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Workers Compensation

Workplace Safety: Importance of Fall Protection

Posted by Lara Vitiello on June 5, 2018

Two workers were killed Monday when they fell down an elevator shaft at a construction site in downtown St. Louis. This tragic workplace accident illustrates the ever-present dangers of working on a construction site. Falls are among the most common causes of serious work related injuries and deaths. Employers must set up the work place […]

Workplace Safety & Employers’ Responsibilities

Posted by Lara Vitiello on May 30, 2018

Last week we published part one of a two part series on Workers’ Rights.  The first post focused on the definition of a workplace accident, the OSH Act and  workers’ rights under the OSH Act.  This post focuses on employers’ responsibilities under the OSH Act, Workers’ Compensation insurance, and what you should do if you are injured on the job. Employer […]

Workplace Safety & Workers’ Rights

Posted by Lara Vitiello on May 23, 2018

In 2016, according to the U.S. Bureaus of Labor Statistics, there were approximately 2.9 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses reported by private industry employers. This translates to a rate of 2.9 cases per 100 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers annually. As a personal injury lawyers, we do see cases where workers are seriously injured or […]

March Is Workplace Eye Wellness Month

Posted by Lara Vitiello on March 13, 2018

Each day, over 2,000 Americans suffer an eye injury.  Overall about one million Americans have experienced some vision loss due to eye injury, which has resulted in more than $300 million in lost work time, medical expenses and Worker’s Compensation. We typically associate work-related eye injuries with outdoor or industrial jobs, such as construction or […]

Avoid Opioids: 5 Alternatives for Pain Management

Posted by Lara Vitiello on December 12, 2017

This article originally appeared in the Fall 2017 issue of Living Safer Magazine (Vol. 9 Ed. 3)   Legal & Safety Blog Avoid Opioids:  5 Alternatives for Pain Management By Matthew Casey   Pain is the most common reason people seek medical care, according to the National Institute for Health. One hundred million Americans suffer […]

How to Protect Workers in Cold Weather

Posted by Lara Vitiello on December 8, 2017

Prolonged exposure to freezing or cold temperatures may cause serious health problems such as trench foot (prolonged exposure of the feet to damp, cold conditions), frostbite and hypothermia. In extreme cases, including cold water immersion, exposure can lead to death. Danger signs include uncontrolled shivering, slurred speech, clumsy movements, fatigue and confused behavior. If these […]

Workplace Accidents and Workers Compensation

Posted by Lara Vitiello on February 22, 2017

Workplace accidents happen all the time. In some cases, these accidents can be deadly.  Per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 4,836 fatal work injuries in 2015 – not counting active members of the U.S. Armed Forces.  Some professions are inherently more dangerous than others and come with a higher risk of injury […]

Partner Matt Casey Settles Workers’ Compensation Case

Posted by Lara Vitiello on August 12, 2016

Casey & Devoti recently settled an Illinois Workers’ Compensation case for a lump sum of $400,000 while on appeal after winning the case at Arbitration. The client was represented by Partner Matthew Casey. In March 2011, the client injured his cervical and lumbar spine during a fall while employed as an iron worker for MC […]

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