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My Workers’ Compensation Claim was Denied: Now What?

First, you are not the first person to have their workers’ compensation claim denied, and you will not be the last. This happens more often than you think. Fortunately, with the right attorneys to review and appeal your case, you can obtain the funds you deserve after suffering an injury…

How Long After an Accident Do I Have to Report it to My Employer?

Letting your employers know that you were in an accident is essential to your case. Reporting an accident to your employer can have a significant impact on your case, and it is important to do so as soon as possible. In this article, we will discuss the reasons why you…

Will I Be Paid if I Lose Time From Work?

Our Nebraska workers’ compensation attorney explains your rights regarding pay for lost time due to job-related injuries or illnesses. Being able to rely on a steady paycheck ensures monthly bills and living expenses for you and your loved ones are paid. Unfortunately, accidental injuries and illnesses can cause missed time…

Can I Receive SSD and WC at the Same Time?

Our Omaha workers’ compensation attorney explains how workers’ comp (WC) benefits could impact your rights to Social Security disability (SSD) payments. Long-term disabilities can impact your ability to work and put your financial security in jeopardy. Fortunately, there are programs that provide a safety net in these situations. Workers’ compensation…

Can My Employer Fire Me if I am Unable to Work Because of an Injury and I am Receiving WC Benefits?

Our Omaha workers’ compensation attorney explains protections against termination and other retaliatory actions while receiving benefits. Workers’ compensation in Nebraska provides important benefits for workers when accidental injuries or occupational illnesses happen on the job. While workers’ compensation (WC) acts as a form of insurance in this situation, some employers…

My Employer and the Insurance Company Have Denied My Claim for WC; What Should I Do?

If your employer or their insurance company unfairly denies your claim for workers’ compensation benefits, you should contact a workers’ compensation lawyer about taking your case to Workers’ Compensation Court to get a decision from a judge. Filing a workers’ compensation claim to receive payment for treatment of a work…

What Benefits are Available If I Cannot Go Back to the Work I Did Before Because of My Injury?

If you are unable to perform your pre-accident work duties after completing treatment for a work injury and reaching maximum medical improvement, you may be entitled to vocational rehabilitation, or you may be able to do your job with temporary or permanent restrictions. Medical bills are expensive, but they are…

Should I Call My WC Attorney After All My Doctors’ Appointments?

It is a good idea to contact your workers’ compensation lawyer by phone or email after every doctor’s appointment, because each interaction with a workers’ compensation doctor could include details that could affect the outcome of your claim. Getting treatment for a work injury through your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance…

Why Can a WC Claim Get Denied?

Some workers’ compensation claims get denied because the employee did not notify the employer of the injury soon enough or because the insurer doubts that the injury is work-related. If you have ever filed an insurance claim after a car accident, even if you were not injured and were only…

What if You Cannot Return to a Physically Demanding Job After a Work Injury?

If your work injury renders you permanently unable to do the physically demanding tasks you were performing when you got injured, workers’ compensation may pay for vocational rehabilitation or partial disability benefits. Most professional athletes retire before they reach their mid-40s, and not just the ones who have made so…

Why Do Employers Deny Workers’ Compensation Claims?

Many workers’ compensation claim denials result from disputes over the employee’s health history before the work accident or because of procedural errors in filing the claim. Federal and state laws guarantee workers the right to file workers’ compensation claims if they get injured in accidents at work or suffer illnesses…

Who is Liable or OSHA Violations in Nebraska?

Employers have a legal responsibility to maintain a safe work environment for employees, and they can face fines and other penalties for safety violations; workers have the right to report workplace safety hazards to OSHA. You do not have to prove negligence on your employer’s part in order to get…

Workers Comp Benefits Help Remote Workers

In most cases, you are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits if you get injured while working from home pursuant to instructions from your employer to work remotely. According to Nebraska workers’ compensation laws, all injuries that employees sustain at their workplaces during work hours are eligible for coverage by their…

Can I Lose or Forfeit My WC Benefits?

If you unnecessarily delay reporting your work injury to your employer or seeking medical attention, you can jeopardize your workers’ compensation claim. Your employer may come to doubt that your symptoms are related to the work accident. Filing a workers’ compensation claim, getting your treatment paid for, and collecting disability…

What Happens When I File a WC Claim?

When you file a workers’ compensation claim, your employer must pay for treatment of your work-related injuries and a portion of the income you missed out on while absent from work because of the injury. Filing a workers’ compensation claim is a routine matter; it is much more like reporting…

How Much Can I Get for My WC Claim on a Construction Site in Nebraska?

Workers’ compensation pays for the medical treatment of your work-related injury; it also provides some compensation for injury-related lost income and for training for a new job, if appropriate. Medical bills are shockingly expensive; you might still be paying off debts from an emergency room visit from several years ago….

If I am Injured at Work, Should I See a Doctor Immediately?

It is always advised that you see a doctor immediately after being hurt at work. Workplace accidents can result in some of the most serious injuries. Workplace accidents vastly differ from those that happen in other places, but they have one thing in common. Your safety and well-being is the…

Can You File a Workers’ Compensation Claim While on a Business Trip?

Workers’ compensation law can become complex, especially when you are not on the work site at the time. Whether you only travel for work occasionally or take business trips frequently, there is always a chance that an accident could happen. You may know that you can claim workers’ compensation while…

How Do I Know if I Have a Workers’ Compensation Case?

You have been hurt at work, but does that mean you are automatically entitled to workers’ comp benefits? Our Omaha workers’ comp lawyer explains. Accidents in the workplace are extremely common in Omaha, and throughout all of Nebraska. When they occur, employees are left suffering with serious injuries, and being…

Do Pre-Existing Conditions Affect My Claim?

Workers who are hurt on the job can file a workers’ compensation claim for benefits, but a pre-existing condition can complicate matters. Workplace accidents happen all too often. When they do, employees often suffer from debilitating injuries. Most employees can claimworkers’ compensation benefits for medical expenses and a portion of…

Will I Still Get Workers’ Comp if My Employer Goes Out of Business?

It is always troubling when an employer goes out of business, particularly for those who are filing a workers’ compensation claim. No employee wants their employer to go out of business. When a business closes, it is not only the employer that loses their livelihood. The many employees who work…

Who Pays Workers’ Compensation Insurance for Temporary Workers in Nebraska?

According to Nebraska law, employers must pay for workers’ compensation insurance for temporary, part-time, and seasonal workers, but independent contractors and certain other categories of workers do not enjoy this protection. Work injuries can happen to anyone, whether you have been working at your job for decades, or even if…

What are Common NE Workplace Safety Violations?

