Monthly Archives: May 2017

NY Workers Compensation System Failing Non-English Speaking Workers

LEP workers need Queens workers compensationThe Workers Protection Coalition released a study that revealed that the Workers Compensation system in New York state fails to meet the needs of many of its workers with limited English proficiency (LEP). These workers must be provided translation and interpretation services to help them benefit from Workers Compensation the same as they would for English-speaking workers.In a study that ran from May and December 2016, which observed close to 500 hearings before the Workers Compensation Board, revealed that LEP workers are not getting the representation that they need. Here are just a few of the findings in the report:
  • In 18% of the hearings observed required interpretation services for the worker
  • 42% of them were not provided interpretation services be the Workers Compensation Board
  • Of the 51 hearings where interpretation services were provided, none of them...
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Top 4 Causes of Workplace Injuries in the Healthcare Industry

nurse needing workers compensation queensWhen you think about dangerous jobs, you think about construction workers, heavy-industrial factory workers, or service personnel serving in the military–not healthcare workers–but, according to a Public Citizen Report, healthcare is the most dangerous industry for injury and illness.

Workplace Violence

According to the National Crime Victimization Survey, healthcare workers have a 20% higher chance of encountering violence than any other profession. The presence of drugs, locations in high-crime rate areas, and working with people who have a history of violence are just a few of the reasons working in healthcare can be so dangerous. These incidents can result in broken bones, head injuries and severe injuries such as stab and gunshot wounds.

Patient Care and Transport

A large part of health care workers such as nurses’ aides, orderlies and attendants involves moving and transporting patients. This involves a lot of lifting,...
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