Camp Lejeune residents and employees want compensation for toxic water

President Barack Obama has ordered the provision of disability benefits worth over $2.2 billion over the next five years to military veterans who were exposed to contaminated drinking water while assigned to Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.

Starting March 2017, eligible veterans who were stationed at the Marine base for at least 30 days cumulatively between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987 will be receiving cash payouts on top of their Veterans Affairs health care from the Department of Veteran Affairs. Application for benefits can begin when rules are officially published on Friday, January 13. Eligible veterans cover reserve and National Guard members who acquired one of eight diseases. According to the VA, around 1,400 disability claims relating to the Camp Lejeune toxic water exposure are already pending.

If you were injured in an accident at your place of employment in Raleigh or another area of North Carolina, you can file a workers’ compensation claim for coverage of all your medical bills with the help of our legal representatives at Scudder Seguin, PLLC by calling our offices at (919) 851-3311.


Farmworkers dying because of unsafe transport

According to a report from The Associated Press, over a dozen accidents involving migrant farmworkers moving to the United States resulted in at least 38 fatalities and almost 200 injuries since January 2015.

U.S. Department of Labor records show that of the 1.1 million farmworkers in the country, 71% were born overseas, and half of those people acknowledged they were working in the United States illegally. Stony Brook University history professor Lori Flores, who has studied the Mexican farmworker movement, said these scenarios are commonplace. She noted “It’s an honor system.” She referred to the regulatory processes used to ensure safe transportation processes, “And it’s only when accidents … happen that agencies might get involved. But then it’s way too late.”

Lawmakers recently enacted the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act (MSPA). However, transport deaths still occur for a variety of reasons. For instance, even though over 10,000 farm labor contractors are registered under the MSPA, the Department of Labor’s wage and hour division has only 976 investigators to enforce the rules under it.

Employees who have incurred job-related illnesses and injuries have the right to file for workers’ compensation benefits. If this has happened to you in Raleigh or another area in North Carolina, do not hesitate to acquire the legal services of our attorneys at Scudder Seguin, PLLC by calling our offices today at (919) 851-3311.


North Carolina’s injury and illness rate falls to historic low

North Carolina’s workplace injury and illness rate has fallen to a historic low for private industry. In 2015, the state had about 2.6 cases per 100 full-time workers, which is a drop from 2.7 in 2014. North Carolina’s numbers remain below the national average.

North Carolina Department of Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry said the state’s injury and illness rate declined by 51% (5.3 to 2.6) over the past 15 years. “The record-low injury and illness rate is a credit to the employers and employees of our state. Safety is being embraced by management as well as those on the front lines who are performing the state’s most dangerous work.”

The 2015 injury rate for the construction industry dropped to 2.7 per 100 full-time workers, down from 3.3 in 2014 and below the national rate of 3.5. For the manufacturing industry, the 2015 rate did not move, but it remained at 3.3, which is below the national rate of 3.8.

In the event of a workplace accident in Raleigh or another area of North Carolina, seek the legal assistance of our attorneys at Scudder Seguin, PLLC by filing a workers’ compensation benefits claim. Call our offices today at (919) 851-3311 to get in touch with lawyers who can help your situation.


UPS driver attacked and bitten by four dogs on the job

Ronald Robinson, a UPS driver, was delivering a package to a house on South Wedgewood Drive in Washington, North Carolina on Tuesday, September 13, when he was attacked by four dogs. The attack resulted in his hospitalization.

According to Beaufort County Animal Control, Robinson cried out for help once the dogs started biting him, and when two men came to his rescue, the dogs proceeded to attack them. A neighbor reported that one of the dogs bit one of the men in the face. The four dogs have since been quarantined and will continue to be held in captivity for at least the next 10 days.

The attorneys at Scudder Seguin, PLLC have a great deal of experience when it comes to handling cases in practice areas such as workers’ compensation, permanent disability, temporary disability, and workplace injuries. We are prepared to help you in Raleigh and other areas of North Carolina. Call our offices today at (919) 851-3311 to discuss your legal options.


OSHA fines Tyson Foods over $260,000 for workplace violations

The United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) discovered the multinational meat and poultry processor Tyson Foods Inc. exposed workers to amputation hazards and high levels of carbon dioxide and peracetic acid without providing them with protective equipment.

OSHA responded to a report of a finger amputation at a Tyson chicken processing facility in Texas. The inspectors identified two repeated and 15 serious violations and proposed the company pay $263,498 in fines. The investigation found that the employee amputated his finger when it got stuck in an unguarded conveyor belt while he was working in the debone area. He was trying to take out chicken parts that got stuck in the conveyor belt.

