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Does Workers' Compensation Cover Long-Term Health Conditions?

Medical6_07232014Many people know that workers' compensation benefits provide for injuries that you sustain while on the job, but many are not clear about what workers' compensation law provides for long-term health problems believed to be caused by the job.

As North Carolina Workers' Compensation Lawyer Barry Jennings explains, North Carolina workers' compensation law does provide coverage for people who suffered a long-term health condition as a result of their work. This condition can be caused by an injury that resulted from the job, or it can be the result of exposure to harmful chemicals or conditions on the job. Some examples may include coal workers who developed the condition known as Black Lung Disease or industrial workers who developed the deadly cancer mesothelioma as a result of exposure to asbestos.

As Jennings explains, the law determining whether a person is entitled to workers' compensation benefits for a health condition believed to be caused by working is fairly complex. Essentially, you must show that your work caused the specific condition and that it placed you at a higher risk for that condition than the general population. For example, Black Lung Disease is generally caused by exposure to coal dust, so workers in coal mines are at higher risk of developing Black Lung Disease. Coal workers who developed this illness would likely be entitled to workers' compensation benefits in North Carolina.

Other examples could include injury brought on by repetitive and stressful movement at work.

North Carolina Workers' Compensation Lawyers

A North Carolina workers' compensation lawyer at the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin may be able to review the details of your case and give you advice about what your legal rights are and what compensation you may be able to receive for your injuries. If you feel you suffered a long-term health condition because of conditions at your work, call us today at 1-866-900-7078 for a free evaluation of your case.

Tips to Stay Safe this Holiday Season and Prevent Burns and Other Injuries

Lights2_090902013Sparkling Christmas lights and festive holiday feasts can make the holidays brighter -- and they can pose dangers such as fire or illness. This season, make sure that your holiday celebrations are festive and bright by practicing a few safety tips in your home.

 

1. Keep your Christmas tree watered and hydrated. A dry tree can become a fire hazard. Be sure to cut the base of the tree to allow it to soak up more water, and put it in a stand with a deep dish.

2. Keep your Christmas tree at least 3 feet away from your fireplace or electrical outlets. Be sure garlands or other decorations are also kept far enough away from these sources to avoid becoming a fire hazard.

3. If you choose an artificial tree, make sure it is fire resistant.

4. Secure your tree. Make sure it is tied at the top so that it can't be pulled or knocked down by small children or animals. Keep it behind a gate if you have
small children so that ornaments do not become a choking hazard or cannot become broken and cut small hands.

5. Check all extension cords and strings of Christmas lights for exposed wiring or cracked or frayed cords or plugs. These can spark and start a fire.

6. Make sure all extension cords and strings of Christmas lights are secured. Run them under rugs and carpets, or pull them back with ties or staples. If extension cords are used, make sure they are not overloaded with wattage.

7. Turn out all lights and blow out all candles when you go to bed. Lights could short out and start a fire while you are asleep, and candles always pose a fire risk and should never be left unattended.

8. Install a smoke alarm and carbon monoxide alarm. Make sure you are aware of any signs of danger as soon as possible.

9. Develop a fire escape plan. In the unfortunate event of a fire, knowing how to act quickly could save you and your family from danger. Create a specific plan for how to escape your home and call for help, and practice it with your whole family. The more you practice, the more comfortable you will be.

10. Thoroughly cook all meats. E. Coli and Salmonella poisoning are both dangers when it comes to handling raw meats. Make sure you cook them thoroughly, and use a meat thermometer to check.

11. Wash all fruits and vegetables thoroughly. Bacteria can live on the surface of fruits and vegetables, including E. Coli and Salmonella. Make sure you wash these thoroughly before eating them.

12. Thaw meat in the refrigerator, not on the counter. Again, harmful bacteria can breed, increasing your risks for food borne illnesses.

13. Follow proper food-storage guidelines. Don't leave perishable foods at room temperature for more than 2 hours. Make sure you refrigerate or freeze all foods that require it. Pay special attention to items such as eggnog or dip that are left out for long periods during get togethers.

14. Wash your hands often. When you're in the kitchen, washing your hands often will ensure that you don't spread harmful bacteria. During the winter months, washing your hands often will help to limit the spread of illness like the flu.

Following these tips can help you and your family to stay safe this holiday season to make sure that your celebrations are happy and bright.

Study Finds Hairdressers Reluctant to Pursue Workers' Compensation

Hairdressers are susceptible to a common work-related health problem known as occupational contact dermatitis, which involves inflammation of the skin because of exposure to harsh chemicals or other irritants. It is often ranked as the most common work-related health issue, and hairdressers are particularly vulnerable to it because of substances they use every day, such as hair coloring, bleach, and permanent solutions.

