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Can undocumented workers seek workers' compensation benefits?

In a single recent year, the federal Department of Homeland Security (DHS) reports that undocumented immigrants comprise 3.5 percent of the total population of our country. Inevitably, a certain percentage of those without proper employment papers will wind up working.

For truck drivers, nodding off isn't the only danger of fatigue

Commercial truck drivers must follow strict regulations regarding hours worked, and it's all done in an effort to reduce accidents caused by fatigue. If a driver falls asleep at the wheel, he or she is not the only one in danger. Other drivers and passengers can be seriously injured, as can pedestrians and cyclists.

4 tips for avoiding serious injuries on the job

Workers' compensation provides a financial safety net if you get hurt on the job. Workers' compensation covers lost wages, rehabilitation, vocational training and medical care. If a worker dies due to work-related injuries, survivors can receive death benefits.

Common occupational illnesses for the meat packing industry

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, meat packing is one of the most dangerous professions in America. Meatpacking exposes workers to cold temperatures, dangerous machines and plenty of sharp objects. While physical injuries such as severed fingers and blunt force trauma immediately come to mind when we think of the dangers associated with the industry, diseases are a big threat to the well-being of workers.

4 construction hazards to watch for on every job site

If you work in the construction industry in Iowa or Nebraska, you probably already know that you have a dangerous job. Injuries are a regular occurrence on most construction sites. In some cases, the injuries are minor and the worker can return to the job within a day or two. In other cases, injuries can be catastrophic and require months of rehabilitation and healing. Sometimes, a construction accident can even be fatal.

The trucking industry continues to wrestle with health concerns

The stock market has been rocky lately, but the job market is still tight and many companies continue to struggle to find enough skilled workers to fulfill their needs. One of the worst shortages is in the trucking industry. The freight consulting firm FTR Transportation Intelligence reports the strong economy and a torrid demand for hauling freight has left the U.S. in need of nearly 300,000 commercial truck drivers.

Lyme disease is still a mystery to many doctors

With the cold upon us, tick season is considered over for many residents of Iowa and elsewhere. However, as we at the Law Offices of Gallner & Pattermann, P.C., are aware, people with Lyme disease can suffer from this mysterious illness throughout the year. If you work in an industry that puts you at risk of exposure to ticks, you may be interested in reading this post.

Your eyes might be the most susceptible to injury while at work

When it comes to workplace injuries, you can say that the eyes have it. Half of all on-the-job accidents that occur in the United States involve eye injuries. It is estimated that around 2,000 workers go for medical treatment regarding their eyes each day.

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