Our attorneys at Scudder Seguin, PLLC, provide legal services for our clients in Raleigh and other areas of North Carolina and handle workers’ compensation benefit cases. Get in touch with our attorneys by calling our offices today at (919) 851-3311 so that you can discuss your case with a knowledgeable and experienced member of our legal team.


Employee killed when crushed by granite slab

A worker lost his life on Monday, July 25 during a workplace accident at the Raleigh, North Carolina-based natural stone, quartz, stainless steel, and porcelain sinks distributor Cosmos Granite & Marble. The accident occurred when he was hit by a 600-pound slab of granite that fell from a truck.

According to a spokesman for the North Carolina Department of Labor, on Tuesday, July 26, the employee was placing granite slabs onto a truck using a lifting device when the incident occurred. One slab was not properly positioned on the device and fell from it. When the worker tried to stop the slab, it landed on top of the worker and killed him.

In North Carolina, lawmakers are working toward regulations and policies that are designed to protect workers should they experience the misfortune of a workplace accident. The attorneys at Scudder Seguin, PLLC are excited to see progress being made, but we are saddened to hear of this tragedy. Our condolences are with the family and friends of the victim as they mourn their loss.


NCDOT holds work zone safety summit

A three hour work zone safety summit held during the third week of July by North Carolina Department of Transportation officials focused on how to prevent work zone crashes.

North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory emphasized the importance of highway safety by asking motorists to employ safe practices while driving through work zones, noting, “Our state is dedicated to enhancing work zone safety for both the highway worker and the traveling public. Keeping our roads safe is a shared responsibility, and all citizens must do their part.” North Carolina transportation chief engineer Mike Holder led the festivities. Representatives from various departments within the transportation system assisted him. Over 4,600 work zone accidents happened in the state in 2015, which caused 19 fatalities and 2,475 injuries. Three of the people who died during those crashes were construction workers.

If you or a family member incurred a serious workplace injury, you could be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. Our workers’ compensation attorneys at Scudder Seguin, PLLC in Raleigh have ample experience handling personal injury cases. Call our offices today at (919) 851-3311 to learn more.


Recycling plants frequently pose dangers to workers

Recycling plays an important role in the initiative to protect the environment, but working in the recycling industry is an extremely dangerous job. Workers in this field frequently use heavy machinery and far too many recycling plants provide workers with little to no safety training. Due to a lack of safety training and precautions, recycling plants are cited much more per inspection than many other job sites.

One plant in North Carolina was forced to close after the tragic death of one of its employees in 2012. Sadly, this death would have likely been avoided had proper safety training and initiatives been put in place.

Workplace injuries due to a lack of safety training are far too common, and can be very costly for workers and their families. If you or a loved one has been killed or injured due to compromised safety conditions in the workplace, call the experienced workers’ comp attorneys of Scudder Seguin, PLLC, at (919) 851-3311 to learn more about what we may be able to do for you.


Will workers’ comp cover lost earnings from my second job?

In North America, around 5% of the laborers are working more than one job at the same time. The most recent Bureau of Labor Statistics data issued February 2015 showed that this occurrence is more prevalent among young adults aged 20-24 and single women, according to WorkersCompensation.com on June 12.

When you become injured at work and are unable to work at either job, you may wonder how workers’ compensation will be affected.

Although it varies by state, in North Carolina, the company who is giving an employee workers’ compensation payments is not required by law to pay disability benefits based on his wage losses from a second job. The company is only mandated to pay disability benefits when the person sustained injuries while working for that company.

The legal team at Scudder Seguin, PLLC, understands that you and your family depend on your wages. When you are hurt, then, it is critical to receive workers’ compensation benefits to assist you while you are unable to work. For help filing or appealing for these benefits in Raleigh call our offices at (919) 851-3311 today.


Obama in contention with fellow Democrats over workers’ comp

United States President Barack Obama is advocating for a reduction in workers’ compensation benefits for federal employees, a move not backed by his fellow Democrats, according the Washington Post on May 31.

The Labor Department is calling for a one rate proposal – 70% for all – a move that would result in reduced benefits for future workers’ compensation recipients, although Democrats and their union allies are working against this move.

At present, injured workers with no dependents receive a compensation of two-thirds of their pre-injury wages and employees with dependents, who comprise 64% of the total number of recipients in the country, receive a 75% compensation level.

The politics of workers’ compensation result in a system that is often difficult to navigate without the help of an experienced attorney. Fortunately, the team of Scudder Seguin, PLLC, in Raleigh is dedicated to representing those who have been injured on the job in pursuit of the funds they need to recover. Call our offices at (919) 851-3311 today to learn more.