October 2013 Archives

Implementation of silica dust safety rule may be delayed

When one considers the vast diversity of materials that go into the average residential or commercial construction project, it’s small wonder that particulate dust from those materials may be released as a byproduct.

FEWER DOCTORS ARE TREATING INJURED WORKERS ON A LIEN

With the passage of SB863, fewer doctors are treating patients on a lien. Some injured workers who had been treating with a doctor, who had been providing services on a lien, are abruptly being cut-off from care. The appointment clerk tells the patient, "I'm sorry but we cannot schedule a follow-up appointment for you. We received a 'letter' from the insurance company."

Workplace safety might require better employee training

Safety regulations issued by federal and state agencies are intended to make modern workplaces safer and prevent injuries. Yet data from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration indicates that many types of injuries are recurring, despite those efforts. As a workers’ compensation attorney might attest, back injuries, eye injuries, and accidents from slips and falls continue to injure many employees in workplaces across America.

SPECIFIC INJURIES VERSUS CUMULATIVE TRAUMA INJURIES

Generally, there are two types of work-place injuries. A work-place injury is referred to as a specific injury or cumulative trauma. Sometimes an injured worker could have sustained more than one injury at different times and may suffer from more than one specific injury, cumulative trauma or a combination of the two. A specific injury is the type of injury most people think of when referring to an injury. Some people think of it as an accident. A slip and fall is an example of a specific injury. Getting hit in the heading by a falling object is another example of a specific injury. The injured worker knows exactly when and how he or she was injured: "I sat down in my chair at my desk and the chair broke. I landed on my tailbone (coccyx). Prior to this fall, I never had pain in this area of my body." A cumulative trauma happens as often as specific injuries in the workplace, but is not as commonly understood. A cumulative trauma (sometimes called continuous trauma) is a gradual onset of pain or symptoms. The onset of symptoms can occur so slowly that one may ignore the symptoms until the symptoms become unbearable or the person realizes that, left untreated, the symptoms are not going to go away. Cumulative trauma injuries are caused by repetitive work, such as frequent typing or heavy lifting. Carpal tunnel syndrome is one of the most common types of cumulative trauma. Often back injuries are caused by cumulative trauma, especially if the employee does a significant amount of moderate to heavy lifting at work.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome is one of the most common and debilitating injuries seen in the workers' compensation system. Having the right legal representation and Doctors to help diagnose, treat and cure the effects is imperative.

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