However, a study conducted by researchers at Monash University and the Skin and Cancer Foundation has found that hairdressers are reluctant to pursue workers' compensation benefits for this condition.

The study, funded by the Institute for Safety, Compensation and Recovery Research, analyzed 17 years worth of data in Australia. The study found that from 1993 to 1999, there were 157 cases of diagnosed occupational contact dermatitis, but only 46 workers' compensation claims for this health condition.

Medical39_06122014One of the study authors said that there are likely to be more cases of undiagnosed occupational contact dermatitis among hairdressers since few are referred to or attend a consultation with a dermatologist. Therefore, there is likely to be a much bigger discrepancy between cases and workers' compensation claims.

The study also looked at cases in the United Kingdom and Denmark and found a similar discrepancy.

Researchers suggested that the lower number of workers' compensation claims for this group may be attributed to a higher number of workers being self-employed or to workers fearing the loss of job, particularly apprentices and part-time workers.

North Carolina Workers' Compensation Lawyers

Though the study did not look at data from the United States, occupational contact dermatitis is a leading work-related health problem, and workers throughout the country are susceptible to it. If you suffer from occupational contact dermatitis or another health condition you believe was caused by work-related activities, you may be entitled to workers' compensation benefits.

Call the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin at 1-866-900-7078 for a free evaluation of your case and to find out if one of our North Carolina workers' compensation lawyers may be able to help you.

OSHA Releases Cadmium Biological Monitoring Advisor to Help Protect Workers

 The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has released a Cadmium Biological Monitoring Advisor in conjunction with the Office of the Solicitor of Labor and the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Policy.

The OSHA Cadmium Biological Monitoring Advisor is designed to help monitor the federal requirements of the general industry Cadmium Standard, 29 CFR 1910.1027. The online tool analyzes a series of questions and answers, as well as test results provided by the user, to determine if biological monitoring and medical surveillance requirements are being met.

TouchScreen_07312014The monitoring tool is intended primarily for medical professionals who will assess the cadmium exposure of employees. However, employers and their workers can use the tool for educational purposes, helping them to better understand overexposure to cadmium and how to prevent it.

Cadmium is a soft metal used in machinery, plastics, ceramics, paints and other industrial materials. The risk of exposure is high among employees who work with welding, smelting or refining of metals, or manufacturing batteries or plastics. Chronic exposure to cadmium can lead to serious health complications such as kidney damage, certain kinds of cancers, pulmonary emphysema and bone disease.

The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry reports that about 300,000 workers are exposed to cadmium each year in the United States.
OSHA's Cadmium Biological Monitoring Advisor is only meant to monitor cadmium exposure levels in industrial settings. There is a separate Cadmium Standard that protects workers in the construction industry.

North Carolina Workers' Compensation Lawyers

If you have suffered serious health complications that you believe were caused by your work, you may be entitled to workers' compensation benefits. Call the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin at 1-866-900-7078 for a free evaluation of your case and to find out if one of our North Carolina workers' compensation lawyers may be able to help you.

Can I Get Social Security Disability Benefits for a Mental Illness?

 Medical43_07232014Social Security Disability benefits are available for people who have become disabled and are no longer able to work. For some, this may mean a physical disability, such as an injury that leaves you unable to walk or to have full range of motion in your arms. For others, it may mean a mental disability brought on by a mental illness such as schizophrenia.

The Social Security Administration does consider some mental illnesses and disorders as criteria for receiving Social Security Disability benefits. However, many claims that are based on mental conditions are rejected more often than those based on physical disability. The reason is that it can be difficult to objectively show that a mental condition is severe enough to prevent basic work functions. In addition, not all examiners may have the training to understand how to evaluate mental disorders or illnesses in relation to employment.

Some mental disorders and illnesses are included in the Social Security Administration's official listing of impairments (http://www.ssa.gov/disability/professionals/bluebook/12.00-MentalDisorders-Adult.htm) -- meaning that, if you have one of these conditions and meet all of the required criteria noted in the listing, you are considered to be disabled. This list includes:

• Schizophrenic, paranoid and other psychotic disorders
• Affective disorders, such as depression or hallucinations
• Mental retardation
• Anxiety-related disorders
• Somatoform disorders
• Personality disorders
• Autistic disorders and other pervasive developmental disorders

For each of these conditions, other criteria must be met to show that it is disabling.

If you have a condition that is not listed, or if your condition does not meet the criteria in these listings, you may still be eligible for benefits. You will have to show that your condition will interfere with your ability to perform work and that the condition is likely to last for a long period of time.