Some common workplace safety violations in Nebraska include lack of fall prevention measures, failure to communicate safety hazards, and lack of protective equipment for employees. Workers have a right and a responsibility to report unsafe conditions in the workplace. Under Nebraska employment laws, reporting a workplace safety hazard to the…

Common Back Injuries in Workers’ Comp Claims

The most common types of back injuries that occur in the workplace include disc problems, degenerative joint disease, sciatica, and spinal stenosis. Almost every adult suffers from back pain at least occasionally, but severe back injuries that limit a person’s ability to work are another matter entirely. These injuries can…

How to Calculate NE Workers’ Comp Benefits

Workers’ compensation pays for 100% of the treatment of your work-related injury; it also pays to compensate you for a portion of the income you lost during the weeks you were unable to work. If you are injured while working in Nebraska and require medical treatment, workers’ compensation pays dollar…

Calculating Workers’ Compensation in Nebraska

If you file a workers’ compensation claim, your employer must pay your medical expenses that arise from the work injury and may also compensate you for some of the income you lost by not being able to work because of the injury. If you get injured at work, you need…

Do Seasonal Workers Get Workers’ Compensation Benefits in NE?

Temporary and seasonal workers in Nebraska have the right to file workers’ compensation claims for work-related injuries, but independent contractors do not. Another holiday season is approaching, and in a society where less than half of the population has an extra $400 to cover an emergency expense, people are scrambling…

Who is Liable or OSHA Violations in Nebraska?

In most cases, the employer is liable for workplace safety hazards that violate OSHA; the general contractor can often be held liable even if a subcontractor is the one that caused the hazard. Accidents that happen at places of business or work sites and cause serious injuries are rare enough…

OSHA’s Fatal Four Causes of Construction Worker Deaths

According to OSHA, most fatal accidents at construction sites were caused by falls, electrical exposure, workers being struck by objects, and workers getting trapped inside or behind dangerous equipment. You do not need to have worked in construction to know that the job carries the potential for many safety hazards;…

How Will the Legalization of Medical MJ Affect Workers’ Comp?

With support for medical cannabis legislation gaining momentum in Nebraska, the question remains of whether workers’ compensation doctors will begin recommending medical cannabis to injured workers with qualifying health conditions. Even though it shares a border with Colorado, the first state to legalize recreational cannabis at the state level, Nebraska’s…

Speak Up if You See an OSHA Violation

Reporting workplace safety violations can help prevent disastrous accidents, and the law protects you from retaliation by your employer if you report unsafe conditions in your workplace. You might remember studying the Industrial Revolution in your high school history class and seeing those black-and-white photographs of work environments that might…

Types of Toxic Exposure at Nebraska Job Sites

Exposure to lead, asbestos, heavy metals, and chemical fumes is a risk associated with industries such as construction and mining. Workers’ compensation laws require employers to pay workers’ medical expenses for work-related injuries and illnesses. This includes not only traumatic injuries resulting from workplace accidents but also occupational diseases. Many…

Corrections Officers May Get Access to Mental Health Workers’ Comp

Proposed legislation would count mental illnesses like PTSD as occupational diseases for corrections officers in Nebraska. Nebraska’s workers’ compensation laws currently allow workers to claim workers’ compensation benefits for mental health treatment if the mental illness was the result of a physical injury on the job. A recently passed legislative…

Has Your Employer Denied You Family or Medical Leave?

Your employer must notify you of your option to take unpaid FMLA leave, even if you are already on leave and receiving workers’ compensation for a work injury. The good news is that several laws protect workers from losing their jobs and their financial stability when they suffer injuries or…

What Do Virus Liability Shield Laws Mean for Workers’ Comp?

Nebraska Legislative Bill 139 would protect businesses from lawsuits by employees infected with COVID-19 at work, except in cases of gross negligence. Despite the accusations slung about on social media, the people who contracted COVID-19 through wantonly reckless activities such as attending parties in crowded bars or airport hopping to…

Can My Employer Make Me Sign a COVID-19 Waiver?

Your employer cannot make you waive the rights granted to you under the Nebraska Workers’ Compensation Act or accept negligence on the part of your employer. More than a year into the pandemic, workers in many sectors are eager to get back to the in-person workplace. Employees are understandably apprehensive…

How is Workers’ Comp Fraud Defined in Nebraska?

Workers’ compensation fraud is a serious offense in Nebraska and all workers should know what it entails. Workers’ compensation is available to all workers who are injured in a workplace accident in Nebraska. While some news stories have focused on workers’ compensation fraud, it is not as common as these…

How Can the New NE COVID-19 Presumption Bill Help You?

A new bill in Nebraska makes it easier for some workers to claim workers’ compensation after contracting COVID-19. The coronavirus pandemic has affected the lives of workers across Nebraska and the rest of the United States. However, the novel virus has done more than shut down businesses and cost many…

What to Do if Your Employer Thinks You are Faking an Injury

Becoming injured on the job is bad enough, but all employees should know what to do if their employer does not believe them. Most workers in Nebraska are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits in the event that they become hurt on the job. Unfortunately, these benefits are not always easy…

What to Expect if Seeking Workers’ Comp for COVID-19 Infection

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed everything today, including workers’ comp claims. Learn what you need to know here. The COVID-19 pandemic has touched every area of life, including workers’ compensation claims. Workers that have contracted the virus while on the job are sometimes able to file a workers’ compensation claim,…

With More States Legalizing Marijuana, How Could Workers’ Comp be Affected?

Even if marijuana does become legal in Nebraska, employees may still have a difficult time claiming compensation for a work injury. Both medicinal and recreational marijuana have been illegal in Nebraska since 1927. However, bills are regularly proposed and legislators often debate the issue. With so many other states legalizing…

What Can a Workers’ Comp Lawyer Do for Me?

Injured workers have the right to file a workers’ comp claim, but they should always work with a lawyer who can help with their case. No one should ever become hurt at work, but it happens all the time. When it does, you can file a workers’ compensation claim, but…

How Has Remote Work Changed Workers’ Comp Coverage?

Remote workers are still eligible for workers’ compensation, but employers and employees alike should know the issues that may arise. The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically changed the workforce. More people are working from home and many office workers state they want to continue doing so even once the pandemic is…

Is Your Workers’ Comp Insurance Company Unresponsive?

Injured workers in Nebraska are entitled to workers’ comp, but they should know what to do when the insurer suddenly stops responding. Workers’ compensation insurance companies often state that they are advocates for injured employees. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. It is not uncommon for workers to find…

First Responders with Mental Illness Now Eligible for Workers’ Comp

The Nebraska legislature passed a bill giving first responders access to workers’ comp benefits for mental injuries, but they have to prove certain factors first. It was in early August when Nebraska lawmakers passed by unanimous voteLB 963, the bill that gives first responders the right to file a workers’…

What Could Self-Driving Trucks Mean for the Trucking Industry?

