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July 2018 Archives

Workers' compensation: Black lung cases at high rate in Kentucky

Coal mining continues to be a viable form of income for many residents in eastern Kentucky. An alarming study reported by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health indicates that more miners are diagnosed with black lung currently than any other period in the last 25 years. Workers experiencing diseases or injuries in relation to their occupation are likely covered by federal or state-regulated workers' compensation insurance.

More night-shift police officers may seek workers' compensation

Police officers, in general, are at risk for on-the-job injuries due to the time they spend in their vehicles. Not only does that increase their chances of being in a car crash, their necks, backs and shoulders could experience the strain of being behind the wheel for a prolonged time. Having to get in and out of a vehicle repeatedly also takes its toll, as does bending, crouching and twisting in the course of regular police work.

Most states do not recognize PTSD as valid workers' compensation

Those who work in emotionally charged fields, such as first responders, often face stresses that the majority of workers will never experience. As a result, these workers are often viewed as being mentally tougher and able to cope with the traumas they often face. However, there has been an increase in the numbers of workers who are struggling with the effects of these stresses, and, unfortunately, many states -- including Kentucky -- tend to deny these types of workers' compensation claims.

Motorcycle accidents: Designated driver causes fatal crash

As the weather becomes warmer after the arrival of summer, the number of motorcycles on Kentucky highways increases significantly. While many vehicle drivers look out for bikers and consider them while driving, bikers will always be at risk of motorcycle accidents caused by impaired drivers. Sadly, a motorcyclist in Louisville fell victim to a drunk driver in the early morning hours of a recent Saturday.

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