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Industrial accident injures woman

For many Kentucky companies, a critical part of operating a smooth business is guaranteeing the proper education of its employees in regards to safety. This is even truer for organizations that rely on the use of heavy equipment, machinery and chemicals among other things, to create a product or provide a service. Unfortunately, even with the most rigorous safety guidelines in place, accidents can sometimes happen and put the lives of workers at risk. 

The importance of workers' compensation laws

Before we had worker's compensation laws in Kentucky, it was much more difficult for injured workers to receive any disability payments. Many times employees were forced to sue their employer to recover lost wages and medical expenses. It was difficult for the employee because the employer would claim that the risk of injury was part of the job or that the employee was somehow to blame for his or her injury.

How do the “fatal four” pose dangers to construction workers?

Those who work in construction put their lives on the line every day. It may not seem like a dangerous job to anyone looking in from the outside, but those in the industry understand the myriad of dangers that are a regular part of the job. If you or a loved one is a construction worker in Fort Mitchell, it may help to understand the most serious dangers faced by employees on a construction site.

Returning to work after suffering a brain injury

A number of workers who are injured on the job suffer from varying degrees of traumatic brain damage. This can occur when employees slip and fall on a liquid spill or clutter left on the floor, have a falling object strike their heads or fall from a substantial height. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, traumatic brain damage accounts for approximately 30 percent of all injury deaths in the United States. While some industries, such as construction, are notorious for causing more cases of TBI than others, brain damage can occur in any type of work setting. In some cases, the damage can be so extreme that the worker is unable to return to work, and perform the duties that they did before the accident occurred.

Understanding disability types

Injured employees applying for help may find that there is much more to workers' compensation than they realized. Each state has specific guidelines detailing how the injury will be rated and how much support will be given. While many people believe that only severely debilitating injuries will be covered, Kentucky residents may be surprised to find that there is a broad range of accepted claims.

Lowering your chance of slipping at work

While Kentucky employers try to ensure that their workers have a safe space to do their jobs, accidents can still happen. Slip and fall accidents are some of the most common, as they can be caused by a large number of different reasons. Not all of these accidents can be predicted, but preventative measures can be taken to lower the chances of them happening.

What do I need to know about carpal tunnel syndrome?

If you are a Fort Mitchell worker who spends most of your time in an office environment, you may think you’re immune from serious workplace injuries. However, carpal tunnel syndrome is a very real concern for office workers just like you, as it can be increasingly debilitating over time.

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