Study looks into injured workers’ long-term narcotic abuse

A new study was released in order to shed light on the issue of long-term narcotic drug use for injured workers and whether physicians are following the correct guidelines to monitor this issue.

Researchers collected data from nearly 300,000 workers’ compensation claims across 21 states and there were nearly 1.1 million prescriptions associated with the claims.

The study shows that physicians are not following the monitoring requirements that is needed for injured workers who are on pain killers as a result of an their injury.

It was found that nearly 1 in every 12 injured workers was still taking a prescription drug between 3 and 6 months later. Officials are hoping that this study sheds light on injured workers possible risk of drug abuse.

Study shows workers who receive sick pay less likely to be injured

A study conducted by researches at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that workers who receive paid time off when they are sick are less likely to suffer workplace injuries.

Their findings were published in the American Journal of Public Health. They show that workers who are allowed paid sick days are up to 28 percent less likely to suffer work-related injuries than those who do not have that luxury.

The actual risk varies by work sector. The research indicates that construction workers who are not given paid sick days are 21 percent more likely to suffer injuries, while the risk for medical workers is 18 percent.

If you have suffered a work-related injury, the workers’ compensation attorneys of Scudder & Hedrick, PLLC, can help you seek the damages you be eligible for. Contact us at 910-488-1600.

North Carolina closes workers’ compensation loophole

The North Carolina General Assembly has passed a law that aims to close a loophole that left many injured workers without the workers’ compensation benefits they needed.

Due to the loophole, thousands of employers were not providing workers’ compensation, leaving their injured workers without any recourse for their injuries. The new law, HB 273, focuses on making sure these employers are unable to evade providing workers’ compensation insurance.

The law will also make the North Carolina Rate Bureau work more efficiently. One of the major problems in the state before HB 273 was that the Bureau was unable to keep up with its responsibilities, allowing employers to not pay their workers’ compensation premiums and even not provide the necessary workers’ compensation insurance at all.

If you are injured on the job, there is a lot you need to know about North Carolina’s workers’ comp. If your employer is illegally failing to provide mandated workers’ compensation, contact the workers’ comp lawyers of Scudder & Hedrick, PLLC, at 910-488-1600.

Florida workers’ compensation group expands nationally

The Florida Workers’ Compensation Institute has expanded to the national level. The group has launched the national Workers’ Compensation Institute (WCI), a non-profit organization for all members of the workers’ compensation industry.

As its first major event, the WCI will hold the Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference in Orlando at the end of August, which will draw an estimated 8,000 attendees for courses, networking, panels, and information sharing.

The institute’s website features informative articles and news for all members of the workers’ compensation community.

It is a boon to have such an organization looking out for the best interests of all members of the workers’ compensation industry. Sometimes, workers’ compensation claims are denied in bad faith and you may need a workers’ compensation lawyer to get the money you deserve.

New study shows OSHA inspections save workers’ comp costs

A new study published in the journal Science shows that employers who received random Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) inspections ended up paying less in workers’ compensation than businesses who did not.

The study focused on businesses that were randomly inspected by California’s OSHA in the period between 1996 and 2006. It showed that these firms ended up saving substantial sums of money by keeping up with health and safety regulations compared to firms who did not.

Many of the companies examined in the study were able to reduce injury claims without any noticeable effect on their profits. On average, the firms that received random inspections saved over $300,000 in injury claims and workers’ compensation compared to businesses that were not randomly inspected.

Many states have their own unique workers’ compensation laws. If you have been hurt on the job, contact the workers’ compensation lawyers of Scudder & Hedrick, PLLC, at 910-488-1600.

Research shows lack of sleep can lead to workplace injuries

Working odd, varied shifts can deprive a person of the sleep he or she needs to be productive and safe.

Lack of sleep makes a person more likely to make dangerous mistakes. According to a 2000 study by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, almost 30% of American workers do not get enough sleep. The figure has risen from 24% in the 1980s.

Fewer than six hours of sleep is not enough and can lead to health and safety problems. The organization advises employers to allow employees at least 10 hours in between shifts.

If your work environment is unsafe, resulting in your injury, contact the Fayetteville workers’ compensation lawyers of Scudder & Hedrick, PLLC, at 910-488-1600.

Second man dies as a result of an explosion at work

Two men suffered severe burns from a workplace accident, and the second man has died as a result of the complications. The accident took place in Ohio on March 1 at the Struthers treatment plant.

The employees were working as maintenance men for the plant, and on the day of the explosion they were inside the room containing the compressor. They were working with wires when a spark ignited a tank of methane gas, and caused it to fill the room. They were in critical condition when emergency personnel arrived at the scene.

Both men were housed at the burn unit in a Pittsburgh hospital. The first man passed away on March 29, and the second man lost his life this week as a result of his burn injuries.

The exact cause for the explosion is unknown at this time, and the Workers’ Compensation Bureau in Ohio is looking into the case.

Fatal workplace accident takes place in Virginia

Yesterday in Salem, Virginia, a steelworker died after he was involved in a workplace accident. The steelworker was employed at the New Millenium Building Systems company.

The man, along with fellow employees, were near a tractor-trailer unloading steel trusses on Monday morning. One of the trusses rolled off of the trailer, ultimately pinning the man’s legs to the ground. The truss, which weighed 8,000 pounds, had to be removed by several rescue workers.

The rescue workers had the steelworker airlifted to a local hospital to attempt to save his life. Unfortunately, the man’s injuries were too severe and he passed away hours later. An investigation into the incident has begun, and at this time the identity of the man is being withheld.

We would like to offer our condolences to the victim’s family and friends.

Workplace killings down dramatically, according to study

The National Council on Compensation Insurance conducted a study of the Bureau of Labor Statistics data in order to determine the fluctuation of workplace homicides over the years.

Their results showed that from 1993-2009, workplace killings dramatically declined by 59 percent. This decrease was even larger than the national decline of homicides in the United States, which dropped by 47 percent during that time frame. Workplace homicides do not happen as frequently as the public thinks that they do, according to the researchers.

In 2009, 11 percent of fatalities in the workplace were accredited to homicides. Although men make up 53 percent of the employment population in the United States, they accounted for 85 percent of workplace homicide victims. Employees that expose themselves to risky situations, including working late night hours, or working in the taxi business, are more likely to fall victim to robberies or break-ins that could end in death.

If you have been injured in a work-related accident, please contact the Fayetteville workplace injury lawyers of Scudder & Hedrick, PLLC by calling 910-488-1600 today.

Workplace injuries are extremely costly to the country

Research has been revealed claiming that workplace injuries and sicknesses account for $250 billion each year.

This large amount is substantially more than the costs for cancer treatment, strokes, and diabetes treatment. The researchers at the University of California at Davis believe that this number is only going to go up in order to cover the growing costs of work-related injuries.

Illnesses that prevent individuals from attending work are also factored into that number. The findings show that people between the ages of 22 and 45 spend approximately 40 percent of their day at work, and therefore when they are sick and have to miss work, the amount of money proportioned to their attendance is lost.

Workplace injuries can happen often, and can leave an employee unable to return to work. If you have been injured while on the job, you need experienced representation on your side. Please contact the Fayetteville workplace injury lawyers of Scudder & Hedrick, PLLC by calling 910-488-1600 today.

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