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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) October 22, 2021 – An Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) investigation found that a central Illinois grain-handling cooperative allegedly exposed employees to engulfment hazards. The cooperative was accused of violating grain-handling safety standards. Topflight Grain Cooperative Inc. in Monticello received multiple safety citations from OSHA, including three willful, one serious and one other-than-serious. The federal agency issued the citations in connection with a Feb. 19, 2021 incident. Two workers were clearing crops and debris from a bin when soybeans collapsed and surrounded one of them up to the waist. The cooperative is facing $303,510 […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) July 30, 2021 –  An airline mechanic was killed after being crushed by airplane equipment while he was working at Chicago O’Hare International Airport. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is investigating the incident. Jijo George, 35, was an employee of Envoy Air. He started working as a maintenance mechanic for the airline around two years ago. Chicago Police arrived at the airport after receiving a report of a man who was discovered unresponsive underneath a piece of airplane equipment at hangar 764. In an autopsy report, the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office reported […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) July 23, 2021 –  A federal appellate court in Chicago, Illinois, unanimously dismissed a train conductor’s negligence lawsuit against his employer for injuries he sustained due to a slip and fall accident that occurred while he was working at a railyard.   Bradley LeDure was an employee of Union Pacific Railroad Co. As an engineer, his job duties included tagging trains to prepare them for use. On the day of his slip and fall accident, he was in charge of powering down parked trains at a Salem railyard so that they could be taken to […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) July 16, 2021 –  The family of a Chicago man who suffered serious injuries in a heavy machinery accident while working at a South Side railyard sued Norfolk Southern Railway for negligence. The lawsuit alleged the railway company deliberately put employees at risk of accidents by openly violating safety regulations.   Ernest Staggers Jr., 31, claimed railyard supervisors failed to provide workers with adequate training. They told employees to ride on equipment used to load railcars even though it was against company policy. Safety protocols required the use of trucks or passenger vehicles with proper […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire)June 29, 2021 – A 22-year-old man died in a work-related forklift accident in San Antonio in July 2019. His father filed a $1 million wrongful death lawsuit. However, the suit was not successful. The family received benefits from workers’ compensation, paid out over two years. The young man died at his employer’s worksite after being pinned under a forklift. The employer offered to pay for the young man’s funeral expenses, but the offer came after the burial. If an employer carries workers’ compensation insurance in the Lone Star State, then the worker’s compensation policy is […]


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Harris County, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 6, 2021 – On the night of March 5, 2021, seven people were injured in a natural gas line explosion and fire that led to evacuations in northwest Harris County. According to the Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office, Comcast workers punctured a gas line. CenterPoint crews arrived to fix the damage and as they were leaving, they struck a high-pressure natural gas line which exploded around 5:30 p.m. resulting in seven people suffering serious injuries. This is unacceptable. If you or a loved one was injured as a result, call our burn injury […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) January 29, 2021 – A 37-year-old engineering employee died in an industrial accident in McCook, Illinois. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) launched an investigation into his March 10 death. Matt Barr worked for Kato Engineering, a Minnesota-based company that sells generators. His job involved traveling to maintain and repair generators. OSHA said Barr was working at Progress Rail near La Grange village limits when he was hit by a machine part. Paramedics from the McCook Fire Department rushed him to Loyola Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead. “While this workplace accident […]


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Pennsauken, NJ (Law Firm Newswire)November 4, 2020 – The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on many New Jersey families. Indeed, as of mid-July, New Jersey has seen over 180,000 cases of the virus and, tragically, more than 15,000 residents have died from complications related to COVID-19. Many of those who lost their lives from COVID-19 caught the virus while at work. However, in recent months, families have faced significant challenges when recovering workers’ compensation death benefits for losing their loved ones.  The hurdle facing families has primarily been proving that their loved one’s COVID-19 was “work-related” as defined […]


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Pennsauken, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) July 09, 2020 – Investigations uncovered a higher injury rate at Amazon warehouses than the national average. The high rate of injuries appears to result from the country’s second-largest employer’s concentration on speedy deliveries to its customers. Reveal gathered internal injury records [https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/spotlight/ruthless-quotas-at-amazon-are-permanently-maiming-employees/ar-BBXl6qw] from 23 of Amazon’s 110 fulfillment centers. The rate of serious injuries doubled the national average for the warehousing industry. Amazon employees had 9.6 severe injuries per 100 full-time workers in 2018.  A study


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Pennsauken, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) June 25, 2020 – The United Steelworkers, the largest U.S. industrial union, filed a suit in federal court to reverse the weakening of a safety rule implemented during the Obama administration. The Chemical Disaster Rule aimed to reduce risks and improve safety at chemical plants. The Chemical Disaster Rule set stricter requirements in place for chemical plants. The measure followed an explosion in 2013 in a West Texas fertilizer plant that killed 15 people, including 12 firefighters. The blast injured many more and damaged more than 500 homes. In January 2017, before President Donald Trump […]


