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Am I struggling with PTSD?

Like other people in New Jersey, you expect your work environment to be a safe one. However, as numerous news stories can testify, workplaces can become the scene of violence – sometimes at the hands of total strangers and other times at the hands of a co-worker. If you have witnessed a traumatic event, you may be struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder.

According to Mental Health America, every year, 14 million people in the United States have PTSD. There are a wide range of symptoms and these include the following:

  •          Depression
  •          Nightmares
  •          Anxiety
  •          Constant feeling of fear
  •          Panic attacks

Brain injuries are often hard to treat

Whether you work in a store, on a construction site or in public service around Bergen, a workplace accident can happen at any time, leaving you severely injured. Here at Parisi & Gerlanc Attorneys at Law, we have seen many injured workers and one of the most difficult to treat injuries that you can suffer is a brain injury.

Without the brain, it is doubtful that we would be able to function. Who we are, our skills, our memories and our personality are determined by the processes within our brain. Additionally, we rely on the brain to tell our bodily systems how to function correctly. Due to the immense job that our brains have, it should not be surprising that scientists know little about it. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, research is still being done to understand the impact of an injury on our brain, which could lead to new treatments and strategies for medical care.

Workplace hazards in the pharmaceutical industry

In New Jersey, there are many prominent industries that help to support the state’s economy and make it a great place to live and work. Each represents a different landscape for its employees, and all are regulated by federal standards that ensure workplace safety. According to Choose: New Jersey, the pharmaceutical industry is one of the state’s top employers, and it continues to grow rapidly.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration identifies the occupational hazards that pharmaceutical professionals face and provides guidelines to employers to prevent injuries and illnesses. In particular, people whose job duties involve compounding medications may be exposed to dangerous levels of toxic substances. Some examples of high risk compounds include hormone medications, some antibiotics and cancer drugs.

Considering workers’ compensation medical care coverage rules

According to recent research by the Workers Compensation Research Institute, injured workers from New York are increasing costs to employers by coming to New Jersey for treatment at ambulatory centers. The number of workers travelling to New Jersey for treatment is on the increase.

Why would injured New York workers come to New Jersey for medical treatment? According to the institute, it is because New York’s workers’ compensation system allows out-of-state providers to bill at the going rate in their geographical area. The costs can be significantly greater out-of-state, sometimes by thousands of dollars.

Recent high court ruling highlights importance of workers’ comp claim notification

We previously wrote about a recent ruling by the Massachusetts Supreme Court which held that employers who have multiple workers’ compensation insurance carriers may not select which insurance carrier is responsible for paying an injured worker’s claim.

The significance of the case for injured workers can be seen in the court’s comment that Massachusetts workers’ compensation law makes insurance companies directly liable for paying workers’ comp benefits to injured workers, and that this liability kicks in not once the employer notifies the insurance company of the claim, but once the employee notifies the employer of an injury.

MA high court ruling provides additional assurance of coverage for injured workers

A recent ruling by the Massachusetts Supreme Court, while dealing with a dispute between how workers’ comp co-insurers pay out claims in situations where not all insurers were provided claim notification has positive implications for injured workers.

The ruling held that employers are not allowed to select which insurance carriers will be responsible for paying an injured worker’s claim, and that co-insurers are not exempt from the obligation to provide coverage simply because they haven’t been notified of a claim.