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Florida Work Injury Lawyer- Workers Comp Benefits Entitlement Lawyer

Written by lisaspitzer. Posted in Injured Worker News

What Are my; Altamonte Springs, Apopka, Aventura, Belle Glade, Belleview, Boca Raton, Bonita Springs, Boynton Beach, Bradenton, Brandon, Cape Coral, Carrollwood, Casselberry, Citrus Park, Clearwater, Clermont, Coconut Creek, Coral Gables, Coral Springs, Crestview, Cutler Bay, Dania Beach, Davie, Daytona Beach, Deerfield Beach, DeLand, Delray Beach, Deltona, Doral, Dunedin, Edgewater, Esterno, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Fort Pierce, Fort Walton Beach, Gainesville, Greenacres, Haines City, Hallandale Beach, Hialeah, Hollywood, Homestead, Immokalee, Jacksonville, Jacksonville Beach, Jupiter, Kendall, Key West, Kissimmee, Lakeland, Lake Worth, Largo, Lauderdale Lakes, Lauderhill, Leesburg, Lehigh Acres, Leisure City, Margate, Melbourne, Merritt Island, Miami, Miami Beach, Miami Gardens, Miami Lakes, Miramar, Naples, Navarre, New Smyrna Beach, North Lauderdale, North Miami, North Miami Beach, North Port, Oakland Park, Ocala, Ocoee, Orlando, Ormond Beach, Oviedo, Pace, Palm Bay, Palm Beach Gardens, Palm City, Palmetto Bay (Cutler), Panama City, Parkland, Pembroke Pines, Pensacola, Plantation, Plant City, Pompano Beach, Port Charlotte, Port Orange, Port Saint Lucie, Riverview, Riviera Beach, Rockledge, Royal Palm Beach, St. Cloud, St. Petersburg, Sanford, Sarasota, Sebastian, South Miami, Spring Hill, Starke, Sunny Isles Beach, Sunrise, Tallahassee, Tamarac, Tamiami, Tampa, Tarpon Springs, Temple Terrace, Titusville, Treasure Island, The Villages, Town 'n Country, Venice, Vero Beach, Valrico, Wellington, Wesley Chapel, Weston, West Palm Beach, West Pensacola, Winter Garden, Winter Haven, Winter Park, Winter Springs workers compensstion benefits?

 

Your employer is responsible for providing medical treatment through an insurance carrier which includes, but is not limited to, the following:

    An authorized primary doctor and specialist(s) when medically necessary.
    All authorized medically necessary care and treatment related to your injury such as:
        doctor’s visit
        hospitalization
        physical therapy
        medical tests
        prescription drugs
        prostheses
    Mileage reimbursement for travel to and from your authorized doctor and the pharmacy.

Helpful Hints:

    Do not delay in reporting your injury or illness. Your employer may authorize a doctor at the time of your accident, but the insurance carrier must authorize follow-up treatment.
    If your accident results in emergency treatment, be sure to tell the emergency room you hurt yourself on the job, and give them a contact name and phone number of your insurance carrier or your employer.
    Do not go on your own to your private doctor for treatment. The insurance carrier must authorize the doctor who is to treat you.
    If your employer or insurance carrier does not respond to your request for medical treatment, you can contact the Employee Assistance and Ombudsman Office for assistance at 800 342-1741 or at wceao@myfloridacfo.com.

Lost Wages and Other Monetary Compensation

The rate, amount, and the duration of compensation for all disability benefits are detailed in the workers' compensation law.

For assistance, call 1-800-342-1741 or e-mail us at wceao@myfloridacfo.com.
Temporary Disability Benefits

There are two types of temporary disability benefits that you may be entitled to during your recovery, to make up for some of your lost wages:

    Temporary Total disability (TT):
        If your doctor says you cannot work, because of your work-related injury or illness, you should receive money equaling 66 2/3% of your regular wages at the time you were hurt, subject to a statewide maximum reimbursement amount.
        You will not receive temporary disability benefits for the first 7 days of disability, unless you are disabled more than 21 days due to the work-related injury as determined by the authorized doctor.
        Certain severe injuries may entitle you to 80% of your regular wages for up to 6 months after the accident.
        For an estimate of your benefits, please click here.
    Temporary Partial disability (TP):
        When the doctor states you can return to work with restrictions, you may be eligible to receive Temporary Partial Disability Benefits if you are unable to earn 80% of the wages you were earning at the time of your accident.
        For an estimate of your benefits, please click here.

You can receive up to a total of 104 weeks of temporary disability benefits.
Impairment Benefits (IB)

When your doctor states you are at Maximum Medical Improvement, your condition is not expected to improve significantly, and the doctor will have you evaluated for possible permanent work restrictions and an impairment rating.

    If you receive a permanent impairment rating greater than 0%, you will receive money based on that rating.
    For an estimate of your benefits, please click here.

Permanent Total Disability Benefits (PT)

If after reaching Maximum Medical Improvement your injuries are so severe, as defined by law, that you are left permanently unable to work, you may receive permanent total disability benefits.