Trucking companies are starting to test more self-driving trucks on the road, which will bring many benefits and risks for the public. For the past year or two, trucking companies have been testing out the possibility of getting self-driving trucks out on the road. Trucking companies of course tout the…

Are You Aware of the New OSHA Fall Accident Safety Standards?

New OSHA safety event addresses fall hazards and prevention measures in the workplace. Construction site employees engage in dangerous activities and use potentially lethal tools on a daily basis and so are typically at a much higher risk of injury than employees in other industries. Falls from elevation, however, continue…

Can You Claim Workers’ Comp When Working Remotely from Home?

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced people into their homes, leaving many workers wondering if they can receive workers’ comp for an injury. The coronavirus has impacted everyone throughout the country in different ways. While some have been furloughed or have permanently lost their jobs, others have to find new ways…

New Tech Could Help Prevent Truck Driver Fatigue

Recently introduced wearable devices can help warn drowsy drivers of impending danger. Determining how many truck accidents are the result of driver fatigue is a notoriously difficult endeavor, as drowsiness is consistently underreported by drivers and responding police officers alike. There are, however, a number of studies that indicate the…

Can You File a Workers’ Comp Claim After Being Terminated?

Under Nebraska law, employees who are injured on the job are usually entitled to reimbursement for their medical bills and lost wages, which can be obtained through their employer’s workers’ compensation insurance. This is true even for those who no longer work for the same employer. Continuing to collect benefits…

Does Workers’ Compensation Cover an Accident During My Daily Commute?

Few commuter accidents are covered, but some are. Nebraska’s workers’ compensation system provides benefits for those who are injured in an accident “arising out of” and “in the course of” employment. That is the language used in our statutory law, but does this law cover a person’s daily commute? Just…

Four Things to Know About Workers’ Comp in NE

Before you bring forth your workers’ compensation claim, be sure you know what you are doing and how to protect your right to benefits. If you are injured on the job in Nebraska, there is a strong likelihood that you are covered under workers’ compensation insurance. While workers’ compensation is…

Will Workers’ Compensation Premiums Skyrocket Because of COVID-19?

With more workers filing claims for workers’ compensation benefits, it is likely that premiums will increase. Here is what you need to know. Workers’ compensation is a benefit program that provides no-fault benefits to workers who are injured on the job in Nebraska. While workers’ compensation benefits have covered both…

Will There be a Shortage of Drivers During This Pandemic?

Truck drivers are classified as essential workers, but as drivers get sick, a shortage could disrupt the supply chain. While most of the United States is on lockdown right now, grocery stores, hospitals, and other essential industries continue to operate, and the demand for essential products has increased. Without truck…

Are Truck Drivers in Danger of Contracting COVID-19?

As essential workers, truck drivers are facing increased risks during the COVID-19 pandemic. Call a workers’ compensation lawyer if you have been harmed. While stay-at-home orders have mandated many businesses to shut down and for workers to perform their jobs from the safe confines of their home, truck drivers are…

New Workers’ Compensation Bill for First Responders with Mental Health Issues

If you have suffered a physical injury or occupational illness in Nebraska, you can seek coverage under the state’s workers’ compensation system. What is less clear, though, is whether or not compensation for mental injuries exists. A new bill seeks to change that for first responders in our state. Workers’…

Changes to Workers’ Compensation Laws Could be Coming Soon

If you are injured on the job, workers’ compensation benefits can provide you with medical coverage and wage replacement benefits in some cases. Proposed legislative changes may affect certain aspects of benefit payments. The state of Nebraska requires most employers to carry workers’ compensation insurance. This type of insurance provides…

Did You Know Liens Can Affect Workers’ Comp?

Many injured workers in Nebraska are surprised to learn that even though their workers’ comp claim was successful, there are liens placed against it. Being successful in a workers’ compensation claim is sometimes challenging. Often, injured workers are relieved to find out that they are going to receive the benefits…

When is it OK to Sue an Employer for a Work Injury in Nebraska?

If someone’s reckless actions resulted in work injuries or you were denied workers’ compensation benefits, you may be entitled to file a personal injury lawsuit. Work related accidents can happen in any type of job. Injuries you suffer as a result can have major impacts on every area of your…

What You Need to Know About Marijuana When Filing for Workers’ Compensation

Marijuana is still illegal in Nebraska, but there is bigger trouble for those that use it while on workers’ compensation. Although marijuana remains illegal in all forms in Nebraska, legislators continue to debate the idea of medical marijuana in the state’s legislature. For now, any bills on the issue are…

How Soon Should I See a Doctor After I am Injured at Work?

When on-the-job injuries happen, see a medical provider immediately to protect your health and your rights to compensation. On-the-job accidents happen to people in any type of occupation. Even a seemingly minor incident at work can result in potentially serious injuries. When this happens, it is important to see your…

When do Workers’ Comp Benefits Start?

Getting workers’ compensation benefits as quickly as possible plays a major role in recovering from your injuries. When on-the-job injuries happen, workers’ compensation benefits can help ensure you are compensated for your losses. In addition to covering your medical expenses, they can reimburse you for lost wages you suffer while…

What are Some Common Workplace Safety Violations?

Workplace safety violations put employees at risk, increasing the likelihood of on-the-job accidents and injuries. Employers are required to maintain a certain standard of safety in the workplace. When they fail to follow state and federal regulations, it increases the risk for potentially serious on-the-job accidents. Employees who suffer injuries…

What if My Company Denied My Workers’ Compensation Claim?

If your benefit claim is denied, get an experienced Nebraska workers’ compensation attorney on your side immediately to file legal proceedings. Workers’ compensation benefits in Nebraska provide a safety net for injured employees. When on-the-job accidents or illnesses occur, benefits help cover your lost wages, medical expenses, and other costs….

What is the Difference Between a Workers’ Comp and Personal Injury Claim?

In a personal injury case, which focuses on the negligence of another party, you may be entitled to additional types of damages than you would be in a workers’ compensation claim. When accidents and injuries occur on the job, it can have a dramatic impact on every area of your…

Types of Health Risks That Truck Drivers Face

Those who work in the trucking industry and operate big rigs for hours a day, day after day, face certain health risks that those in other industries do not. Not only are truck drivers at a greater risk of being involved in a motor vehicle accident, which could result in…

Using Your Own Doctor for a Work Injury

When on-the-job accidents and injuries occur, it can reassuring to go to a medical provider you know and trust, rather than one you are referred to by your employer. Workers’ compensation benefits in Nebraska may cover these treatments, but there are certain factors you need to be aware of that…

Can a Pre-Existing Condition Affect My Workers Comp Claim?

While a pre-existing condition can impact your claim, you may still be entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits in Nebraska for on the job injuries and illnesses you suffer. On-the-job injuries and occupational illnesses can impact workers in a variety of occupations. If you have a pre-existing health condition, you…

Do I Have a Workers Comp Case?

