Notorious Pepper Spray Cop Files For Workers Compensation

Occupy Protest Pepper Spraying Cop Files for Workers Compensation after Firing The notorious former police officer who pepper-sprayed students during a 2011 Occupy protest at the University of Southern California, Davis is appealing for workers compensation. He claims that the 2011 incident caused him psychiatric injury. John Pike has a settlement conference on August 13th in Sacramento regarding his workers compensation claim. The now former police officer was fired in July 2012, 8 months after the pepper spray incident occurred, and a … [Read more...]

Cops Who Use Deadly Force Not Entitled To Workers’ Comp

South Carolina Workers' Compensation Lawyer South Carolina law enforcement officers who have experienced mental trauma after killing someone in the line of duty are not entitled to workers’ compensation. This news comes after a ruling was announced Wednesday by the South Carolina Supreme Court. The justices stated that the current workers’ compensation law does not cover mental health issues for officers who have had to use deadly force because they are trained to do so and understand that they may have to use it. The 3-2 decision stated … [Read more...]

Upstate Company Fined $480K for Worker Protection Failure

The Federal Government recently issued a $480,000 fine for an Upstate company for the way it handled a waste cleanup project in Florida. Welch Group Environmental is based out of Belton. According the US Department of Labor, Welch Environmental neglected to protect their workers from exposure to unsafe levels of lead during a cleanup in Delray Beach, Fla. Federal investigators said the company failed to provide eye and head protection while workers were cleaning up lead. Eye and head protection reduce the employees’ exposure to lead, … [Read more...]

Nail Penetrates Man in the Back of the Head

A construction worker is lucky to be a live after being penetrated in the back of his head by a three inch nail. Jeff Lupak, 45, was working on a construction site in Bismark, North Dakota when the accident occurred. Lupak asked a colleague to hand him a 16 gauge nail gun. In the process of receiving the nail gun, the gun fired hitting Lupak in the back of the head with a nail. Amazingly, Lupak said he felt no pain, just stinging pain and slight pressure in the back of his head. Lupak was rushed to a hospital in Bismark. He was then … [Read more...]

15% of WC Injuries Are the Result of a Slip and Fall

South Carolina Workers Comp Lawyers Fast Facts -Slip & fall injuries make up 15 percent of all worker’s compensation claims. -65% of lost work days are the result of a slip and fall accident. -22% of slip and fall incidents resulted in more than 31 days away from work. -24% of workplace slip and falls can be directly attributed to footwear. How to Proceed After a Work Injury Report the Injury: When you are hurt on the job , it is critical that you report the injury to your employer as soon as possible, but no longer than 90 … [Read more...]

Repetitive Work Injuries

South Carolina Workers' Compensation Lawyers Repetitive Injury In South Carolina, the Workers' Compensation laws provide for compensation in the event of a work related injury. Although a work related injury can happen in a split second, a work related injury may also occur a period of time. The South Carolina Workers' Compensation Laws provide coverage for a repetitive work injury. A repetitive injury is usually caused by accumulated physical damage and may occur from daily wear and tear at the workplace that results in physical … [Read more...]

Burn Injury Recovery

South Carolina Burn Injury Lawyers Burn Injuries At Work Severe burns injury and death can occur on the job due to fire, exposure to heat such as steam or boiling water, and exposure to chemicals or radiation. The effects of a burn on children and adults alike can be devastating and even deadly. The South Carolina burn injury attorneys at Strom Law Firm will protect your rights. Burn victims may suffer muscle, bone, blood and tissue damage as well as subsequent pain due to injury to nerves. Burns can also be fatal. Depending upon … [Read more...]

Do I Need a Lawyer for a Workers Comp Claim?

Why do I need a work injury lawyer to get worker’s comp benefits? Anyone can file a workers comp claim for a work-related injury on their own. The South Carolina Worker’s Comp Commission is supposed to oversee conflicts that arise between the injured employee and the employer’s insurance company. However, even with a mediator, an injured employee is challenged to act on his own behalf against a business entity. Insurance companies have lawyers, lots of fine print and look for reasons not to pay. Workers’ compensation is their business. … [Read more...]

Who Qualifies for Workers Comp?

South Carolina Workers Compensation Attorneys Any full-time employee (working for an employer with four or more employees) who has an employment related injury and needs medical attention should be covered under workers’ compensation insurance. It doesn’t matter if the injury was a complete accident or the fault of a co-worker. The employee MUST notify his or her employer within 90 days of the injury or risk losing the right to benefits under workers compensation. (It is recommended that you record details of your accident and to whom you … [Read more...]

Seaman Injured During Testing for Crane Lift

Arturo L Fernandez was a 56-year-old seaman and engineer. One day he was working aboard a pipe-laying derrick vessel. He was testing to prove the lifting capabilities of a crane on the vessel. At the time, pad eyes had been placed on a test barge to provide adequthe right balance for the test. A pad eye is a device that a line runs through, or provides an attachment point. It usually is bolted or welded to the deck or hull of a boat. At the same time, the boat had equalizer blcoks to connect the pad eyes on the lift barge to the … [Read more...]