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Report Details Indiana Workplace Accident Statistics

by Staff | October 8th, 2014

Indiana employers are required by law to furnish their employees with a safe and healthy work environment. However, the Terre Haute personal injury lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin point out that thousands of Hoosiers are injured or killed on the job each year.

To help raise awareness about workplace safety concerns, the Indiana Department of Labor released their annual Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries for 2013.

The report shows a total of 123 Indiana workplace fatalities during 2013. The leading cause of on-the-job death was vehicle collisions. This includes Indiana trucking accidents and other incidents involving employees who were traveling as part of their job.

The construction industry had the next highest number of fatal workplace accidents, closely followed by the agriculture, forestry, and fishing industries.

The manufacturing industry saw the highest number of non-fatal workplace injuries, accounting for 25,100 reportable incidents. Healthcare and Social Services saw an estimated 14,500 injuries, while state and local government employees 13,400 injuries.

An on-the-job may entitle you to Indiana workers’ compensation benefits. At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, we have decades of combined experience helping injured workers, which gives us the knowledge necessary to answer your legal questions after a workplace accident. To learn more about how we can help with your work comp claim, give us a call at (800) 618-4878.

Can I Get Fired While Receiving Indiana Workers’ Compensation Benefits?

by Staff | July 30th, 2014

Each year, thousands of Hoosiers are put out of work because of injuries related to workplace accidents. While many of these individuals will qualify for Indiana workers’ compensation benefits, one of the most common questions among potential claimants is whether or not receiving work comp benefits can affect job security.

The answer is yes, but only under certain circumstances. The Indiana state government says the state has an “at-will” employment policy. This means employers can hire or fire workers as they see fit, but the cannot discriminate against employees based on disabilities.

Furthermore, Indiana employers cannot fire an employee for filing a workers’ compensation claim. However, they may be able to terminate employees who cannot work for a period of time that violates their posted or published attendance or leave policies.

The Indiana personal injury attorneys with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin suggest taking these two actions while filing a workers’ compensation claim:

  • Communicate clearly with your employer– Let management know about your accident and the conclusions drawn by your doctor immediately.
  • Get legal assistance– An attorney from Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin can help clarify legal questions that arise during the workers’ compensation process and ensure your rights to employment are protected while you file your claim.

Terre Haute Worker Seriously Injured After Coming Into Contact With Power Line

by Staff | November 27th, 2013

November 27, 2013

Americans workers each face certain risks and dangers associated with their jobs each day they work. One of the most common types of accidents is an employee coming into contact with dangerous objects or equipment on a job site. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that approximately 15 percent of all workplace fatalities that were recorded last year were the result of such accidents.

The Indiana Workers Compensation Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin explain that more recently, a Terre Haute, Indiana, worker was left seriously injured as the result of coming into contact with a power line. Reports indicate the incident also knocked out power to roughly 800 local residences.

According to a story released by WIBQ News, the incident occurred this past Wednesday, November 20, at a home located near the corner of South 6th Street and Swan. The men were working to repair the roof of the residence with a lift bucket attached to a truck, when the lift came into contact with a power line running through the lot. The worker in the lift bucket was electrocuted and suffered serious burns to his shoulders and face. He was transported to a local trauma center, where he received treatment to his wounds.

The law firm’s team of Indiana Personal Injury Lawyers recognize how difficult it can be to heal from injuries sustained on-the-job and would like to wish the injured worker a full recovery from his injuries.

Indiana Reducing Costs Associated With Carrying Workers’ Compensation Insurance Policies

by Staff | October 23rd, 2013

October 23, 2013

Each year, thousands of Indiana workers become the victims of on-the-job accidents that result in serious injuries. These individuals are protected under the law though, by policies that require companies to carry workers compensation insurance. The Indiana Workers Compensation Attorneys with the law firm of Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin explain these policies are used to reimburse injured workers for lost wages and costs associated with medical bills.

The state of Indiana is working to reduce the costs to businesses associated with carrying workers’ compensation insurance polices by implementing several changes. According to an article from Business Insurance, one of those measures includes reducing workers compensation lost cost rates for next year by 7.7 percent. The move was made after data showed the state recording lower frequencies of workers compensation claims combined with a reduction in indemnity costs.

