Monthly Archives: October 2012

Insomnia Linked To Workplace Injuries

Today, we are constantly going in our lives on an average, and daily basis. From the moment we wake up we are immediately expected to get complete our morning routines in order to get out the door and on to our professional responsibilities. While at work the majority of Americans are working long, and strenuous hours from five to six days a week at the office, and then on top of that are expected to run errands not only for themselves, but their families as well. Yet, are the majority of these individuals who are in “Go” mode constantly getting an ample amount of sleep?

Where Has The Sand Man Gone?

In this day and age it is very rare for an individual to get a healthy, and normal amount of sleep that many health professionals recommend. Normally, it is recommended that individuals get a regular 8 hours of sleep per evening, but as we all know time is of the essence, which is something we lack greatly. In other words, individuals are working and staying up more and resting less. The economy today has also pushed individuals to work harder in order to be seen performing more, and more efficiently in order to keep their employment.

While productivity is a driving force for many companies especially in the midst of economic issues it also is a method that can lead workers to being injured more regularly as well. Recently, a study published in Archives of General Psychiatry took a closer look at what insomnia truly had in store for the majority of workers. The research article took a look insomnia related accidents, and injuries and reported that nearly 274,000 occur each year, which can cost up to $31.1 billion in property and equipment damages as well as medical injury expenses. The study examined 10,000 workers and correlated a 1 to 5 ratio of workers who normally struggled and worked under insomnia related situations.

Hopefully as we look to the future we can only hope that employers will advocate and promote a healthy lifestyle for their employees in order to not only decrease the likelihood of work place accidents and errors, but also in order to help increase the health, happiness, and efficiency of all.

Changes are constantly made within the field of employment, so if you plan on filing a workman’s compensation claim, it would be best to seek professional help. It is important to have someone on your side that knows the law and knows how to make it work for you. Michael R. Lawless, P.A., Attorney at Law specializes in these types of case. He provides a free consultation, including evenings and weekends by appointment, at their offices in Lenexa, Kansas or Grandview, Missouri offices. Call today at 1-800-734-3771, 913-681-5566 or 816-966-0099.

The Science of Worker’s Compensation Claims

Every day within our lives we are bound to make a mistake, or have an accident of some sorts. While some mistakes can cause small accidents to occur that leave us just slapping ourselves on the wrist others can be very serious that result in some dangerous, and serious consequences. One type of accident, or mistake that occurs quite often is that of an accident while on the job, or while participating in a workplace task. When you are injured as the result of the accident the next step that you take is that of filing a worker’s compensation claim. Yet, do you understand the actual science of a claim?

Assessing Assumptions

How a worker’s compensation claim actually works is pretty simple. An employee will fill out the necessary paperwork with the appropriate information pertaining to the accident such as how it happen, what actually happened, and the results and injuries that were sustained from it. Many people are under the impression that when they file a claim that they will be granted the appropriate damages, but that is not the case at all. Many times, when the claim is brought forward either to an authoritative entity, or a board they actually decide whether or not to award compensation.

Another assumption of a worker’s compensation claim is that if you have medical proof, or “scientific opinion” that your claim is valid that you will be awarded compensation. However, that is not true as well. While “scientific opinion” is somewhat taken into account of worker’s compensation claims it is not required in most cases. This means that even though you may have a letter from a physician or heath professional stating that you are injured it does not really do anything for your claim besides let you know what injuries you did receive from the accident, and their severity.

When you are injured on the job it is very wise to seek out medical attention in order to make check on the severity of your injuries as well as your overall health regardless of whether or not its deemed necessary by some claims boards. Finally, when dealing with a worker’s compensation claim of any degree it is best to seek out the knowledge and dedication of an experienced worker’s compensation attorney in order to fight for your rights, your potential damages, and your case.

Changes are constantly made within the field of employment, so if you plan on filing a workman’s compensation claim, it would be best to seek professional help. It is important to have someone on your side that knows the law and knows how to make it work for you. Michael R. Lawless, P.A., Attorney at Law specializes in these types of case. He provides a free consultation, including evenings and weekends by appointment, at their offices in Lenexa, Kansas or Grandview, Missouri offices. Call today at 1-800-734-3771, 913-681-5566 or 816-966-0099.