Be Prepared for an Independent Medical Exam

When you file for workers’ compensation, you may be asked to submit to an independent medical exam, or IME. This is basically a second medical opinion, which might contradict your doctor’s assessment of your injury. If you need surgery, or long-term disability, an IME...

Gravity is Often Not a Worker’s Friend

Many people watched with awe in the 1990s as shuttle astronauts floated in zero-gravity space. Back on earth, gravity is not always so amusing. Gravity is one the chief factors in work injuries – when workers fall themselves and when workers are struck by falling...

Certain Minority Groups Face Risk of Injury on the Job

According to a recent study, racial inequalities may also be reflected in the frequency of workplace injuries and disability. This is particularly true for Hispanic immigrants and African American males, who tend to work jobs that carry the highest injury risk. In...

Workers’ Memorial Day is Friday

Ceremony and safety reminder Apr. 28 in Baton Rouge More than 4,000 American workers die on the job each year – about 10 work-related deaths every day – and another 4 million employees are injured or become sick at work. In Louisiana alone there are about...

Can “Illegal Aliens” Get Workers’ Comp?

State law protects anyone injured on the job. There is much talk these days of building walls and deporting people. Much resentment of immigrants and “foreigners.” Especially those living in the U.S. without government permission. This is a scary time for...

Drunk Drivers Contributed to Heavy 2016 Death Toll

Who pays damages when an intoxicated person causes a crash? From police shootings and terrorist attacks to opioid overdoses and beloved celebrities, the headlines of 2016 have been a steady roll call of untimely and tragic deaths. Lost in that mix is an alarming...