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What injuries workers' compensation can cover

Workers in Arizona may know that their employer carries workers' compensation insurance, but they may not know just what sort of injuries are covered under it. Physical injuries are covered, but that is not all. Mental health conditions like anxiety and depression can be covered if they are caused on the job, and preexisting conditions that are worsened while on the job can be covered, too.

Workers who develop conditions after continual exposure to harmful elements or workplace conditions can be eligible for benefits: for example, those who develop mesothelioma after exposure to asbestos, those who get lung cancer while working in a place where smoking is allowed and those who suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome because of excessive time spent at the computer. Injuries do not need to arise at the workplace itself. For example, one can be injured in a company-owned car or at a company-sponsored event held away from the company's premises.

Prevent workplace amputations

When Arizona residents go to work each morning, they may know that incurring an injury is possible. However, many people may not expect to experience an amputation at work, so it is important to know how these incidents occur.

Even with increased safety standards, workplace amputations still occur. The Amputee Coalition says that 1 in 20,000 employees suffered an amputation at work in 2017. If people work in certain industries, it may be more likely that they will experience an amputation. In 2016, there were 2.1 amputations per 10,000 workers in the manufacturing industry. Employees in forestry and agriculture experienced 1.4 amputations per 10,000 workers. Because this kind of workplace injury can still occur, it is important for people to know how they can keep themselves safe on the job.

How can wrist injuries hurt your ability to work?

Arizona residents like you who work in a secretary or in an office position may think that you are safe from the work-related injuries you may hear of from more “dangerous” industries. Unfortunately, you are still susceptible. We at Matt Fendon Law Group are here today to discuss exactly how the injuries you are susceptible to can hurt your ability to work.

Injuries that desk or office workers most often face typically involve the hands, wrists or arms. The primary cause behind them is repetitive motion, which is unavoidable when your job relies on you being able to type or write all day. Repetitive stress injuries can cause things like Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, which can be severe and may even cripple your ability to do your work.

Can a meniscus tear heal on its own?

One of the most commonly occurring knee injuries in Arizona is a meniscus tear. It can result from impact to, or twisting of, the knee during a job-related accident. According to the University of Pennsylvania, you should always receive medical treatment if you suspect a meniscus tear, especially if it is due to a work injury. While some meniscus tears can heal on their own, others require surgery. 

Altogether, you have four menisci, two in each knee. They are crescent-shaped cartilage structures that help to stabilize your knee and absorb the force of impact during activities. Cartilage is a flexible material, but under acute stress, it can tear. A torn meniscus can cause swelling, stiffness and pain in the knee joint. The torn cartilage flap sometimes gets caught in the joint and causes the knee to lock up. 

What is first aid for shock?

A serious work injury in Arizona can result in shock, a dangerous condition in which tissues and organs stop functioning properly because there is not enough blood circulating through the system. 

If you suspect that a co-worker has gone into shock following a workplace accident, it is important to call 911 right away and then administer first aid. Healthline describes the necessary steps to follow when someone may be in shock. 

What is trigger finger?

Trigger finger is a type of repetitive strain injury that may affect workers in certain professions in Arizona. According to WebMD, you may be more likely to develop trigger finger if you work in a job that requires forceful, repetitive motions of your finger(s) and thumb. Examples of professionals who may be at greater risk of developing trigger finger include industrial workers, musicians and farmers.

Trigger finger causes painful catching and locking of the joints of your finger. You may have trouble extending or bending your fingers as a result. 

How to spot the signs of traumatic brain injury

 

Whether you are working at a construction site, in a warehouse or in an office building, you run the risk of sustaining a traumatic brain injury while on the job. Although these injuries occur most often at construction sites and in warehouse settings, they can occur in any type of workplace. Common causes of traumatic brain injuries include falls, motor vehicle accidents and being hit by falling objects. Once you have a traumatic brain injury, you may notice immediate symptoms of damage, or it may take a few days for you to realize you have an injury. In any case, it is critical that you obtain medical treatment as soon as possible. 

What secondary conditions can result from spinal cord injury?

An injury to your spinal cord occurring at your workplace in Arizona can cause permanent paralysis. However, there are other serious and often chronic complications that can also arise from spinal cord injury. 

A spinal cord injury can disrupt the neural signals between the brain and the muscles, including the involuntary muscles that control vital functions like heart rate. The disruption can affect the way the muscles perform. According to the Loyola University Medical Center, the most common cause of death after a spinal cord injury is cardiovascular disease, with respiratory conditions like pneumonia being among the most common complications to occur. 

Healthcare: A growing industry that poses hazards to its nurses

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the healthcare industry continues to grow and employs around 18 million workers. While hospitals serve the noble purpose of providing aid to the sick and injured, they also create hazards for healthcare workers, such as nurses.

If you’re a nurse, you’ve probably gone into the field with the goal of helping others, but it’s also critical to ensure you’re taken care of, as well.

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