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New report reveals most costly workplace accidents and injuries

Workplace accidents happen every year, no matter what steps people take to prevent them. After all, that is why they are called accidents. However, there are certain industries that see more accidents, and accidents that are more common than others.

Knowing what these are can help increase awareness and promote compliance with safety standards to reduce the number - and cost - of workplace illnesses and injuries.

Man seeking compensation for on-the-job asbestos exposure

The risks of asbestos exposure have been known for decades. However, people haven't always taken the necessary safety precautions when there is risk of exposure; some still do not.

In some cases, this is because they don't know asbestos is present. In other cases, parties knowingly covered up the presence of asbestos. There are also cases where workers knew about asbestos but did not have adequate protection from exposure.

The most common causes of workplace accidents in 2018

Workers can suffer injuries in virtually any part of any job. And while some occupations are more dangerous than others are, certain risks can affect just about every industry. To prevent accidents, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) maintains extensive rules and regulations for what constitutes a safe work environment, no matter where a person works.

OSHA also keeps track of the most common violations of these standards. This list, which OSHA releases every year, sheds light on the hazardous conditions that workers may face most often.

Illinois drivers could face harsher penalties for striking road workers

For many motorists, road construction is an unavoidable headache; people don't like to be delayed and detoured. While construction is a temporary inconvenience, some drivers get so upset with it that they become aggressive, impatient and reckless. When this happens, the lives and safety of the road workers on the scene can be in jeopardy.

Sadly, this fact isn't enough to change some drivers' behaviors. They continue to speed, drive through restricted areas and get distracted by their phones in work zones, even though doing so puts themselves and others in danger.

Understanding the limited resource requirements for SSI

Government benefits are critical to people with disabilities who are unable to work as well as their families. This support makes it easier for people to afford the basic living essentials every person should have and seek medical care for their conditions.

However, not everyone is eligible for the various types of benefits available. For instance, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) can be an option for people who are blind, disabled or older than 65. To qualify, though, you must meet the resource limit criteria.

Will my SSDI benefit continue for the rest of my life?

If you have recently been granted Social Security Disability benefits, you are probably experiencing a sense of relief after completing the process. But this may be replaced by a new set of anxieties: will my benefits run out or be taken away?

How much can a person collect in workers' compensation in Illinois?

There are many misconceptions about the benefits available to people injured on the job. Some people think workers' compensation benefits are reserved for only severe or fatal injuries while others assume that they could be fired if they file a claim for benefits. Believing these and other misconceptions can be a costly mistake, especially when it comes to assumptions regarding the actual amount of compensation that may be available.

Some people think workers' compensation is only nominal; others think it will completely replace their lost wages and cover medical bills. The truth falls somewhere in the middle. While workers' compensation does not provide compensation for past, present and future suffering, it should cover your medical expenses and help compensate for lost wages. One type of workers' compensation covers all reasonable medical bills associated with healing from an injury. This can include expenses from emergency care and surgery to medication and a wheelchair.

My SSDI application was denied: What can I do?

If you suffer from a serious medical condition and cannot work enough to support yourself, Social Security Disability benefits can be a crucial resource. These benefits allow workers with life-threatening or long-term disabling conditions to receive money to help them pay for things like living expenses and medical bills when they cannot work.

Unfortunately, the Social Security Administration denies most initial claims, and many appealed claims are denied yet again. Knowing this can potentially make it less surprising to learn that the SSA denied your claim, but it doesn't make it any less frustrating. If your claim is denied, it is important not to lose hope or assume you do not qualify for benefits. There is an appeals process in place.

Don't wait to report your work injury

Imagine you are at work on a Friday afternoon. You are eager to start the weekend, and people are starting to pack up and head home. As you head to the bathroom, you slip and fall. You're not sure, but you think you might be hurt.

You might feel like you should wait and see if you get better over the weekend and then worry about reporting the accident if necessary. However, there are several reasons why you should report your accident as soon as it happens and not wait until the following Monday.

Workers: Beware these heat-related illnesses and injuries

People often think of summer as a time to relax, take vacations and spend time enjoying the outdoors. However, summer can also be a dangerous time, especially for people who work outside.

As noted in an article from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, dozens of people die every year as a result of working in extreme heat or humidity; thousands of others suffer serious illnesses and painful injuries. If you work outside, being aware of heat-related hazards can help you take steps to avoid dangerous situations.

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