When injuries or illnesses occur as the result of your job, you have the right to file a workers’ compensation claim. On-the-job accidents and illnesses can occur in any job field or occupation. As a result, they may prevent you from working or performing certain tasks required by your employer…

Do I Have to Pay Income Taxes on Workers’ Compensation Benefits?

Not reporting your workers’ compensation claim within the appropriate timelines can jeopardize your rights to benefits. Workers’ compensation insurance is designed to protect employees who are injured while performing work-related tasks. Workers’ comp provides compensation for their medical expenses, and, in some cases, a portion of their lost wages, regardless…

When Should you Report your Work Injury in Nebraska?

Not reporting your workers’ compensation claim within the appropriate timelines can jeopardize your rights to benefits. Work related injuries can occur suddenly, such as from an on-the-job accident. They can also happen over a period of time, such as from repetitive stress and strain, or in the event you are…

What Kinds of Injuries are Covered by Workers Comp?

On-the-job injuries can happen in any occupation. Unfortunately, even otherwise minor injuries can require extensive medical care and treatment, while preventing you from working or performing certain tasks on your job. In these situations, workers’ compensation benefits provide a safety net while you recover. The following highlights some of the…

In Nebraska, Can Employees be Fired While Out on Workers’ Compensation?

Understand Your Legal Right to Seek Benefits Workers who are injured on the job in Omaha and Nebraska in general have certain rights. One of the rights is to file a workers’ compensation claim for benefits. Another is to report the unsafe condition to the proper agency, such as OSHA,…

What’s the best treatment for a torn muscle?

Regardless of your lifestyle and profession, you use your muscles from the moment you wake up in the morning. As your day begins, you may find yourself taking on a variety of physical activity. For example, if you work as a mover or construction worker, you are always on the…

Depression, fatigue can result in workplace injuries

Although no one wants to be part of a workplace accident that results in an injury, this happens all too often in today’s day and age. There are many causes of workplace accidents, from negligence to horseplay. However, there’s something that many people overlook: Depression and fatigue can both result…

There is more than 1 type of workplace burn

Depending on your job, you may realize that the potential to suffer a burn injury is very real. It goes without saying that any type of burn injury is serious, so you want to prevent trouble at all costs. This starts with understanding that there is more than one type…

Key facts about carpal tunnel syndrome

Not all workplace injuries are the result of one drastic event, like a car accident or a fall from a ladder. With repetitive motion injuries, the problem slowly builds up over time. This doesn’t make it any less detrimental to your ability to work. A repetitive motion injury like carpal…

Truckers can take charge of their own safety

Do you earn your living operating trucks? Whether you drive a truck for a Nebraska construction company, moving company, or industrial business or if you are the holder of a commercial driver’s license, you will likely face daily injury risks. Loading and unloading the truck, slipping when you enter or exit…

There is more than 1 way to prevent electrical shock

Depending on your profession, you may find yourself working around electricity almost every day of the week. While this can be dangerous at times, it’s good to know that there are steps you can take to improve your safety. Here are a few of the better ways to prevent electrical…

Do you follow these power drill safety tips?

There are many benefits of using a power drill, such as the ability to more efficiently complete a task in an accurate manner. However, just the same as any power tool, there are some safety tips to keep in mind. If you’re not careful, misuse of a power drill could…

11 workplace injuries and illnesses

Your workplace is supposed to be safe, and that means doing more than removing trip hazards and providing adequate lighting. Employers have to consider all potential harm that employees could suffer and steps that can be taken to protect them. That’s not to say that the workplace will be entirely…

Broken ribs can slow you down

While there are many injuries you can suffer at your place of employment, broken ribs don’t often come to mind. However, this is an injury that many people face. It’s also one that can slow you down for quite some time. The unique thing about broken ribs is that there…

New to the workforce? Familiarize yourself with potential hazards

Have you recently entered the Nebraska workforce? Then you may have questions about the workers’ compensation insurance system. What are the benefits that you will receive in the event of a workplace injury? The program is in place to provide you with compensation for medical expenses and lost wages in…

Common types of unsafe working conditions

Regardless of your profession or industry, you must understand what it takes to create a safe working environment. While this sounds simple enough, both employees and employers make mistakes every now and again. Unfortunately, unsafe working conditions can lead to an accident that causes serious injury or even death. With…

What are the symptoms of a broken foot?

A broken foot is a common injury that can put you on the shelf for an extended period of time. You can suffer this injury when you least expect it, such as when walking on a construction site or getting up out of your seat at work. Here are some…

Do you know how to treat a laceration?

Even if you work in a so-called “safe” industry, you should never rule out the possibility of suffering a laceration on the job. While some lacerations are easy enough to treat, this isn’t always the case. You shouldn’t assume this is something you can handle on your own, as you…

A Minatare plumber is covered in dirt, dies working in a trench

On March 21, 2016, at an Alliance, Nebraska, construction site, a veteran plumber had been working in trenches that were eight feet deep at a newly constructed home on Toluca Avenue. The 61-year-old was apparently on all fours installing sewer pipes within one of those when his co-worker dumped what’s…

What is ergonomics and how can it protect you in the workplace?

Do you earn your income by spending your days on a Nebraska assembly or production line in which you have to perform the same motions repeatedly while you are in an awkward body position, or having to stretch to do your job? If your employer disregards workplace ergonomics, you might be…

Hip dislocation: From causes to recovery

A hip dislocation is every bit as painful as it sounds. While you never want to suffer this type of injury, it could happen as the result of a variety of accidents. For example, motor vehicle accidents are among the most common cause of this injury. Hip dislocations typically happen…

What are the symptoms of a spinal cord injury?

In a perfect world, you would never suffer from any type of injury. Unfortunately, there is no way of knowing what the future will bring. When you least expect it, you could find your life changing as the result of a serious injury. An example of this is a spinal…

Kneecap dislocation: A few things you need to know

A kneecap dislocation is every bit as painful as it sounds. While you have no intention of ever dealing with a dislocation, you never know what could happen in the future if you take a wrong step or are part of an accident. If you suffer this injury, it’s important…

The signs and symptoms of a broken bone

Even if you don’t work in a physically demanding field, such as construction, you could still suffer an on-the-job injury. For example, a slip-and-fall on a slippery stairwell may result in a variety of injuries. While you could suffer almost any type of injury imaginable at work, broken bones are…

How do you know if you have a concussion?

Depending on your profession, you may have some concerns about suffering a blow to the head. For instance, if you work in the construction industry, you know that this could happen at any time. If you get hit in the head, it’s important to understand if you have been injured….

