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Preventing Workplace Injuries Makes Good Business Sense

Posted by on 7:21 pm in Workplace Injury | 0 comments

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. This old adage is timeless in its relevance, and in terms of the workplace, it is simply the literal truth. Business owners owe a duty of care to their employers to ensure their safety and health while in the workplace.

In most cases, the employer follows safety rules and regulations to avoid liability for workplace injuries. However, even with the best of efforts and intentions of the employers, employees can still get hurt while on the job. Fortunately, there is workers’ compensation insurance, although according to the website of the LaMarca Law Group, P.C., you may still need legal representation if you are wrongfully denied your benefits. In general, however, there is that safety net for employees in case they are injured on the job.

For employers, however, the cost of workplace injuries goes beyond liability. There is loss in productivity, workforce management problems, increased attrition, higher insurance premiums, and employee morale issues. The best way to minimize workplace injuries is to do functional employment testing (FCE), especially for work that requires certain levels of physical health. This is appropriate for qualified applicants before an offer of employment, and current employees to see if they are at risk for workplace injury, or if they are fit to return to work after an injury. Applicant and employees that do not pass the FCE are likely candidates for serious injuries.

According to the WorkSTEPS website, investing in an injury prevention program in the workplace will result in significant returns in investment. Companies that are proactive in ensuring the health and safety of their workers have seen immediate and favorable results, such as a 50% decrease in workers’ compensation claims—which really translates to 50% fewer workplace injuries.

Preventing workplace injuries is not about generosity or compassion, although that certainly helps as well. It just makes good business sense to look out for the welfare of your employees.

The Role of Copy Writing in Selling your Business

Posted by on 4:34 pm in Writing | 0 comments

It is not news that in order to be successful in business nowadays, it is important to get the word out. Back in the day, it was through flyers, newspaper or magazine ads, editorials, press releases, television spots, and radio announcements. Nowadays, it is the Internet. However, one thing that remains constant is the copy; that is, the content. It had to be compelling, engaging, and relevant.

There was a time in the infancy of search engines and social media that a website could get ahead by eschewing good content for copious use of links and keyword dense content. That is no longer the case. With search engines like Google getting wise to these tactics, it no longer rewards what is termed “black hat” tactics to get ahead in the ranking. Improvements in the search algorithms now put a premium on good, relevant, natural content. All this highlights the importance of excellent copy writing.

Good copy writing is more than simply writing copy. String some sentences together and that is copy. According to the Kinetic Word website, what is important is that the copy targets a specific audience to elicit a specific response. An example would be a generic how-to article in Pinterest. It will attract the attention of anyone who is looking for information about how to do something, and encourage them to click on the link. In most cases, it redirects to the page of the sponsoring business, and that is good marketing. However, it does not end there.

If the article has little value to the user after all, the user will “bounce” from the page, and that is not good. You want the user to explore your site and hopefully give you some business. If the article is full of helpful tips and relevant information, the user will spend time on that page and more likely click any links you may have on the article. They may even share it on their social network! Now, that is good marketing.

If you need help with optimizing your page naturally, your best bet is to engage the services of an excellent copy writing company. They can assist you in formulating a content-driven marketing strategy that will help you rank in the search engines.

Nicer is Not Always Better in Motor Vehicle Accidents

Posted by on 9:03 am in Crashes | 0 comments

According to the website of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.®, there are all kinds of motor vehicle accidents, and while many of them do not involve any bodily injury, far too many do. This is especially true when it is a rollover accident, where passengers are injured not because of the rolling over per se, but the resulting crushing of the protective structure.

Rollover accidents tend to lead to serious injury in general, but the risk is higher with certain types of vehicles, such as sports utility vehicles (SUVs). SUVs are popular because they look pretty cool, and many of them have some useful features such as a four wheel drive. However, SUVs also tend to be more prone to rollover accidents because of its high center of gravity (COG). This is due to the design of the vehicle rather than any manufacturing defect. SUVs tend to be the same width as a sedan, but considerably higher. This makes it prone to tipping whenever the COG shifts, such as on a sharp curve, or when the wheel hits the sidewalk or any elevated object.

