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Recent Posts in Workers' Compensation Category

  • Top 3 Oil Field Accidents

    || 15-Feb-2018

    Drilling for oil can be extremely dangerous work. Nearly every aspect of the drilling and extraction process has the potential to create a serious accident or cause severe injury. Employees who work in the oil fields face the risk of injuries caused by sudden explosions and exposure to toxic chemicals. According to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), more than 4,000 oilfield ...
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  • The 20 Most Dangerous Occupations in America

    || 2-Feb-2018

    Much of popular culture would have you believe that law enforcement is the most dangerous occupation in the United States. Shows like “Cops” and “The First 48” rely on creating a sense of danger to keep viewers watching. But research has shown time and time again that the occupations with the highest risk of death are not always the ones we see on television. In this blog ...
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  • What You Need to Know About Third Party Claims

    || 31-Jan-2018

    A third-party is anyone other than your employer or co-workers. If you have been injured at work, and your injury was caused by the negligence of a third-party, you can file a claim for damages. In this blog, we explain what you need to know about third-party claims. What’s the Difference Between a Worker’s Comp Claim & a Third-Party Claim? Employees who suffer an occupational ...
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  • 10 Common Workplace Accidents and Injuries

    || 19-Jan-2018

    Serious workplace accidents and injuries happen every day. In 2013, 4,405 workers died on the job, while millions more suffered serious injuries from an accident at work. In fact, 3.3 million people suffered a workplace injury that they might never recover from. Below, we explain 10 common workplace accidents. #1: On the Job Violent Acts Violent attacks and fights between employees have led to ...
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  • The Role of an Attorney in Your Workers' Comp Case

    || 17-Jan-2018

    After a workplace accident, people can be reluctant to file a workers’ compensation case. However, if they were injured during the course of their job, filing can be a fairly straightforward process. Generally, you won’t experience much of an issue if you suffered a minor injury, missed little to no work during the injury, and you don’t have a preexisting condition. Likewise, if ...
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  • Can I Be Fired for Filing a Workers' Compensation Claim?

    || 5-Jan-2018

    Under federal and state laws, employers must not take negative employment actions against an employee for filing a workers’ compensation claim. This is known as retaliation, and is strictly prohibited. Thus, you may not be legally fired for filing a workers’ compensation claim. This law provides protection to all employees who file workers’ compensation in good faith. This means ...
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  • 5 Reasons Your Workers' Comp Claim May Have Been Denied

    || 3-Jan-2018

    Workers’ compensation is designed to provide financial relief to injured workers. It covers medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses associated with the at-work injury. However, there are certain requirements you must meet in order to be eligible for workers’ compensation. If you fail to meet the requirements, your claim may be denied. There are 5 main reasons your workers’ ...
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  • On-the-Job Car Accidents

    || 29-Nov-2017

    The workforce is littered now, more than ever, with employees who drive as part of their job. Whether you are an employee driving your own car or company car, the chance of you driving a vehicle as part of your job requirement is not minimal. However, there are serious risks awaiting us on the road every day. Accidents happen at an astounding rate, oftentimes as a result of others’ ...
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  • Always Be Aware of Your Surroundings

    || 9-Oct-2017

    Working on an oilfield can be incredibly dangerous. In fact, the high number of accidents in the oil and gas industries makes Texas the 5 th most dangerous state in which to work. Just recently, an oilfield worker in Midland County was involved in an accident. According to officials, a crew was setting up a small rig between some power lines when one of the men touched the rig as it hit the power ...
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  • Drug Use Common Among West Texas Oil Field Workers

    || 25-Sep-2017

    One of the most prevalent problems in the oil field industry is drug use. Many truckers in the oil industry found ways to beat random drug tests, all the while consuming a cocktail of drugs to push themselves as much as possible on drives that could last 36 to 48 straight hours. Law enforcement officials report drug trafficking, drug abuse, and drug-related crimes have spiked in recent years. ...
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  • Protections for Remote Oil and Gas Workers

    || 11-Sep-2017

    Remote oil and gas workers have some of the most dangerous jobs in the United States. Many are also heading back to oil production sites that were shuttered during the industry downturn earlier this year. These workers will be driving hundreds of miles weekly on back roads in rural areas to work on pipelines, compressor stations, and pump jacks, a fact of life for thousands of workers in these ...
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  • Injured on the Job? Here's What You Need to Know.

    || 31-Jul-2017

    Thousands of workers are injured every year on the job, despite their employers’ efforts to make the workplace a safe environment. Accidents constantly happen, whether as a result of bad luck, incompetence, or negligence on the part of a manager. If you were injured at work, you might be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. The first things to do after sustaining an accident at ...
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  • Workers' Compensation Roadblocks Contribute to Inequality

    || 27-Mar-2015

    A worker who suffers an injury or contracts an illness on the job can permanently hinder their potential and that of their entire family. Over three million workers are seriously hurt on the job and thousands more die from workplace accidents every year. With employers contributing less and less to paying the costs of these injuries, the burden falls increasingly on the injured worker, their ...
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  • Texas Supreme Court Helps Insurance Companies Avoid being Sued

    || 10-Mar-2015

    In February 2015 the state supreme court chose to increase the protections afforded to insurance companies which began with a 1989 ruling that gave the Texas Division of Workers’ Compensation the power to oversee insurers accused of bad faith by clients. The recent case unanimously decided against an injured worker who attempted to file a suit against Old Republic Insurance Company for ...
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  • Oil Field Crash in Southern Texas Kills Five & Injures Three

    || 20-Jan-2015

    On Thursday, January 15, 2015, five men were killed on impact after their vehicle caught fire after colliding into a tanker truck carrying crude oil on an oil field highway in South Texas. The accident took place in the center of the fracking field located just southwest of San Antonio. While it has not been confirmed, it is believed that the five men who died were oil field workers. In addition ...
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