How to report an injury at work and what to do next

Regardless of your industry and profession, you should always assume you could suffer an on-the-job injury at some point. With this assumption, you’ll be prepared for anything that comes your way (even the worst of injuries). If you are injured on the job, regardless of the circumstances, you need to…

Are you at risk of toxic exposure in the workplace?

As a hard worker, you certainly try to complete any necessary task to the best of your ability. In return, you undoubtedly hope that your employer ensures that your workplace remains safe and poses as few hazards as possible. Unfortunately, this is not always the case, and even when precautions…

A shinbone fracture can lead to many challenges

It’s easy to believe you will never suffer a shinbone injury, especially if you have been able to avoid injury to this part of your body in the past. However, depending on your profession, this could happen when you least expect it. A shinbone fracture can lead to a variety…

What are the symptoms of an ACL injury?

It’s easy to believe that anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries only happen when playing sports, but nothing could be further from the truth. It’s possible that you could suffer a sprain or tear in your daily life, even if you’re being careful about every step you take. To start, here’s…

What are the dangers of working in the rain?

During the fall months, you can rest assured that quite a bit of rain will fall throughout the state of Nebraska. While you may be familiar with working in wet conditions, it doesn’t mean you can be any less cautious. Many people work outdoors every day of the week, even…

Prevent your workers’ compensation claim from being denied

You hope that you are never injured on the job, but if this does happen, you need to know your legal rights. For many people, this means the right to file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits. While you hope that your claim is immediately approved, you know that this…

Hurt at work? Know your right to certain types of rehabilitation.

Work accidents can leave victims with a host of complex and painful injuries. For some Nebraska workers, it is possible to recover and return to work after a certain amount of time and proper medical care. However, it may not be so easy for you. You may find that because…

What are the most common symptoms of a knee injury?

Any type of knee injury, regardless of the cause or extent, can cause both pain and discomfort. As a worker in a fast paced industry, such as construction, you know that you could suffer a variety of injuries when you least expect it. A knee injury is serious, as this…

What are the common causes of a bulging disc?

It may not sound like the most serious injury, but a bulging disc has a way of putting you on the shelf for quite some time. Even worse is the fact that this may call for an aggressive treatment strategy, which could be accompanied by surgery. Since you never want…

What are the symptoms of frostbite?

As one of our Nebraska readers, you know that spending time outdoors during the winter months typically means enduring cold temperatures. While there is nothing wrong with going outdoors when it’s cold, especially to do your job, there’s something to remember: frostbite is very real. It’s imperative that your understand…

What types of work injuries can cause neck pain?

There are many common causes of neck pain, all of which you need to be aware of as you work your job. Even a minor neck injury, one that you think you can fight through, can lead to a serious situation in the future. This is why it’s so important…

Protect your back -- listen to what your body tells you

Are you one of the thousands of workers in Nebraska who suffers from chronic back pain? It is not easy to concentrate on your job while dealing with constant dull back pain or stabbing sharp pains. Although back problems can develop in any occupation, industries such as manufacturing, construction and…

On-the-job foot injuries are common and costly

Depending on your profession, it’s possible that you could suffer a serious foot injury at some point. This is why it’s so important to keep this part of your body protected at all times. Occupational Health & Safety shares a variety of statistics related to foot injuries, all of which…

Injured truck drivers may be entitled to workers’ compensation

As a commercial truck driver, you are faced with physical demands on a daily basis. Injuries can result from many circumstances, such as an accident with another vehicle, unloading cargo or even slipping and falling when exiting or entering the cab. Truck drivers should also be aware of the many…

A knee or shoulder injury could require detailed medical care

Regardless of your profession, there is always a chance that you could suffer an on-the-job injury. While some injuries are more serious than others, each and every type should be examined by a medical professional. A knee or shoulder injury could require detailed and long-term medical care. Furthermore, this type…

Do you know how to prevent cold-related illness and injury?

There is still plenty of warm weather to be had in the weeks and months to come, but it won’t be long before cooler temperatures move into the area. If you work outdoors, it’s imperative that you know how to do so in a safe manner. There are many ways…

Keep fighting after a denied workers' compensation claim

When a work accident or occupational illness or condition leaves you injured, sick and unable to work, you know you need financial support. The purpose behind workers’ compensation is to provide care to workers who are hurt on the job, but it can sometimes be surprisingly difficult to actually obtain…

Basic ladder safety is often overlooked

When it comes to ladder safety, some people, such as workers in the construction industry, know exactly what they should and should not be doing. Conversely, there will always be people who assume that using a ladder is simple, which can lead to an accident. Basic ladder safety is often…

Do you follow these portable power tool safety tips?

When it comes to the use of portable power tools, it’s easy to believe that you know exactly what you are doing. However, here’s something you need to remember: One mistake is all it takes for an accident to occur. Here are some of the best portable power tool safety…

How employers can protect older workers from workplace injuries

When one health care system on the east coast tried to assess why so many of their employees were filing workers’ compensation claims, they discovered a trend. They found that many of their older nurses were struggling to move sick, heavy patients about. They noticed that these workers were the…

Top skid-steer safety tips

Depending on your job and industry, you may be responsible for operating a skid-steer. Even if you aren’t, there’s always a chance that you will be working in close proximity to somebody who is. Just the same as any vehicle, operating a skid-steer takes great skill. Furthermore, it only takes…

What do workers' compensation benefits actually cover?

Suffering an injury at work is more than an inconvenience. It affects your financial well-being and is a direct threat to the future of your career. You know that is it is critical to receive medical care and compensation for your accident-related losses, but actually securing those benefits can be…

Do these things to work more safely in the heat

Do you find yourself working in hot conditions on a regular basis? This can happen indoors or out, so you need to be careful at all times. It’s never a good idea to push yourself past your limit when working in the heat. Doing so can result in a variety…

Do you know how to work safely in wet weather?

Depending on your profession, there could come a point when you find yourself working in wet weather. While there is nothing wrong with working in the rain – especially if your job calls for it – there are things you need to do in order to remain safe. Here are…

An industrial accident can keep you out of work

Do you work in an industrial setting? Are you familiar with the risks associated with this line of work? Even if you know that you are in harm’s way from time to time, there is only so much you can do to keep yourself safe. Depending on the type, an…

Hip dislocation: complications, recovery time, and more

Not only is a hip dislocation extremely painful, but this can make it extremely difficult to walk. In the event of nerve damage, it’s possible that you may not have any feeling below your hip. There are many causes of hip dislocation, some of which can come about through your…

What are the types of acute knee injury?

