What Happens When Uniforms Cause Injuries?
I’ve heard a lot of different opinions about uniforms. Some workers don’t enjoy wearing them: They say they’re not comfortable or that they lack individuality. One client mentioned to me that they didn’t like their uniform because it was just plain ugly. Other people love their uniforms: They say they’re comfy, that they make them look professional, or that it allows them to not have to think about what to wear. Regardless of how you feel about uniforms, we can all agree that none of us want our uniforms to make us sick.
Unfortunately, that’s what seems to be happening with American Airlines’ new uniforms. The airline company rolled out their new uniforms in September to more than 70,000 employees. Since then there are reports that as many as 2,000 employees have complained of sickness. With symptoms such as rashes, itching, headaches, and eye irritation, the union is already calling for a recall of the uniforms.
Although around 350 employees have already filed formal complaints, so far the uniform manufacturer’s response has been to offer uniforms made in different materials. They’re apparently working on a 100% cotton alternative uniform.
While irritation from a uniform may not strike you as something that needs a workers’ compensation claim, this is a type of injury covered by workers’ compensation. If you or someone you know has a uniform-related workers’ compensation claim, don’t hesitate to reach out to us with questions.
If you or someone you know has a uniform-related workers’ comp claim, feel free to give the experienced attorneys at Oxner + Permar a call for a free consultation.
What Are My Chances of Winning an Appeal?
If you’ve filed for Social Security Disability, it can be devastating to find out your claim has been denied. Especially if you believe your claim has been denied unfairly. But denial is not necessarily the end of the road. There are steps you can take to appeal this decision. At this point, however, you might be wondering: Is it really worth the effort? What are my chances of winning an appeal?
Unfortunately, it’s impossible to say for certain. Every situation is different, and therefore, there will be factors and variables that affect everyone’s chances differently. I’ll give you a few statistics. When an appeal claim is at the reconsideration level, there’s an 85% chance it will be rejected. At the hearing level, there’s a 50/50 chance a claim will be rejected. However, there are things you can do to increase your chances. For one, hiring an attorney will increase the chance of your appeal succeeding.
There are many factors that are taken into consideration when reviewing your case — such as whether or not your condition has worsened over time. They will also likely look at whether or not you’ve been following the proper procedures. For instance, did you let Social Security know of any changes to your condition when you filed your appeal? Have you been keeping your files up-to-date, making notes of appointments and procedures? Have you complied with all requests made by the Disability Determination Services?
It is important to make sure that you are keeping your records up-to-date, and an attorney can help make sure that you’re staying on the right track. The presence of an attorney can increase your chances of your appeal succeeding, but it’s also a good idea to work with an attorney because we can help you navigate your claim and make sure that you’re doing everything to receive the benefits that you deserve.
At Oxner + Permar, we’re dedicated to making sure that you receive the care and compensation you need — and with more than $275 million in awards and settlements, we have the experience to protect your rights.
What is the Million Dollar Advocates Forum?
What is it that sets your attorney apart? Have they won any special awards? Do they have more experience than others? How can you know if your attorney really is the best?
There are certain awards and accreditations that attorneys receive that prove they go the extra mile, and that they’re truly as good at their job as they claim to be. We’ve talked in past blogs about Board Certified Attorneys. However, Board Certification is not the only award an attorney can receive. Have you ever heard of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum?
You might not realize straight away that members of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum are lawyers. You might be imagining an exclusive club of rich and powerful celebrities—and you’d be partially right! The Million Dollar Advocates forum is a very exclusive group: fewer than 1% of attorneys in the U.S. are members.
So what does it take to become a member of the Million Dollar Advocates forum? You have to have won a trial with a verdict or settlement of at least $1 million. If an attorney can achieve this, then they will have proven their ability to get superior results in complex court cases.
Oxner + Permar has multiple attorneys on staff who are members of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, which means that when you work with us, you’re working with attorneys who have the experience and capability to take on any case. They know how to navigate the intricacies of workers’ compensation law and obtain superior results.
If you have any questions about your workers’ compensation claim, or would like to get in touch with a member of our outstanding team, don’t hesitate to give us a call.
Does Workers’ Compensation Cover Me When It Comes to Natural Disasters?
Living on the coast of North Carolina has so many benefits. There’s the wonderful weather, diverse wildlife, and proximity to the beach. Even with all these positives, things aren’t always bright and sunny. Hurricanes can pose a huge threat to infrastructure and safety. While we always do our best to be prepared for such disasters and recommend that people don’t work when conditions are bad, sometimes injuries are inevitable. So what happens if you’re injured at work due to a natural disaster? Are you covered by workers’ compensation?
The good news is, yes! Workers’ compensation will cover you in the event of a natural disaster at work — and also in cases of workplace violence and terrorist attacks. Workers’ compensation is intended to protect you from just about any kind of work-related injury, and while injury from these scenarios might not be part of your everyday job, you are exposed to them because you are at work.
If you or someone you know has sustained an injury due to a natural disaster while at work, don’t hesitate to contact an experienced workers’ compensation attorney. Our goal is to partner with you every step of the way to make sure that your rights are being protected and that you’re receiving the benefits that you deserve.
If you’ve been injured at work, be sure to contact one of our experienced attorneys for a free consultation.
What is an Occupational Disease?
When working certain jobs, you’re going to be exposed to certain dangers that you might not be exposed in everyday life. For instance, if you’re an electrician, chances are your probability of experiencing an electric shock is higher than that of someone who isn’t an electrician. The same is true of occupational diseases. You might have heard the term “occupational disease” and know that they’re covered by workers’ compensation. But what exactly are occupational diseases? Is it just a sickness you get while at work?
Well, not quite. You may catch the flu from a coworker and miss a week of work, but this does not mean that you are eligible for workers’ compensation. An occupational disease is a condition that disables you due to exposure to a hazard to which the general public is not equally exposed. It’s that last bit that rules out the flu. You could just as easily catch the flu by being out in public.
So what kinds of things do qualify? One famous example is a coal miner who developed black lung from working in a mine. More common examples would be something such as repetitive motion injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome or rotator cuff tears.
It is even possible to win a back injury as an occupational disease, but it’s very tough to do so. The problem is that there are special rules for back claims. The law gets very specific, very fast. Succeeding with these claims is pretty difficult unless you are very experienced in the law.
If you’ve developed an occupational disease as a result of your work, don’t hesitate to contact an experienced attorney. We can guide you through the process, and help you make your case.
An occupational disease is a condition caused directly by the work that you do. If you develop an occupational disease, be sure to contact an experienced attorney. You may qualify for benefits.