Indiana lawmakers also recently passed a bill that creates a fee schedule for medical services. The schedule sets costs at 200 percent of Medicare’s expense rate and calls for medications to not be sold for prices higher than the average wholesale costs. These moves are expected to lower workers compensation insurance rates by another 3.7 percent.

The law firm’s team of Indiana Personal Injury Lawyers applauds the efforts being made to improve workplace safety while providing better care to employees when an accident does occur. The firm is hopeful to see more of these advancements being made in the future.

Indiana Announces Initiative To Make Healthcare Industry Safer

by Staff | February 27th, 2013

February 27, 2013

Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that healthcare workers make up a large portion of employees who sustain work-related accidents. In fact, the healthcare industry has the second highest rating in the state when it comes to workplace accidents and injuries resulting in claims for Indiana Workers’ Compensation. According to the Indiana Department of Labor, those numbers were a major driving force behind the implementation of a new safety initiative being launched in the industry statewide.

The initiative is aimed at educating workers about some of the most common causes of accidents that are recorded in the healthcare industry. These include:

  • Slip and Fall Accidents
  • Repetitive Stress Injury
  • Accidental Needle Sticks
  • Exposure to Blood-Borne Pathogens

The first in a series of educational events and conferences was held at Union Hospital in Terre Haute, Indiana, on February 5. During the conference, officials announced several plans to educate workers about the dangerous employees in the healthcare industry face and how prioritizing workplace safety will create a better work environment and cut costs.

The initiative will also put healthcare facilities and their staff in touch with available resources, such as articles, flyers, and public service announcements, to make the workplace safer.

The Terre Haute Personal Injury Attorneys at the law firm of Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin are hopeful the initiative will be successful in reducing the number of workplace accidents reported in the state of Indiana.

Indiana Company Fined For Safety Violations That Led To Injuries

by Staff | December 5th, 2012

December 5, 2012

This past Wednesday, the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) announced that it would fine Vectren, Inc., $100,000 for safety violations that resulted in a natural gas explosion last year that seriously injured six people. According to the Claims Journal, the explosion occurred at the company’s New Albany facility at around 4:00 p.m. on November 8, 2011.

The investigation shows that a crew from Miller Pipeline, contracted by Vectren to drill on the property, accidentally ruptured a main gas line while working. Those workers failed to inform anyone of the line breakage. When the gas built up, it was ignited by a spark and the blast occurred. The impact of the explosion was so severe, it damaged a nearby home that had five residents inside. All were transported to a local hospital for treatment.

Officials fined the company a total of $25,000 a piece for four safety violations that led to the accident. Those violations included:

  • Failing to follow proper boring protocol
  • Failing to notify emergency personnel of a safety hazard
  • Not properly investigating a suspected gas leak
  • Not engaging in assisting with first responder activities as required by policy

The Workers’ Compensation Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin believe employees have a fundamental right to a safe work environment. That is why the firm’s team of Indiana Disability Lawyers is here to answer any questions if you have been hurt on the job.

 

Work-Related Accidents On The Rise In Indiana

by Staff | October 24th, 2012

October 24, 2012

According to preliminary findings from the Indiana Department of Labor, the state saw a slight increase in the number of fatal work-related accidents last year. According to WTHITV 10 News, 122 workers were killed statewide last year, which was a jump from the 118 that were reported the previous year.

The leading cause of employee deaths in Indiana last year was transportation accidents, accounting for a total of 20 fatalities. This was a 54 percent jump in the number of workers who were killed the previous year. Also, 16 workers were killed in the agriculture and mining industries.

Despite last year’s increase in work-related deaths, experts say there has been a downward trend in the number of fatal work accidents over the last several decades.  Ernest Shelton, a professor of safety at Indiana State University, says, “We’re seeing companies that have seen the value of keeping employees safe, and a lot of times, it’s to protect their pocketbook.” Shelton was referring to not only lost manpower, but also the large number of Indiana Workers’ Compensation lawsuits that often accompany such injuries.

The Indiana Disability Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin understand how confusing the process of filing a claim can be after an on-the-job accident. That is why the firm is here to answer any questions you may have about a claim you are preparing to file or that has been denied in the past.