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Does Workers’ Comp Cover Car Accidents?

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If you drive frequently for work, whether you deliver packages and goods daily or you just run errands to take care of office-related needs, you may wonder if workers’ compensation insurance will cover any injuries you receive if you’re in a car accident. Like many workers’ comp injury cases, whether or not your injuries are covered depends on the circumstances of the accident. Accidents During Your Commute If you are injured in an accident commuting to and from work, outside of your regular paid work hours, you will not be eligible to receive workers’ compensation benefits. However, some commute-related accidents…

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4 Financial Tasks to Take Care of When Ending a Long-Term Relationship

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Breakups are never easy, but they can be messy and complicated if you and your partner have spent years building a life together. While you may not divide up property and finances as you split in the same way as a divorcing couple would, there are still some financial tasks you need to make sure to take care of. Here are 4 important financial tasks to handle when ending a long-term relationship: Split Accounts If you shared any financial accounts, whether bank accounts, credit cards, or utilities – even unofficially – it’s important that you get them split up as…

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Hearing Loss & Workers’ Comp: What You Need to Know

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Hearing loss can occur slowly over time, making it difficult for you to hear certain noises or in certain situations. It also can occur in an instant, with a trauma to the eardrum taking away your ability to hear. In some cases, such as spending years working in a loud factory, this hearing loss can be a result of your working condition. If this happens, many people wonder whether they can receive workers’ compensation for their hearing loss. The answer to this question is: It depends. Here’s what you need to know about work-related hearing loss, and whether you can…

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Is It Safe to Travel for Work During COVID-19?

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The COVID-19 pandemic has led to sweeping changes in American households and workplaces.  Children are attending school at home, vacations were canceled, and employees are working remotely in vast numbers. And for people whose jobs rely on frequent travel, all the stay-at-home changes can be very unsettling. If you are an employee who travels, you may wonder: Is it safe to travel for work during COVID-19? Is the Travel Essential? When the CDC released its guidelines for employers to decrease the spread of COVID-19, the group advised limiting all non-essential travel. While it can be easy in some cases to…

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What Role Does a Divorce Lawyer Play in Mediation?

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The divorce process doesn’t always end up with two people in a court hearing, arguing who should get what in the separation. In many cases, the terms of a divorce are decided during mediation, far outside a courtroom. And, even if a divorce case ends up in court, chances are that the divorcing couple has spent some time in mediation, trying to avoid standing in front of a judge. What Is Mediation? Mediation is a non-courtroom setting where both parties in a divorce work with a mediator – often a lawyer or judge – who is an impartial third party…

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Is My Therapy Covered Under Workers’ Compensation?

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When you are injured at work, your doctor may recommend you for therapy. Depending on your injuries and your condition, this therapy may be physical therapy, where you work to heal from your injuries, or it can be mental health therapy to help you cope with a condition caused by your injuries. Some treatment for your injuries, such as surgery and doctor appointments, can be pretty cut-and-dried on whether it’s included with your workers’ compensation claim. But when it comes to therapies, the line can be a little more blurred. Let’s take a look at whether therapy – physical and…

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6 Tips for Co-Parenting During the Holidays

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The holiday season can be stressful for everyone, with gifts to buy, meals to plan, and decorations to hang. But for families with shared custody situations, the stress can be magnified. Whether this is your first holiday season co-parenting, or you’ve been doing this a while, taking some time to plan for a successful season while co-parenting is essential to getting through to next year with your sanity intact. Here are 6 tips for co-parenting during the holiday season: Make a Plan Your parenting agreement should include a specific schedule for holidays. This can be very helpful when it comes…

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Workers’ Comp Claim Denied? Take These Next Steps

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Being injured on the job can be stressful. And if your claim for compensation for your injuries and lost wages is denied, your stress level can skyrocket. However, if your workers’ comp claim was denied, that isn’t necessarily the end of the road. Here’s what you need to know if your workers’ compensation claim was denied: Know the Reason for Denial Sometimes, employers or their insurance companies look for any possible reason to deny a workers’ comp claim. These reasons aren’t always valid under the law, and knowing the specific reason your claim was denied – as well as whether…

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How Will My Health Insurance Coverage Change with My Divorce?

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Divorce brings about a lot of potential issues and everyday worries that need to be resolved, such as who lives where and who gets the bank accounts. One of the biggest worries for many divorcing couples is what happens to their health insurance once a divorce is finalized. How your divorce impacts your health insurance coverage depends greatly on your individual insurance coverage situation prior to your divorce. Here are some common scenarios: You Are Covered by Your Spouse’s Employer If you have health insurance coverage through your spouse’s employer, either because you aren’t employed, your employer doesn’t offer insurance…

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Can I Get Terminated While Out on Workers’ Comp?

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No one relishes the idea of losing their job, but the fear of being terminated is one of the things that keeps many injured workers from pursuing a workers’ compensation case. While your employer can fire or lay you off while you’re out on workers’ comp, they cannot fire you for being injured. In other words, if you are fired or laid off from your job, your employer must be able to prove that your termination was due to some other reason, such as poor job performance or company downsizing. These reasons cannot have anything to do with your filing…

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