North Carolina Social Security Disability Lawyers

If you have been denied Social Security Disability benefits, the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin may be able to help you. Call 1-866-900-7078 for a free evaluation of your case and to find out if one of our North Carolina Social Security Disability lawyers may be able to help you!

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Reports Increase in Deaths of Bicyclists and Truck Occupants

Despite an overall downward trend in the number of traffic deaths in 2011, the number of fatalities for bicyclists and the occupants of large trucks rose, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported.

Accident4_06262014In its analysis of traffic trends for 2011, the NHTSA reported that the number of bicyclist deaths rose 8.7 percent over the previous year, and the number of deaths for the occupants of large trucks rose 20 percent.

The total number of traffic fatalities dropped to their lowest level since 1949, NHTSA officials reported. Total traffic deaths fell 1.9 percent to 32,367 - coinciding with a dip in the total number of miles driven.

A spokesman for the NHTSA said that the increase in bicyclist deaths was probably the result of more people riding bicycles to work or riding bicycles for exercise and pleasure.

"Our culture is beginning to move away from driving and toward healthier and greener modes of transportation," Jonathan Adkins, the deputy director of the Governors Highway Safety Association, told WRAL.com. "We need to be able to accommodate all these forms of transportation safely."

Adkins said the increase in deaths for large-truck passengers may be due to more trucks being on the road as the economy picks up. However, he said the reasons were not certain.

Other data from the NHTSA report show that motorcyclist deaths are also rising - up 2.1 percent for the year and marking the 13th time in 14 years that the number has risen.

North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers

If you or someone you love have been injured in an automobile accident - or an accident involving a bicycle, motorcycle, or large truck - the North Carolina personal injury lawyers at the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin may be able to help you. Call 1-866-900-7078 for a free evaluation of your case to find out if one of our personal injury attorneys may be able to help you get the compensation you may deserve for your injuries.

Does Workers' Compensation only Cover Medical Bills?

Workers' compensation insurance may protect you if you are injured on the job, and as such, it may provide for much more than just your medical expenses.
As North Carolina Workers' Compensation Attorney Barry Jennings explains, North Carolina workers' compensation law provides for the payment of medical expenses and lost wages for those who qualify. Depending on the extent of your injury and how the injury occurred, you may be eligible to receive workers' compensation benefits to cover your medical treatment, as well as the time you missed from work.

Injury6_07182014If you suffer a permanent injury, or your injury is severe enough that you will no longer be able to earn the same wages you did before, you may be entitled to additional benefits under workers' compensation law.

The compensation you receive may be paid out by your employer's workers' compensation insurance carrier or by your employer.

North Carolina Workers' Compensation Lawyers

A qualified North Carolina workers' compensation lawyer can review the details of your case and advise you about what kind of benefits you may be entitled to under the law. If you have been injured on the job, call the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin at 1-866-900-7078 for a free evaluation of your case. One of our North Carolina workers' compensation lawyers may be able to help you get the benefits you may deserve for your injuries!

Under What Circumstances is a Person Eligible for Workers' Compensation in North Carolina?

Injury7_07182014Workers' compensation insurance protects workers in North Carolina in the event that they are injured on the job. However, employees must meet eligibility criteria in order to collect those benefits.

There are three types of situations in which employees can become eligible for workers' compensation benefits in North Carolina:

Workplace Accident

Accidents happen. When they happen on the job, your employer's workers' compensation insurance may cover you for injuries and other losses. Some examples may include a construction worker who falls off a ladder, or a delivery driver who is in a car accident. Accidents may occur in professions that don't seem prone to such dangers, as well. For example, a secretary may be burned by office equipment.

If the accident occurs on the job, you may be entitled to workers' compensation benefits in North Carolina.

Workplace Injury

Sometimes employees become inured just doing their jobs -- not as a result of having an accident. Some examples may include neck or back strain from repeated performance of the same task, or even joint strain such as in the shoulders, knees, or wrists.

Workplace Illness

Workers' compensation benefits may also be available if you become seriously ill as a result of your work. Examples may include exposure to toxic chemicals that contribute to the development of cancer, such as workers who were exposed to asbestos and later developed mesothelioma.

North Carolina Workers' Compensation Lawyer

There are many factors that can contribute to whether or not you receive workers' compensation benefits and to how much compensation you receive. A North Carolina workers' compensation lawyer can help you understand the law and how it applies to you.

If you have been injured on the job, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Call the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin at 1-866-900-7078 for a free evaluation of your case to find out if one of our North Carolina workers' compensation lawyers may be able to help you!

What If I'm a Passenger with a Friend or Family Member, and We Are in an Accident that Was Their Fault?

