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?
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.
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.
Iowa employees like you who frequently work with industrial machinery may be at risk for specific injuries. Crush injuries are common among those who work with heavy equipment, and there are certain ways these injuries should be treated to minimize damage.
Some of us at the Law Offices of Gallner & Pattermann, P.C., are old enough to have noticed diminished hearing, and the younger ones on our team know that their time is coming. While it is natural for hearing to lose its sharpness as we age – can you still hear the mosquito ringtones that teenagers can detect on their smartphones? – we also understand that some kinds of hearing loss are not natural or normal. In fact, noise pollution in the workplace can be the source of many Iowa residents’ hearing loss.
Approximately one-third of construction site injuries are caused by falls from elevated platforms. These injuries create long periods where workers are unable to work. Our law firm recently published a SlideShare outlining steps that can make construction sites safer.
If you work in a sick building in Iowa, you may easily develop health problems. A previous blog discussed the factors that make a building sick. This week's blog discusses the symptoms of sick building syndrome and what you can do to prevent it.
If you feel sick every time you go to work in Iowa, it may not be because you hate your job. If your symptoms include coughing, sneezing, watering eyes and/or achy muscles, the Environmental Protection Agency says that you may work in a sick building.
You do not need to be employed in the construction or transportation industry in Iowa to be at risk of becoming injured in a workplace accident or of developing an illness due to some environmental factor where you work. People in all types of industries and across all functions in a company can find themselves in these types of situations. When this happens, it is important for you to know that you will be properly supported. Receiving workers' compensation benefits is one of the ways that you may be so supported.
At the Law Offices of Gallner & Pattermann, P.C., in Iowa, we know that workers’ compensation can be a very mysterious and complicated thing for many workers. We therefore thought it a good idea to review the basics of Iowa’s workers’ comp system so that our blog readers such as you will have a better understanding of this program that is there to provide you the benefits you need and deserve when you suffer an on-the-job injury or illness.