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When It’s a Good Idea to Hire an Attorney for Your Workers’ Compensation Case.

If you have been injured at work, you may be considering filing a workers’ compensation claim. Workers’ compensation claims are meant to provide injured workers with a quick and efficient way to get compensated for their work-related injuries. So does that mean you don’t need to hire an attorney if you are making a workers’ compensation claim? Not exactly. Some Signs That You Should Hire An Attorney. If your situation is a simple, straight-forward case, like perhaps a twisted ankle or a cut that required a few stitches, then you probably won’t need an attorney to assist you. On the other hand,...

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Workers’ Compensation 101.

What happens if you get injured on the job and can’t work? Where do you get the money to pay for your medical bills? You’ve probably heard of the answer: it’s workers’ compensation. But you might not know how workers’ compensation works. So let’s take a look. The Basics of Workers’ Compensation. Workers’ compensation is a type of insurance program that employers pay into to provide their workers with an efficient and quick way to receive money for their work-related injuries. While the claim process is supposed to be straight-forward, there are certain procedures that must be followed to file a valid claim. Also,...

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What is Toxic Tort Litigation?

Remember the movie, Erin Brockovich?  That movie told the story of a legal assistant’s discovery that Pacific Gas & Electric had been poisoning the water supply in the town of Hinkley, California for 30 years. Or how about John Travolta’s 1999 movie, A Civil Action? That was based on the true story of 8 Woburn, Massachusetts families whose children and spouses contracted and died of leukemia after the local water was contaminated by W.R. Grace Co told the story. Why bring up movies in a law blog? Because these movies are examples of toxic torts. Toxic Tort Litigation. A toxic tort is a legal claim...

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Not Always Smooth Sailing: 3 Common On-Board Accidents That Could Kill You.

The Port of South Louisiana on the Mississippi river is the nation's largest port in terms of tonnage. The port handles more than half of all American grain exports. About 60,000 barges along with 4,500 to 5,000 deep-draft vessels come through the port each year. Whether you work on the river or aboard one of the huge ships waiting to take on cargo, working in the shipping industry is dangerous business. In addition to slipping and falling (a common occurrence on ships) here are 3 of the most dangerous situations riverboat mariners regularly encounter. Being Thrown Overboard. Falling overboard is...

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Injured at Work? Not Doing This Just Might Get You Denied Coverage.

If you get injured while on the job, there are some things you should do to protect your rights and your health. File a Report. The first thing you need to do if you are injured on the job is to file an injury report with your employer. Failing to do this within 24-48 hours after the accident could get you denied worker’s compensation. If your employer doesn’t have worker’s compensation, then you need to file whatever type of injury report your employer accepts. Again, if you do not do this, you may get denied whatever alternative injury coverage your employer...

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