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What workers need to know about mesothelioma

Many New Jersey workers are at risk for developing mesothelioma, a malignant form of cancer for which there is no cure. As FindLaw explains, mesothelioma is caused by the asbestos fibers that a worker inhales or ingests building up in the linings of his or her lungs, heart and/or abdomen.

What you need to know about asbestos in the workplace

Asbestos is a naturally-occurring mineral found in numerous products and materials with which New Jersey construction workers come into contact on a daily basis. As FindLaw explains, asbestos is known for its excellent insulating ability and resistance to fire and was extensively used in building projects through the 1970s. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that 1 million commercial and public buildings contain significant amounts of asbestos.

Hearing loss is the nation’s most common workplace injury

If you have a job in New Jersey, odds are, the job poses at least some degree of risk. While certain jobs, such as those held by, say, firefighters or construction workers, have clear, overt risks involved, others, such as those held by office workers, have risks that are less apparent. Today’s single-most prevalent work-related injury, however, is hearing loss, and it can affect workers across multiple industries. At Lieberman, Ryan & Forrest, L.L.C., we understand the many ways in which work-related hearing loss can impact your life, and we have helped many clients who suffered this type of injury seek recourse.

Construction workers and traumatic brain injuries

New Jersey construction workers often work in hazardous places such as on roofs, scaffolds, tall ladders and in and around cranes. Consequently, the risk of falling is higher for construction workers than it is for people working in other industries and environments.

Construction workers and back injuries

New Jersey construction workers are at substantial risk of receiving a back injury and/or developing a musculoskeletal disorder. A recent study by the Center for Construction Research and Training found that back injuries in the construction industry are more prevalent than in all other industries combined. Not surprisingly, older workers and those who have been on the job for five years or more are most at risk. Overall, back injuries account for 40 percent of all construction injuries and result in over $46 million in lost wages each year.

What are the effects of crush injuries?

Every year, workers in New Jersey just like you are exposed to dangerous situations that can lead to crush injuries. If you yourself have suffered from one of these injuries, it's beneficial to know what both the short and long-term effects may be. This can help you prepare for the medical journey ahead.

The ABC test for employers who pay independent contractors

Some employers consider themselves exempt from the New Jersey requirement to provide workers’ compensation coverage. Employers may claim to be outside the scope of the law because they only pay independent contractors or subcontractors for services rendered. For employers who claim to be exempt due to the independent contractor status of workers, they must meet all the requirements of New Jersey law.

An employee's guide to seeking workers' compensation

With the various hazards surrounding workers daily, such workplace environments have become hotbeds of injuries bound to happen. Whether it's a construction site or a chemical plant, employees need to exercise adequate caution lest they become incapacitated from their daily source of livelihood. Most employers have strived to provide personal protective equipment to ensure the safety of their employees at all time. This does not mean that workers can't sustain injuries or suffer from an occupational disease in the worst case scenario.

What does workers' compensation cover?

When you're injured at work, your employer should provide workers' compensation, regardless of who is at fault. Employers are required to have workers' compensation insurance, which is designed to cover a variety of things:

  • Medical Care. Workers' compensation should cover everything you need to recover from your injury. That could include prescriptions, doctors bills and the cost of getting to and from an appointment.
  • Vocational Rehabilitation. Some injuries are severe enough that the injured person is no longer able to do the job. In those cases, workers' compensation covers new vocational training so that the worker can find comparable employment.
  • Temporary disability. Most injuries will keep the injured party away from work for some period of time. Workers' compensation provides for at least partial wages during this time.
  • Permanent disability. If the worker can never return to work, there may be a cash settlement involved. The settlement will be based on a number of factors.
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