Workplace Injuries

Companies Brace for Employee Coronavirus Lawsuits

employees begin filing lawsuits against businesses that ignored coronavirus concernsCompanies and corporations that prioritized profits over the safety of their employees during the Covid-19 pandemic are watching as an increasing number of lawsuits are being filed by workers alleging unsafe workplaces and a lack of proper employee protective gear.

McDonald’s is just the latest as five of the fast food restaurants’ employees in Chicago and four of their family members filed a lawsuit claiming continue reading...

Government Weighs Creation of Covid-19 Victims’ Compensation Fund

government considers covid-19 victims fundFederal lawmakers are tossing around a plan to create a fund to compensate essential workers who fall sick or die from COVID-19. The proposed fund would be modeled after the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund that was used to disburse over $7 billion of government money to victims of the 9/11/01 attacks and their families.

The recently proposed Pandemic Heroes Compensation Act would create a fund to help with medical ...

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Accusations Shine Light into Meat Processing Industry Amid Pandemic

meat industry workers come forward with covid-19 complaints“If you’re not in a casket, they want you there. All they were worried about was making sure we were coming to work.” This is the description given by one employee of the conditions imposed on workers at one of Smithfield’s meat processing facilities. As a nation already facing empty grocery store shelves learned that worker shortages could mean an interruption in the meat supply, the continue reading...

Walmart Sued Over Employee Coronavirus Death

Walmart sued over employee coronavirus deathAccording to a wrongful death lawsuit filed in Cook County, Illinois, 51-year-old Wando Evans tried to tell his supervisors and managers at the Evergreen Park Walmart location outside of Chicago that he wasn’t feeling well and was showing symptoms of Covid-19. The lawsuit alleges that those warnings were ignored until the store finally sent him home from work on March 23. Evans was found dead in his ...

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New Data Shows Impact of Workplace Injuries

New data released on the 2019 Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index shows that the 10 most common types of workplace injuries cost employers nearly $47 billion and comprised nearly 85% of all workplace injury expenses.

The most common type of injury listed is “overexertion involving outside sources.” Injuries in this category cost over $13 billion last year alone and accounted for almost 24% of all workplace injury expenses. Overexertion involving outside sources refers to injuries or illnesses read more.... --> continue reading...

Study Highlights Increased Narcotic Painkiller Use by U.S. Workers on Disability

Abuse of painkillers has become an epidemic in America. The journal Medical Care recently released a study that found a growing number of people on disability from work were prescribed powerful prescription narcotic painkillers.

The research found that about 44 percent of people that receive Social Security Disability Insurance benefits were prescribed narcotic painkillers between 2007 and 2011. The percentage of people using the drugs long-term rose from 21 percent in 2007 to 23 percent ...

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