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March 2017 Archives

New Construction, New Risks

According to a recent census, Des Moines is one of the fastest growing cities in the Midwest. On average, Des Moines welcomes 33 new residents each day. With all the new arrivals, more and more housing options are needed. It's becoming more and more common as you head west to see new housing developments and soon-to-be construction sites.

Your Employer Won't Compensate You What You're Worth

We are dedicated to fighting for the injured worker. Far too often, an employer will attempt to bully/intimidate an injured employee into not filing a workers' compensation claim. They use threats of job loss and lost wages. However...you...have...rights...rights that you need to exercise.

Who is most at risk in construction accidents?

Over the past decade or so, there has been a concerted effort on the part of legislators and law enforcement alike to educate people about the dangers inherent in driving through construction work zones. The accident numbers have been encouraging, too, with both general traffic accidents and accidents in work zones down quite a bit since their pre-2007 numbers. This is encouraging news, because it means that not only has the decreased saved workers' lives, but the overall trend toward safer driving has prevented thousands of deaths and injuries.

These Cold Weather Blasts Wreak Havoc on Outdoor Employees

Spring Break in Central Iowa has gotten off to a less-than-idea-Spring-Break-feeling start. While we were enjoying near-shorts weather last weekend, here we are again, all bundled up, dealing with slushy roads and freezing temps. 

Understanding brain injury treatments and outcomes

If you have been injured in the workplace, then you may have the right to collect workers' compensation to help with your medical bills and recovery expenses, and you might need it for a long period of time. You also have the right to be accommodated when you come back to work, so that disability from your injury does not prevent you from resuming work unless your doctor advises you that this is so. To assert your rights, you need to know what they are, though, and you also need to know what the long-term effects of your injury are likely to be.

Employees Must Feel Free to Report Their Injury

One of the main reasons why our clients tell us that they were hestitant to file a workers' compensation cliam is because they in fear of reliation from employers. 
We absolutely understand that fear as, unfortunately, we have seen it more often than we care to share. Employers use bullying, diversion tactics to try and intimidate employees into not pursuing their rights.
In December, new OHSA regulations went into effect to try and ease that fear...
  1. Employers must inform employees of their right to report work-related injuries and illnesses, free from retaliation. Employers should make it clear in their employee handbooks that employees have the right to report workplace injuries.
  2. An employer's procedure for reporting work-related injuries and illnesses must be reasonable and must not deter or discourage employees from reporting. 
  3. An employer may not retaliate against employees for reporting work-related injuries or illnesses. 

We have the highest of hopes that these guidelines will help reduce an employee's fears, but we know full well that there are countless employers who will just continue going on about their business and disregarding workers' rights as usual. 

Is Your Pain Related To Your Screen?

Repetitive stress injuries occur frequently...think about your situation right now. Do you spend all day typing away on your keyboard...have your wrists begun cramping up? Do your eyes strain to the point where you're getting requent headaches.