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Workers' compensation and the medical examination

Suffering an on-the-job injury is no small thing. Depending on its severity, one of these injuries can knock an individual out of work while requiring him or her to seek out extensive medical care. The combination of lost wages and medical expenses can be financially devastating for Connecticut workers, which is why they need to carefully consider whether they can successfully seek out workers' compensation benefits. While recovering these benefits can help ease the financial strain imposed upon injured workers, the workers' compensation process can be quite difficult to navigate.

One area that often trips up claimants is the medical examination. Under Connecticut law, the commissioner of the workers' compensation commission or an employer can request that an injured worker be subjected to medical examination. This examination can occur at any time, either pre- or post-claim adjudication, and it may occur multiple times over the life of a workers' compensation claim.

Poorly secured cargo can lead to serious truck accident

Semi-trucks pose a significant risk to other motorists. While the sheer size of the vehicles can cause devastation when a truck accident occurs, cargo can also pose a hazard on the roadways. This is why federal regulators have implemented a number of rules pertaining to cargo securement, each of which seeks to keep other motorists safe.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration monitors compliance with these various regulations. In general, cargo must be secured in a way that prevents it from falling or blowing off of the truck carrying it. Additionally, cargo restraints should prevent spillage and improper shifting that would jeopardize the truck's stability. Also, the cargo should not obstruct a trucker's vision or limit the ability to move freely within the truck's cab.

Misdiagnosed breast cancer may be medical malpractice

Going to the doctor can be an anxiety-riddled experience. Yet, most people take comfort in the fact that their medical professionals are highly trained and educated. In most instances, these doctors and nurses carry out their duties without fault. However, there are situations in which they fail to live up to their duty of care, which can have catastrophic results for patients, including wrongful death.

There are many ways that medical malpractice can result in wrongful death. One common way is through misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis. Both of these situations can leave a serious medical condition to fester, resulting in a more developed illness that results in a worsened overall condition. In the worst cases, these errors cause death. In order to avoid this preventable outcome, medical professionals need to be prepared to conduct thorough examinations, order appropriate testing based on the information before them and accurately read test results.

Car accidents and the cost of spinal cord injuries

The injuries suffered in a car accident can span the spectrum of severity. Some individuals are fortunate to escape their wrecks with no injuries at all, or perhaps some minor cuts and bruises. Others suffer broken bones and serious gashes that require stitches or staples. Yet others suffer catastrophic injuries. Usually these injuries involve damage to the brain or spinal cord, and they can have significant ramifications on an individual's life. While these victims are often left with extraordinary physical and emotional pain, suffering and limitations, they also incur an overwhelming amount of medical expenses.

Take spinal cord injuries, as an example. An individual who develops incomplete motor functioning of any type can see expenses nearly up to $350,000 for their first year of treatment alone. Each subsequent year of medical care can cost these individuals as much as $42,000. Those with more severe spinal cord injuries, such as high tetraplegia, can incur more than $1 million in initial care during the first year post-injury, with an additional $185,000 for care each subsequent year.

Recovering from a car accident

No two accidents are the same, whether they involve automobiles, pedestrians, motorcyclists or trucks. Every situation that led up to the crash in question, injuries and recovery times vary from person to person and medical expenses differ based on a number of factors, such as severity of injury and age of the accident victim. Understanding that every incident is different from the other, and what goes into making an accident victim's experience unique, is crucial for attempt to recover compensation.

Personal injuries often result in emotional and physical injuries that take time and finances to resolve, but many people have not budgeted for this unexpected cost. As a result, they may find themselves struggling to make ends meet and cover medical expenses. Accident victims may find it harder to complete day-to-day tasks that they were previously able to do. They may find themselves afraid to get into a car or becoming overwhelmed from the medical bills that seem to be piling up.

Allegedly drunk driver hits young cyclists

Being involved in a car accident is traumatizing even after the victims are discharged from the hospital, as they have to come to terms with their physical, emotional and financial losses. Oftentimes, the physical injuries heal, but leave behind overwhelming medical bills and emotional scars that take longer to heal.

Accident victims also want to come to terms with their experience, and understand why the other driver who caused the crash behaved the way he or she did. When the crash is caused by a drunk driver, this can be even more upsetting, because a drunk driving accident is one that is completely avoidable had the driver not gotten behind the wheel while intoxicated.

Work zone crash sends worker to hospital

Paying attention to changing road conditions and traffic signals is essential to ensure safe roadways for everybody on them, whether they are motorists, motorcyclists, pedestrians or workers. Failure to pay attention to construction zones, slow down when needed or merge lanes in a timely manner can seriously injure or even cause a worker's death when all he or she is trying to do is earn a living.

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration is investigating an accident that left a construction worker seriously injured in Connecticut recently. While initial reports indicated it was a pedestrian accident, further investigations demonstrated otherwise. The accident victim was a construction worker on a paving project in an active work zone. According to police, the male victim was struck by a vehicle traveling eastbound at the time of collision. He was taken to the hospital to receive medical attention for his injuries.

How does employee classification affect workers' comp?

When a Connecticut resident becomes injured during the course of his or her employment, they likely face medical bills that are difficult to cover. They may also have to take time off from work to recuperate from their injuries, which means they end up losing wages at the time they likely need it the most. Though workers' compensation insurance covers most injuries and illnesses caused by work-accidents, these benefits are only available to those who are employees, not independent contractors.

This is increasingly turning into a challenge when it comes to motor carriers, as the industry is shifting to having more independent contractors and owner operators as drivers, rather than employee drivers. Many guess that the high cost of workers' compensation initially drove the push for carriers to switch up the classification of drivers they were hiring. Owner operators are allowed to carry workers' compensation or occupational accident coverage. Whereas occupational coverage offers better benefits than health insurance, it is not as wide-ranging as workers' compensation.

Understanding loss of companionship damages

Auto accidents, slip and fall incidents, surgical and medical mistakes and workplace accidents can cause injuries and deaths that can forever alter the lives of victims and their family members. When, for example, a spouse is injured in a car accident, that spouse may no longer be able to return to work and provide financial support for the family. As has been mentioned in previous posts here, those costs can be recovered through a civil lawsuit. However, spouses provide more than monetary support-what about the love, support and encouragement that will now be missing because of their injuries? This "loss of companionship" may also be included as part of a claim.

When a car accident affects a victim's ability to show affection, companionship, parenting or care, it is known as loss of companionship or loss of consortium. Unlike other forms of damages, a close family member, such as a parent, spouse or a child, must claim loss of consortium damages. A car accident should have been the cause for the victim's injuries or untimely death.

OSHA investigates work accident that killed one person

While every job has its inherent risks, some jobs are more hazardous than others. For example, a construction site may pose more dangers, as heavy machinery is being operated and heavy items are being moved around. Connecticut residents working hard to make ends meet may not even be aware of the dangers associated with their work, but it is an employer's task to make sure they are both adequately warned about them and trained for them. When employers neglect to do so, it might result in an unsafe working environment that puts workers at more risk than they would have been in otherwise.

A recent work accident in Connecticut might raise these issues at a workplace, where one 22-year-old mechanic died from injuries suffered in a work accident. According to the police, the mechanic was working on a car when it fell off the lift and landed on him. The incident took place at a dealership and auto garage. Transported to the hospital, he was unable to recover from the injuries he suffered. Investigators suspect that the accident was the result of improper or insecure placement of the arms of the lift.

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