For assistance in estimating PT benefits, please contact the Bureau of Monitoring and Audit at 850-413-1608.
Death Benefits

If a work-related death occurs within one year of the date of accident or five years of continuous disability, the following benefits may be due and payable up to a maximum total of $150,000:

    Funeral expenses up to $7,500
    Compensation to dependents, as defined by law
    Educational benefits to the surviving spouse

For assistance, call 1-800-342-1741 or e-mail us at wceao@myfloridacfo.com.

Florida Workers Compensation Lawyer

Written by lisaspitzer. Posted in Florida workers Compensation appeal, Florida workers compensation lawyer, Fort Lauderdale, Injured Worker News, jacksonville, Miami, Orlando, Tampa, West palm beach

Were You Hurt On The Job In Florida? Were You Denied Benefits? Do You Want To Appeal Your Denial of Benefits?

Florida For The Injured Worker  has a workers compensation lawyer ready to help you if you have been injured on the job  in: Boca Raton, Bradenton, Cape Coral, Clearwater, Coral Gables, Daytona, Delray Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Fort Pierce, Fort Walton Beach, Gainesville, Hialeah, Hollywood, Homestead, Jacksonville, Key West, Kissimmee, Lakeland, Largo, Melbourne, Miami Miami Beach, Naples, New Smyrna Beach, Ocala, Orlando, Panama City, Pensacola, Plantation, Pompano Beach, Port Saint Lucie, Palm Beach, St. Petersburg, Sarasota, Tallahassee, Tampa, Tarpon Springs, Titusville, Venice, Vero Beach, West Palm Beach, West Pensacola, Winter Garden, Winter Haven, and Winter Park. FL

Our Florida workers compensation lawyers can help you resolve any disputes relating to your workers compensation claim. You can hire a workers compensation lawyer, at no cost to you.

Workers Compensation Injury Claims From:

    Auto accidents
    Construction site accidents
    Fires and Explosions
    Falls
    Agricultural accidents
    Factory accidents and more

Injuries Due To:

    Overexertion: pulling, lifting, pushing, holding, carrying
    Slip or trips and falls
    Falls from a ladder, rooftops, and stairways
    Injuries to knees or ankles
    Being struck by an object
    Running into hard barricades or objects
    Machinery accidents
    Repetitive motion
    Assaults and violence
    Animal attacks
    Occupational illness
    Wrongful death
    Mesothelioma
    Toxic substances

Abogados Compensacion Al Trabajador

Lesiones de Trabajo, Reclamaciones de Sueldo, Accidentes de contruccion,Equipos defectuosos, Lesiones Personales

Workers Compensation Appeal Lawyers In Florida

Florida Loading Dock Platform Injury Lawyers

Written by lisaspitzer. Posted in Injured Worker News

On the job loading dock platform injuries  are not uncommon and can result in serious  injury and death. Serious injury  on a  loading dock happens  when there is a  separation between the trailer or truck being loaded and the loaded dock. Forklift operators are often victims of such accidents when their forklifts fall into the gaps or are driver out of open trailers or crush injury may also happen when a worker gets pinned in. Severe and  fatal injuries result. There are slos accidents from improper lifting technique or with  industrial machinery while loading.

Safety Warnings

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is a national organization that governs off-highway loading and unloading activities, such as warehouses, plants, grain handling facilities, retail locations, shipyards, etc. OSHA has(authority over forklift operations and employees who perform loading and unloading operations. For example, OSHA regulations require the use of wheel chocks or other vehicle-restraining device when loading and unloading trucks and trailers. Wheel chocks are wedge-shaped blocks placed in front of the rear wheel of a vehicle to prevent the vehicle from moving away from the docks while the trailer is being loaded or unloaded.

Florida Workers Compensation For Loading Dock Platform Injury

You may have a potential  Workers’ Compensation claim. There is also the potential for a third-party  injury claim. lawsuit if someone other than your employer contributed to the loading dock accident. You must hire an experienced workers compensation lawyer for your accident and to  help you seek maximum compensation for your injuries as well as the medical benefits, lost wages and settlement for a permanent disability.

Florida Loading Dock Injury lawyer For

Trucks with defective equipment,

Forklift injury,

Dock plate injury

Speak with an experienced Florida  on the job injury lawyer who can help you understand all of your options and how best to proceed with your workers compensation or personal  injury claim.

 

Florida Workers Compensation District Offices

Written by lisaspitzer. Posted in Injured Worker News

If you have been denied your workers compensation benefits contact us for a workers cmpensation appeals lawyer. Daytona Beach,
Ft. Lauderdale, Ft. Myers, Gainesville, Jacksonville, Lakeland, Miami, Orlando, Panama City, Pensacola, Port St. Lucie, Sarasota,
Sebastian, Melbourne, St. Petersburg, Tallahassee, Tampa, and West Palm Beach.

