Lack of sleep increases workplace injuries

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.



Repairman falls to his death

A worker repairing a disabled elevator fell to his death on Friday morning after he fell nearly ten stories down an elevator shaft. The 44 year-old man is believed to have lost his balance, causing him to fall. The death occurred in a thirteen-story office building in New York City’s Garment District.

Employees in the building did not see him fall, but say they heard a sickening sound when he landed on the first floor. First responders say the man was in cardiac arrest when they found him and immediately took him to Bellevue University Hospital, where he later died.

Our deepest sympathies are with the family and friends of the victim in this tragic accident.



Store Explosion Causes Injuries of Two Workers

A recent explosion at a North Dodge Hy-Vee store in Iowa City caused the injuries of one employee of the company and one private contractor.

The two men were in the basement of the store, attempting to repair a refrigeration unit. The explosion occurred a little after 9 a.m. Investigations into the cause of the explosion are still under way. The explosion did not cause a fire, however, the store had to be evacuated due to low levels of oxygen. The two workers were transported to a local hospital and are said to be in stable condition.

 If you or someone you love has been injured while on the job, please contact the Des Moines workplace injuries attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., at 877-327-2600.



Security Guard Injured While Trying to Stop Thief

A security guard employed at Menards, in Des Moines, was injured as she tried to stop a thief from fleeing the store.

The thief had stolen $400 worth of merchandise, when he jumped into the passenger seat of a getaway car in the store’s parking lot and ordered the driver to accelerate. The security guard then stood in front of the car, in an attempt to stop the thief from getting away.

She was hit by the car five times in her legs at a low speed. She then moved, and the car drove away. She suffered minor bruising on her legs.

If you or someone you love has been injured on the job, please contact the Des Moines workplace injuries attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600.



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

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

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

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

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

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.



Massachusetts prison guard accused of workers comp fraud

A Massachusetts prison guard from Freetown pleaded not guilty in a Suffolk Superior Court last week to charges that he ran long-distance races while at the same time collecting worker’s compensation payments for an on-the-job injury he said made him unable to perform manual or strenuous labor.

The judge in the case released the guard on Tuesday on his own recognizance pending the trial date.

Prosecutors allege that the guard was injured in July 2008 while at work, and then collected about $56,000 in worker’s compensation benefits between January and March of the next year.

Authorities began the investigation this year following an anonymous tip to the attorney general’s office that the guard had run in a January 2009 marathon while receiving worker’s compensation benefits.

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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