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Pennsauken, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) June 18, 2020 – Job placement agencies often assign employees to clients’ warehouses, factories and other workplaces. If the employee is injured while working for the client, the employee cannot sue the client. This principle was reiterated in a recent decision of the Appellate Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey. On Target Staffing, LLC (On Target), a job placement agency, entered into a “Temporary Employee Work Agreement” with Alberto Uribe. Uribe started working at the warehouse of Quartz Master, On Target’s client. Uribe reported each day to Quartz Master directly for over four […]


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Pennsauken, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) June 11, 2020 – An Appellate Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey affirmed a judge’s denial of a worker’s request for reimbursement for continued prescription opioid medication for a work-related back injury.  Samuel Martin, III, injured his back in May 2011 in a work-related car accident. In November 2014, Martin received a 15 percent partial disability award for his back injury. Martin’s employer, Newark Public Schools, refused to pay for his Percocet prescriptions after September 2017, and Martin filed a motion seeking reimbursement for the prescriptions. Martin contended the Percocet was necessary to […]


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Charleston, SC (Law Firm Newswire) May 15, 2020 – Attorney Kelly Alfreds of Steinberg Law Firm in Charleston, South Carolina recently settled a contentious worker’s compensation case for the family of a man who was killed in an accident on a property owned by his employer. The $265,000 settlement is confidential but came after Alfreds argued against the man’s employer who initially denied the family’s claim. A South Carolina real estate executive was killed in a car accident while visiting a property development owned by his employer. His vehicle was found submerged in water in a ditch on the property […]


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Charleston, SC (Law Firm Newswire) March 20, 2020 – Charleston attorney David T. Pearlman of Steinberg Law Firm successfully obtains significant settlement award based on his client’s serious workplace injury The South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Act provides a way for injured workers to obtain ongoing compensation after being injured in an on-the-job accident or suffering from an occupational illness. To be eligible for compensation under the South Carolina workers’ compensation system, an employee’s injuries must have occurred within the scope of their employment. Injured employees may be able to recover for the medical expenses, lost time, and permanent disability that […]


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Charleston, SC (Law Firm Newswire) February 06, 2020 – Charleston attorney David T. Pearlman of Steinberg Law Firm successfully obtains 1.6 Million settlement based on his client’s workplace injury. A Charleston man who suffered a stroke after undergoing surgery to repair a shoulder injury he suffered on the job has received a $1.68 million settlement in a confidential South Carolina workers’ compensation case. The case raised an interesting issue related to the cause of the employee’s injury, and whether such an injury was covered under the workers’ compensation system. David Pearlman of the Steinberg Law Firm in Charleston reports that […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 15, 2019 – Many jobs require industrial safety gloves to keep workers’ hands safe from injury. However, not enough workers have the gloves or wear them. This trend increases the chances of workplace injuries. Worker hand injuries account for close to one million medical emergencies in the United States every year. Workers who do not wear safety gloves sustain 70 percent of those injuries. The other 30 percent of those injuries happen because workers were using damaged gloves or not the correct gloves for the task. Personal protective equipment (PPE), such as gloves or […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 20, 2019 – An Austin construction worker was airlifted to hospital in critical condition after an object at a worksite plummeted 29 feet, pinning him to the ground. Other crew members close to the scene of the accident were able to free the man by using excavators and a rope lift. Emergency medical personnel were then able to stabilize him for air transport. It is not known what caused the accident. “One of the biggest hazards in construction jobs are falling objects,” said Austin workplace injury attorney, Brooks Schuelke. “Even though all workers at […]


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Pennsauken, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) November 27, 2019 – A study by the Workers’ Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) released in August 2019 shows a decrease in the number of injured workers receiving opioids to treat pain. The study indicates that medical providers are treating injured employees more with non-opioid medications and physical therapies. The WCRI study examined interstate trends in prescribing pain medications and treatments in 27 states, including New Jersey, from October 2011 through March 2018. The study found the use of non-opioid pain medications and non-pharmacologic treatments is on the rise, with non-pharmacologic remedies showing the most increase. […]


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Charleston, SC (Law Firm Newswire) November 25, 2019 – The Steinberg Law Firm of Charleston, South Carolina, is proud to announce that Attorney Kevin Holmes was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Injured Workers’ Advocates (IWA). Injured Workers’ Advocates is a South Carolina non-profit association of attorneys who are dedicated to protecting and advancing the rights and legal remedies for South Carolina workers who are victims of occupational injury or disease. Kevin Holmes has been a member of IWA for many years and is a longtime champion for injured workers in South Carolina. Over his more than forty-year […]


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Pennsauken, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) November 20, 2019 – A new law, effective July 8, 2019, makes it easier for public safety employees in New Jersey to recover workers’ compensation for certain types of cancer. Under the new law, a public safety employee, like a firefighter, under the age of 76 will be presumed to have a work-related occupational disease if they develop cancer, as long as they have seven years of service. The employee will not have to identify exposures or fires that they fought. To avoid paying workers’ compensation benefits, the employer – the county or state – […]


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