 

Central Clerks Office
Phone: 850-487-1911      Fax: 850-487-0724
Mailing Address
Office of the Judges of Compensations Claims – Central Clerks Office District
1180 Apalachee Parkway
Suite A
Tallahassee, FL  32301  – 4574

Office of the Judges of Compensations Claims
1180 Apalachee Parkway, Suite A
Tallahassee, FL  32301-4574

Daytona Beach
Phone: 386-254-3734      Fax: 386-254-3729
Mailing Address
Office of the Judges of Compensations Claims – Daytona Beach District
444 Seabreeze Boulevard
Suite 450
Daytona Beach, FL  32118
District Judges
Hon. Wilbur W. Anderson

Ft. Lauderdale
Phone: 954-714-3400      Fax: 954-714-3435
Mailing Address
Office of the Judges of Compensations Claims – Ft. Lauderdale District
4500 North State Road 7
Building I, Suite 200
Lauderdale Lakes, FL  33319
District Judges
Hon. Iliana Forte
Hon. Geraldine B. Hogan
Hon. Daniel A. Lewis

Ft. Myers
Phone: 239-938-1159      Fax: 239-938-1169
Mailing Address
Office of the Judges of Compensations Claims – Ft. Myers District
4379 Colonial Boulevard
Suite 200
Ft. Myers, FL  33966
District Judges
Hon. Kathy A. Sturgis
Hon. Jack A. Weiss

Gainesville
Phone: 352-955-2244      Fax: 352-955-3129
Mailing Address
Office of the Judges of Compensations Claims – Gainesville District
1900 South West 34th Street
Suite 202
Gainesville, FL  32608
District Judges
Hon. Marjorie Renee Hill

Jacksonville
Phone: 904-348-2790      Fax: 904-348-2788
Mailing Address
Office of the Judges of Compensations Claims – Jacksonville District
1809 Art Museum Drive
Suite 200
Jacksonville, FL  32207
District Judges
Hon. William R. Holley
Hon. Ralph J. Humphries

Lakeland
Phone: 863-648-3150      Fax: 863-648-3107
Mailing Address
Office of the Judges of Compensations Claims – Lakeland District
212 E. Highland Drive
Suite 105
Lakeland, FL  33813
District Judges
Hon. Margaret E. Sojourner

Miami
Phone: 305-377-5413      Fax: 305-377-5165
Mailing Address
Office of the Judges of Compensations Claims – Miami District
401 NW Second Avenue
Suite N918
Miami, FL  33128
District Judges
Hon. Edward R. Almeyda
Hon. Gerardo Castiello
Hon. Charles M. Hill
Hon. Margret G. Kerr
Hon. Sylvia Medina-Shore

Orlando
Phone: 407-245-0844      Fax: 407-245-0768
Mailing Address
Office of the Judges of Compensations Claims – Orlando District
400 West Robinson Street
Suite 608-North
Orlando, FL  32801
District Judges
Hon. W. James Condry
Hon. Neal Pitts
Hon. Thomas W. Sculco

Panama City

Phone: 850-872-7774      Fax: 850-872-7778
Mailing Address
Office of the Judges of Compensations Claims – Panama City District
2401 State Avenue
Suite 100
Panama City, FL  32405

Pensacola
Phone: 850-595-6310      Fax: 850-595-6388
Mailing Address
Office of the Judges of Compensations Claims – Pensacola District
700 South Palafox Street
Suite 305
Pensacola, FL  32502
District Judges
Hon. David W. Langham
Hon. Nolan S. Winn

Port St. Lucie
Phone: 772-873-6585      Fax: 772-873-6598
Mailing Address
Office of the Judges of Compensations Claims – Port St. Lucie District
544 NW University Blvd
Suite 102
Port St. Lucie, FL  34986
District Judges
Hon. Robert D. McAliley

Sarasota
Phone: 941-753-0900      Fax: 941-753-0904
Mailing Address
Office of the Judges of Compensations Claims – Sarasota District
6497 Parkland Drive
Suite M
Sarasota, FL  34243
District Judges
Hon. Diane B. Beck

Sebastian-Melbourne
Phone: 772-581-6800      Fax: 772-581-6810
Mailing Address
Office of the Judges of Compensations Claims – Sebastian-Melbourne District
1627 US – 1
Suite 115
Sebastian, FL  32958
District Judges
Hon. Robert L. Dietz

St. Petersburg
Phone: 727-893-2321      Fax: 727-893-5475
Mailing Address
Office of the Judges of Compensations Claims – St. Petersburg District
501 1st Avenue, North
Suite 300
St. Petersburg, FL  33701
District Judges
Hon. Stephen L. Rosen

Tallahassee
Phone: 850-488-2110      Fax: 850-922-3661
Mailing Address
Office of the Judges of Compensations Claims – Tallahassee District
1180 Apalachee Parkway
Suite A
Tallahassee, FL  32301  – 4574
District Judges
Hon. John J. Lazzara

Tampa
Phone: 813-664-4000      Fax: 813-664-4075
Mailing Address
Office of the Judges of Compensations Claims – Tampa District
6302 E. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Suite 460
Tampa, FL  33619
District Judges
Hon. Ellen H. Lorenzen
Hon. Mark A. Massey
Hon. E. Douglas Spangler, Jr.

