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Spinal Cord Injuries: How to Prevent the Worst-Case Scenario

Spinal cord injuries can cause paralysis and lifelong disability, but by taking appropriate actions after an acute back injury, you can reduce the risk of spinal cord damage. Your spinal cord is one of the most important parts of your body; it sends messages from your brain to control every…

Public Employees at Higher Risk For On-the-Job Injuries

Our Nebraska workers’ compensation attorney explains how the various types of jobs performed by public employees can put them at higher risk of work-related injuries. Public employees are those who work for the local, state, or federal government. They often perform valuable service within the community, but the nature of…

What are the Most Common Injuries on a Construction Site?

The most common injuries on a construction site include traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and bone fractures. When you look at a tall, strong building, think of all the work that went into constructing it. The building could only be the way it is because of all the people…

Safety Training Protects Workers and Employers

Employers should provide thorough and ongoing training for their employees about workplace safety laws, wearing protective equipment, and safe operation of workplace machinery. At manual labor jobs, time is money. The system of overtime pay was designed with industries such as construction, manufacturing, and building maintenance in mind; the only…

What is a Repetitive Stress Injury?

A repetitive stress injury is an injury to muscles, tendons, or nerves in a part of your body due to frequent, repetitive movements. When you were young, you used to play video games all day long during summer vacation, but now the mere thought of wrapping your hands around a…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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;…

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…

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 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…

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…

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…

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…

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…