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Lack of sleep increases workplace injuries

Posted on May 3rd, 2012 No Comments

According to a new study by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, inadequate sleep can increase the risk of workplace accidents and illnesses. It found that 30 percent of American workers do not get enough sleep, up from 24 percent in the 1980s.

A lack of sleep can be contributed to working long shifts and working at irregular hours, like late in the night or morning. People who work long hours have a higher risk of injury and illness, long-term health effects, depression, occupational injury, and loss in mental function and physical ability.

The institute suggests employers should consider shifts as four ten-hour shifts or five eight-hour shifts.

If you have been injured on job, contact the workplace accident lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. by calling 877-327-2600 today.

Employee’s death blamed on unsafe work conditions

Posted on August 5th, 2011 No Comments

The death of a Gilroy, California city employee is blamed on the city’s failure to provide adequate, state-mandated safety controls.

The man, who was working on the road, was hit by a van and died at the scene. According to reports, the driver ran over something in the street and, distracted by the sound, looked away from the road to see what had caused it. In those few seconds, he hit the city worker who was standing in the middle of the street.

OSHA has issued two citations to the city of Gilroy, claiming that the lack of traffic controls and protective work clothing and equipment were major factors in the man’s death. The city plans on appealing the citations, totaling $21,600 in fines.

Our deepest sympathies are with the family and friends of the man who died in this accident.

24 Year-Old Man Killed at Recycling Plant

Posted on February 14th, 2011 No Comments

A 24 year-old worker at a recycling plant was killed when the hood of his sweatshirt got caught in a conveyor belt, causing the man to choke to death. The man was not found until lunch time, when co-workers went to check on him.

The plant has only been in operation for three years, and it has been reported that this is the only death that has occurred. Results from an autopsy have not yet been released, and the tragedy is still being investigated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Our thoughts and sympathies are with the victim’s friends and family during this difficult time.  We hope that measures are taken to prevent another tragedy like this from occurring.

Montana house approves bill to ban workers’ comp for illegal immigrants

Posted on January 19th, 2011 No Comments

On Tuesday, the Montana house approved a bill that bans illegal immigrants from receiving workers’ compensation. The bill was approved in an initial 60-40 vote, and will face one more vote on Wednesday before being sent to the Senate.

Proponents of the bill say that it will help the state’s problem with high workers’ comp costs. However, opponents said that workers, whether legal or illegal, will still inenvitably be injured on the job and the costs will be transferred to emergency departments of hospitals. These costs, in turn, are shifted to taxpayesr and insurance companies. Additionally, opponents add that companies that hire illegal workers, even accidentally, may face large lawsuits if insurance companies do not pay for their workers comp claims, and businesses may go under.

If you need help with your workers’ compensation benefits, contact a Des Moines workers’ compensation attorney from LaMarca Law Group, P.C. by calling 877-327-2600.

Woman awarded workers’ comp after injury during smoke break

Posted on December 15th, 2010 No Comments

An Arkansas woman who slipped and broke her arm during a cigarette break at work has been awarded workers’ compensation benefits after taking her case all the way to the state’s Supreme Court.

Originally, the woman was was told that workers’ comp would be awarded for her injures. However, this decision was later appealed when it was challenged that she was taking a personal break and was not performing employment services when she was injured.

The Arkansas Supreme Court later affirmed the original decision of the Workers’ Compensation Commision by ruling that, since at the time of the injury the woman was waiting to pick up her paycheck as required by her employer, she was indeed performing employment services.

If you are facing difficulty receiving the workers’ comp you need for your injuries, contact the Des Moines workers’ compensation attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600 today.

Arkansas woman’s worker’s compensation case reaches Supreme Court of AR

Posted on December 14th, 2010 No Comments

The Arkansas Supreme Court this week ruled in favor or a Little Rock nursing assistant who was injured in a fall while on the job, ruling that she is eligible for workers compensation benefits.

According to court documents, in October 2008 the woman was returning to a mandatory work meeting after a cigarette break when she fell and fractured her left arm.

After she filed a workers compensation claim seeking medical and temporary total disability benefits, her employer rejected her claim. She then took them to local court, where an administrative law judge ruled in the woman’s favor.

The case was then appealed by the company, and an appeals court overturned this ruling. The woman then appealed her case to the Supreme Court where the original ruling was upheld.

If you are seeking experienced legal counsel regarding workers’ compensation, contact the Des Moines workers’ compensation attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600 today.

Ohio Worker's Comp Bureau admin to be named

Posted on November 24th, 2010 No Comments

John Kasich, the newly elected Gov. of Ohio, is expected to name state Sen. Stephen P. Buehrer to the position of administrator of the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation.

Kasich has a morning press conference scheduled at the Fulton County Courthouse in Wauseon, where it is expected that he will announce Buehrer as the fifth confirmed member of his cabinet.

The 43-year-old Senator has been a member of the Senate since 2007 and also served as a member of the Ohio House from 1999-2006. He is currently chairman of the Senate Insurance, Commerce and Labor Committee, which handles injured worker claims.

If you are seeking experience legal counsel regarding workers’ compensation, contact the Des Moines workers’ compensation attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600 today.

Nobles accused of worker's comp fraud

Posted on November 15th, 2010 No Comments

Richard Nobles, who owns several subcontract labor companies including Express Services, Labor Fast, Fast Track Systems and CSI Services Inc., was indicted this week on four counts of workers’ compensation fraud.

Prosecutors allege that Nobles underreported the number of workers he had on his payroll with the ultimate intent of defrauding the insurance companies that he owed workers’ compensation premiums.

The total amount of unpaid premiums amounted to more than $1 million. The fraud took place from January 2006 to 2010.

He faces up to 12 years on each count of fraud.

Don’t turn to fraud to solve your worker’s compensation problems. If you are involved in a worker’s compensation benefits dispute, contact the Des Moines workers’ compensation attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600 today.

Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation files against city of Middleton

Posted on November 7th, 2010 No Comments

The Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation this week issued multiple citations against the city of Middletown following the death of a city worker earlier this year.

The worker’s death was caused by inhalation of nitrogen fumes during a routine sewer line inspection. The Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation alleges that the leakage was due to poor maintenance by the city and could have been avoided.

The 31-year-old worker opened a manhole on the 2500 block of Yankee Road on May 7 earlier this year when he inhaled the fumes. Three firefighters also inhaled the fumes and became ill while attempting to rescue the worker.

If you are seeking experienced advice when it comes to a workers compensation case, contact the Des Moines workers’ compensation attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600 today.

California vetoes new workers comp legislation

Posted on October 11th, 2010 No Comments

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger this week sided with insurers in vetoing legislation that would have forced workers compensation insurers to submit dispute-resolution clauses to the state’s insurance commissioner for review, according to a California lawmaker.

The legislation would also have required workers compensation dispute-resolution clauses to specify that California law applies in coverage disagreements involving California employers.

Currently, California law requires workers compensation insurers to submit for approval their policy forms to the insurance commissioner but does not require that side agreements be reviewed or agreed upon.

In a Sept. 30 veto message, the Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said that the bill is unnecessary because there is no evidence a problem exists and it could reduce “the competitive market for workers compensation California now enjoys.”

“The high-deductible contract negotiations the bill seeks to impact are conducted by sophisticated participants on both sides of the table that are well-versed in all aspects of workers compensation and other insurance products.”

If you are seeking experienced advice when it comes to a workers compensation case, contact the Des Moines workers’ compensation attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600 today.

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