Although your past crime is completely unrelated to your personal injury claim, most people will view a criminal record negatively. Typically, the less serious the crime, and the longer the time that has passed, the less impact it will have on your personal injury case. The best thing to do is to tell the truth…

Although your employer or insurance provider may recommend a treating physician for your workers’ compensation case, you have the right to and should choose your own doctor. Always check that the doctor you choose is willing to treat work-related injuries. Choose a physician that specializes in treating your type of injuries and that you feel…

Workplace injuries have the potential to occur in any industry, regardless of whether physically intensive tasks are involved in your work duties or not. OSHA states that work-related musculoskeletal problems have become the leading cause of pain, suffering and disability in American workplaces. Ergonomics are defined as as, “The science of fitting workplace conditions and…

Even in Louisiana the temperatures can drop to near freezing levels, which can present a number of hazards while you’re working in the cold. Each person’s body reacts differently to difficult weather conditions, but some of the most common early symptoms of an adverse reaction to cold weather are fatigue, shivering, slurred speech and bluish…

Personal protective equipment (PPE) is there to ensure your safety for any incident that can occur at your job site. Although there are several different pieces of PPE for different areas of work, some common pieces of PPE include hard hats, high-visibility clothing, skin and hand protection, eye protection, hearing protection and more. Employers have…

Be familiar with your surroundings — knowing the location of most items and heavy equipment areas, you can avoid walking into potential danger zones. Make certain to avoid, deal with or report unsafe conditions when you make note of them. Maintain proper posture — when sitting, hold your back straight at a 90-degree angle, and…

Your Social Security Disability benefits may be cut off if you find employment and your income reaches above a certain threshold. It’s possible to work for a period of 9 months without affecting your SSDI status. This grace period is offered despite the amount that you earn. You may be re-evaluated for your disability status each…

Vocational rehabilitation services are included in workers’ compensation claims in order to help injured workers return to gainful employment as soon as possible. Some injuries prevent employees from returning to their previous position. In these cases, vocational rehabilitation services will help to acclimate the injured party for a new position that can be performed within…

If a claim has been accepted, that means the employer’s insurance company has agreed that the illness or injury is covered by a workers’ compensation claim. If an injury prevents you from performing your previous duties, but a doctor says that you can still perform other work, your employer may choose to offer you alternative…

The benefits received from workers’ compensation depend on the severity of the injuries sustained, as well as the proceeding recovery period. Permanent Partial Disability (PPD) benefits are minimal benefits provided if you have sustained serious injuries that resulted in disfigurement, even if you did not miss work. If you earn less than 90 percent of…

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