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The Most Common Causes of Indiana Workers’ Compensation Claims During the Winter

by Staff | December 5th, 2014

Winter has arrived in the Hoosier state and for those who must work in the cold climates, the risks and hazards that are present at worksites can grow exponentially. That’s why the Indiana workers’ compensation lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin would like to point out some of the most common dangers workers face in the winter months and what you should do if you’re injured on the job.

According to WorkersCompensation.com, some of the most regularly seen causes for on-the-job accidents in the winter months include:

  • Slip and Fall Accidents- Freezing temperatures often cause ice to form, which can increase the risk of slips, trips, and falls at the workplace.
  • Transportation Accidents– Ice is also a hazard on the road. Considering transportation accidents are already a leading cause of on-the-job injuries, you can expect the number of such incidents to rise during the winter.
  • Hypothermia– If your core temperature drops due to exposure to cold weather, your body can begin shutting down. This can result in hospitalization—and even death.
  • Carbon Monoxide Poisoning– Heating sources often burn fuel, which creates carbon monoxide. If areas where fuel-burning heating elements are used aren’t well ventilated, toxic gasses can build up. When this happens, the body doesn’t get enough oxygen, which results in unconsciousness and eventually death.

If you’ve been injured on the job, our team of Indiana personal injury lawyers suggests you immediately report the incident to your employer. The next action you should take is getting the medical attention you need. Finally, we urge you to speak with an attorney regarding your legal rights to ensure you get the compensation you deserve. Our legal team can be reached to discuss your situation by calling (800) 477-7315.

 

Court Of Appeals Rules On Indiana Workers’ Compensation Case

by Staff | November 7th, 2012

November 7, 2012

A ruling from the Indiana Court of Appeals found that an injured worker’s claim should not be immediately dismissed because a claim for the same incident was settled in another state.

Risk & Insurance reported that a Wisconsin man was hired by an insurance company to investigate fraud in Indiana. While traveling in Indiana on business, the man was involved in a car accident that left him with serious injuries. He then filed both an Indiana Workers’ Compensation claim as well as a claim in Wisconsin because the company he worked for used separate insurance providers in both states. The claim in Wisconsin was settled for $100,000, which prompted the insurance company in Indiana to throw out his claim.

The Court of Appeals ruled though that the claim could not be barred just because a settlement was reached in Wisconsin rather than the company offering a unilateral, voluntary payment to the injured employee. The court maintained the Indiana insurer was involved in the Wisconsin settlement decision as well and could have included a clause preventing the second claim from being made.

The Indiana Disability Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin have a firm understanding of the complexities of the process of filing an workers’ compensation claim and are here to answer any questions you may have regarding a claim you are preparing to file or that has been denied in the past.

Right To Work Bill Signed Into Law In Indiana By Governor Daniels

by fst | February 8th, 2012

February 8, 2012

Changes in the way companies conduct business have come in Indiana after Governor Mitch Daniels signed into law the Right-To-Work Bill. An article released by Businessweek stated that the new law prohibits labor contracts that require workers to pay union representation fees.

Supporters of the law say that the move will create a pro-business climate in the area that will bring new companies, and therefore new jobs, to the state.

Opponents of the law disagree with this statement saying that there is no evidence to prove that right-to-work laws actually create jobs.

The law can also create an unfair work environment if you consider that it creates a free-rider problem where employees can reap the benefits of working at a unionized company without paying dues.

Opponents add that prohibiting the contracts will actually take away any protection to rights that unions can provide to workers. Now, if a worker is injured, they will face the battle of collecting workers’ compensation or disability benefits on their own, rather than having the backing of a union.

The Indiana Social Security Disability and workers’ compensation attorneys with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin are here to help you if you have been seriously injured while on the job and are having trouble getting the compensation you need in order to cover your expenses such as medical bills and property damages. Contact an experienced attorney today.

Vigo County Parks Implement New Safety Measures For Workers

by fst | December 7th, 2011

December 7, 2011

Following a fatal mowing accident earlier this year, the Vigo County Parks and Recreation Department in Indiana has implemented measures to improve safety for workers, as mandated by the Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration (IOSHA). According to The Tribune-Star, mowers are no longer allowed on lawns with a more than 30-degree slope, and only full-time employees have access to the keys for mowing equipment.

The changes come after an employee drowned in August when he was trapped beneath a mower that had flipped into the pond. In a report by IOSHA, they determined that an attachment had been improperly hitched to a towing tractor. The report stated, “The operator of the tractor lifted the attachment, which caused both the mower and the tractor to roll over. The mower operator was trapped beneath the mower in approximately four feet of water.”

In response to the order, the department responded by placing white concrete markers around ponds and other steep slopes in the county’s parks that mowers are not allowed to pass. Lock boxes containing keys to the mowing equipment will now only be accessible by full-time employees who undergo a greater safety-training program.

The Indiana Workers’ Compensation Attorneys with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin understand that all employers have a responsibility to provide a safe working environment. If they fail to do so, our experienced attorneys are here to help. Contact us today if you have been hurt on-the-job at no fault of your own.

Indiana Garbage Truck Hits And Kills 17-Year-Old Worker

by fst | September 7th, 2011

September 7, 2011

A 17-year-old boy died Monday afternoon after falling from a moving garbage truck. Channel 10 News reports the truck was operated as part of a business owned and run by members of the boy’s family.

The young man was riding on the front of the truck on a county road on the outskirts of Parker City, Indiana, as the crew the boy was a member of worked to pick up trash along the road.

Delaware County Deputy Coroner, Jim Clevenger, said he believes the truck hit a pothole in the road, sending the boy flying off the front of the truck and landing on the road directly in the vehicle’s path. The driver did not have time to stop and ran the young man over. Another worker, who was also riding on the front of the truck, was also thrown from the vehicle when it hit the bump, and suffered a broken leg in his fall. He was taken to IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie for treatment.

Accidents on the job can happen when you least expect it and can cost you time and money between doctor’s bills and absence from work. That is why the Indiana Truck Accident Attorneys with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin say to let them work for you. They may be able to handle the difficult process of settling your case, so you can get on with your life. Contact them today by filling out a free online consultation form.