Posted on June 29th, 2011
The New Jersey Court of Appeal recently accepted a workers’ compensation filing from the husband of a New Jersey woman that died from a blood clot after working long hours at the computer.
The woman worked for AT&T from a computer at her home. She suffered a pulmonary embolism one night in 2007 after working for several hours in a row sitting at the computer.
According to the filing, AT&T is partly responsible for the blood clot and her death because it occurred while she was performing work for the company.
The court decided that, despite the fact that the woman was obese and taking birth control pills, she was inactive at work and because the embolism occurred on-the-job, her husband’s workers’ compensation claim should be considered.
If you or someone you love has suffered injuries in an office job, contact the Raleigh office injury attorneys of Scudder & Hedrick, PLLC at 919-851-3311 to learn more about your rights.
Posted on June 21st, 2011
An employee at a Lowe’s Home Improvement store in south Charlotte died after suffering a head injury in a workplace accident.
Reports indicate that the tragic accident occurred at around 10:30 in the morning on Sunday, June 12th when a garage door in a warehouse next to the main store fell and hit the 35-year old worker in the head. Lowe’s officials are unsure of what caused the garage door to fall, but investigators will be looking into the fatal accident.
Paramedics transported the injured Lowe’s employee to Carolina Medical Center where he passed away shortly after the accident at 10:53 A.M.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the victim’s family and friends.
Posted on June 13th, 2011
Last week, two workers were wrongfully killed in a construction accident at a site in Durham County. The two men worked for Triangle Grading and Paving Inc. out of Burlington.
According to the Durham County Sheriff’s Office’s reports, the workers were working in a manhole at a construction site on Leesville Road near U.S. 70. The two were fixing a pipe in the manhole. Coworkers at the site said they checked on them after 45 minutes and found both men unresponsive.
Fire and rescue officials attempted to ventilate the area and took air samples before they recovered the workers’ bodies. Medical examiners are still looking into the cause of death.
Both the Durham County Sheriff’s Office and the North Carolina Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating the two men’s deaths.
Our utmost sympathies go out to the victims’ family and friends.
Posted on June 7th, 2011
A group of nurses, The Health Care Without Harm Nurses Work Group, is speaking out about occupational diseases related to working around chemicals. The group issued an action alert urging nurses and other workers to support chemical legislation reform.
The current law concerning chemical regulation, the Toxic Substances Control Act, does not give the Environmental Protection Agency a lot of authority and has not been updated in 34 years. The new legislation, the Safe Chemical Act of 2011, would completely reform chemical regulation laws in the U.S.
Chair of The Health Care Without Harm Nurses Work Group Karen Bowman said, “Nurses care about chemicals for a lot of reasons. Nurses have the highest rate of occupational asthma in the country. Often asthma is linked to environmental contaminants, such as chemicals used in cleaning and in procedures in hospitals.”
If you or someone you know has developed occupational asthma or another occupational disease, contact the Raleigh occupational diseases lawyers of Scudder & Hedrick PLLC at 919-851-3311 to learn more about applying for workers’ compensation.