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Talking about workers' comp claims on social media

Social media has proven to be a powerful venue for a host of reasons. Not only does social media connect loved ones and allow individuals to network both creatively and professionally, it also serves to promote issue awareness, political causes and business branding. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, social media allows individuals to express themselves. From personal grievances and taste preferences to religious, social justice and political identifications, social media allows for a wide range of personal expression.

Why cancer is a real occupational hazard for many U.S. workers

The American Cancer Society estimates that during 2015, nearly 590,000 people in the U.S. will die from cancer-related complications and more than 1.6 million people will be diagnosed with some form of the disease. These staggering numbers solidify that cancer is among the most prevalent and deadly of all diseases in the U.S.

What workers' comp reforms are costing injured workers - Part II

Last week, we began a discussion about reforms which are significantly impacting the effectiveness of workers’ compensation systems nationwide. We briefly discussed the history of workers’ compensation in the U.S., noting that the system was founded so that both employers and workers involved in dangerous industries could benefit from avoiding lengthy court battles related to injuries and illnesses suffered due to work-related causes. Instead of seeking compensation in court, workers were essentially assured that their employers would provide adequate medical coverage and compensation during recovery from work-related injuries and illnesses.

What workers' comp reforms are costing injured workers - Part I

American workers’ compensation systems were first embraced during the Industrial Age. As America expanded and industry exploded, both workers and employers realized that all interested parties could benefit from an agreement by which workers surrendered their right to sue employers for workplace injuries and in exchange, workers received a virtual guarantee that employers would compensate them for their medical bills and an adequate share of their wages during the recovery process.

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