There is more than one type of acute knee injury, but here is something you need to know: Any injury can cause pain and discomfort, while also requiring specialized treatment. Here are some of the most common types of acute knee injury: – Sprain or strain. This is an injury…

3 reasons your workers' comp claim could face denial

Your line of work may place you in a position in which you face serious safety or health risks. Though you may follow all the implemented precautionary measures, your employer could possibly have overlooked a necessary safety step or failed to provide you with adequate safety gear. On the other…

Workers’ compensation permanent disability benefits

Nobody wants to suffer an on the job injury, but many workers find themselves in this position every year. If you are one of them, you need to focus most your time and energy on your health and well being. There is a big difference between an injury that causes…

A construction accident can cause many injuries

As a construction worker, it goes without saying that you are familiar with the many risks associated with your employment. This doesn’t mean that you will suffer an injury at some point in the future, but it could happen. It’s important to be prepared for anything that could come your…

Seek the medical benefits you deserve

Although you do whatever you can to avoid an on-the-job injury, there could come a time when you find yourself in this unenviable position. Your health is more important than anything else, so don’t hesitate to receive medical treatment immediately following your accident. You should also stay in close contact…

Are you covered by workers’ compensation?

Many people assume that they are covered by workers’ compensation, but find themselves in for a big surprise after suffering an injury. On the same note, many workers assume that they are unable to receive workers’ compensation benefits after suffering a workplace injury. Unfortunately, this leads to a situation in…

An injury causing an amputation doesn't have to end your career

Have you witnessed a workplace accident in which a co-worker lost a body part? Along with the trauma that such an incident can cause a victim and any witnesses, it will naturally raise concern about how you will cope should you lose a leg, arm or even just a finger….

Finding a job after a serious workplace injury

There are many challenges associated with an on-the-job injury. In addition to the pain and suffering, you’ll soon begin to worry about your future. For example, you may have questions about whether you will ever be able to return to work. In this case, you may also have questions about…

Neck sprain: From symptoms to treatment

If you have never suffered from a neck sprain in the past, you may assume that this is a relatively minor injury. While it may not be the most serious injury you can suffer, it can definitely cause both pain and discomfort for an extended period of time. There are…

Find the right doctor after your workplace injury

If you suffer any type of workplace injury, it’s important to receive immediate medical attention. For example, in the event of an emergency, you’ll want to call for an ambulance and receive care at a local hospital. However, once you are stabilized and you have a better idea of your…

How long will a lower back strain cause you pain?

You can suffer a variety of injuries on the job, some of which are more serious than others. While many people assume that a lower back strain is easy to treat, this is not always the case. Believe it or not, this type of injury may call for you to…

There are many types of treatment for a facial fracture

If you suffer a facial fracture on the job, it’s important to understand just how serious this type of injury can be. At first, you may not experience much pain or discomfort. However, as the minutes pass, you will soon realize that this is causing pain while also changing your…

How to best treat a bulging disc

A bulging disc may not sound like a big deal, but this type of injury has the potential to keep you off your feet for quite some time. There are many causes of a bulging disc, including heavy lifting or a slip and fall. Regardless of how you suffered this…

Do you need stitches?

If you suffer any type of laceration, it’s important to receive immediate medical attention. Even if you think you can treat the cut at home, it’s better to be safe than sorry. You may soon find that your cut requires stitches. There are many times when it makes sense to…

What’s the best way to treat a muscle strain?

If you have never suffered a muscle strain, you may not realize how much pain and discomfort this can bring to your life. Fortunately, with the right approach to treatment, you can put this pain in the past and move on with your life. If you neglect to treat a…

No scientific backing for popular support belts

Like many in your profession, you may have heard people singing the praises of back belts. Apparently, the belts reduce force on the spine by increasing pressure around the abdomen. Workers who must do a lot of heavy lifting have taken a page from weight lifters who often sport the…

Work-related head and back injuries can cause serious pain

Are you a worker in the state of Nebraska? Does your job entail physical work on a regular basis? If so, you may have some concerns about your health. Although you may have been able to avoid trouble in the past, you never know what the future will bring. There…

Treating a neck injury can be complicated

Have you suffered a neck injury on the job? Are you concerned that this could have a long term impact on your health? If you find yourself in this position, you don’t want to wait another minute to receive treatment. In fact, the moment you suffer a neck injury is…

Don’t ignore a knee or shoulder injury

There are some types of workplace injuries that call for immediate medical attention. For example, you’ll never think twice about seeing a doctor if you’ve been knocked unconscious and have concerns about a brain injury. Conversely, there are times when people suffer what they consider to be a minor injury….

Poor lifting technique can cause a back injury

Depending on your profession, you may find yourself lifting heavy items on a regular basis. For example, this often holds true for warehouse and construction workers. Although you take steps to remain in good health, you never know when you could suffer a back injury. One of the best ways…

Can you get workers’ compensation if injured outside of work?

If you are injured at your place of employment, you will likely find yourself in position to file a workers’ compensation claim. However, things get tricky if you were not on-site at the time of the injury. In this case, whether or not you receive workers’ compensation benefits depends on…

Fatigued commercial truck drivers are often the victims of greed

Are you a commercial truck driver in Nebraska whose greedy employer pushes you to work extended hours to meet unreasonable deadlines to make more profits? While this practice may put more money in the pockets of both your boss and yourself, it also puts you in harm’s way. Too many…

What types of injuries does workers’ compensation cover?

Generally speaking, if you are injured on the job, you will want to learn more about the process of making a workers’ compensation claim. With this, you can receive benefits until you are able to return to work. Many types of injuries are covered by workers’ compensation. Some of these…

What’s the best way to treat a second degree burn?

Depending on your job responsibilities, you may come in close contact with hot surfaces from time to time. For this reason, it’s possible that you could suffer a serious burn. A second degree burn can cause serious pain, which is why it needs to be treated in the appropriate manner….

Do these things to appeal a workers’ compensation denial

When you make a workers’ compensation claim, you hope to receive benefits in the near future. You know you need this money to get by until you are able to return to work. What will happen if your claim is denied? Will you forget about this? Will you file an…

What should you do following a workplace injury?

When you arrive at work, you hope that you make it through your shift in a happy, healthy and safe manner. If you work in a dangerous industry, you know that this may not happen. There are several important steps to take if you suffer an on the job injury….

Are you in one of the most hazardous occupations in the country?

While every industry comes with its own set of risks and dangers for workers, some stand head and shoulders above the rest regarding dangerous and potentially fatal hazards. If you’ve ever suffered a serious injury on the job, or you have lost a loved one who was fatally hurt while…

There are many ways to protect against toxins in the workplace

Do you work in an area in which toxins are present on a regular basis? If so, you need to keep your safety in mind at all times. Remember, it only takes one accident for exposure to cause a serious illness or injury. Both employees and employers should do whatever…

The hazards that lead to workplace trip and fall injuries

When you arrive at your place of employment, it’s important to do whatever you can to remain safe. While some accidents are easy to avoid, others have a way of sneaking up on people. For example, a workplace trip and fall could pop up out of nowhere. There are many…

It never hurts to ask these workers’ compensation questions

Have you or a loved one been injured on the job? Are you wondering what it will take to receive workers’ compensation benefits? If you find yourself in this situation, it’s imperative to do two things: – Get answers to all workers’ compensation question that are on your mind. –…

Why do ladder accidents happen on worksites?

