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Justin S. Eppler

What If My Workers’ Compensation Claim Is Denied?

When you get injured on the job or develop a work-related illness, you have the right to pursue a workers’ compensation claim in Alaska. When filing a workers’ comp claim against your employer’s insurance carrier, you hope that the process will be quick and straightforward so that you don’t have to worry about your inability to pay the bills.
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Justin S. Eppler

Frequently Asked Questions About Workers’ Compensation

A workplace injury can be a traumatic and expensive event, no matter who was at fault. These injuries may have lasting effects that linger far past the initial incident. Workers’ compensation insurance exists to help you through these times by supplementing your salary and covering medical expenses.
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Justin S. Eppler

Reopening a Closed Workers’ Compensation Case

Premiums businesses pay for workers’ compensation insurance continue to go down in Alaska. Why? The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development attributes the decrease to two major factors — lower medical costs and a reduction in the number of worker claims.
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Justin S. Eppler

Do You Have to Claim Workers' Compensation on Your Taxes?

In the latest year for which it has published statistics, the Alaska Division of Workers’ Compensation says there were 17,694 reports of occupational injury and illness in the state in 2018. The vast majority – 79.8 percent were no-lost-time claims, totaling 14,121, the rest, or 3,554 cases, involved time lost from work.
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Justin S. Eppler

Can I Apply for a New Job While on Workers' Compensation?

Getting hurt at work can have a great effect on your livelihood. Unfortunately, your injury may preclude you from working that kind of job again in the future, or you may feel it’s time for you to find a safer job. If that's the case, it’s important to be aware that accepting another job could have ramifications on your workers' compensation benefits.
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Justin S. Eppler

Understanding Repetitive Stress Injuries

Every year, countless workers are affected by carpal tunnel syndrome and other repetitive strain injuries. According to statistics from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), repetitive stress injuries affect about 1.8 million workers annually. Thankfully, workers' compensation laws are designed to protect employees against such work-related injuries.
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Justin S. Eppler

Workers’ Compensation & Third-Party Claims

Employers can rarely be sued for work-related injuries, but legal action against third parties is another story altogether. Can you file a personal injury lawsuit? Third-party lawsuits can open up new avenues for compensation for injuries. In this article, we explore what options you have when considering a workers' comp claim versus a third-party claim.
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Justin S. Eppler

What Qualifies as a Workplace Injury?

Generally, any injury you suffer in a workplace situation may qualify for workers’ compensation benefits. This includes not only those tasks that are part of your job description, but also may cover injuries at workplace social events and certain examples of travel on company time or in a company car.
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Justin S. Eppler

What Are Some Occupational Hazards in Dentistry?

Often, people think of a construction site or a blue-collar job which requires heavy lifting when they think about workplace accidents. However, these accidents can occur in all sorts of fields, and those who work in dentistry are exposed to many risks.
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