The Power of Ergonomics to Prevent Workers’ Comp Claims

You might think of industrial accidents when you think of workers’ compensation claims, but office workers are not immune to on-the-job injuries. Workers’ comp lawyer Nick Panebianco, who has been practicing in South Florida for more than 25 years, has handled many cases involving repetitive stress injuries as well as back and neck strain.

Some employers are very proactive about protecting the health and wellbeing of their office personnel and will provide ergonomic equipment, including chairs and keyboards designed to ease the strain that spending long hours working on a computer at your desk can cause. 

Unfortunately, not every employer [...]

Broken Bones and Broken Resolutions

It is not uncommon for on-the-job injuries to result in broken bones. In fact, Fort Lauderdale workers’ comp attorney Nick Panebianco has handled quite a number of cases involving fractures during his long career in workers’ compensation law.   

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 85,710 workers’ comp claims in private industry in 2019 (the last year for which data is available) involved someone breaking a bone. That is up by more than six thousand from the previous year when 79,470 cases involving broken bones were recorded in the private industry sector. 

In the manufacturing sector, a total of [...]

Helping Holiday Workers Avoid Injury

You don’t need the workers’ comp experts at the Panebianco Workers’ Compensation Law Firm  to tell you that the holidays are a stressful time of year. They are more stressful for some than for others, however. 

Imagine being one of Santa’s elves and being responsible for helping him deliver all those presents on a seemingly impossible deadline! 

We have it on good authority that Santa does not carry workers’ compensation insurance. But don’t worry, under the contract the elves in his workshop have with the jolly old soul, they don’t need workers’ comp. There is universal healthcare at the North [...]

Workers’ Comp Cases Increase before the Holidays

This isn’t always the most wonderful time of the year. The number of workplace accidents resulting in workers’ compensation cases tends to increase around the holidays. 

As Occupational Health & Safety magazine reports, ’tis the season for workplace injuries. 

“As more inexperienced employees rush to fulfill consumer demands, many companies will experience a spike in musculoskeletal injuries caused by repetitive motions like picking and packing, lowering, lifting, carrying, stepping, and bending,” they say. 

This isn’t only a threat to the health and wellbeing of the employee, it can also cut into the company’s productivity, slowing things down at one of [...]

Giving Thanks for Essential Workers

All of us at the Panebianco Workers’ Compensation Law Firm in Fort Lauderdale would like to express our thanks to all of the essential workers who have been putting themselves on the line this year. 

We are humbled by the way the healthcare professionals in our community have stepped up this year – and are continuing to step up as the pandemic stretches on – from the doctors and nurses on the frontlines of the battle against Covid-19 to the lab techs and cleaning crews at our area hospitals.

We are also thankful for the folks who are smiling behind [...]

Does Workers’ Comp Cover Car Accidents?

If you have been injured at work, workers’ comp can be a wonderful resource. But sometimes figuring out how to make the system work for you can be a challenge. That’s when you might need to call a workers’ compensation attorney. 

A good example of this is if you are driving your own car for business and happen to be injured in a car accident. You may also be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits if you were driving your car for work-related purposes or if you were a passenger in a car that was being driven for work-related purposes. 

What [...]