was this one special? It involved a police officer who shot and killed someone while on the job. The police officer applied for workers’ compensation on the grounds of psychological trauma, but his claim was… Read More »

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Ruling Prevents Injured Worker From Filing Work-Injury Lawsuit

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Parent companies are typically immune from lawsuits filed against subsidiary companies. Many learn this fact the hard way when they attempt to file a lawsuit against a nursing home. Since the nursing home is its own company and is owned by a parent company, the nursing home will funnel assets out of its own… Read More »

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College Athletes To Be Reclassified As Employees

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College athletes earn billions annually for their universities and are compensated quite poorly for the effort. Of course, the payoff is that they get a stage on which they can market their abilities for future income. That’s how it’s worked out for thousands of footballers, basketballers, and baseball players. But what about those who… Read More »

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