Construction Worker Injured in Trench Collapse

A Salt Lake City construction worker was injured in a trench collapse Tuesday afternoon.

According to officials with the Lehi Fire Battalion, the man was part of a construction crew working in a trench on Chapel Ridge Road in Lehi. The man was inside a protective trench loading bucket of a track hoe when he attempted to pivot outside the box. Other crew members noticed that the man had stepped out of the protected area and warned him, Fire Chief Rick Howard said, but it was too late. Between 100 and 200 pounds of dirt clod fell onto the worker.

“He wasn’t buried, just big dirt clods hit him,” Howard said.

The injured worker was transported by medical helicopter to the University of Utah Hospital for treatment. His condition was described as “critical but stable” by Howard.

Howard said the man stepped out of the trench at the wrong time, but he was not the cause of the collapse.

The crew was installing a large water pipe.

If you have been injured in a workplace accident, please contact the Indiana Disability Attorneys of Hankey Law Office, by calling (800) 520-3633.


Less Companies Providing Long-Term Disability for Workers

The amount of companies providing long-term disability insurance for their workers has declined, new data shows.

According to data from the Life Insurance and Market Research Association, only 48 percent of U.S. companies paid for long-term disability insurance for their workers in 2009. That number is down from 59 percent in 2002. The industry association also says most group policies pay no more than 60 percent of base salary if illness or injury prevents an individual from working.

Typically group policies cap payments between $5,000 and $15,000 a month, according to LIMRA. Any Social Security disability payments are typically deducted from the amount a group policy pays an individual.

The chances an individual will become disabled, either for a short term or long term, are nearly 1-in-5.

If you need assistance securing long-term disability benefits, please contact the Indiana Long Term Disability Lawyers of the Hankey Law Office, at (800) 520-3633.


Worker Injured at Cleveland Foundry

A Cleveland man is expected to file for long term disability benefits after being seriously injured at the Elyria foundry Thursday morning.

According to officials with the Elyria Fire Department, a worker at the foundry was injured after being trapped in a piece of equipment. The worker’s shoulder was caught inside a 10-foot hole where rolling equipment was located, police said.

The incident was reported shortly before 8:00 a.m. Thursday. The man was extricated after about 40 minutes of work.

Officials at the Elyria Foundry said the man’s injury is believed to be non life-threatening. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the accident.

If you have been injured in the workplace and need assistance with a long-term disability filing, please contact an Indiana Long Term Disability Attorney of the Hankey Law Office, at (800) 520-3633.


Refinery Worker Claims Stress Led to Long Term Disability

A worker at a Louisiana oil refinery has filed a lawsuit against the company alleging that job-related stress resulted in a long term disability.

According to court documents, Calvin White filed a long term disability lawsuit against Valero Refining – New Orleans, Valero St. Charles Refinery, Valero Services Inc., and Valero Energy Corp. The lawsuit claims that while working as a pipefitter in the maintenance department of Trans America Refining Co., White was denied equal access to overtime opportunities in favor of Caucasian employees and was subjected to intimidation tactics, including racial slurs.

White claims these situations caused increasing work-related stress, for which White began seeking medical treatment. He was eventually placed on short-term disability, and in January 2011, he was placed on long term disability leave.

White is seeking damages for intentional infliction of emotional distress, bad-faith breach of contract, lost benefits, mental anguish, humiliation and embarrassment, as well as court costs.

If you need assistance with long term disability, please contact a Indiana Long Term Disability Lawyer of the Hankey Law Office, by calling (800) 520-3633.


What to Do If Your ERISA Claim is Denied

The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 protects the interests of individuals and their beneficiaries who benefit from private employee benefit plans.

If you are one of the millions of participants and beneficiaries in employee benefit plans covered by the ERISA, you have certain rights if your claim is denied. Your plan must supply you with a reason for denial in writing and in a manner you can understand. You are also guaranteed a reasonable opportunity for a fair and full review of the decision.

If your claim is denied your plan administrator must inform you as to how to submit your claim for a review. You have at least 60 days, though some plans provide more time, in which to submit your plan for review. If the review of your appeal is going to take longer than 60 days, you must be notified in writing of the delay. A decision on your appeal must be made within 120 days of the review filing.

If believe you have an ERISA claim, please contact the Indiana ERISA lawyer of the Hankey Law Office, by calling (800) 520-3633.


Study: Mild Stress Leads to Long-Term Disability

Mild stress can lead to long-term disability and an inability to work, a new study says.

