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Teachers might face more risks of injury than they think

Teachers are not included in the lists of the professions that face the highest risk of workplace injuries. Many consider schools to be “low-risk” workplaces. After all, working with children in the classroom should not involve significant hazards.

However, that low risk is much higher than many might believe, and it only keeps increasing every year.

Would self-driving cars really decrease the chance of accidents?

Although a few cities in the United States are testing self-driving cars, these cars will not be on the public market in the near future. That considered, many manufacturers, like Tesla, have added autonomous features to their cars. Such features have added both excitement and doubts to the prospect of completely self-driving vehicles. 

One of the main points of debate about self-driving cars regards how they could significantly reduce the chance of an accident, and therefore traffic injuries and fatalities as well. However, the safety of self-driving technology has come under fire once again with the death of another Tesla driver just last month.

How the environment of your workplace can help prevent an injury

Long-term injuries that compound over time are silent threats to many Maryland workers. Even though jobs like construction work often involve a higher risk of injury, desk jobs and assembly line work often lead to long-term work injuries as well.

However, there are many adjustments that employers could make to the work environment to help prevent these injuries and protect their workers.

Preventing accidents: What can you do if you feel unsafe at work?

In a recent post, we discussed how two large Maryland companies were not up to par in creating safe workplaces for their employees. That post also briefly discussed the increasing number of employees who suffer from workplace violence each year.

These are only a few of the variables that can add up to a serious workplace accident. And since many accidents are preventable, some employees might feel unsafe at work long before an accident even occurs.

Two Maryland companies putting employees at risk of violence?

Every year, the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (COSH) publishes a list of the top twelve companies around the country that fail to safeguard their employees from workplace injuries or accidents. This list is commonly called "the dirty dozen." 

And this year, two Maryland based companies appeared on the list. 

Maryland at the top for the number of at-fault car accidents

Every Maryland driver understands that there is a risk of a crash every time they get into their car. Despite that fact, no one actually expects to be in a life-changing accident. It is always a shock.

However, it seems that Maryland drivers may face a higher risk than they previously thought.

Hearing loss is more dangerous than you might think

For many people, hearing loss comes with age. And that is only natural after years of exposure to noise levels above the 85-decibel range. 

However, a large percentage of individuals with hearing loss can connect their impairment to their work. And the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that hearing loss is one of the most common work injuries employees report nationwide.

Preparation is key for your SSDI hearing

Unfortunately, nearly half of Social Security Disability claims are denied at the initial application. The high rate of these denials leaves many Marylanders suffering severe injuries without benefits. As a threshold question, a person qualifies for benefits when they have either been out of work for one year due to a medical condition, or a doctor indicates they will be out of work for the foreseeable year. That considered, a Social Security administrator may still deny a person's Claim.

Claimants always have the option to appeal a denied claim. They can request that the Social Security Administration reconsider their claim. Many times, this is the only step individuals must complete. Social Security may approve a denied claim after the reconsideration. 

Preventing accusations of workers' compensation fraud

Filing a workers' compensation claim can be a complicated business. It is often a lengthy process that requires employees to report their injury several times and follow specific procedures, all while recovering from an injury.

The process can be overwhelming. And if an employee makes inconsistent statements or does not include necessary details, they could jeopardize their claim. They also face the risk of their employer accusing them of fraud.

Uber accidents: A work injury or personal injury?

Rideshare options like Uber and Lyft have become extremely popular forms of transportation for visitors and residents of Baltimore alike. However, the risk of a traffic crash does not decrease whether someone chooses to drive or call an Uber to pick them up. 

In fact, it may also be the Uber drivers themselves who face high risks on Maryland roads, as well as complications in the aftermath of an accident.

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