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Is your office a minefield of safety hazards?

AdobeStock_98264736.jpgIf you are an office worker in Minnesota, your workplace might not be as safe as you think. As in all other work environments, hazards exist, many of them common to all industries. Although carpal tunnel syndrome, caused by the repetitive motions made while typing or using a mouse for hours on end, is a known work-related condition among office and tech workers, a variety of other office injuries can lead to workers' compensation benefits claims.

Did you know that exposure to chemicals can cause hearing loss?

AdobeStock_135408512.jpegDo you work in the Minnesota manufacturing industry? You might not even be aware that the presence of some chemicals manufacturers use can adversely affect your hearing. Working with all types of machinery in plants that manufacture textiles and apparel, paint and associated products, chemicals, furniture, plastics, and other products can make you vulnerable to toxic chemical exposure.

Occupational asthma can take your breath away

AdobeStock_118211938.jpegAre you struggling to breathe when you are at work? You might have occupational asthma due to exposure to dust, gases, fumes or other substances that can harm your lungs. If you were an asthma sufferer as a child, it might come back, or already existing asthma may worsen. Smokers and anybody with a family history of this lung disease or any other allergies may also be more susceptible to develop asthma.

Is your job painful?

AdobeStock_85698511.jpegYou really never minded going to the same Minnesota location and doing the same job, day after day. In fact, you'd always be sort of a creature of habit, and when your structure and routine is the center of your life, you feel at ease. You may even have been glad your job was not on the typical lists of most dangerous jobs in the nation.

Work-Related Knee Injuries Are More Common Than You May Think

260s AdobeStock_48276979.jpegFootball fans are generally familiar with how devastating a knee injury can be. ACL injuries seem to occur frequently on the gridiron. However, the potential for knee injuries occurring on the job for people who work in health care, the construction industry, in an office, or any other setting may not be as well known. 

Don't Fall Down On Your Workers' Compensation Claim After A Fall

225 150 AdobeStock_67017182.jpegMinnesota workers know that there are some jobs that are simply more dangerous than others. Industries such as construction and health care may carry a higher risk of a worker suffering an injury, but every man and woman who works faces a threat that he or she could suffer an injury at some point.

Your Boss's Responsibilities Regarding Workers' Compensation

Minnesota workers, regardless of job description or duties, would be wise to know their rights regarding workers' compensation. Injured workers or those who become ill because of job conditions could have the right to medical care, recovery of lost wages and other types of financial support. It can also be beneficial to know what the employer's responsibilities are regarding workers' compensation.

Chronic pain and your claim to workers' compensation benefits

You know that a work injury can sideline you from work for an extended amount of time. For some injured Minnesota workers, recovery from a work injury is complex, and pain and complications affect their ability to work long into the future. You may find yourself in this situation as well, dealing with chronic pain and other related issues. 

What do you need to complete an application for disability?

You may have a valid disability and be unable to work in Minnesota, yet knowing how to actually obtain the benefits to which you have a rightful claim can be a complex and difficult process. It can be helpful to know what to expect and how you can move forward with your claim for Social Security Disability benefits.

Denied workers' comp claim? Here is what you should do next.

Workers' compensation benefits exist for the benefit and financial support of injured workers. If you suffered an injury while at your Minnesota workplace, you know how important it is to secure these benefits for medical bills, lost wages and other accident-related needs. When a claim comes back denied, you need to know what you should do next and how you can continue to fight for the benefits you need.

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