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October 2016 Archives

How can mediation help with workers' compensation claim disputes?

Have you been injured on the job and filed for workers' compensation only to have your application denied? Are you considering litigation against your employer or the insurance company to secure the benefits to which you are entitled?

Self-balancing motorcycles may prevent accidents

Over the last several years, motorcycles have increased in their popularity. However, riding one is an undeniably dangerous activity, with the Alabama Department of Transportation linking it to more than 13,300 accidents and 850 deaths on state roadways between 2004 – 2013. With riders across multiple age groups at risk of death following a motorcycle crash (though those between the ages of 20 and 24 face the highest level of risk), motorcycle manufacturers are exploring new design ideas they hope will one day help reduce these numbers.

Under new rule, Alabama’s nursing homes can be sued for neglect

Historically, residents of Alabama’s continuing care facilities who were neglected have had very little legal recourse, but that is all about to change thanks to the passage of a new rule. According to Fox Business, U.S. nursing home residents and their families are now able to attempt to hold residential facilities accountable in a court of law for negligent actions that caused the resident injury or hardship.

Traffic deaths escalate nationally, and in Alabama, during 2015

When statistics from Alabama automobile crashes are gathered each year, it allows researchers to analyze the causes so that more deaths can be prevented. According to Alabama Public Radio, the official numbers for traffic fatalities in the nation rose in 2015, leading many to ask what is responsible for the increase. Despite considerable media attention being devoted to tire recalls and related automotive issues, 94 percent of all crashes can be attributed to human error.

Alabama’s obesity problem affects workers’ compensation costs

Many people in Alabama have a problem with obesity, whether through lifestyle habits or a health condition. According to a study conducted recently, StateofObesity.org. states that obesity rates in the state not only rose more than 22 percent since the year 2000, but that more than 35 percent of the state’s population is now considered obese. Additionally, the state is now the second-most obese in the nation (trailing only slightly behind nearby Louisiana). In 2015, information shows that blacks have the highest rate of obesity in the state at 43.2 percent and that the condition is most prevalent in those between the ages of 45-64.

3 Facts about Alabama Workers' Compensation

Most people don't have to think about workers' compensation until after they have suffered a work injury or illness. At that point, though, workers' comp can be extremely important to injured workers and their families.

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