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What causes my workers’ compensation benefits claim to be denied?

As an injured worker in the St. Louis area, one concern that may be on your mind is your whether your workers’ compensation benefits claim will be denied. You have been off work for a few weeks now and are starting to feel the stress and frustrations that many hurt workers feel experience when their income is reduced or comes to a sudden halt because they are unable to work. 

You may already be aware you are eligible to receive workers’ compensation medical and disability benefits from your employer. However, not every claim is approved. Take some time to learn about some factors that can lead to the reduction or denial of your workers’ compensation benefits. 

What is the industry with the most workplace injuries?

If accidents at construction sites are the first thing to come to your mind when you think of workplace injuries, there is good reason. Those who work in the construction industry face the most dangers and risks on the job than do employees in any other industry.

Although other sectors have higher rates of deaths (loggers and fishers) or similar rates of injuries (nurses), construction has the highest in both areas. As a construction worker, you need to know common sources of hazards, how to avoid them and what to do in the event of injury.

Common causes of trucking accidents

Semi-truck accidents can have brutal consequences due to the impact of a massive vehicle colliding with a car, motorcycle or pedestrian. On March 5, a semi-truck crashed into a vehicle and injured two state troopers in Maryland Heights. Tractor-trailer accidents are often caused by various truck driver errors or equipment failures. Here are some common causes of truck accidents:

Distracted driving

Truck drivers are prone to distraction due to the long distances and tedious hours they are often required to travel. Common distractions include:

Important tips for driving a forklift safely

Working in an industrial or warehouse environment requires a special skill set, but it requires a special knowledge of safety, too. There are many risks in this type of workplace that may not be present elsewhere, so learning them and taking preventative action is essential to avoiding unnecessary injuries. The following four tips can help you be conscientious when you operate a forklift and minimize some of the most common risks it involves.

Report on concussions: Three important findings

Medical advances have given us the opportunity to learn more about how the brain works. One realization in recent years is the vast impact of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). Studies have brought attention to the fact that these injuries are more dangerous than we once thought.

We now know that TBIs can result in symptoms that last weeks, months and even years after the initial accident that resulted in the injury. We know that these injuries can also increase the risk of degenerative diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's later in life.

New OSHA rule: Did your employer report all injuries as required?

When you work in a manufacturing facility, personal safety is on the top of your mind. Moreover, you would think that with all the alarms, warning lights and guards in place on the equipment, that you are working in as safe an environment as is possible under the circumstances. Unfortunately, many employees find themselves in a different situation.

The new OSHA reporting rule: what happened?

Beginning in January of 2015, all companies were required to immediately report to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) any severe injuries, such as amputations or an incident that resulted in hospitalization.

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