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Recognize and resist employer retaliation

After an on-the-job injury in Florida, it is both your right and your responsibility to report the injury and seek compensation for resultant damages, such as medical expenses, lost wages, etc. However, multiple workers' compensation claims within your company cost your employer more money in insurance premiums, and we at Kaylor, Kaylor & Leto have seen employers attempt to punish or intimidate employees who have filed compensation claims. In addition to causing you additional stress while trying to recover from your injury, this behavior, known as employer retaliation, is illegal. 

Traumatic brain injuries: What you should know

Whether you were involved in a slip-and-fall accident or had an object fall on your head while on-the-job, you may have received a traumatic brain injury. These injuries occur when a sudden jolt to the head causes the brain to bounce within the skull, hitting against the hard bone and causing inflammation, bruising and bleeding. If you suffer from a brain injury, you are not alone. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, TBIs are involved in 30 percent of all injury deaths in the United States, making it one of the most common causes of disability and death.

What occupational hazards do nurses face?

Earning a living as a Florida nurse is not for the faint of heart. In addition to logging long hours and performing emotionally taxing work, you probably spend long lengths of time on your feet, and you may, too, find that you are working while the rest of the world is asleep. Nurses also face unique occupational hazards that differ from those faced by workers in other industries, which, in many cases, can lead to serious illness and injury.

Did working at a computer cause your repetitive strain injury?

When you spend the majority of your day sitting at a computer, you may not worry too much about on-the-job hazards, but in reality, many Florida office workers develop injuries after performing repetitive tasks over a prolonged period. In fact, the more time office workers spend sending emails, working on spreadsheets and otherwise using their computers, the higher their chances of developing computer-related repetitive strain injuries, which, in particularly serious instances, can result in permanent disability.

What are 4 common causes of ladder accidents?

If you, like many others across the state, earn your income working at Florida construction sites, you probably spend at least some part of your day working on ladders. Whether made from wood, steel, fiberglass or what have you, ladders pose clear, obvious risks, with falls from ladders a common source of injury among construction workers. Recognizing what causes the majority of today’s ladder accidents and injuries can help you and your colleagues use them safely and mitigate your injury risk while at work.

What risks do you face working on or near scaffolding?

Nowadays, it seems construction sites are on nearly every corner in Florida, and if you make your living working at one, you probably recognize that your job is an inherently dangerous one. While working from heights, relying on heavy, powerful equipment and working outside all pose risks to construction workers, so, too, does their use of scaffolding, or elevated, short-term work platforms that provide access to otherwise hard-to-reach areas.

What can employers do to prevent workers' compensation fraud?

If you are a Florida business owner, you know the value of workers' compensation insurance. Even if the government did not require you to carry an appropriate level of coverage for your business, you would choose to do so because you know that sometimes accidents are unavoidable. 

What should you do if you get injured at work?

Regulations require Florida employers to be serious about keeping the workplace safe and informing you and your colleagues what to do if a mishap occurs while you are working. While no one wants to get hurt on the job, the fact is sometimes accidents happen. When they do, it is important for you to know what to do.  

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