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June 2017 Archives

Insurance claims show July 4 is most dangerous for summer driving

Insurance claim data from the Travelers Companies, Inc., indicate that July Fourth is the most dangerous summer holiday in terms of car accidents. Compared to the other two summer driving holidays, Memorial Day and Labor Day, the insurance company found accidents to be 7 percent higher on the Fourth and the three days leading up to it.

How could workforce aging affect workers' comp claims?

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics recently released its 2017 career outlook report and found that workers aged 65 and older are remaining on the job longer. As a matter of fact, they're expected to continue growing as a percentage of the workforce through 2024. In contrast, the percentage of workers between the ages of 25 and 54 is expected to grow at a much slower rate.

2 workers hurt when crane boom contacts high-voltage power line

Three contractors have been cited for serious and willful violations after they allowed work to continue around live power lines. The high-voltage lines were scheduled to be buried, but instead of waiting for that work to be complete, the companies continued to allow work near and around the lines. Tragically, a crane boom came into contact with the lines and some 14 kilovolts shot down the hoist line directly to two men working below. They suffered severe electrical injuries.

I have a workers' compensation claim. Can they force me to come back to work?

It's your body, and you are the only one who knows what it feels like.  Just because your employer, or even a doctor, says that you are ready to return to work, doesn't always mean that you are.  Sometimes, doctors can get it wrong just like the rest of us.

NHTSA: Majority of vehicles with faulty Takata airbags unrepaired

In the U.S. alone, 46.2 million defective air bag inflators manufactured by Takata have been recalled for a potentially deadly fault. The inflators can explode with excessive force, breaking the airbag housing and causing pieces of metal and plastic to shoot like shrapnel throughout the cabin of the vehicle. The defect has been tied to at least 180 injuries and 16 fatalities worldwide.

Personal injury liens and subrogation interests

Securing compensation for your personal injury claim is vital to your recovery and future well-being.  Liens and subrogation interests represent a complicated aspect of personal injury claims that often affect the amount of the settlement or judgement recovered.  Your personal injury claim requires an attentive and diligent approach to determine whether there are any liens attached to your claim and how it could affect your recovery.

Workers' compensation claim denied - now what?

We get the question all the time - "If I was hurt at work, how can they deny my claim?"  The answer is that the insurance company can choose to deny your claim for any reason, or no reason at all.  Often, we see insurance companies quickly deny a claim in the hopes that an injured worker who is unfamiliar with the process won't know that a denial is not the end of the road for their claim.  For us, it's often where a case begins. 

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