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October 2018 Archives

Traumatic brain injury: Common workplace injury?

Whether you work in an office building or a warehouse, you may be at risk of receiving a traumatic brain injury while at work. This common type of workplace injury can occur in any industry. In fact, brain injuries are involved in more than 30 percent of injury deaths in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This equates to 153 people who lose their lives daily due to traumatic brain injuries.

Driving jobs that face large risks during deer season

With November around the corner, more deer will begin to show up alongside roadways and put thousands of drivers and their insurance at risk. Once daylight savings occurs, there will be less sunlight during the day and more deer near the road at earlier hours.

Differences between workers' compensation and disability benefits

When Iowa workers get injured on the job, no one knows for sure exactly how long those injuries will last. Sometimes, a worker could have to step away from their job for weeks. Other times, injuries or illnesses can last for months or even years. Some can last a lifetime. So are these injuries handled differently when seeking compensation?

How Pain Prescriptions Hurt The Construction Industry

The nationwide opioid epidemic has stricken communities across all socioeconomic lines. It has hit rural, blue collar towns especially hard. In the work world, the construction industry has the second-highest rate of pain medication and opioid misuse after the entertainment, recreation and food business.

Workplace Accidents and the Opioid Epidemic

Our firm recently published a SlideShare examining the problem of opioid addiction and pain medication misuse in the construction industry. It is a costly problem for employers in terms of missed work and injuries. However, statistics show that those workers who receive treatment and are successful in rehabilitaiton miss the least amount of work of any group.

How big a problem is workplace violence?

You expect your Iowa workplace to be safe, healthy and free of violence. Unfortunately, however, reality may not live up to your expectations. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration reports that over 2 million employees each year report that they suffer some form of workplace violence. In 2014 alone, 403 workers died due to workplace homicide, which was the fourth leading cause of on-the-job fatalities that year.

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