There is a lot of new construction going on in Florida and many other states. The industry has a high risk of worker injuries. Employers are obligated to provide proper training and safety equipment to help construction employees stay as safe as possible on the job. A community in another state is grieving the loss of one of its workers, who was killed in a workplace accident on a recent Tuesday, just before noon. The workers' compensation program can be a great asset to grieving family members in situations like this.
Many Florida households include members who leave their homes to go to work each day. Most people assume they will travel to and from their job sites without any serious, unexpected problems arising. The fact is, however, that some types of work are inherently dangerous, such as construction jobs or fire and rescue missions. Thankfully, most employers purchase workers' compensation insurance to provide financial benefits to employees who suffer injuries while carrying out their duties in the normal course of an average workday.
There are many dangerous jobs in Florida. Washing windows on scaffolds high above the ground is one of them. The construction industry also poses a significant risk for workplace accidents. In fact, a recent tragedy in Florida involved a construction worker. The incident is one of many examples that show just how dangerous such work can be.
Technology-based businesses are thriving in Florida. Information technology business owners often mistakenly believe their workers are not at risk for personal injury on the job. A brief review of the most common workplace injuries among U.S. workers shows that not only is the assumption false, it is a high possibility that an IT employee will file a workers' compensation claim if he or she suffers one of the two most common workplace injuries in the nation.
As you may already know, Florida workers’ compensation law is meant to cover your medical expenses, as well as lost wages, after a work-related injury or illness. Most workplace mishaps occur while employees are at their worksites. However, there are some instances in which workers’ compensation may apply for an injury or illness that occurred away from the job or during off hours.
It's assumed that office workers don't face a ton of risks on a day to day basis. Digital eye strain is a very serious concern, however, as it can have a drastic impact on a worker's comfort and may even lead to more serious vision issues down the line. The American Optometric Association explains some of the factors that cause digital eye strain and what can be done to prevent it.
After having been the victim of an accident at work, you are probably working with your employer in Florida to determine your eligibility for receiving workers' compensation benefits. One of the key aspects of recovering from your injury will involve vocational rehabilitation to help you regain the strength and capacity you need to eventually return to your responsibilities at your job.
Florida’s 1st District Court of Appeals recently denied workers’ compensation benefits for a woman injured while she worked from home. According to the court’s opinion, the woman sustained injuries to her knee, hip and shoulder in 2016 when she tripped over her dog while reaching for a coffee cup. But, even though the injury occurred during her normal workday, the majority found she ran the risk of tripping over her dog whether she was working or not.
The tragedy of losing your spouse affects your entire life. Who will pay for the funeral? How will you afford the mortgage? Will your kids be able to go to college? You deserve help for all these expenses as you figure out how to live life without your partner.
Recent studies have found sitting for prolonged periods a day presents a similar risk of dying as smoking and obesity. According to an article in the New York Times, sitting for one hour at a time has the same health effect on your body as smoking two cigarettes. This is a huge problem for 85 percent of Americans who sit at their desks for eight hours during the workday.