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If Obamacare is repealed, will workers’ compensation change?

While the first attempt at legislation to reverse The Affordable Care Act failed to pass, it is far from dead.  With the Affordable Care Act providing for lifetime claims along with the cost of increased medical technology and medication, workers' compensation insurance companies are seeing an increase in the cost of claims as well as the number of claims.  Rate premiums had dropped significantly due to increased competition in 2013 and The National Council on Compensation Insurance is recommending a hike in premium rates to be able to have a sufficient amount to pay the claims that are projected in the future.

Additionally, there has been a number of states challenging the constitutionality of the workers' compensation statutes.  If the claims the states make are found unconstitutional by the supreme courts, the rulings could extremely impact current and past claims as the ruling would be retroactive back to when the laws were first enacted.  

Stress-related diagnosis may qualify for workers' compensation

During the early 19th century workers faced many dangers during their workday, including unsanitary workplaces, dangerous conditions, and lack of safety protocols.  

While the workplace has improved a lot for workers since the days of the industrial era, workplace stress is now dramatically affecting employee health as well as increasing work-related mortality.

New Limits Set by OSHA on Worker Beryllium Exposure

In a new rule set forth by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), industry, shipyard, and construction workers will now be more protected against lung cancer and other diseases brought on by exposure to beryllium.

The new measures reduce the amount of beryllium workers can be exposed to. Beryllium is a metal that is used in the manufacturing of such items as cars, computers, and other electrical equipment. While most employees who risk exposure are those who work in factories producing beryllium dust in the manufacturing process, construction professionals in the field can be exposed as well, since beryllium is often found in the blasting material for demolition.

Far Too Many Injured Teenage Fast Food Workers

Your first job is a milestone that you'll never forget. Whether you started your experience in the work force by bagging groceries, or you were a waiter at the diner down the street, you will always likely remember your first paycheck. Now, as a parent, you know that it's time for your teen to take on the responsibility of their own job and earn their own income. While many teens find work in the fast food industry, it's important to recognize that there are some risks involved with this type of position.

Self-Driving Cars Are Here. Are They Safe?

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Since September you have probably noticed the fleet of driverless Uber vehicles rolling around Pittsburgh. 

Is this simply technology evolving to make life easier and reduce costs for businesses, or is this a "headless horseman" scenario that is putting the lives of pedestrians, cyclists and other motorists at risk? 

Let's take a look at the facts. 

Who Is Responsible For Asbestos In Workers' Households?

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There is longstanding legal precedent for holding employers accountable when current and former workers are stricken with asbestos-related illnesses such as mesothelioma. 

This begs the question, what about taking care of family members who fall victim to such ailments? Shouldn't they be able to go after the companies responsible for introducing asbestos to their living environment? 

Asbestos brought into the home on the clothing or shoes of workers has not always served as grounds for affected loved ones to recover damages for their medical costs, pain and suffering, and other damages. 

If a ruling by the California Supreme Court is any indication, the tide may be turning on this issue. 

Listen Up! This Overlooked Workplace Injury Is Now The Most Common

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The average American doesn't pay much attention to the everyday activities that slowly cause hearing damage. It is easy overlook the occasional concert, loud restaurant or sporting event. Employees who work in noisy environments can be just as forgetful. The machinery noises at construction sites and in manufacturing warehouses begin to sound like background noise. People need to start paying attention because hearing loss is now the most common workplace injury in the U.S.

22 million workers are exposed to dangerous levels of noise every year. Workers most affected by noise are in the mining, construction and manufacturing sectors. The injury is so common that about $242 million is spent in workers' compensation per year. While companies are paying for the damages in cash, workers are suffering from their injuries indefinitely.

Three Ways To Make Sure Your Workers' Comp Claim Fails

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Doing things the right way can become boring. After all, there's always more excitement when things are in disarray, right? 

If you are ever injured at work we want to make sure you know the best ways to make sure you'll never see the workers' compensation benefits you need to make ends meet. 

The following tips will help you in this endeavor. 

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