Report finds high rate of serious work injuries in poultry industry

May 02 2017

When most people walk through the front door after a long day at work or school, there’s one question they will inevitably ask their spouse, partner, parent, family member or roommate: What’s for dinner? While there are innumerable answers to this timeless inquiry, there’s a very good chance that the person to whom it is directed will answer with an entrée that includes chicken as a primary ingredient. If you don’t believe it, consider that statistics from Purdue University reveal that an astounding 8 billion chickens are consumed here in the U.S. every year. While most of us likely don’t…

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Have You Been Diagnosed With CRPS Or RSD?

May 01 2017

Even the most dedicated, highly trained physicians cannot cure serious medical conditions that have unknown origins in the body. Although the neurological disease most often called Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) has long been recognized and acknowledged as legitimate in the medical community, its specific causes are still unknown and available treatments are still largely experimental. Turn To Attorneys Who Recognize The Complexity Of Nerve Disorders You may have suffered a seemingly minor injury to a hand, foot, finger or toe on the job and then failed to recover as expected. People suffering with CRPS — sometimes referred to as…

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Disability claims and the special medical examination

Apr 28 2017

Once a person completes the initial application for Social Security disability benefits, they are often ready to take a step back and let the process run its course. While it’s understandable why a person dealing with a serious medical condition would want a brief respite after this taxing endeavor, this might not be possible. That’s because Colorado Disability Determination Services, the state agency tasked with making disability decisions for the Social Security Administration, may soon make contact requesting what is known as a special medical examination.  Specifically, the DDS will request and schedule a special medical examination when its examiners…

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Study: Colorado’s cannabis industry in need of work safety overhaul

Apr 20 2017

While it may seem hard to believe, it’s now been over four years since voters passed Colorado Amendment 64, the historic measure legalizing the personal use of marijuana by adults 21 and over, and calling for the drug to be cultivated, sold and regulated in a similar manner to alcohol. Regardless of how people view the state’s progressive approach to marijuana, the simple reality is that the cannabis industry — both medicinal and retail — is realizing considerable profits, suggesting that more workers will continue to be added to its ranks. Of course, with this establishment of a new employment…

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Treating physician rule’ rescinded by the SSA

Apr 12 2017

When an individual applies for disability benefits, the first stop for their application is the Social Security Administration, which will determine if they meet certain baseline criteria concerning everything from work-related activities to work history. If their application passes this preliminary examination, it will then be forwarded to the Disability Determination Services office in their state, where agency employees, including physicians and disability specialists, will complete the initial disability determination decision. In doing this, the state agency will consider all the facts of the applicant’s case, including medical evidence from doctors, hospitals, or other medical institutions regarding the condition and…

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Biggest problem areas for workplace safety in 2016

Apr 07 2017

Far too many employers fall short when it comes to ensuring the safety of their workers. Whether due to concerns about costs, misunderstandings of what’s required, shortcomings in administrative systems or sheer ignorance, these lapses leave workers facing unnecessary dangers. In many high-risk industries, even a seemingly minor infraction can be a life-or-death matter. So which safety violations are the most common? According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the following were the most common culprits in 2016: Fall protection: Falls are a leading cause of work-related injuries and deaths, and they’re among the “fatal four” biggest dangers in…

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Are surviving dependents entitled to work comp benefits? — II

Apr 06 2017

In our previous post, we discussed the unfortunate reality that workplace fatalities are a far more common occurrence than people might believe, with statistics from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration showing more than 93 workers per week lost their lives in 2015 alone. We also discussed how those family members who find themselves in these tragic scenarios can derive some comfort from the fact that Colorado’s workers’ compensation law dictates surviving dependents are entitled to $7,000 for funeral expenses and, more significantly, weekly payments. We’ll continue this exploration in today’s post. How long do weekly death benefits last?…

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When The Choice Isn’t Yours: Workers’ Comp Doctors

Apr 01 2017

In Colorado, employers and insurance companies get to choose who treats you for your workers’ compensation claim. After your injury, they will give you a list of four doctors — the “designated provider list” — and you will need to pick one of them. Seem unfair? You bet it is. In fact, it creates a questionable conflict of interest. Just like any business, doctors and medical offices want referrals. They know the more they bill the insurance company, the more likely the insurance company will kick them off the designated provider list. While they may treat you for your injuries,…

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Are surviving dependents entitled to work comp benefits?

Mar 30 2017

While most people are willing to accept that there is a possibility they could suffer some manner of work-related injury on any given day, they might have a much harder time accepting the possibility that they could actually lose their lives while performing their duties. Sadly, statistics from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration reveal that workplace fatalities are far more common than people might realize, reaching an astounding 4,836 in 2015 or, put another way, more than 93 per week or more than 13 per day.  All this raises the question as to what happens in terms of…

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Did you know March is National Ladder Safety Month? – II

Mar 22 2017

Earlier this month, we discussed how March 2017 has been designated by the American Ladder Institute as National Ladder Safety Month, a first-of-its-kind initiative designed to do everything from decrease ladder-related injuries and deaths to encourage the disposal of “old, damaged or obsolete ladders.” To understand why such a program is necessary, consider that statistics show that as many as 500 workers are taken to emergency rooms every day for ladder accidents, with thousands left with disabling injuries and over 300 ultimately losing their lives each year. Last time, we indicated that workers can protect themselves from becoming one of…

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