CarAccident2_07212014When you are driving and get into an accident in which the other driver was at fault, you might not think twice about trying to get the compensation you need for your injuries and damages to your property. But when your friend is driving the car and was at fault in the accident, you might hesitate. After all, you probably don't want to take legal action against your friend.

You are likely entitled to compensation for your injuries if you are involved in an accident that was not your fault -- even if a friend or family member is the person who is at fault. However, it's usually not your friend or family member who you are going after for those damages; it's the insurance company.

Insurance coverage is legally required to provide protection against injuries and damages in an accident, so your friend or family member should already be carrying that coverage. When you pursue compensation, you will generally pursue it from that insurance company.

You may also worry that going after your friend or family member's insurance company for damages will raise their rates. However, as Attorney Michael Jordan points out, in most cases, their rates will already have increased from the accident. There is a cap on how much insurance companies can raise rates for an accident, and chances are that your friend's policy has already hit that cap after the accident.

While it is important to protect relationships with friends and family members, it is also important to get the medical treatment you need for your injuries and to protect yourself against serious financial losses as a result of injuries or time lost from work. By pursuing the compensation you need, you are targeting the insurance company, not your friend or family member. Deciding not to pursue that compensation will only hurt you in the long run, not help your friend or family member.

North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers

If you have been injured in an accident, a personal injury lawyer may be able to help guide you through the process to help you protect your legal rights and get the full compensation that you may deserve. Call the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin at 1-866-900-7078 for a free evaluation of your case and to find out how one of our North Carolina personal injury lawyers may be able to help you.

What is the Difference between Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)?

Social Security benefits provide income to people who cannot work. Both Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) are designed to provide income to people who cannot work because they are disabled.

The key difference between Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits is this: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits are provided to people who have developed a disability that is likely to last at least 12 months, preventing them from working, while

Confused1_07082014Social Security Income (SSI) benefits are intended to help support those who are disabled and have a low income and have never been able to work (or have not worked long enough to qualify for SSDI benefits).

There are many criteria that must be met in order to qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. You must start by showing that you have a severe, medically determinable impairment that is expected to result in an inability to work for more than 12 continuous months or that will result in death. A number of factors will be considered to make this determination. You must also have been working a certain amount of time in order to qualify for these benefits.

If you have never worked, or if you have not worked long enough to qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, you may be able to receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI). To receive these benefits, you must also show that you are disabled and unable to work, and you must meet criteria showing that you have a low income. For more information, check out the Social Security Administration's guidelines (http://www.ssa.gov/ssi/ ).

North Carolina Social Security Disability Lawyers

If you are disabled and unable to work, you may qualify for Social Security disability benefits. However, if you have applied for benefits and have been denied, a North Carolina Social Security disability lawyer may be able to help you. Call the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin at 1-866-900-7078 for a free evaluation of your case. We have a North Carolina Board Certified Specialist in Social Security Disability Law who may be able to help you get the benefits you may need.

Contact Information

Raleigh Law Office

5848-100 Faringdon Place
Raleigh, NC 27609
Phone: 919-834-1184
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Durham Law Office

280 South Mangum Street, Suite 400
Durham, NC 27701
Phone: 919-688-4991
Fax: 800-716-7881

Fayetteville Law Office

517 Owen Drive
Fayetteville, NC 28304
Phone: 910-488-0611
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Charlotte Law Office

1001 Morehead Square Drive, Suite 350
Charlotte, NC 28203
Phone: 704-599-1078
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

New Bern Law Office

1505 South Glenburnie Rd, Unit P
New Bern, NC 28562
Phone: 252-634-9010
Toll Free: 1-866-780-3422

Greenville Law Office

702 G Cromwell Dr.
Greenville, NC 27858
Phone: 252-355-5205
Toll Free: 1-866-780-3227

Greensboro Law Office

300 N. Greene Street, Suite 850
Greensboro, North Carolina 27401
Phone: 336-665-7072
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Goldsboro Law Office

214 South William Street, Suite 3
Goldsboro, NC 27530
Phone: (919)-731-2581
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Henderson Law Office

514 Dabney Drive, Suite 200
Henderson, NC 27536
Phone: 252-492-4600
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Roanoke Rapids Law Office

709 Julian R. Allsbrook Highway
Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870
Phone: 252-537-9670
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Rocky Mount Law Office

3202 Sunset Avenue, Suite B
Rocky Mount, NC 27804
Phone: 252-937-4730
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Sanford Law Office

703-B South Horner Boulevard
Sanford, NC 27330
Phone: 919-775-1564
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Wilson Law Office

2315 Airport Blvd Suite A
Wilson, North Carolina 27896
Phone: 252-246-9090
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Winston-Salem Law Office

301 N. Main Street, Suite 2409-C
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078