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Workers’ compensation settlement agreements are comprehensive agreements that seek to settle all or most aspects of a workers’ compensation claim, including payment of medical bills, lost wages, legal fees, vocational training, and other related issues. These agreements will govern how the company and the worker move forward, including whether they will be offered their previous job back or if a new position will be made available. In exchange, the worker usually agrees to waive claims against the company. Structure of the Settlement Agreement The settlement agreement will describe how the claimant will be paid: lump sum or installments. Most payments […]

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White Line Fever, or Highway Hypnosis, is a type of trance that drivers can experience after driving for long periods of time. Drivers most often describe the sensation as getting into their car to head home and suddenly realizing that they made it home without recollection of the time passing during the journey. Highway Hypnosis Explained Highway Hypnosis is similar to a trance-like state. Drivers enter this state when their navigate function goes into “auto-pilot.” Highway Hypnosis occurs when someone drives the same route routinely, and the road is unchanging. It is sometimes called White Line Fever because the white […]

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According to a recent report by the AFL-CIO, over 100,000 workers are killed or disabled while on the job every year. The report argues that the United States can and must do more to improve workplace safety. The AFL-CIO is one of the oldest and largest unions in the country. It represents millions of workers across dozens of industries and is a leader for workers’ rights and safety protections. The 2021 edition of Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect notes that since the passage of the Occupational Safety and Health Act, approximately 627,000 workers’ lives have been saved since […]

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The Social Security Blue Book (or the “Disability Evaluation Under Social Security” handbook) lays out the procedure for how the Social Security Administration (“SSA”) determines if an applicant qualifies for disability benefits. The Blue Book contains the key guidelines applicants must follow to receive disability compensation. Using the Blue Book The first section of the Blue Book describes Social Security and the programs. Applicants can review this section for which programs they may qualify under and what they can expect to receive. The first section provides general information and is not determinative for any specific application. The second section describes […]

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Internal hemorrhage, or internal bleeding, occurs when blood leaks inside the human body. Blood is transported around the body in blood vessels, and when one of these ruptures, it can result in internal bleeding. Internal bleeding can cause blood to spill into the body’s cavities such as the abdomen, pelvis, thighs, and chest. Internal bleeding is a serious injury and requires immediate medical attention. The Basics of Internal Bleeding Internal bleeding is hard to detect because it is entirely internal. Therefore, everyone who might have been injured in a car or workplace accident should see a doctor. Internal bleeding is […]

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Workplace safety has come a long way since it was first pioneered in 1971 with the establishment of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”). Workplace safety is an ongoing project with continually revised procedures, new technology, and changes to workplace culture. Early Innovation in Workplace Safety Innovations in workplace safety span from the 1950s to the present day. In 1954, Liberty Mutual opened Research Institute for Safety, which released the preeminent Manual-Handling Task Guidelines. These guidelines outlined the maximum weights and forces that workers can safely lift, pull, push, or lower without substantial fatigue on their body. In 1969, a […]

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The Social Security Administration (SSD) routinely denies disability insurance claims, which, while discouraging, is not the end of the claim process. If a claim is denied, the applicant has 60 days to file an appeal. The applicant must file his or her appeal within the 60-day time limit, or he or she will have to file a new application for coverage. If the applicant files a new application, he or she may not receive payments to cover ongoing medical and daily living expenses. The Denial Letter Per social security disability rules and regulations, the Social Security Administration must mail every […]

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According to World Against Toy Causing Harm (WATCH), a Boston-based non-profit oriented safety organization, the following ten toys are sold with impractical warning instructions and encourage violent or aggressive play that could result in injuries to children. WATCH emphasizes that due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, free play and toys are more important than ever. Toys That Lead to Child Injury 1. Calico Critters Nursery Friend The package identifies the toy as ideal for ages 3 and up. However, WATCH warns that many of these toys are small and appealing to oral-age children who may choke on the small hazards. 2. […]

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According to the National Institution for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), approximately 100 workers are injured daily on farms. Tractors are responsible for a substantial number of serious farm work-related accidents. The injuries range from the relatively minor, such as repetitive stress injuries, to fatalities from tractor rollovers. Farms are wide-ranging environments from cattle ranches to mega soy and corn farms, which results in a wide range of injuries. Who is at Risk? In 2018, about two million people were employed full-time in agriculture production. An additional 1.4 to 2.1 million are seasonally hired workers. Of those workers, about 820,000 youths (people […]

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On March 17, 2020, the Social Security Administration (SSA) closed all hearing offices to members of the public for in-person appearances in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The SSA argued that the closure protects the people it serves, such as older Americans and people with medical conditions, as well as its employees and judges. The SSA does not have an estimate as to when it will begin offering in-person hearings again. However, it likely won’t be until after a vaccine is approved and widely distributed. The SSA offers two alternatives to in-person hearings: (1) telephonic and (2) online video. Telephonic […]

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