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Lousiana Emergency Responders, PTSD, and Workers’ Compensation

By Lunsford Baskin & Priebe PLLC |

According to some research, about a third of emergency responders struggle with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. This means that these workers have a much higher incidence of PTSD than people in the general population. Almost all emergency responders experience symptoms like flashbacks and hypervigilance after they are directly exposed to trauma, witness a traumatic… Read More »

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Three Situations When Workers’ Compensation Is Unavailable

By Lunsford Baskin & Priebe PLLC |

In 2018, there were almost three million nonfatal workplace accidents in the United States. This figure does not include occupational diseases, such as breathing problems or hearing loss. Most states have mandatory insurance laws which require employers to carry workers’ compensation insurance. But as outlined below, many employers do not have a valid policy…. Read More »

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Watch Out For These Common Employer Workers’ Comp Scams

By Lunsford Baskin & Priebe PLLC |

Most companies care little or nothing about worker safety. However, most companies care a great deal about their bottom lines. So, workers’ compensation scams, which reduce the amount of money companies pay for this insurance, are rather common. They are rather effective too. Overall workers’ compensation benefits recently hit their lowest level since 1980…. Read More »

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Benefits Available to Outdoor Benzodiazepine Exposure Victims

By Lunsford Baskin & Priebe PLLC |

The combination of the heat from a gasoline engine and the residue of organic matter, like lawn clippings, creates benzodiazepine fumes. These fumes are one of the most toxic substances known to mankind. Prolonged exposure to benzodiazepine has been linked to a number of chronic, serious health problems, including cancer. Cancer survival rates have… Read More »

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Common Workers’ Compensation Employer Scams

By Lunsford Baskin & Priebe PLLC |

Insurance companies would like you to believe that worker fraud, such as faking an injury, is a serious problem which drives up costs. Yet the statistics suggest otherwise. It is hard to believe, but employer fraud costs about 3,000 times more than worker fraud. That’s because employer fraud, unlike worker fraud, is often very… Read More »

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Does Workers’ Comp Cover Knee Injuries?

By Lunsford Baskin & Priebe PLLC |

Serious knee injuries are among the most common and most limiting kinds of physical injuries. Almost seven million Americans experience severe knee pain every year. Furthermore, these injuries are not just physical. Knee pain makes most physical activities difficult or impossible. That includes everything from running a 5k to cleaning the kitchen. These individuals… Read More »

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What Does the Law Say About Workers’ Compensation and Pre-Existing Conditions?

By Lunsford Baskin & Priebe PLLC |

It is hard to think of an occupational disease which does not involve pre-existing conditions in some way. Hearing loss, which is one of the most common occupational diseases, is probably the best example. Loud noises are everywhere and not just at work. It is often difficult, or impossible, to pinpoint an exact cause…. Read More »

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Is Workers’ Compensation Always the Exclusive Remedy in Mississippi?

By Lunsford Baskin & Priebe PLLC |

At a time when many jurisdictions are rethinking this concept, the Magnolia State has one of the broadest exclusive remedy provisions in the country. These laws forbid injured workers from obtaining compensation in civil court for a work-related trauma injury or occupational disease. That being said, very few things in life are “always” true… Read More »

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Top Five Work-Related Head Injury Causes in Mississippi

By Lunsford Baskin & Priebe PLLC |

Every year, Traumatic Brain Injuries impact over two million Americans. A significant number of these injuries are debilitating or fatal. All these wounds are permanent. Once brain cells die, they never regenerate. Extended physical therapy can ease the symptoms but never cure the disease. Many TBIs occur at work. Contrary to popular myth, not… Read More »

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The Fatal Four Construction Injuries in Louisiana

By Lunsford Baskin & Priebe PLLC |

Construction consistently ranks as one of the most dangerous occupations in Louisiana. Firms are under more pressure than ever to complete jobs as quickly and cheaply as possible. As a result, they often cut corners when it comes to workplace safety. That approach makes a very hazardous industry even more dangerous. The Occupational Safety… Read More »

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