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Top Five Office Worker Injuries

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In 2021, private employers throughout the country reported over 2.6 million non-fatal workplace injuries among office workers. A significant number of these injuries require intense medical treatment. That means high medical bills which, in most cases, victims cannot pay. Such injuries also mean several weeks or months off work which, in most cases, victims… Read More »

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PTSD

State Lawmakers Expand PTSD Workers’ Comp Coverage

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Under a new law, emergency responders who develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder have more time to file workers’ compensation claims. Currently, the 90-day filing clock begins ticking down when “manifest” symptoms appear. The new law changes the kickoff to a PTSD diagnosis. “The reality is just because a symptom may be manifesting, you don’t… Read More »

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Workers’ Compensation Medical Payments Drop In Florida

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After several consecutive years of increases, medical benefits payments in the Sunshine State dropped 5 percent in 2021. Officials blamed coronavirus for the decline. “The recent decreases in medical payments per claim in Florida and many other states reflect some impact from the COVID-19 pandemic, such as postponed or avoided medical care due to… Read More »

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Occupational

Top Five Occupational Diseases In Florida

By Kobal Law |

Workers’ compensation insurance covers sudden trauma injuries, like falls, and occupational diseases. These conditions occur slowly over time. The same benefits are available in both situations. However, occupational disease claims are more complex. First, these claims often involve pre-existing, or co-existing, conditions. Legally, victims must prove that the work-related hazard exacerbated the pre-existing condition,… Read More »

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What To Expect In A Workers’ Compensation Claim

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A hundred years ago, due to the Grand Bargain between workers and management, job injury victims quickly got the benefits they needed to return to work as soon as possible. Furthermore, back then, Claims Examiners had a holistic, victim-friendly view of things like lost wage replacement and medical bill payment. Today, a Claims Examiner’s… Read More »

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Politicians Approve Last-Minute Rate Reduction

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State lawmakers recently approved an 8.4 percent workers’ compensation rate decrease, which is exactly the same amount an insurance company commission suggested in the summer of 2022. “For the sixth consecutive year, Florida businesses will see a reduction in workers’ compensation rates, which also means lower insurance costs for employers,” State Insurance Commissioner David… Read More »

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WarehouseWorker

Regulators Scrutinize Amazon Warehouse In Orlando

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After it received a “referral” from an unknown source, the Department of Labor began investigating Amazon warehouses in Orlando, New York City, and Chicago. Officials are specifically concerned about the fast work pace Amazon demands. Amazon has repeatedly come under fire from lawmakers, regulators, activist groups and its own workers over its treatment of… Read More »

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Common Occupational Diseases In Florida

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Unlike a fall or other trauma injury, an occupational disease is a work injury that develops over the course of more than one shift. Some of the more common ones are outlined below. These claims are legally complex. Most victims don’t instantly see the doctor when initial symptoms, like trouble breathing or joint stiffness,… Read More »

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How Does Employer Fraud Affect My Workers’ Compensation Claim?

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The huge insurance company industry promotes the myth that many workers’ compensation claims involve employee fraud. Some people may remember the case from a few years back, in which an injured postal worker on workers’ comp because of an alleged serious back injury spun the Big Wheel on the Price is Right. Statistically, however,… Read More »

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Florida Court Narrows Coming-And-Going Rule

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A worker who was traveling to a jobsite with work supplies, and had been partially reimbursed for gas money, was ineligible for workers’ compensation benefits, according to the First District Court of Appeals in Tallahassee. The victim, who worked for DSK, an employee-leasing company, was on his way to a construction site when a… Read More »

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