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October 2014 Archives

What types of workers' compensation benefits are provided?

Employers in Texas offer four types of workers' compensation benefits when an employee is injured in an on-the-job accident or develops a work-related illness. Many factors may influence the type of benefits and the amount one receives.

Another nurse contracts Ebola from patient in Dallas

A 29-year-old Dallas nurse is now the second U.S. health care worker diagnosed with Ebola caught from a man who was treated and subsequently died. The man arrived in the U.S. from Liberia and passed away on Oct. 8 after being diagnosed with Ebola. According to medical records, the nurse had come into contact with the deceased patient's bodily fluids while drawing blood and inserting catheters.

Lower-back injury common in workplace

A person can injure his or her lower back on the job in many ways. The most common causes of lower-back injury are improper bending, carrying, lifting, pulling and pushing; slips and falls; repetitive trauma; and unexpected exertion. These activities may result in strains, sprains and herniated disks. Back strain is actually damage to ligaments, tendons or muscles. Texas readers should be aware that once these tissues are damaged, they are more likely to be reinjured.

Scaffold-related accidents at the workplace and OSHA

An estimated two-thirds of construction workers in Texas and around the country use scaffolds or similar equipment on a regular basis, according to a report by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Acaffold-related accidents have the potential to cause serious injuries or death to workers. Injuries not only occur when a worker falls from an unsafe, incorrectly installed or defective scaffold equipment, but also when heavy objects fall from scaffolds, ladders and lifts and from a lack of proper safety equipment. OSHA has a strict set of rules and regulations regarding the use of scaffolds in the workplace. Employers and all of their employees must strictly adhere to these regulations, some of which address the inspection and construction of scaffolds.

Workers' compensation rules in Texas

Texas workers' compensation law details the processes and legal expectations for compensation that a worker may expect to receive if he or she is injured or contracts an illness as a result of working conditions in or around Houston. The process of filing for workers' compensation begins by reporting the injury or illness to the employer within 30 days of becoming aware of the issue. For certain concerns, a doctor's note may be necessary to provide evidence that workplace conditions caused the health issue.

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