This tendency is not exclusive to SUVs, however. Some truck models also have a high COG that can lead to rollover accidents. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration scored the Dodge Ram 1500 truck the same as an SUV for rollover safety. Because it is extremely popular in the US, this rating means that passengers may be injured in a truck accident more severely than if they had been in a sedan. This is because despite the numerous cosmetic changes made to the Dodge Ram over the last three decades, the structural design remained the same. When the Dodge Ram 1500 rolls over, it can crush or eject passengers and cause severe injury.

The Dodge Ram 1500 is just one vehicle model that manufacturers improved in looks and features, but neglected to redesign to improve safety and protection of passengers. It is a sad but true fact.

If you sustained serious injuries from a rollover accident, the auto manufacturer may be at fault. Consult with a rollover accident lawyer to address your personal injury issues.

Men can also be victims of Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Posted by on 10:56 am in Harassment | 0 comments

Contrary to what most people believe, sexual harassment is not always about sex. In a recent case involving a longshoreman who complained about unwanted physical contact from his male machine boss, there was no allegation of sexual advances. The plaintiff found the contact offensive, and had complained that it made for a hostile work environment. The plaintiff lost his job for complaining, and his suit was against the company for wrongful termination.

According to the NYC Human Rights Law, sexual harassment is behavior that is “unwelcome, unwanted, offensive, and of a sexual nature.” One example of this is “[u]nwanted deliberate touching, leaning over, cornering, or pinching.” In the case above, the machine boss regularly touched the men working under him in the buttocks and genital area, which the defendant’s lawyer called “playful, like a high school locker room.”

In most cases, men will not complain about such behavior because they are too embarrassed. As a result, sexual harassment in the workplace involving male victims are often unreported. It does happen, however, and a New York sexual harassment lawyer would be the first to point out that it is against the law. Allowing it to continue will only make it worse, because there are no repercussions.

Employers and their representatives have to be very careful about physical contact with their subordinates. Even a friendly hug may constitute sexual harassment under certain circumstances. However, sexual harassment is not only physical. It can also be verbal i.e. asking personal questions of a sexual nature, or pictorial i.e. sexually implicit or suggestive photos or videos. Amorous or sexually explicit emails or phone calls may also constitute sexual harassment.

It is not easy to prove sexual harassment, especially if there are no witnesses to the incident. If you believe that you are a victim of sexual harassment in the workplace, and received no support from management regarding the issue, you may have to explore your legal options. Talk with experienced sexual harassment attorneys in New York to get their advice.

How Your Doctor Can Help You Claim for Disabling Injuries

Posted by on 1:09 pm in Disability, Personal Injury | 0 comments

Whether you are filing a personal injury or a social security disability benefits claims, your doctor will be your most valuable ally on par with your lawyer. As pointed out on the website of Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC, one of the requirements of a personal injury claim is that you are seriously injured, and you can only prove this based solely on your doctor’s expert opinion. The same thing applies in a disability benefit claim.

Both your lawyer and the Social Security Administration (SSA) will rely on the medical evidence from the hospital records and your doctor’s report to determine the extent of your injury. In most cases, you will have to ensure that they receive the needed documents to expedite your case. Incomplete or inaccurate medical documents can seriously damage your chances of winning your claim.

However, more is not always better. You should only submit medical records that are relevant to your case. If you claim disabling injuries because of mental illness, then the records from your ophthalmologist will not be relevant. On the other hand, you need to make sure that you give all the relevant data from different doctors, especially if you are claiming more than one injury or disability. According to the website of the Hankey Law Office, incomplete documents are enough for the SSA to reject a valid claim, and the appeals process is even more complicated.

The records you need to get from your doctors will depend on your claim. For example, if you are claiming disabling spinal cord injuries from a negligent car accident, you will need records from the emergency room doctor, neurosurgeon, physical therapist, physiatrist, rehabilitation nurse, pain management doctor, and rehabilitation psychologist.

Records may include copies of the CT scans or MRIs, surgical records, doctor’s visits, medication, statements about ability to go back to work, and physical or mental residual functional capacity (RCT). In most cases of serious injury, there is a combination of problems such as emotional or psychological damage. A psychiatrist may be asked to weigh, even if the claim is not based on mental illness.