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Burned in the kitchen? Workers' compensation may cover it

You're a chef. You love cooking for others and enjoying time in the kitchen. Unfortunately, the kitchen comes with its own dangers. There are sharp knives, hot stoves, open fires and other hazards that can lead to injuries if you're not cautious.

You made it years without any significant injuries, but that all ended when one of the new waitresses bumped into you while you were sauteing potatoes. She caught you off-guard, and you dropped what you were holding. Unfortunately, that meant that boiling oil and fat ended up all over your hands.

Working the graveyard shift poses a bunch of hazards

Many Missouri industries operate 24 hours per day to maximize not only production but also profits. This leaves many workers having to work while most people sleep. Working irregular shifts for extended periods can cause a variety of health issues.

Are you a truck driver, firefighter, air traffic controller, doctor, nurse, paramedic or in another occupation in which you work from dusk to dawn? According to health authorities, working against your body's natural rhythms risks everything from your brain to your heart.

Injuries affect thousands of hard-working Americans

People suffer from injuries on the job every day. In fact, a worker is hurt on the job every seven seconds in America. That means that 510 injuries happen each hour and over 12,600 happen every day.

Injuries are frustrating across the board. Employers are left without an employee that they need, which costs hours of production days lost. In 2017, 104 million production days were lost because of work-related injuries alone. For employees, it's also irritating to get hurt. They miss time on the job, which affects their income, and they also have to deal with the injury itself.

Were you hurt at work? You can make a claim

If you're working and get hurt, do you know what you can do to help yourself? One of the best things you can do after seeking medical care is to reach out to your employer to start your workers' compensation claim.

When you report your injury, your employer should begin the process for your claim. They are required to report your injury and may be subject to an inspection or investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Hurt? You might have a personal injury claim

If you've ever been hurt in a car accident, on-the-job injury or as a result of other incidents, then you know how life-changing injuries can be. Whether it's a moderate injury, like a broken bone that takes a few months to heal, or a severe injury, like a broken neck and paralysis, it's very important that you're able to get the help and support that you need.

Any kind of personal injury will have a few different effects. Some include:

  • Causing you to be unable to work or to have to work less than usual
  • Resulting in pain and suffering as you recover from a wound
  • Impacting your family, especially if they have to miss work or stay home to help support you
  • Causing you to have to learn a new trade or job because you can't do the old one any longer
  • Leading to depression or anxiety over sudden changes and a loss of control

Did Social Security change in 2020?

Every year, the Social Security Administration (SSA) releases information about changes to the Social Security program. One of those changes that you may be interested in learning more about is how much you'll be able to receive in Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits.

Social Security disability benefits did change in 2020. They are generally altered to account for cost-of-living adjustments. In 2020, those who receive Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) will see an increase of 1.6%. How does that break down? Here's a little more information.

Some nurses care for others but neglect their own health

Some say nurses are angels who face an endless list of hazards to provide care for their patients. Regardless of the role they play, all departments in the nursing profession pose multiple occupational risks. The inherent frantic pace in hospitals leaves nursing staff little time to take rest breaks, and even less time to consider their own safety and health.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration mandates that employers must protect workers against known safety hazards. If you are a nurse in Missouri, you might wonder what that protection consists of because of all the dangers with which you must deal during each shift for which you report.

4 hurt in Kansas City rollover crash

When crashes happen, they can leave people badly injured. While someone may be able to get medical care and recover, the time between the injury and recovery can still be a struggle. Victims may have trouble with money, pain, depression and many other issues.

Crashes happen every day, and they are devastating. Your attorney will help you fight for compensation, but most people just wish that the crash had never happened.

Can your employer withhold workers' compensation information?

Workers' compensation is a great benefit to use if you get hurt on the job. Your employer is most likely responsible for carrying workers' compensation, so if you get hurt, you should be able to seek it right away.

The problem for some people occurs when an employer doesn't want to give out workers' compensation information. When that happens, it might mean that you need to get your attorney involved.

2 injured in crash in on Interstate 57 in Missouri

Two people were badly hurt when a 3-vehicle crash took place on Interstate 57. The Missouri State Highway Patrol arrived to help at around 5:30 a.m. in the southbound lanes.

A 54-year-old man from Tennessee is accused of driving his vehicle off the side of the road. After doing so, his trailers overturned. One landed on its top, while the other landed on its side and blocked the roadway. Another passing semi hit the overturned vehicle and came to rest between two lanes, blocking traffic. That caused another truck driver to become involved as he maneuvered his vehicle off the road to avoid the collision. The vehicle was hit by debris.

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