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Common injuries that trigger workers' compensation claims

New York residents can get hurt on the job in an infinite number of ways. Just when a workers' compensation lawyer thinks that he or she has seen it all in this regard, a new client walks in the door with the most unlikely injury of them all. That said, there are some kinds of injuries that lawyers see again and again when they're assisting their clients to get the employee benefits they deserve.

Here are some of the most common workers' compensation-related injuries:

Avoid these ladder mistake on the job

There are three primary things that workers do wrong when they use a ladder on the job. These mistakes can result in serious, debilitating and even deadly ladder injuries. Whether you're a construction worker who uses a ladder every day, or an office worker who only seldom uses one of these devices, be sure to review all of the following ladder missteps so you can avoid getting hurt while you're at work.

Don't pick the wrong ladder for the job: Many workers choose a ladder that isn't tall enough to reach the item they're trying to get. This can result in getting too high on the ladder and falling off balance. Alternatively, a worker might use a ladder that isn't rated for the amount of weight they need it to hold. Always consider the choice of ladder and ensure it's appropriate for the task.

Prevent office-related injuries by following these tips

Most New York workers don't think of an office as a particularly dangerous workplace, but employees can suffer from a host of complications as a result of working in an office environment. If you work in an office in Hicksville or the surrounding areas, pay close attention to the following tips, as they could prevent you from getting hurt.

Prevent office injuries with the following tips:

  • Set up your office in an ergonomic way. This means using wrist rests, adjustable chairs, trackballs and other items designed to prevent repetitive strain injuries.
  • Put your computer at eye-level. This will prevent you from straining your neck while using your computer throughout the day.
  • Put other materials at eye-level by using a document holder so that you're not constantly craning your neck to look down at your desk and back up at your computer again.
  • Take breaks. Don't just sit at your desk for hours on end. Every 30 minutes, take a break, walk around, use the restroom, stretch, get a drink of water or just take a lap around the office to move your legs.
  • Do little stretches while you're sitting at your desk throughout the day. Make this a habit and you will prevent all kinds of repetitive stress problems.
  • Make sure your feet can sit flat on the floor. This will help prevent back strain problems due to sitting for too long.

Nurses advocate to prevent workplace injury

Workplaces must be safe and supportive to keep the trust of employees. Few places challenge this idea more than hospitals, where unpredictable conditions and distressed patients make workplace accidents a near-daily occurrence.

Extreme cases have included violent patients punching nurses in the face or even using firearms to take hostages. More common incidents are the result of physically aggressive and verbally abusive visitors or patients affected by substance abuse or grief.

What are the most common workplace injuries?

Being injured on the job is such a difficult situation to deal with in New York. You truly don't want to suffer an injury while at work because it can derail your future. Depending on the severity of the injury, you might not be able to return to work for a couple of months. It's even possible that you might not be able to return to work at all. Here are the most common workplace injuries in the United States.

Injuries caused by overexertion are the most common workplace injuries in the country. Aside from this injury being the most common, it has also been the most expensive injury for quite some time. This injury can stem from pulling, pushing, lifting, throwing, carrying and holding activities on the job.

Aluminum parts maker facing $1.9 million in fines

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is tasked with assuring that employees have safe and healthful working conditions. This is done by providing education, training, outreach and assistance to employers and employees.

A Pennsauken company that manufactures aluminum parts is currently facing $1.9 million in fines assessed by OSHA after two employees were injured in workplace accidents. The federal safety agency has accused the company of 51 health and safety violations at the company's River Road plant.

The impact of wearable technology on workplace injury claims

Wearable, internet-enabled technology is more common and familiar than many people may guess, and it is quickly expanding into new territory. Workers' compensation claims managers are wondering if it could be used to enhance rehabilitation and improve recovery outcomes. Is that something to be applauded, or should we be concerned?

Experts in wearable technology say it has already surpassed the activity tracker you may be wearing on your wrist right now. Soon, it may be able to monitor your vital statistics, such as your heart rate, respiratory rate and blood pressure, according to Zack Craft, ATP, vice president and national product leader at One Call Care Management, a case management organization.

What is a repetitive stress injury?

People often think of workplace injuries as catastrophic events, like a fall off of a later or getting a limb stuck in a piece of machinery. However, even simply, everyday events can eventually lead to a repetitive stress injury.

As the name implies, this is just an injury that you get from doing the same thing repeatedly, often for hours on end. That constant motion puts extra stress on one part of your body, leading to pain, stiffness, inflammation and more.

What is a Section 32 waiver agreement?

As you seek compensation for an on-the-job injury, you may hear about the option to use a Section 32 waiver agreement. If you consider this, it's critical that you understand exactly what it does, as it can change your fundamental rights as a worker.

First of all, this waiver agreement is made between you, the worker who was injured, and the insurance company. You are trying to claim medical benefits because of the injury. The waiver is used to settle that agreement and conclude the case.

Construction worker falls and dies in Times Square

A construction worker was about two floors up -- roughly 18 feet -- when he fell and died in Times Square. Some have called the accident entirely preventable. He was taken to Mount Sinai West, where he passed away. He was 59 years old.

The job was simple enough. He and others were working to take down part of a steel deck that was attached to a slab. He was on an I-beam. Officials think he might have been examining the slab to see if it could be lowered when he fell.

  • American Association for Justice
  • NYCOSH-New York Committee for occupational Safety & Health
  • NYSTLA
  • Queens County Bar Association
  • Society of New York Workers’ Compensation Bar Association, Inc | 1945
  • National Organization of social security claimants Representatives
  • NYSBA
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