Workplace Injury & Accidents

OSHA Adds Evidence to Workers’ Comp Crisis: Injuries Cause Social Inequality, Taxpayer Burden

  Chris Welsh, Esq. The evidence of the destruction and disappearance of the workers’ compensation system is mounting, The verdict? Families of injured workers and taxpayers bear the majority of the cost, financially and socially. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”), the federal agency that oversees the health and safety of America’s workers, has released a report on the dire conditions of the current workers’ compensation system. The agency’s report comes just after the release of another investigative report on the issue by NPR and ProPublica. All three entities’ investigations reveal much of the same: the timeless care …


Workers’ Comp “Reform” Leaves Injured in Poverty, Insurers Raking in Big

Chris Welsh, Esq. Workers’ compensation, more commonly known as “workers’ comp” has been a contract between employers and workers for more than a century: workers forfeit their right to sue and employers pay for insurance that covers medical bills and wages. Sadly, in recent years there has been a dismantling of this age-old dignity. Roughly a decade ago, the federal government–a long time advocate and protector of workers’ compensation–quit monitoring state laws on the matter. According to a new study by NPR and ProPublica, states have drastically cut workers’ benefits since this disappearance of oversight. Today, it can be …


March is Brain Injury Awareness Month

Chris Welsh, Esq. Did you know that 5.3 million Americans live with a brain injury (Shepherd Center)? Brain injuries can occur in many ways to varying degrees. Both traumatic and non-traumatic brain injuries happen in car or sporting accidents, or from natural causes like infection or stroke. They do not always appear with open wounds or loss of consciousness. In fact, many people may not realize they have suffered a brain injury. Victims of brain injury and their loved ones need dedicated rehabilitative therapy and strong support systems for coping with and surviving the traumatic life changes that brain …


County Jury Awards $25 Million in Punitive Damages to Paralyzed Driver

Chris Welsh, Esq. A county jury in Iowa has awarded a former truck driver $25 million in punitive damages in a case against his workers’ compensation insurance provider. The driver, Toby Thornton, 37, of Clayton County Recycling was paralyzed in a front the chest down in a trucking accident, after which his employer’s insurance company fought his claim for compensation benefits for years, even denying that he was paralyzed. The Pottawattamie County  jury found that the American Interstate Insurance for acted in bad faith in its handling of Thornton’s claim, and awarded Thornton $25 million in punitive damages and …


Big Coal Goliath Murray Energy Sues Advocacy Group for Spreading Truth

Brian Nettles, Esq. Even though it’s 2014 (and not the industrial revolution), the harmful coal industry still lives on. And it continues the harm that it inflicts on our environment and our families. Murray Energy is one of the largest coal mining companies in the country. Last year, it purchased five coal mines for $3.5 billion. After donating $2.8 million in the 2012 election to conservative candidates, Murray laid off 143 workers because the company couldn’t “bleed cash.” That’s an interesting choice of words considering that Murray Energy works hard to block protections for coal miners and air quality (Public …


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