Medical experts traditionally believed that after banging your head in contact sports or a car accident, the concussive effects (headache, memory problems, dizziness) would quickly subside with some rest. But a recent University of Oklahoma study suggests that combat-related symptoms like traumat...
 A third-party claim can be filed against the individuals or companies whose negligence caused your injuries. Yet many third party injuries are not as straightforward as they initially seem. These cases can require careful investigation and a comprehensive understanding of liability law to identify...
A stalled Bill intended to give workers' compensation benefits to Washington State taxi and limousine drivers may receive new life.  The Department of Labor and Industries was tapped early this week to contact employers and drivers in an effort to move the Bill forward. The recent forced closure o...
In an attempt to reign in the Washington State Budget, a group of House Democrats put forward a proposal that seeks to make more moderate changes to the State's Labor & Industries program than a prior proposal unveiled in the State Senate. As we have reported before here, Washington State's Work...
Recently the full Oklahoma Senate approved a series of bills ostensibly designed to reduce the cost of doing business in Oklahoma.  As states compete to bring in companies amidst a slowly recovering economy, the usual suspects have emerged as siren songs of the "pro-business" community: lower corpo...
Debates over the latency period for developing asbestos-related lung disease reemerged in a recent case involving a union worker suffering from an occupational disease.  The claimant—a 74 year-old industrial worker employed by the Delaware City Refinery from 1982 to 2007—developed bilateral int...
Fatal workplace injuries in the U.S. fell to 4,340 in 2009, down from 5,214 in 2008.  While these numbers are still alarmingly high, the rate of fatal occupational injuries last year was actually the lowest it has been in ten years. The present state of the economy appears to be a significant fact...
For the first time in state history, workers’ compensation benefit rates in New Jersey will be decreasing. In the coming year, the highest benefits will fall from $794 to $792 per week, a 0.3% decrease.  This may be compared to 2007, when rates increased 2.7 %. Historically, New Jersey’s max...
Last month the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued 83 citations to Goodman Manufacturing Company for deliberately failing to document and improperly documenting workplace injuries and illnesses at their Houston air-conditioning plant.  Fines and penalties have been asse...
The lone survivor of a Toronto construction accident from December of 2009 has reportedly filed a $16.3 million suit under the Occupational Health and Safety Act against Metron Construction of Toronto and Swing N Scaff of Ottawa.  The worker is seeking damages from an incident that occurred last Ch...