Overexertion refers to injuries of soft tissues that result from pushing the body past its limits. This may happen acutely, as when a laborer in Arizona attempts to lift a load that is too heavy and pulls a muscle. It can also occur over time, as when an office worker irritates the tendons of the upper extremities with awkward work positions and/or repetitive motions. Overexertion injuries are not always work-related, but according to the National Safety Council, 35% of all work-related injuries stem from overexertion.
Most people who are employed in Arizona are covered by a special type of insurance in the event that they ever become injured or ill due to an event or environment related to their jobs. Not everyone, however, really understands what types of things are covered by workers' compensation or what types of benefits they may be eligible for. This can be important as a person never knows when they could find themselves in need of these services.
People who perform outdoor jobs in Arizona and similarly hot climates are at increased risk for heat-related illnesses such as heatstroke. As we at the Matt Fendon Law Group have observed in the past, there are currently no federal guidelines in place delineating employers' responsibilities to workers at risk for heat exposure. However, with the recent introduction of legislation by a U.S. congressional member, this could change in the future.
People who live in Arizona know that they face some of the nation's hottest temperatures during the summer months. With multiple days in a row commonly seeing temperatures above 100 degrees, anyone who works in a job that requires them to be outside can be at risk of developing a heat-related illness. Sadly, there are to date no federal guidelines pertaining to heat exposure in the workplace.
If you are ever hurt in an accident at work or develop an illness due to the environment or some other factor at your place of work, you will want to understand how Arizona's workers' compensation program operates. Most people know that there is a program designed to provide financial assistance to people who might miss work due to an injury but they do not fully understand the nuances of how these benefits are allocated.
Thousands of workers all across Arizona and the United States experience carpal tunnel syndrome. They complain of similar symptoms of numbness, tingling and weakness. The jobs they perform may be significantly different from one another, but each typically involves repetitive motions of the hands and wrists.
If you are like many people who work in Arizona, you are deeply disturbed when you reports about a person who has died in a work-related accident. Every industry and job type has specific safety rules to which it is supposed to adhere. These rules are designed to protect employees and ensure they have a safe environment in which to perform their jobs. Unfortunately, too many workers are injured and die on the job every year.
You have auto insurance to help cover your medical bills and repair costs in the case of a car accident in Phoenix. At the same time, you rely on your employer's workers' compensation coverage to help you pay for expenses associated with a work-related injury. What if the two worlds collide? If you happen to be involved in a car accident while performing a work-related function, which entity would be expected to offer you financial assistance: auto insurance or workers' compensation?
People in Arizona might find themselves in need of using a ladder while at work for a variety of situations. While commonly associated with jobs in the construction industry, people in retail, warehouse and even office jobs might need a ladder to help them reach something. It is important for everyone to be well-versed in some of the basic safety guidelines associated with proper ladder use. Employers have the responsibility to ensure these things are communicated and followed.
People involved in certain professions in Arizona, most particularly those related to health care, may be at risk for developing compassion fatigue. According to the Compassion Fatigue Awareness Project, constant exposure to the suffering of others, combined with the perceived futility of trying to bring about positive change in the world, can lead to both physical and mental negative health effects.