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Caterpillar Employee Immediately Incinerated

Caterpillar Employee Immediately Incinerated

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released a statement last Wednesday that Caterpillar failed to install proper fall protection into their plant in Mapleton, IL. The incident happened in June of this year when a 39 year old man fell into an 11 foot deep pot that was filled with molten iron that was heated to 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit. As a result of this fall the Caterpillar employee immediately incinerated. A federal investigation into the incident that occurred earlier this year stated that if proper fall protection was in place then the employee might not have died. The reasoning behind OSHA...

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Should I get an incident report after a work injury?

Should I get an incident report after a work injury

If you are wondering, should I get an incident report after a work injury? The answer to that question is yes. It is important to report work injuries as soon as possible. Talking with your employer right away helps them get the best idea of what happened. Even if the injury appears minor, it is important to fill out an incident report as proof that your employer was notified. There are many reasons why people choose not to report a workplace injury including: embarrassment, worry about being fired, being unsure if the injury is work-related, and belief that incident reporting is...

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Workers’ Compensation – Can I pick my doctor?

can I pick my doctor.

If you are injured at work, you may be wondering, can I pick my doctor? Mississippi’s laws allow people hurt at work to choose their doctor. A person’s right to have themselves looked at by their choice of physician was so crucial that our legislature included it in the workers’ compensation statute initially passed in 1948. This allows someone who gets hurt at work to seek medical treatment from a provider they want to see. There are some exceptions to this rule, like if you sign a Choice of Physician (COP) form, if you treat with a doctor for six months...

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Workplace Injuries and Deaths

workplace injuries and deaths

Workplace injuries and deaths happen every day throughout the U.S. Unfortunately, that was the case for a California tree trimmer Tuesday afternoon after he reportedly fell into a woodchipper. Menlo Park Police Department reported to the scene Tuesday around 1 P.M. to find the victim dead from the injuries he sustained while working. Roughly 12,000 people in Mississippi are injured every year at work. When you are injured on the job you may be wondering what to do or how you will pay your bills. Under Mississippi Workers’ Compensation Law, if a business has five or more employees, they are required...

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Top 3 Workplace Injuries

top 3 workplace injuries

According to the National Safety Council in 2020, the top 3 workplace injuries were exposure to harmful substances or environments, followed by overexertion and bodily reaction, and slips, trips, and falls. Top 3 Workplace Injuries Exposure to harmful substances or environments: It’s no secret that Covid-19 played a role in this outcome as many people in the medical field were exposed to harmful environments when treating patients. Prior to Covid this category had ranked 6th in workplace injuries. Along with Covid-19 injuries was exposure to electricity, extreme temperature, radiation and noise, air, and water pressure change, as well as exposure to...

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Airport Employee Killed

airport employee killed

Tuesday evening an airport employee was killed at the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport Tuesday evening. The incident happened around 10:20 P.M. according to USA Today while the employee was unloading baggage from a Frontier Airline and her hair was caught in the bel loader. Unfortunately, work-related injuries happen every day especially when machinery is involved. Most are just minor injuries, but many end up serious if not deadly. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that in 2020 there were 2.1 million non-fatal workplace injuries. While this number seems to decrease from previous years the number is still extremely high. When...

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How long can you collect worker’s comp?

collect worker's comp

The amount of time that you can collect worker’s comp depends on the injury. Disability benefits are based on two thirds of your average weekly wage subject to the maximums set forth by the worker’s comp commission. Max rate for 2022, is $551.02 a week. If your worker’s comp doctor takes you off work for longer than 5 days, you are entitled to temporary total disability (TTD) benefits until your doctor returns you to work. You can get up to 450 weeks of temporary (partial or total) disability payments. Once the doctor finds you have reached maximum improvement, additional wage loss benefits...

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THE POWER OF MEDIATION

mediation

I recently settled a claim for $85,000.00 and I used a special tool to do it. Mediation. Mediations are an effective way to resolve issues and settle a claim for max dollar, while allowing both parties to be transparent with one another. Though not every mediation will resolve the claim, it is sometimes a worthwhile step to try and reach resolution. What is a mediation? Simply put, mediation is a meeting where the parties agree to meet with an agreed upon, impartial experienced independent lawyer to assist in negotiation of the claim. Nobody HAS to resolve anything, but mediations often...

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Can I get Lost Wages for the Time I’m Hurt?

lost wages

The number one question I’m asked as a workers’ compensation attorney is “can I get my lost wages for the time I missed from work?” The short answer is yes. Mississippi’s legislature created part of our statute to help injured workers replace their wages after they get hurt and miss work. These wage loss benefits are what an injured worker is entitled to while they are under the care of a doctor. These benefits are commonly known as “temporary total disability” benefits or “TTD” for short. The TTD benefits mentioned above are not paid at the injured workers full wages. Rather,...

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Oil Tank Explosion in Madison County Injures 6 People

Oil Tank Explosion

Early Friday morning WAPT reports of a large oil tank explosion near Kearney Park in Madison County. Officials say the explosion happened around 8 A.M. severely injuring 2 with burns on 50% of their body and sending 4 others to the hospital with injuries. It is still not clear as to what caused the explosion, but fire crews are staying on seen during the investigation. This particular accident raises some issues that many people don’t know much about. The only remedy against the employer is workers compensation. However, if someone besides the employer was at fault, the workers can file a...

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