West Palm Beach
Phone: 561-650-1040      Fax: 561-650-1066
Mailing Address
Office of the Judges of Compensations Claims – West Palm Beach District
250 South Australian Avenue
Suite 200
West Palm Beach, FL  33401
District Judges
Hon. Timothy M. Basquill
Hon. Mary A. D'Ambrosio
Hon. Shelley H. Punancy

 

 

Orlando Workers Compensation Appeals Lawyers

Written by lisaspitzer. Posted in Daytona Beach, Injured Worker News, Kissimmee, Lakeland, Melbourne, Ocala, Orlando worlers compensation appeals lawyer

Workers Compensation appeal Lawyers: Orlando, Melbourne, Daytona, Titusville, New Smyrna Beach, Winter Park, Lakeland, Ocala, Kissimmee, and all of central Florida.

Do you Want To Appeal Your Orlando  Workers Compensation Claim Denial Of Benefits?

The  Workers Compensation Appeals Process?

You will  need to file a petition with the Division of Administrative Hearings. The case will be assigned  to a judge and he or she will schedule a hearing within 40 days. You should have a qualified  Orlando workers compensation lawyer with you.

Your employer and your employers insurance company will presnt evidence to the judge explaining why you are not entitled to Workers’ Compensation benefits. This is your chance to prove that your employer is incorrect in denying your claim. A  workers compensation lawyer can help.

If you hire one of our workers compensation appeals lawyers, there is no Upfront fee to you. Florida Workers Compensation lawyers work on a contingency basis. . Let our Orlando Workers Compensation appeal  lawyers protect your hard earned rights.

Kissimmee Injured Employee?  Hurt on the job?

A Lakeland Workers Compensation lawyer can help You

If you are injured on the job in Florida or become ill as a result of your work, you may be entitled to Florida workers' compensation benefits. Workers' compensation is an insurance program (required by Florida state law) which provides payment to employees who suffer work-related injuries or illness

Orlando  Workers Compensation Lawyers

if an  accident happens at work, there are rules and regulations in place to protect the worker called worker’s compensation which will pay for things like the medical care, rehabilitation, and suffering of the injured employee. Orlando workers compensation appeal lawyers will go to work to make sure you get the benefits you deserve.

Some of benefits injured workers are eligible for. Speak to a Florida Workers Compensation Lawyer

* Temporary partial disability – Payments to compensate those who can return to work, but cannot earn the same wages that they earned before their injury. These benefits amount to 80 percent of the difference between what was earned before the injury and what is earned afterwards.

* Temporary total disability – Payments to compensate injured workers who cannot work at all. These benefits commonly amount to 66 2/3 percent of the worker's wages at the time of the injury. In some cases, these benefits can be 80 percent of the regular wage at the time of injury.

* Impairment benefits – Some injured workers never reach the activity level they had before the accident, so they are given a maximum medical improvement rating. Impairment benefits are payments based on future work restrictions and impairment ratings

What Injuries are Covered by Workers Compensation

Workers compensation covers most injuries a person can sustain while working, including injuries incurred through ones own fault. The workers’ compensation system is designed to provide benefits to injured workers, even if an injury is caused by the employer's carelessness or the employee's own carelessness.  It does not, however, cover injuries sustained while the worker was intoxicated or under the effect of illegal drugs. Nor does workers compensation cover injuries sustained in the course of a crime. Some of the most common injuries workers compensation does cover are:

  • Worsened preexisting injuries, such as back injuries
  • Diseases contracted in the workplace due to repeated or prolonged exposure to dangerous substances such as asbestos causing Mesothelioma
  • Mental or physical work-related stress
  • falling from high places
  • Auto or vehicle accidents
  • Machine entanglement injuries
  • Injuries caused by machinery
  • musculo-skeletal Injuries
  • Slip and fall accidents
  • Repetitive stress injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome

Injuries sustained during breaks, lunch hours, and while at company-sponsored events are usually covered by workers compensation.

What you need to do to protect your Florida Workers Compensation Claim

If you have an accident or are injured on the job in Florida you must:

• Tell your  Orlando employer you have been injured, as soon as possible. The law requires that you report the accident or your knowledge of a job-related injury within 30 days of your knowledge of the accident or injury.

• When you do so, you must ask your employer what doctor you can see. You must see a doctor authorized by your employer or the insurance company.

• Your Orlando employer may tell you to call the insurance company handling your claim; the name and phone number should be on the “Broken Arm” poster that should be posted at your workplace.

• If it is an emergency and your employer is not available to tell you where to go for treatment, go to the nearest emergency room and let your employer know as soon as possible what has happened.

Trucking Accident Help, Truck Accident Lawyers

Written by lisaspitzer. Posted in Personal Injury Lawyers, South Florida Workers Compensation lawyer, trucking Accident Lawyers

If you drive a car or small delivery van as a part of your job and are injured in a trucking accident you may be able to sue the truck driver and trucking company in a third party personal injury lawsuit.

