Workplace Wrongful Death Claims

Posted by on Jun 30, 2016 in Workplace Safety | 0 comments

The term “wrongful death” is used when a person is killed due to another party’s negligence or misconduct. Workplace deaths often fall under the category of wrongful death. According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration, over 4,600 people are killed while performing their jobs each year. Losing a family member is devastating, and even more devastating if the deceased is the household’s breadwinner. When a death occurs in the workplace, the family members of the deceased are eligible to receive workers’ compensation and more. When the death was a result of negligence, the family may further be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit.

In the case of a workplace death, workers’ compensation covers financial losses such as funeral expenses, loss of future income, medical bills accumulated prior to death, and legal fees. However, these amounts are capped and likely will not cover the drastic financial impact of losing a family member in full. Compensation in a wrongful death lawsuit may go beyond the financial scope.

A wrongful death lawsuit usually cannot be filed against an employer if the family received workers’ compensation. However, if a legal team can show that a third-party was negligent, significant compensation can usually be won. Examples of a third party could include the driver who caused the accident, property owners whose negligence contributed to the death, or manufacturers of the faulty equipment that killed the worker.

Receiving benefits after the workplace death of a loved one can be more complicated than expected. If family members win both workers’ compensation and a wrongful death lawsuit, however, they may be granted significant settlements. These settlements may include weekly survivor’s benefits or a lump sum settlement.

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Ways on how to prevent back pain at work

Posted by on Feb 19, 2016 in Workplace Safety | 0 comments

According to the website of WorkSTEPS, many American workers suffer from back pain due to a variety of reasons. Poor workplace ergonomics, for instance, could be one of the top reasons for back aches. Limited breaks during work hours and poor work posture may also cause this musculoskeletal condition. Back pain can result in poor work performance and decreased productivity. In most cases, back pain results in a couple of days off work.

Back pain may harm you and your business’ bottom line. And so to keep this musculoskeletal condition at bay, remember these simple tips in preventing back pain:

Maintain good posture when working

According to the Huffington Post, sitting over a keyboard for hours can contribute to tightness in the hips and legs, in addition to neck, shoulder and back pain and discomfort. Working on a desk in front of a computer all day may cause you to slouch on your back, making you more prone to back pain. By moving your mouse and your keyboard closer to your chest, for instance, you are preventing yourself from overreaching items that may cause back pain. Also, remember to always align your head to your neck to avoid putting too much strain on your neck bones.

Choose ergonomically-designed office tool

A chair that allows you to comfortably put your weight on a lumbar support may help you prevent lower back pain. Also, choose a desk that’s not too high or too low to avoid straining your back muscles. Finally, using a laptop in the office may cause you to lean forward and squint more often just to hit the proper keys or read what’s on the screen, so you may refrain from using laptops and switch to PCs instead.

Have an occasional break

Taking a quick break to breathe, stretch, and relax your back muscles, arms and hands may help fight against back ache. You may talk to your supervisor to help you plot a good schedule that would allow you to have short in-between breaks without having to compromise your productivity.

 

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