If you work in the construction industry (among others), you may find yourself using a ladder on a daily basis. For some, this becomes second nature. Although you may feel comfortable using a ladder, here’s something you need to remember: An accident can cause serious injury or even death. This…

Is your employer doing these things to keep you safe?

As an employee, you hope you never run into a dangerous situation at work. Instead, you hope to do your job, remain safe, and return home at the end of the day. Unfortunately, there are times when people are injured on the job. Sometimes this is the result of a…

Is your career as a truck driver on hold due to an injury?

As a commercial truck driver, an accident or injury could affect your ability to drive, ultimately impacting the financial well-being of your family. When you are dealing with the fallout of lost wages from missed work or unable to do your job because of an accident injury or repetitive stress…

Construction safety remains a concern

There are hundreds of thousands of construction workers throughout the United States. Unfortunately, this is one of the most dangerous industries, with workers being injured and killed every year. For example, there were nearly 1,000 construction site fatalities in 2012 alone. Along with this, many more people were injured in…

Answer these workers’ compensation questions

If you’ve been injured on the job, you may be in position to receive workers’ compensation benefits. Since no two accidents are the same, there are some key questions to address: – Do I have a workers’ compensation claim? – How much money will I receive if my workers’ compensation…

Workers’ compensation and employer retaliation

As a worker, you do whatever it takes to provide your company with a high level of service. Unfortunately, regardless of your position, you could be injured on the job at some point in time. You hope this never happens, but there is no way of knowing what the future…

Was your workers' comp claim denied?

If you have suffered workplace injuries that led to hospitalization and time away from work, you may be struggling to maintain financial stability. Although the workers’ compensation insurance program is a no-fault system, some claims are denied. When this happens, it can compromise your ability to take care of your…

What are the primary causes of an indoor slip and fall accident?

As an employee, you show up at the office every day with the idea of doing your job and remaining safe. Unfortunately, there are times when things don’t go as planned. Every year in office buildings and retail locations throughout the United States, employees (among others) are injured in indoor…

What are your rights as an injured construction worker?

Construction is a dangerous job, but the inherent risks that come with this job do not preclude injured workers from a full and fair recovery. After an accident on a construction site, it can be beneficial for an injured Nebraska or Iowa worker to seek legal help in order to…

To what workers' comp benefits are Nebraska employees entitled?

First, don’t confuse workers’ compensation benefits with unemployment benefits. They are not the same. Workers’ compensation is an insurance policy that is carried by employers to cover work-related injuries sustained by their employees. If an employee is injured while on the job, this insurance policy provides coverage for things such…

Scaffold accidents can cause serious injury

Every day throughout the state of Nebraska, construction companies and contractors setup scaffolding as a means of working at height. While this is a great way to ensure the quality of the job, it’s important to remember that there is risk involved as well. According to the Occupational Safety and…

Learn more about permanent disability benefits

There is nothing worse than the thought of a serious workplace accident that causes permanent disability. When this happens, your life will be changed forever. In addition to the personal changes you will go through, a permanent disability can result in lost wages and medical bills that never seem to…

What can you do if your workers’ compensation claim is denied?

If you were injured on the job, if you are unable to return to work, it goes without saying that you should learn more about filing a workers’ compensation claim. It is your hope that you’re able to receive compensation for your injuries until you are able to return to…

Workers’ compensation: Employers have responsibilities

It goes without saying that you never want to file a workers’ compensation claim. If you need to do so, it means that you have been injured on the job. Furthermore, it also means that you are unable to return to your position for the time being. While you should…

Truck drivers and fatigue

One of the worst elements of fatigue in relation to driving is that it can happen so fast, sneaking up on a vehicle operator and creating havoc. Truckers generally work long hours, and weariness can affect their safety as well as the safety of the drivers around them. The Department…

Safety measures for roadside workers

Orange vests, flashing lights and cones are helpful, but are they enough? Motorists speed past roadside workers at highway speed every day, just feet away from vulnerable human bodies while the drivers are isolated inside their protected vehicles. For the driver, the rush to get home from work or to…

Are you familiar with workplace chemical hazards?

Depending on your job, you may find yourself in close proximity to chemicals on a regular basis. While this may be something that’s expected of you, remember this: It can be dangerous at times. A chemical hazard can pose a variety of health hazards, including but not limited to skin…

Why do slip and fall accidents happen at the workplace?

According to Carnegie Mellon University, slips, trips, and falls are the top cause of accidents. If you’re involved in a slip and fall accident, the only thing that matters is your health. You are in pain and you know that you need assistance. For this reason, you need to receive…

On-The-Job Deaths: Drivers Take The Lead

Commercial transport accounts for more on-the-job deaths than any other profession. As made clear in a recent report released by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, nearly 40 percent of occupational fatalities stem from roadway incidents. A range of factors contribute to the industry’s dangers. Driving is, of course,…

Construction work can be extremely dangerous

It goes without saying that some fields are more dangerous than others. Construction is one such field, with people being injured all the time. While you can’t live your life in fear, you need to realize one thing to be true: As a construction worker, you could be injured on…

What are vocational rehabilitation benefits?

Did you suffer an injury on the job? Are you concerned about what this means to your future? If you find yourself in this position, it’s only natural to be worried. Fortunately, there are a few steps you can take to put your mind at ease. First and foremost, it’s…

Symptoms of a computer related repetitive stress injury

Do you work on a computer all day? If so, this probably means you spend a lot of time typing and navigating a mouse. While this sounds harmless enough, especially when compared to more physically demanding jobs, it’s important to realize that this could eventually lead to a repetitive stress…

Knee and shoulder injuries can be serious

As you may know, there are many types of injuries that could keep you away from your job for an extended period of time. While many people understand the seriousness of head, neck, and back injuries, some overlook the impact of a knee or shoulder ailment. If you work on…

Five facts that might surprise you about truck driver injuries

New national data provides a startling look at the work-related injuries suffered by truck drivers. The U.S. Department of Labor notes that while many would assume there are other seemingly more treacherous professions, truck driver injuries rank in a way that might surprise you.  Consider these five facts from the…

Spinal cord workplace injuries could make returning impossible

Spinal cord injuries in the workplace can have an impact that lasts for the rest of a person’s life, as complete healing is not always possible. That’s not to say it never happens, or that improvement won’t be seen, but some people have issues that they must deal with forever,…

The long-term impacts of a workplace injury

Many workplace injuries are short-term events. You’re just looking for compensation to cover your immediate costs and the wages you miss while you’re out of work. However, it’s important to remember that there can be long-term costs with some injuries, and they go far beyond the more basic financial considerations….