The injuries from a trucking accident are very serious including brain and spinal injury that can change your life.

Your Truck Accident  Lawyer Will Go After  Third Parties

When you have been involved in a  truck accident while on the job,  there may be more than one party who is liable for your  injuries.   Call our truck accident lawyers to help you prove fault of third parties for your truck accident and assist in filing a  personal injury claim.

Some of the potentially liable third parties that may be involved in a  truck accident include:

  •     The trucking company may be liable for not inspecting their trucks 
  •     The trucking company may be liable for not hiring safe truck drivers.
  •     The truck manufacturer may be liable for truck defects that caused your truck accident.
  •     The cargo owner may be liable for cargo spills

A truck accident lawyer will attempt to prove that third parties  share some of the blame and that yu have a personal injury case. This will include a negligent truck driver and the trucking company.

It is important to speak to an experienced truck accident personal injury  lawyer. Trucking companies may try to cover up truck driver negligence or repair deficiencies and truck maintenance .

Truck Accident Lawyer

Get a FREE consultation for your truck accident personal injury case

On The Job Personal Injury Lawyers For Workers Comp Claims

Written by lisaspitzer. Posted in Injured Worker News

Florida Personal Injury Lawyers For On The Job Injury

We have Florida personal injury lawyers for on the job injury: Miami, Homestead, Miami, Miami Beach, Hollywood, Pembroke Pines, Fort Lauderdale, Pompano Beach, Boca Raton, West Palm Beach, Sturart, Okeechobee, Pahokee, Port St Lucie, Vero Beach, Melbourne, Titusville, Smyrna Beach, Daytona Beach, Deland, Gainesville, Ocala, Tavares, Jacksonville, St Augustine, Starke, Leesburg, Winter Haven, Winter Park, Orlando, Kissimmee, Tampa, Clearwater, St Peterburg, New Port Richey, Brooksville, Panama City , Pensacola and all of Florida.

When Would You Need a personal Injury Lawyer?

When you were injured by a machine where the machine was to be maintained by the manufacturer or the machine was faulty.

A truck, car or delivery accident where another driver caused your injury and was negiligent

Third Party Liability Personal Injury Lawyer

When you have an on the job injury or are the victim of an occupational disease, you are usually covered by Workers’ Compensation, which compensates you for medical costs, lost wages. Workers’ Compensation and permanent injury.

With third party liability an injured worker or surviving families can have the right to bring a third-party liability, or personal injury case against the maker of a defective product or against another negligent party that caused the injury.  Any compensation  received in such third-party liability, wrongful death, or product liability cases are over and above the Workers’ Compensation benefits. You should hire a personal injury lawyer.

Workers Compensation Wrongful Death Lawyers, Lawyers For Fatal Injuries

Written by lisaspitzer. Posted in Georgia, Injured Worker News, On The Job Injuries

Many on the job injuries can be fatal. Our workers compensation lawyers can help if you have lost a loved one due to an occuaptional, on the job injury.

Report on Fatal on the Job injuries in the U.S

NATIONAL CENSUS OF FATAL OCCUPATIONAL INJURIES IN 2011
(PRELIMINARY RESULTS)

A preliminary total of 4,609 fatal work injuries were recorded in the United States in 2011, down from a
final count of 4,690 fatal work injuries in 2010, according to results from the Census of Fatal Occupational
Injuries (CFOI) program conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The rate of fatal work injury for
U.S. workers in 2011 was 3.5 per 100,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers, as compared to a final rate
of 3.6 per 100,000 for 2010.

Over the last 3 years, increases in the published counts based on additional information have averaged
166 fatalities per year or about 3 percent of the revised total. Final 2011 data from the CFOI program
will be released in Spring 2013.

Key preliminary findings of the 2011 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries:

– Fatal work injuries in the private construction sector declined to 721 in 2011 from 774 in 2010, a
decline of 7 percent and the fifth consecutive year of lower fatality counts. Fatal construction injuries
are down nearly 42 percent since 2006.
– Violence and other injuries by persons or animals accounted for 780 fatalities, or about 17 percent of
the fatal injuries in the workplace in 2011. Included in this count are 458 homicides and 242 suicides.
(See note in box below about recent changes to the classification system for case characteristics.)
– Work-related fatalities in the private mining industry (which includes oil and gas extraction) were
down 10 percent in 2011 after an increase of 74 percent in 2010. Coal mining fatalities fell to 17 in 2011
from 43 in 2010.
– Fatal work injuries in private truck transportation rose 14 percent in 2011-the second
consecutive year that counts have risen in this sector after reaching a series low in 2009.
– Fatal work injuries increased among non-Hispanic black or African-American workers and among Hispanic
or Latino workers in 2011, but declined among non-Hispanic white workers (down 3 percent).
– Fatal work injuries involving workers 55 years of age and older as well as workers under the age
of 18 were both lower in 2011, but fatal work injuries among workers in the 20 to 24 age group were
up nearly 18 percent.

