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False Workers’ Compensation Claims

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Being injured while on the job can be very frustrating – aside from enduring an injury, being away from work for a long period of time can cause financial strains to you and your family. One way that employers help their employees during these cases are through worker’s compensation. Worker’s comp is a law that helps protect both the employers and the employees once an injury has occurred during working hours, dismissing the need to go to court.

Worker’s compensation can provide two-thirds of the employee’s monthly salary during the disability, and this compensation can increase if the disability becomes permanent (or if the employee has dependents). This compensation is given to help cover for the medical expenses, and are limited to disability or death during the performance of duties during working hours. It can also cover wages lost while the employee recovers from the injury. It does not cover for death or injuries that occur because of the employee’s own doing or because of intoxication.

Even with the willingness of companies to provide worker’s comp to their employees, there are still cases where fraud occurs. According to the website of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, Millions of dollars are often wasted on employees who file for fraudulent worker’s compensation cases. The most common are:

  • Old injuries – when a worker has already suffered an injury long ago but claims it as a new injury to acquire medical care.
  • Inflating injuries – an employee lies about the seriousness of the injury so that they can acquire more worker’s compensation and stay away from work longer.
  • Lingering injuries – when an employee pretends that his or her injury is still there even through it has fully healed.
  • Faking injuries – in order to claim for worker’s compensation, a worker fakes an injury that never happened.
  • Remote injury – when an employee is injured during off-hours (or while away from work) but claims that the injury occurred on the job so that they can file for worker’s comp.

Worker’s compensation is already a law that every company is required to provide, so every employee has the right to ask for compensation once an injury has occurred. If these benefits are not given, employees can call for a court hearing to get the compensation. Worker’s comp is every employee’s right.

Common Symptoms of Delayed Brain Injury

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Brain injuries are one of the leading causes of deaths, and the basis for many personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits. In the United States, vehicular accidents account for 17.3 percent of all traumatic brain injuries. A blow to the head may not seem like a serious injury at first, but symptoms of a head or brain injury often show themselves after the accident has occurred.

During a car accident, the impact of the crash (even though not deadly) can gravely harm the skeletal structure and internal organs of the people inside the vehicle. Whiplash (the sudden extreme backward/forward movement of the neck) or hitting the head on the windshield, steering wheel, air bags, dashboard, or any part of the car with such strong force can lead to brain injuries. Although there are no immediate symptoms, it is always best to go to the hospital for a proper check-up following a car collision: staying conscious after the accident does not guarantee there are no brain injuries. Common symptoms that everyone should be wary of include:

  • Stiff neck or severe headaches
  • Vomiting
  • Impaired taste, hearing, smell, visions (including slurred speech or blurry vision)
  • Confusion or irritability
  • Facial fractures, bruising, swelling or scalp wounds
  • Dilated pupils
  • Blood or any fluid running from the nose, eyes, or mouth
  • Lack of coordination in the arms or legs, or inability to move them

Suffering from a brain injury is a serious health hazard, as it can lead to possible long-term brain damage. This is why going to the hospital without delay is vital. Serious injuries can result in coma, persistent headaches, loss of sensation, hearing, vision, taste, or smell, seizures, paralysis, or problems in speech and language.

It may be true that most head or brain injuries recover quickly, and without further incidents; however, it is still advised to keep a tight watch to those who have suffered a brain injury. Seemingly innocent injuries may still result to long-term complications such as memory loss or cognitive problems because traumatic brain injuries tend to accumulate rather than show signs immediately.

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