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A teen shoots and kills 2 employees, injures 4 at Clovis library

A 16-year-old boy was arrested and charged with shooting two and seriously injuring at least four others on Monday, August 28, at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. Among those killed were two library employees, a 48-year-old children's librarian and a 61-year-old circulation assistant. Those injured include a 10-year-old boy and his sister, 20; a 53-year-old man and another library employee, 30.

Types of injuries covered by workers' compensation insurance

In order to remain in compliance with New Mexico state law, most every employer is required to take out workers' compensation insurance. This type of liability insurance covers costs associated with worker injuries to include medical bills, lost wages and other related damages.

Workers' compensation claim versus civil lawsuit: How to decide

If you've been injured at work, then you've probably amassed some medical bills or have lost wages as a result. In most instances like this, an employee would file a workers' compensation claim to recover their expenses and lost compensation. However, there are instances in which an employee might decide to forego filing a workers' compensation claim altogether and decide to file a civil one instead.

Why slips, trips and falls occur in the workplace

Workplace injuries are all to uncommon. A distracted worker may not notice a spilled substance and end up slipping or his or her vision might be obstructed by something he or she has been asked to carry and he or she goes tumbling down the stairs.These are just two examples of the many different types of slips, trips or falls that a worker might find him or herself involved in.

How fast can you get workers' compensation?

Workers' compensation is supposed to help injured employees fill in the financial gaps while they can't work. This can include helping to pay medical bills and cover the impact of lost wages. The system isn't perfect, though, and one issue some people run into is dealing with the time it can take to receive workers' compensation payments.

What kinds of injuries are covered under workers' compensation?

Workers' compensation coverage provides a very valuable protection for workers. It gives them somewhere to run for benefits if they are hurt at work and need medical care. Protections are also available for them if they can't work. It is important for anyone who thinks they might have a claim under workers' compensation to understand exactly what a compensable injury is so that they have a good idea of what they need to do.

The history of workers' compensation

Workers' compensation was the governments' answer to rising litigation costs for employees and companies. Workers' compensation was invented to provide workers with a quick avenue to receive compensation for injuries and to protect companies from excessive litigation costs defending claims against them. It was conceived as a win-win scenario and has fulfilled that early promise.

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