      —————————————————————————————————————
     |                                          Changes to the OIICS Structure                                       |
     | Information in this release incorporates a major revision in the Occupational Injury and Illness              |
     | Classification System (OIICS), which is used to describe the characteristics of fatal work injuries. Because  |
     | of the extensive revisions, data for the OIICS case characteristics for reference year 2011 represent a break |
     | in series with data for prior years. More information on OIICS can be found at www.bls.gov/iif/oshoiics.htm.  |
      —————————————————————————————————————

Profile of fatal work injuries in 2011 by worker characteristics

The number of fatal work injuries involving non-Hispanic white workers declined 3 percent in 2011, but were higher
for black or African-American workers. For black workers, this increase follows three years of declining numbers of
fatal injuries.

Fatal work injuries among Hispanic or Latino workers rose to 729 in 2011 from 707 in 2010, an increase of 3 percent.
The higher count in 2011 was the first increase in fatal injuries for Hispanic or Latino workers since 2006. Of the
729 fatal work injuries involving Hispanic or Latino workers, 500 (or 69 percent) involved foreign-born workers.
Overall, there were 823 fatal work injuries involving foreign-born workers in 2011, of which the greatest share
(338 or 41 percent) were born in Mexico.

Fatal work injuries were higher for workers 20 to 24 years of age, rising to 288 in 2011 from 245 in 2010, an
increase of 18 percent. For workers 55 years of age or older and workers under the age of 18, fatal work injuries
were down. Fatal work injuries involving women increased slightly in 2011 to 375, but declined by 2 percent for
men to 4,234 in 2011 from 4,322 in 2010.

Fatal injuries to both wage and salary workers and self-employed workers declined slightly in 2011.

For more detailed information on fatal injuries by demographic characteristics, see the 2011 tables
at www.bls.gov/iif/oshcfoi1.htm.

Profile of 2011 fatal work injuries by type of incident

Transportation incidents accounted for more than 2 out of every 5 fatal work injuries in 2011. (See chart 1.)
Of the 1,898 transportation-related incidents, about 57 percent (1,075 cases) were roadway incidents involving
motorized land vehicles. Nonroadway incidents, such as a tractor overturn in a farm field, accounted for
another 11 percent of the transportation-related fatal injuries. About 16 percent of fatal transportation
incidents in 2011 involved pedestrians who were struck by vehicles. Of the 312 fatal work injuries involving
pedestrians struck by vehicles, 61 occurred in work zones. Workers who were fatally injured in aircraft
incidents in 2011 accounted for 146 fatalities or about 8 percent of the transportation total.

Overall, 780 workers were killed as a result of violence and other injuries by persons or animals, including
458 homicides and 242 suicides. Shootings were the most frequent manner of death in both homicides (78 percent)
and suicides (45 percent). Another 37 deaths were due to animal- or insect-related incidents. Of the 375 fatal
work injuries involving female workers overall, 21 percent involved homicides. In nearly 2 out of every
5 homicides to female workers, the assailants were relatives, with almost all of the relatives being
spouses or domestic partners (current and former). Robbers were the assailants in another 22 percent of these
fatalities. For male workers, homicides accounted for approximately 9 percent of all fatal injuries.
In contrast to female workers, relatives accounted for only about 2 percent of assailants. Robbers were the
assailants in over one third of the homicide cases involving male workers.

Fatal falls, slips, or trips took the lives of 666 workers in 2011, or about 14 percent of all fatal work
injuries. Falls to lower level accounted for 541 of those fatalities. The revised Occupational Injury and
Illness Classification System (OIICS) added the capability of recording the height of the fall. In 2011, the
height of the fall was reported in 451 of the 541 fatal falls from higher level. Of those 451 cases, about
one in four (115) occurred after a fall of 10 feet or less. Another fourth (118) occurred from a fall of
over 30 feet.

A total of 472 workers were fatally injured after being struck by objects or equipment, including 219 workers
who were struck by falling objects or equipment and 192 who were struck by powered vehicles or mobile equipment
not in normal operation.

There were 152 multiple-fatality incidents in 2011 (incidents in which more than one worker was killed) in
which 354 workers died.
Our workers compensation lawyers are experienced wrongful death and on the job fatalities lawyers. On the job fatalities can come from falls, toxic substances, asbestos, occupational diseases, vehicle accidents and fires.

For more detailed information on fatal injuries by incident, see the 2011 tables at www.bls.gov/iif/oshcfoi1.htm.

Profile of fatal work injuries in 2011 by industry sector

The number of fatal work injuries in the private construction sector declined by 7 percent in 2011. Fatal work
injuries in construction have declined every year since 2006 and are down nearly 42 percent over that time.
Economic conditions may explain much of this decline. Despite the lower fatal injury total, construction
accounted for the second most fatal work injuries of any industry sector in 2011 with transportation and
warehousing having the most fatal work injuries. (See chart 2.)

