There’s a lot at stake when an injured employee applies for workers’ compensation benefits. You may be working reduced hours or unable to work at all as medical bills pile up and your condition doesn’t seem to be getting any better. Although wage replacement, medical coverage and other worker...
[caption id="attachment_46877" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Photo credit: iStockphoto.com/Natee127[/caption] Workers’ compensation insurance gives employees access to a variety of benefits if they are injured on the job or develop an occupational illness. In Washington state, about 70% of w...
[caption id="attachment_24357" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Photo credit: iStockphoto.com/Motortion[/caption] Workers’ compensation insurance has been around for nearly 90 years and is mandated in every U.S. state and the District of Columbia to provide medical and financial benefits to emp...
[caption id="attachment_22806" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Photo credit: iStock.com/BernardaSv[/caption] Workers’ compensation is often thought of as insurance limited to physical injuries on the job. But some work-related psychological conditions are also covered, if they stem from a sudden...
[caption id="attachment_3823" align="alignright" width="300"] Ironworkers removing cable wrapping machine from the south-side span at dusk (winter 2012)[/caption] In an interview aired yesterday on NPR’s “Here and Now,” construction- and iron-workers had to remind listeners of a simple fact...
With her sites set on a law that critics have labeled as weak and outdated, last week Senator Patty Murray, a Democrat from Washington state, introduced legislation to fortify the 1970 law governing workplace safety. The bill, commonly known as the Protecting America’s Workers Act, is directed at...
While employers across the country are taking measures to address obesity in the workplace, much work remains to be done, and businesses need additional tools and resources, especially among small and mid-size organizations. These findings were reported following a survey of more than 500 businesse...
No matter where Americans stand on the health care debate, everyone can agrees on the obvious fact that costs have been rising at alarming rates for decades now. Health care now makes up 18 cents of every dollar spent in the U.S.; compare this to 1970, when it was 7 cents for every dollar. This beg...
Often, injured workers involved in a workers' compensation claim will receive notice from the Department of Labor and Industries instructing them to schedule and complete an IME exam. The reason cited by L&I, as well as many other private insurance companies, is that the IME allows a doctor othe...
The Bureau of Labor Statistics has published information on work-related deaths in 2011, highlighting the three occupations with the highest fatality rates. Workplace Fatality Many are surprised to learn that among fishermen killed on the job, rates have been cut nearly in half since 2009. Unf...