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Can marijuana use affect workers' compensation benefits?

With marijuana now legalized for medicinal use in some states, including New York, the laws regulating it in the workplace may need some updating. Back in 2013, an employee of a juvenile center in another state injured his neck and shoulder while trying to subdue an aggressive youth. His workers' compensation benefits claim was questioned when blood tests revealed that he tested positive for marijuana.

Workers' compensation insurance rate rising

New York employers will face higher costs for workers' compensation insurance starting in October, the state Department of Financial Services has decided. The DFS approved an average 9.3 percent hike in the insurance rate; an increase that business owners are not thrilled with, but acknowledge is needed, according to a recent news report.

Workplace violence: All-too-common danger for nurses

Nurses from Newburgh to Napa — and everywhere in between — share concerns about safety in the workplace. For many nurses, workplace violence is a regular part of their workdays; a frightening reality that they must deal with every time they report for duty in emergency rooms and other parts of hospitals.

Why your claim for workers' compensation may be denied

Every worker, regardless of age and industry, can be the victim of a workplace accident or suffer work-related injuries. From a construction worker who falls while scaling scaffolding to a nurse who suffers a back injury while helping lift a patient, a work-related injury can seriously and adversely impact an individual's life in a number of ways.

Helping injured New York workers secure workers' compensation benefits

Every year, hundreds of thousands of workers across the U.S. are affected by injuries and medical conditions that result from a workplace accident or dangerous or toxic workplace conditions. In cases where these painful injuries and debilitating conditions inhibit a worker's ability to perform assigned duties, he or she may choose to file a workers' compensation claim.

Violence in the workplace can take many forms

In this blog, we frequently discuss the numerous types of physical injuries that workers may suffer while performing work-related duties. Often overlooked, are the physical and mental injuries that may result due to acts of workplace violence. In fact, it often isn't until a tragic event like the recent murders of two employees at a Virginia news station occurs that the topic of workplace violence and how to protect employees comes to the forefront.

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