Private sector mining fatalities were down 10 percent to 154 in 2011 from 172 in 2010 after rising 74 percent
in 2010. Fatal work injuries were down sharply in coal mining to 17 in 2011 from 43 in 2010; the Upper Big
Branch mining disaster in 2010 which killed 29 workers was a major factor in the high fatality counts
in 2010. Fatal work injuries in support activities for mining were up 6 percent.

Fatalities in agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting were down by 10 percent to 557 in 2011 from 621 in 2010,
led by a sharp drop in crop production fatalities. Manufacturing fatalities were also slightly lower.

Among service-providing industries in the private sector, fatal work injuries in transportation and warehousing
accounted for 733 fatal work injuries in 2011, an increase of 11 percent over the final 2010 count (661 fatalities)
and the highest count since 2008. The number of fatal injuries in truck transportation, the largest
subsector within transportation and warehousing in terms of employment, increased by 14 percent in 2011, led
by a 16 percent increase in general freight trucking and a 12 percent increase in specialized freight trucking.
Among other transportation subsectors, fatal work injuries in air transportation were lower, but fatalities in
water and rail transportation were higher in 2011.

Fatal work injuries in the professional and business services sector were up 16 percent, led by an increase in
fatalities in landscape services to 167 in 2011 from 133 in 2010.

Fatal occupational injuries among government workers increased by 2 percent from 2010 to 495. Local government
increased to 294 in 2011 from 269 in 2010 due to a 24 percent increase in police protection. Fatal work
injuries were lower among both state and federal workers.

In 2011, CFOI began collecting additional information on fatally-injured workers who were working as contractors
at the time of their deaths. Preliminary 2011 data show that 492 of the 4,609 fatally-injured workers were
classified as contractors at the time of their fatal injuries. (For more information on contractor definitions
and other new data elements please see http://www.bls.gov/iif/oshcfdef.htm.)

For more detailed information on fatal injuries by industry, see the 2011 tables at www.bls.gov/iif/oshcfoi1.htm.

Profile of fatal work injuries in 2011 by occupation

Fatal work injuries in construction and extraction occupations declined slightly in 2011 to 770–the lowest
level since the occupational series began in 2003. Fatal injuries among construction trades workers also recorded
a series low in 2011, falling 7 percent to 511 in 2011 and have declined 48 percent from the high reported
in 2006. Fatal work injuries involving construction laborers, the worker subgroup accounting for the highest
number of fatalities in the construction trades worker group, were down 6 percent in 2011 to 190 fatal work
injuries. The number of fatal work injuries involving extraction workers was about the same as in 2010.

Fatal work injuries in the building and grounds cleaning, and maintenance occupational group were up 14 percent
to 265 fatalities in 2011–the highest level since 2006. The biggest increases within this occupational group
were among landscaping and groundskeeping workers and among tree trimmers and pruners.

Fatal work injuries involving farming, fishing, and forestry workers declined by 5 percent in 2011 after increasing
in 2010. Fatalities involving agricultural workers, including farm workers and laborers, declined to 138 in 2011
from 161 in 2010. Fatalities among logging workers were higher in 2011, to 64 in 2011 from 60 in 2010, but fatal
work injuries among fishers and related fishing workers were about the same as in 2010.

The number of fatal work injuries among protective service occupations increased for the second straight year,
rising to 278 in 2011 from 261 in 2010. The increase in 2011 was led by higher numbers of fatal injuries among
security guards and first-line supervisors of police and detectives.

Fatal work injuries involving workers in transportation and material moving occupations increased by
5 percent in 2011 to 1,213 fatalities, which is the highest level since 2008. Fatal work injuries in this
occupational group accounted for about one quarter of all occupational fatalities. Driver/sales workers and
truck drivers, the subgroup with the highest number of fatal work injuries within the transportation and
material moving group, led the increase. Fatalities in this subgroup rose to 759 in 2011 from 718 in 2010, an
increase of 6 percent.

Fatal work injuries involving resident military personnel increased to 54 in 2011 from 46 in 2010.

For more detailed information on fatal injuries by occupation, see the 2011 tables at www.bls.gov/iif/oshcfoi1.htm.

Profile of fatal work injuries by state

Twenty-three states reported higher numbers of fatal work injuries in 2011 than in 2010, while 25 states and
the District of Columbia reported lower numbers. Two states reported the same number as in 2010.

For more detailed state results, contact the individual state agency responsible for the collection
of CFOI data in that state. Although data for Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam are not included
in the national totals for this release, results for these jurisdictions are available. Participating agencies
and their telephone numbers are listed in Table 6.

Background of the program

The Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI), part of the BLS Occupational Safety and Health Statistics (OSHS)
program, compiles a count of all fatal work injuries occurring in the U.S. during the calendar year. The CFOI
program uses diverse state, federal, and independent data sources to identify, verify, and describe fatal work
injuries. This assures counts are as complete and accurate as possible. For the 2011 data, over 20,000 unique
source documents were reviewed as part of the data collection process.