A safe company culture can reduce accidents

According to OSHA, employers may be financially liable, through workers’ compensation, for injuries that occur in on-the-job car accidents. Considering how prevalent car accidents are in today’s world – there is a crash every five seconds, an accident results in injury every 10 seconds, and a person is killed in…

Myths about workers' compensation

Many business owners buy into some of the main myths about workers’ compensation, and employees are also in danger of accepting these things as fact and then not fully understanding their rights in Nebraska. Below are a few key myths to watch out for. Well-trained, professional workers won’t need compensation….

Why was your workers' comp claim denied?

It is possible for workers’ compensation claims to be denied, and you can then appeal the decisions and take other important steps if you believe it was wrongfully denied. It’s important to first consider why it was denied. A few common examples are listed below: You did not act quickly…

Study finds that pressure at work can be deadly

People have long thought that there was a connection between working too hard and experiencing health issues. However, it was hard to tell if workers who put in the extra hours already had health conditions or if they were caused by the job itself. Some new studies shed a bit…

Why workplace stress has been going up

Some studies have shown that mental stress in the workplace has been going up over the years. While some stress is to be expected in most jobs, too much stress could lead to larger issues and even impairment. The trend is very clear in the amount of workers’ comp cases…

What kind of wage loss benefits can I get under workers’ comp?

  Nebraska employees who are injured on the job and unable to return to work still need to maintain an acceptable standard of living after their accidents. Workers’ compensation insurance provides wage loss benefits to injured workers so that they continue to receive a source of income throughout the time…

New implant saves man's construction career

A man in Nebraska had worked in construction for years, and he loved it. He called his job, which often consisted of putting in cabinets, the best in town. Unfortunately, a wrist injury threatened to take that all away from him. He had tremendous pain and sought help from multiple…

Man saws off his hand in work accident, has it reattached

A man in Norfolk, Nebraska, recently sawed off his own hand in a workplace accident. Amazingly, doctors acted quickly and reattached the severed hand. That man works for BonnaVilla, a company that builds modular homes. His job is to use a radial arm saw to cut 2x6 boards. The saw…

We help with all types of job-related injuries

Thousands of people are injured on the job every single year. In many cases, these injuries could have been prevented, but the negligence of the employer causes them to occur. If this happens to you, we can help. We have experience with many types of job-related injuries, such as: Construction…

What are the fatal 4?

There are four main types of deadly accidents in Nebraska and across the United States, according to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration, a division of the United States Department of Labor. These are often called the “Fatal Four.” They are general categories, and deadly accidents certainly can happen in…

What are my workers' compensation rights after a back injury?

Injuries to the back, spine and neck are some of the most painful and serious injuries a person can suffer. If you sustained a back injury in the course of your job duties, you are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. The question then becomes, what benefits can you recover? In…

When are you eligible for workers' compensation?

If you’re wondering if you’re eligible for workers’ compensation, you need to look no further than the Nebraska Workers’ Compensation Act. You can get these benefits if four different criteria are met. They are as follows: You were injured or contracted a disease that was directly caused by your employment….

It can be hard to get workers' comp for diseases

For some things, it’s not that hard to collect workers’ compensation. All of the proof is fairly easy to gather. When a machine breaks and amputates someone’s arm, for example, it’s very clear that the injury is only related to the job and that the costs connected to that injury…

Why was your workers' comp denied?

If your workers’ compensation was denied in Nebraska, there are legal steps that you can take. Don’t give up on it entirely, as you still may be able to get the compensation you’re after. The first step is to know exactly why it was denied. Here are a few of…

Rushing, injuries, and the worker's mindset

A lot of workers in the United States have the mindset that rushing is not only good, but expected. They were told as children to get as much done as possible, and they’re praised as adults for being ahead of schedule. However, this mindset can be dangerous. Studies have found…

Aggravated injuries and workers' compensation

One of the most common reasons insurance companies give for denying workers’ compensation claims is that the injury is preexisting - it did not occur due to work activities.  While a worker may have suffered an injury years ago, before he or she started their current job, that does not…

Peer-to-peer companies don't offer workers' comp

Thanks to peer-to-peer companies, it’s now easier than ever to support yourself without technically being an employee. Instead, you’re just an independent contractor. You can often set your own schedule and, in that sense, control your wages. One thing that is important to note, though, is that the peer-to-peer platform…

What may be covered by workers' comp?

The reality is that many people don’t think twice about workers’ comp in Nebraska until they are injured. Then, they don’t know what types of payments they’re entitled to or how to get them, even though this process is very important. To help you before you’re injured, below are examples…

Truck drivers beware: on-the-job injuries are common

As a truck driver, you spend the majority of your day either behind the wheel or loading and unloading cargo. For the most part, this is an unavoidable consequence of your profession. But, it also puts you at risk of getting hurt. Even if you put the risk of a…

Study: most workplace assaults happen in health care settings

Accidents are not the only way that employees can get injured at work. Violence in the workplace, such as violence from a coworker, customer or other individual, can cause a worker significant injuries that could have major ramifications, such as causing them to have to stay home from work for…

Safety risks can come up in connection to non-powered tools too

It is pretty well-known that safety is an important thing to pay attention to when it comes to the use of power tools in the workplace. However, a tool doesn’t have to be powered to pose safety concerns. Work injury risks can also arise in connection to conventional hand tools….

Hurt workers and vocational rehabilitation benefits issues

Work injuries can vary significantly in the kinds of impacts they have on workers. Some injuries have effects that are relatively short-term in nature. Others can have long-term ramifications for workers. An example of the latter type of injury are injuries that make it so a worker is no longer…

Three common causes for on-the-job accidents in Nebraska

2016 has been a rough year for workers in Nebraska. The United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has opened 41 investigations of the safety of workplaces within the state. Of these investigations currently underway, 32 cases resulted in hospitalizations and nine in amputations. A recent…

Why chain safety is important

Lifting safety is critical in a workplace, whether the lifting is being done directly by workers or through mechanical means. Accidents involving either of these types of lifting can cause considerable harm to workers. Workplace lifting injuries, whether they be through manual or mechanical lifting, are among the injuries workers’…

Position type and workers' comp law coverage

Whether a given Nebraska worker is covered by the state’s workers’ comp law impacts what sorts of rights the worker would have in the event that they suffered an injury at work. So, what occupations the state’s workers’ comp law covers is a very impactful thing. Now, Nebraska’s workers’ comp…

Workplace scissor lift accidents

In many different types of industries, the need to get a worker into an elevated position can arise during a work project. There are a variety of types of devices and equipment that can be used for getting workers to such positions. One is a scissor lift. A scissor lift…