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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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EEOC Files Lawsuit On Behalf Of Remote Worker

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Typically, we wouldn’t discuss the EEOC on our blog, but as it happens, this issue can have a far-reaching impact on workers across the nation. To frame the story, the EEOC, which fights for civil rights in the workplace, has recently filed a lawsuit on behalf of a remote worker who simply doesn’t want… Read More »

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Worker Gets Stellar Review, Then Fired After Comp Claim

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How do attorneys prove that a worker was fired because they filed a legitimate workers’ compensation claim? Well, we can provide the court with evidence that the worker received a stellar review just days prior to a workplace injury and then was subsequently fired after filing a workers’ compensation claim. It really doesn’t get… Read More »

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Travelers Insurance And Workers’ Compensation In Georgia

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How Big is Travelers Insurance? Travelers is one of the biggest insurance companies in the United States. It is such a large and important company that it is included in the Dow Jones Industrial Average as a measure of the overall American economy and stock market, along with such companies as Walmart, Home Depot,… Read More »

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Can Undocumented Workers Qualify For Workers’ Compensation?

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Have you ever wondered if Georgia is really more liberal than states like California and New York? Well, in one respect we are more liberal than New York but less liberal than California. In Georgia, undocumented workers (those from foreign countries without valid green cards or work permits) are entitled to get workers’ compensation… Read More »

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Idiopathic Defense To Workers’ Compensation Claims

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Idiopathic means of or relating to a single individual. Much like idiosyncratic, it means something unique to you. The term “idiot” is based on the same root, which tells you something about how our ancestors thought of individuality. It comes from the Greek root idios, which means personal. In terms of the law and… Read More »

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