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Can I collect workers' compensation and SSDI at the same time?

Following significant work-place injuries, employees and their families often wonder what benefits may collect. There are a few types of benefits injured workers are entitled to, but one specific question is whether the injured worker can recover both workers' compensation benefits and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits?

Can workers get compensation for occupational knee injuries?

Individuals rely on their knees more than they think. As the largest and most complex joint in the body, the knee is what allows us to move in many different ways, whether standing, walking or lifting.

This heavy reliance on the knee is also why suffering a knee injury on the job can quickly put workers out of commission. If a knee injury keeps them out of work, the first worry on anyone's mind is the effect on their income and will medical care be covered.

Report finds gig workers suffer a higher rate of fatalities

The gig economy has been on the rise for the last few years. Independent workers and contractors enjoy the flexibility to work on their own terms and provide services for companies on certain projects.

However, independent workers should also be aware that their risk of suffering a fatal injury on the job is significantly higher than non-independent workers.

Stay on your toes: Foot injuries have a large impact on workers

Workers who are on their feet all day often know the reality of foot pain. Standing on a cement warehouse floor all day can cause a significant amount of strain on one’s feet, back and legs. Even with the foot pain workers might experience, they face even more risks of foot injuries.

It is easy for workers to overlook the risk of foot injuries since these work injuries are often nonfatal. However, they can be severe and even life-changing for workers in all industries.

Falls are still a significant risk for many workers

Workers of all industries face a risk of falling on the job, from retail workers to roofers.

Falls from the same level or a higher level are some of the most common causes of both injuries and fatalities in the workplace. Yet, despite this common knowledge, reports prove that the risk of falling is still one of the biggest dangers that workers face every day on the job - and that the risk is even increasing.

New law to protect workers from heat stress

As summer starts in full swing, the weather gets warmer and warmer. Most people welcome the warmer weather, but the summer heat can mean serious danger for workers.

Occupational injuries related to heat stress are all too common, but a new law could help prevent such injuries in the future.

What is the most dangerous job in the U.S.?

When faced with this question, many people say the construction industry is the most dangerous in the country. This guess is not far off - construction is on the list of the most dangerous jobs almost every year.

However, over the last few years, the job involving the most fatal work injuries has been logging.

What if the employer's insurance company schedules an IME?

When injured workers pursue workers' compensation benefits, their employer's insurance company may question the extent of their injuries. In these cases, insurance companies often arrange an independent medical evaluation (IME).

This is a common issue that injured workers come across. Therefore, here is some essential information they should know about an IME, so they can protect their rights to collect the workers' compensation they deserve.

Firefighters call for safety on the road

Firefighters, police officers and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) must all be prepared to jump into action at any time to answer the call in an emergency.

And when they get a call, they must immediately take to the road and respond to the emergency as soon as possible. This requires emergency responders to react with speed and efficiency. However, Maryland roads can be a dangerous place – especially for workers as they answer a call or attend to an accident on the road. Their chance of a work injury increases considerably in these situations, and firefighters are calling attention to this risk.

Construction workers: Be aware of electrocution risks

May marked National Electric Safety Month, which aimed to recognize and shed a light on how any workers who regularly work with electricity can stay safe.

Even with the proper training, working with electricity can carry a high risk of injury for any worker.

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