We've spent the past few weeks here on our blog talking about an option available to support disabled workers with a lump sum payment: the Schedule Loss of Use award. However, there's another option outside of the workers' compensation system entirely that can also provide assistance in these situations.
As we discussed last week here on our blog, repetitive stress injuries suffered on the job entitle a Utica worker to compensation just as do accidental injuries or traumatic injuries. However, backing up your claim that you suffered your injuries on the job can be more difficult. This can add unwanted stress to the treatment and recovery process.
Some of our readers may have seen previous posts here about comparatively dramatic accidents. By their very nature, some work-related accidents are particularly shocking and attention-grabbing.
Utica residents understand that working around heavy machinery can be dangerous. This is especially true when employers fail to take care of the equipment properly and train employees in its use. However, a work-related accident doesn't need to involve giant industrial or construction equipment to cause serious injury or even death.
Workers in the construction industry face the risk of a serious on-the-job injury. Employers have obligations and best practices to follow in order to keep their employees safe, but there are no 100 percent guarantees against a work-related accident.
Our Utica readers who've been following our blog over the past few weeks are likely beginning to understand some of the hazards faced by restaurant workers, especially those in the fast food industry. We'll continue our discussion on this subject, but wanted to pause for a moment to encourage injured employees to understand their legal rights -- and exercise them if necessary.
Although health insurance is important to New York employees, some corporate giants - such as Wal-Mart, Target and Walgreens - are trimming their budgets by cutting out medical benefits for part-time workers. While this may seem like an effective cost-cutting measure, experts worry that the lack of benefits will lead to a higher rate of workers compensation claims.
Many businesses in New York turn to independent contractors to help with short-term projects without the burden of hiring permanent employees. In fact, the number of freelancers is growing at a rapid pace. This could mean serious legal issues for companies without workers' compensation insurance in place.