Workplace Injuries

Emergency Departments and Hospitals Becoming Increasingly Dangerous Workplaces

study reveals dangerous environments for healthcare workers at hospitalsAccepted for far too long as just “part of the job,” a sharp increase in violence or threats of violence against healthcare workers has elevated the nation’s hospitals and emergency departments to the status of dangerous workplaces. A new study has started to scratch the surface of just how pervasive the problem actually is.

“Multiple respondents…voiced a sense of resignation that violence is an unavoidable or ...

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It Took a Lawsuit to Get a McDonald’s Franchise Owner to Protect His Employees from COVID-19

mcdonalds franchise owner sued over lack of covid-19 precautionsAs the delta variant of COVID-19 continues to cause an unprecedented surge in new infections across the United States, one McDonald’s franchise operator is finally doing his part to protect his employees – after if it took a lawsuit to make it happen.

The suit was filed against Michael Smith, the operator of an Oakland, California McDonald’s location after, according to the plaintiffs’ claims, he completely ...

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Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed in Texas Gas Explosion

natural gas contractor sued for 250 million in explosion deathThe wife of a Texas natural gas worker has filed a lawsuit for damages over $250 million after an explosion occurred at a site that her husband was conducting an inspection on. The lawsuit names Bobcat Contracting and Atmos Energy as defendants.

Melissa Tarver’s lawsuit over the death of Deric Tarver alleges that contractors working for Bobcat Contracting did not properly ground the site. That ...

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COVID-19 Raising “Take-home Tort” Questions

covid19 the subject of a new take-home tort in CaliforniaA recent opinion piece published on Bloomberg raises an interesting – and very timely – question: if your spouse’s employer requires your spouse to come to the work environment and contracts COVID-19, and then you contract the disease from your spouse, can you sue your spouse’s employer?

The question is not just a theoretical exercise. It is, indeed, the basis for a lawsuit recently filed ...

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Spike in Workplace Lawsuits Driven Largely by COVID-19

pandemic led to hundreds of additional workplace lawsuits in 20202020 broke records across the board when it came to workplace-related lawsuits, particularly class-action lawsuits filed by groups of employees banding together to take on their employers’ approach to workplace safety, pay, and leave policies. The lawsuits were driven in large part by COVID-19 and its profound impact on how we view work in this country.

Over 1,000 workplace-related lawsuits were filed in one of the most tumultuous ...

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Tyson Foods Sued Over Coronavirus Lies, COVID Pool

Tyson Foods manager Tom Hart at center of betting pool wagering on employees contracting COVID-19The industrial meat complex has not fared well in its handling of employee coronavirus concerns and keeping its workers safe, but Tyson Foods appeared to have raised the bar on misconduct last month. Two new lawsuits target the meat packing giant’s Waterloo, Iowa plant and vary in scope from appalling to outright abhorrent.

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