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New Jersey Workers' Compensation Blog

How do insurance companies try to block injured worker claims?

You might have been involved in an accident on the job, and you might have gotten injured, but that doesn't mean that the workers' compensation insurance company will agree to pay you for your injuries. In fact, the insurance company might try to fight your claim for the compensation you have a legal right to receive.

Here's what insurance companies may try to claim in their attempts to avoid paying you compensation:

Workers' compensation and addiction to opioids

Countless New Jersey workers suffer serious on-the-job injuries every year. Many of these workers require pain medication to manage the chronic suffering that's associated with their injuries. The problem is, pain medication -- especially opioid-based pain medication -- can be extremely addictive.

When workers receive a prescription for Vicodin and OxyContin, for example, they suffer the risk of becoming addicted. Some injured workers, who are at home with nothing to do while they're trying to recover from their injuries, become depressed and they may use opioid pain medication to deal with that depression.

The do's and don'ts of office chair safety

Office chairs generate a lot of accidents and injuries, believe it or not. In New Jersey, some of the most common workers' compensation claims relate to people falling off chairs after they've tried to stand on top of one to access a hard-to-reach item. However, sometimes people get seriously hurt just from sitting on a chair the wrong way.

Let's take a look at a few do's:

Common occupational exposure situations in New Jersey

New Jersey is home to thousands of types of jobs. Some of them involve the risk of exposure to dangerous chemicals and substances. When a worker is hurt on the job by one of these hazardous materials, it could give rise to what's called an occupational exposure claim.

For example, let's say that you work in a print shop. A lot of chemicals are used at printing companies. If those chemicals are handled safely, and proper ventilation is available, the workers are not likely to suffer an exposure-related injury or illness. On the other hand, if the employer neglects to provide a safe working environment, serious injuries could result.

Steps to safeguard your right to workers' compensation

At the Law Office of Jack L. Stillman, we've been seeking workers' compensation benefits on behalf of injured New Jersey workers for over a quarter decade. In this time, we've become highly familiar with New Jersey workers' compensation law, and we know exactly what it takes to get you approved for the highest level of benefits available for your injuries.

Every workplace injury case is different, but one thing is important to remember. The steps you take in the days and weeks following your work-caused injury can make or break your case for financial compensation. Here are a few steps you'll want to take to safeguard your rights after an injury:

Effective strategies to prevent workplace back injuries

The vast majority of workplace back injuries could be avoided if New Jersey workers and employers adhered to specific back injury prevention strategies. These strategies are not difficult to implement, but they do take discipline.

Ultimately, the rewards of a back injury free work environment should be more than enough motivation to encourage workers and employers to implement the following tips:

You're entitled to a safe work environment

As a veteran construction worker, you know that you are in danger every time you set foot on a job site. From uncovered holes to loose scaffolding and randomly falling objects, there are hazards around every corner. This is why, under state and federal laws, employers must strive to provide a safe environment.

If you feel that your workplace is not safe due to a lack of protective gear, prolific corner cutting of safety standards, or even the use of subpar equipment, you can report the violation to your employer and to the state and federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). You even have the right to refuse to work until the safety issues have been resolved.

New Jersey worker dies after cement mixer tragedy

New Jersey workers report to their jobs every day -- some of them quite early in the morning -- to complete dangerous tasks that put their lives at risk. They do this just to put food on the table for themselves and their families, but at what cost? We all owe a debt of gratitude to every community member who daily puts his or her life on the line in dangerous jobs throughout New Jersey.

One such worker we should honor was a man who lost his life in a tragic cement mixer accident. The tragedy took place on the morning of March 1. Emergency responders were notified of the accident at approximately 10 a.m. that day.

New Jersey worker lucky to be alive after horrific accident

A New Jersey worker at the Knickerbocker Bed Frame Company is lucky to be alive after his lower torso was crushed by 4,000 pounds of steel. The tragic accident happened in late February in Carlstadt, New Jersey, a little before 9:30 a.m.

Authorities received news of the incident shortly after it occurred. Workers and emergency responders soon came to the injured man's aid and began to pull the steel off him. At a little after 10 a.m., the man was free. Nevertheless, doctors say that he will probably suffer the amputation of his legs.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration and scaffolding

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has created strict rules and regulations surrounding the use of scaffolding. The federal safety agency wrote these rules because construction workers use scaffolding often, and because scaffolding can break and deteriorate. They also create the opportunity for workers to fall and seriously hurt themselves. Unfortunately, serious scaffolding-related injuries happen regularly, and sometimes they are fatal.

Here are some of the most important OSHA regulations that pertain to scaffolding:

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