Can You Get Fired for Filing a Worker’s Compensation Claim?

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By Christopher Coble If you’ve been injured on the job and thought about filing a worker’s compensation claim, you may have worried about how that could affect your employment. Could your boss fire you for filing a worker’s compensation claim? The short answer is no: Most states make it illegal to retaliate against an employee who files a worker’s comp claim. …

Types of Workers Compensation Benefits

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By Marianne Bonner The types of benefits injured employees receive under workers compensation laws are relatively consistent from state to state. Most states provide medical coverage, disability benefits, rehabilitation, and death benefits. As this article will explain, however, the manner in which benefits are provided and managed varies widely. Medical Coverage A basic element of workers compensation insurance is medical coverage. In North Carolina,  coverage …

Employee is Fired – Can He Still Get Comp Benefits?

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by Kristen Beckman An employee who injured his back at work is entitled to workers compensation temporary total disability benefits even though he was fired for misconduct, an Indiana appeals court ruled. Douglas Waid was employed as a production associate for Jasper, Indiana-based Masterbrand Cabinets Inc. in June 2014 when he slipped and injured his lower back. Mr. Waid notified …

What Injuries Aren’t Covered by Workers’ Comp?

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By Lindsey Shafar        State law governs workers’ compensation systems, and thus what injuries are covered by workers’ compensation differs from state to state. But generally, an injury that arises “out of the course of employment” will be covered under your state’s workers’ compensation system. This means that injuries that happened while you were performing your job duties, or …

How to Avoid Work Injury Horror Stories

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by Jonathan Brand One search online and dozens of stories involving work-related injuries are right at your fingertips. Online, employees who have been through the most horrific ordeals share their horror stories. These accounts will make you cringe, make you squeamish, and mostly make you angry and frustrated at bosses and insurance companies across the nation. One truck driver was …

The Changing Needs of Aging Injured Workers

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by One Call According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of American workers age 55 and older grew from 28 million in 2008 to approximately 40 million in 2016, an increase of 43 percent. While much of the increase is attributable to aging baby boomers who remain within the workforce, the rate of growth will also continue …

Is a Home Office a Workplace Hazard?

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by SAIF What if a worker has an accident while working at home? Are they covered by workers’ comp? Often, the answer is yes. Since Organize Your Home Office Day was March 14, consider reminding your telecommuting employees about the importance of an organized home workspace. While SAIF can’t reduce your risk of getting interrupted by your kids while you work from …

Court Dismisses Intentional Harm Law Suit Against Employer

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by John H. Geaney Most states establish that if an employee is injured at work, his or her only remedy is to receive benefits under the state’s workers’ compensation laws.  There are some very limited exceptions including “intentional harm” claims. However, in North Carolina and around the country, these claims are very difficult to prove. Such is the NJ case …

Workers’ Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) Turns its Attention to the Needs of Injured Workers

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by Andrew Simpson After decades of managing costs for employers, it’s time for workers’ compensation professionals and public policymakers to turn their attention to the needs of injured workers and think of themselves more as players in a broader safety net, workers’ compensation experts were told last week. Panelists and audience members at the Workers’ Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) conference …

Injured at Work and the Employer Says They will “Take Care of You.”

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by Jesse Shapiro Just before lunch last week, I took a call from a welder who had a finger crushed while working his job. For the past month, his employer has been “helping” by paying for medical bills (not prescriptions) and offering a $200.00 advance to him. The welder is married, has a daughter and a a “fur baby” to …