According to a large population based study published online in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, the impact of milder forms of psychological stress is likely to have been underestimated. The authors of the study tracked the health of more than 17,000 working adults up to the age of 64 between 2002 and 2007. All participants completed a questionnaire at the start of the study to measure their mental health and stress levels.

During the five year monitoring period, 649 people started receiving disability benefits, 203 for a mental health problem.

Higher levels of stress at the beginning of the study were associated with a significantly greater likelihood of subsequently being awarded long-term disability benefits. Those with mild stress, however, were up to 70 percent more likely to receive disability benefits.

If you need assistance securing long-term disability benefits, please contact the Indiana long term disability attorneys of the Hankey Law Office, by calling (800) 520-3633.


TX Man Claims Long-Term Disability Leave Cost Him Job

A man in Texas has filed a lawsuit against Comcast of Houston LLC claiming he was fired for receiving long-term disability.

According to Galveston District Court documents, Texas City-resident Daniel Antley claims Comcast threatened him with termination if he remaind on long-term disability for the full amount of time he requested for back surgery recuperation. He claims the company discriminated and retaliated against him for taking long-term disability.

Antley worked for Comcast for almost ten years. He underwent back surgery in August 2007 and was required to be out of work for at least six months for recovery, and would need several more months of physical therapy, the lawsuit says. Antley applied for and recieved long-term disability while out for the operation.

According to the lawsuit, Comcast management instructed Antley to return to work after only four months. He claims his supervisors told him he would lose his job if he did not return to work immediately. “Not wanting to lose his job, Mr. Antley convinced his doctor to release him to work,” the lawsuit states. “Mr. Antley’s doctor released him to light duty.”

Antley claims his back never fully recovered because he returned to work earlier than expected.

If you need assistance with long-term disability litigation, please contact an Indiana long term disability lawyer of the Hankey Law Office, by calling (800) 520-3633.


KY Worker Injured in Fall at Jim Beam Plant

A worker at the Jim Beam plant in Kentucky was injured in a fall Wednesday.

According to officials with the company, the workplace accident occurred shortly after 2:30 p.m. Wednesday. Officials say the man was working for a Lexington Roof Contractor at the plant when he was knocked off a warehouse roof by a gust of wind.

The injured worker and another man were applying rubber roofing at the time of the gust. The wind caused the rubber roofing to lift, pushing both men backwards. One worker landed on the roof, and the other suffered a fall of approximately 25 feet.

The man who landed on the roof was uninjured.

The nature and extent of the other worker’s injuries are not known. Company officials declined to comment on the possibility of long-term disability benefits for the man.

If you need assistance filing for Long-Term Disability benefits, please contact an Indiana Long Term Disability Attorney of the Hankey Law Office, by calling (800) 520-3633.


Worker Injured at Exxon Mobil Refinery

A worker was injured at Exxon Mobil Corp.’s Torrance, California refinery Thursday.

Shortly after 12:00 p.m. Thursday a worker at Exxon’s Torrance refinery was injured while performing his duties and transported to an area hospital, according to Exxon spokeswoman Aarti Ramachandran. “According to medical personal,” Ramachandran said, “the employee’s injuries are not considered life threatening.”

Krisann Chasarik, a spokeswoman for the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health in San Francisco, said the agency is aggressively investigating the incident. No further details have been released, Chesarik said.

Exxon Mobil Corp has not released the name of the injured worker. Ramachandran declined to comment on where the incident occurred and what equipment may have been involved. Ramachandran said she could not comment on the possibility of a long-term disability claim.

If you need assistance securing disability benefits, please contact an experienced Indiana Long-Term Disability Litigation Lawyer of the Hankey Law Office, by calling (800) 520-3633.


What is ERISA?

ERISA is a federal law that sets minimum standards for pension plans in private industry.

The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, or ERISA, protects the assets of Americans so that funds place in retirement plans during their working lives will be there when they retire. If an employer maintains a pension plan, ERISA specifies when an employee must be allowed to become a participant.

The act also stipulates how long an employee must work before they have a non-forfeitable interest in their pension, as well as how long a participant can be away from their job before benefits are affected, and whether a spouse has a right to part of their pension. ERISA does not require any employer to establish a pension plan, but requires that those who establish pension plans meet certain minimum standards.

If you need assistance with an ERISA claim, please contact the Indiana ERISA Lawyers of the Hankey Law Office, by calling (800) 520-3633.


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