Another OSHS program, the Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII), presents frequency counts and
incidence rates by industry and also by detailed case circumstances and worker characteristics for nonfatal
workplace injuries and illnesses for cases that result in days away from work. Incidence rates for 2011 by
industry will be published in October 2012, and information on 2011 case circumstances and worker characteristics
will be available in November 2012. For additional data, access the BLS Internet site: www.bls.gov/iif/. For
technical information and definitions for the CFOI program, please go to the BLS Handbook of Methods on the BLS
web site at www.bls.gov/opub/hom/pdf/homch9.pdf.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Women are Losing Jobs Due to the Vaginal Mesh, Seeking Social Security Disability

Written by lisaspitzer. Posted in Stories and Sharing

The vaginal mesh is a Prolene fiber used to help women with Prolapse and urinary incontinence, let's face it. it is awfully hard to work at certain jobs if you have problems with SUI or other urinary incontinence issues. These medical conditions are not always from the aging process. Mnay women have poor genetics, are in early menopause or have had a rough child birtth experience that has weakened the vaginal wall. These mesh products were supposed to solve these problems but instead, have created worse problems. The result is many women can no longer work and are seeking social security disability.

There are over 300,000 women with a vaginal mesh implant in the United States. This has become a pandemic of huge proportions.

six women came together in Gaithersburg, Maryland. They all had a common enemy, the vaginal mesh. They came from Utah, Georgia, Florida, New York, Texas. All six These women were there to speak publicly and give tesitmony about their personal vaginal mesh medical horror stories in front of an advisory panel for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

"Between them, the women figured they had undergone 45 surgical procedures to try to undo the damage resulting from vaginal surgery using synthetic mesh devices. The mesh implants were supposed to free them from the intimate discomforts that millions of women face after childbirth and as they age: pelvic organ prolapse, in which stretched, weakened tissues can allow the bladder or other organs to sag or bulge into the vagina, and stress urinary incontinence, which can lead to involuntary leakage with every laugh or cough. Once implanted, the hammock-like mesh was meant to shore up the supportive pelvic tissues and help keep sagging organs in place." (Online source). Obviously it is very difficult to work with these issues. But, the problems that have resulted from this mesh has made it impossible for many women to work, Just imagine a school bus driver or truck driver with mesh complications. This woud be difficult for a UPS driver or mailman (lady) as well. Any emergency staff or medical staff would also have a problem with the mesh causing severe incontnence, leakage and lower back and leg pain, difficulty walking and sitting and other complications. Work has become out of the question for many women.

These are only a few of the women with stories. There are 1000's with mesh horror stories.

If you cannot work due to a vaginal mesh implant speak to a vaginal mesh lawyer at the vaginalmeshhelpline.com . They can also help you locate a vaginal mesh doctor. Speak to a workers compensation lawyer about light duty. Speak to a social security diability lawyer to see if that is and option as well.

Social Security Disability Lawyers of Florida

Written by lisaspitzer. Posted in Injured Worker News

Workers Compensation and Social Security Disability Benefits

Workers' Compensation and Social Security Disability Benefits are related to each other. When a person has collected Workers' Compensation, the Government calculates an offset before it pays any Social Security Disability Benefits to a disabled worker. To understand the "Offset," If you  decide to settle your  workers' compensation claim and take a lump sum of money. Let's say you will be  totally disabled for at least twelve months.  You  could qualify to receive Social Security Disability benefits.

Before the government pays any Social Security Disability benefits to you they will pro-rate your lump sum settlement, and figure out how much workers' compensation money you would have been paid every month, if your settlement had not been paid in a lump sum.

How Workers' Compensation And Other Disability Payments May Affect Your Benefits

SSA Publication No. 05-10018, January 2011, ICN 454500

Disability payments from private sources, such as private pension or insurance benefits, do not affect your Social Security disability benefits.

However, workers’ compensation and other public disability benefits may reduce your Social Security benefits. Workers’ compensation benefits are paid to a worker because of a job-related injury or illness. They may be paid by federal or state workers’ compensation agencies, employers or by insurance companies on behalf of employers.

Other public disability payments that may affect your Social Security benefit are those paid by a federal, state or local government and are for disabling medical conditions that are not job-related. Examples are civil service disability benefits, state temporary disability benefits and state or local government retirement benefits that are based on disability.

If you receive workers’ compensation or other public disability benefits and Social Security disability benefits, the total amount of these benefits cannot exceed 80 percent of your average current earnings before you became disabled.

Can I Get Workers Compensation and Social Security Benefits ?

Workers’ compensation pays benefits to employees who suffer an injury at work or experience a work-related illness. Benefits for workers’ compensation include medical treatment and money for the partial replacement of lost wages. Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI”) provides benefits to insured workers with disabilities.

A person can receive workers’ compensation and SSDI benefits at the same time, but workers’ compensation benefits might reduce the amount of SSDI benefits. Under the Social Security Administration’s rules, a person who receives workers’ compensation benefits and Social Security disability benefits at the same time may not receive combined benefits that amount to more than 80 percent of the person’s average current earnings before the person became disabled.

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