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Traumatic brain injury, On the Job Injury, Georgia Workers Comp Lawyer

Written by lisaspitzer. Posted in Injured Worker News

For the injured worker georgia Workers Compensation Lawyers help injured workers In Atlanta, Columbus, Albany, macon, Savannah, Augusta, Valdosta with TBI Injury and getting workers comp benefits.

Physical and occupational therapists help TBI patients recover faster
Apr 1, 2011
By: Jennifer Walker
Healthcare Traveler

 

When Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head and critically injured by Jared Lee Loughner Jan. 8, she was lucky in a way.

That's because the bullet entered through and exited out of the left side of her head. If the bullet had traveled from the left to right side of the brain — crossing the area where several major blood vessels lie — the damage could have been much worse.

Still, the damage is done and now Giffords has a long road to recovery. The left side of the brain is responsible for language, memory of verbal and written messages, and analysis. (The right side, on the other hand, controls spatial reasoning, memory of events seen and done, and the ability to put pieces of information together to form a whole.) Her days will be filled with physical, occupational, and speech therapy sessions, one after another.

Giffords' specific treatment plan is still developing. But four therapists who have worked with patients suffering from traumatic brain injuries (TBI) — caused by everything from falls to strokes — share their patients' stories of how they worked to regain their independence.

(Note: Pseudonyms are used for the patients' names.)

Making headway

Photo : Getty Images/Rubberball/Mike Kemp
Physical therapy assistant Don Meadows, LPTA, clearly remembers one of the TBI patients he worked with while on assignment in Oklahoma City. Jason was in a truck accident, having hit an oilrig.

At the time, Jason was able to walk, but he had terrible balance. When he had a boot on his right foot, he could stand on that leg. But his left leg was unstable. Meadows worked on helping Jason stand up and get comfortable with putting his weight on his right leg only while maintaining his balance when standing, and finally transition from a walker to crutches.

But Meadows' biggest challenge was convincing Jason that he had injuries that required him to be in the hospital. "He thought everything was fine with him," Meadows says.

Poor attention spans like this, Meadows explains, are common in TBI patients. He often has to redirect them back to the task at hand. For example, he had a TBI patient who was also a veteran diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. Susan liked to talk about everything that was bothering her during her physical therapy sessions. "You listen a little bit," Meadows says. "Then it's like, 'OK, let's get back to work.'"

Meadows also points out that he can't leave TBI patients alone for a second because impulsivity can be a side effect of their injuries. Case in point: a patient who took off in his wheelchair during a session with one of Meadows' colleagues. The session was on the fifth floor; later, they found the man down on the second floor.

As a traveler, though, Meadows' time on assignments is short. He has left patients in the middle of recovery when he gets a new assignment. "You really hate to leave, especially with the patients because you get to watch their progress to a certain extent," he says. But he'll stay in touch. Sometimes he'll call the facilities he used to work in; sometimes patients will call him.

As an assistant physical therapist, Meadows says he's able to spend more time with his patients. And that's his favorite part of the job. He loves watching them progress in their treatment plans and meeting their families. "I'm the worker bee," he says with a laugh. "I love to do the work."

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning on the Job, Workers Compensation Lawyers

Written by lisaspitzer. Posted in Injured Worker News

Carbon monoxide poisoning lawyers helping victims and families of  on the job injury from Carbon Monoxide poisoning. Serious Brain injury and wrongful death can occur from carbon monoxide poisoning.

Carbon monoxide is produced when fuels like gasoline are burned. Carbon monoxide is found in the exhaust of gasoline generators, chainsaws, water pumps, brush cutters and pressure washers. These are tools commonly used in the construction industry. Exposure to high levels of carbon monoxide fumes can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning, which can cause loss of consciousness and even death. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 14 percent of all unintentional carbon monoxide fatalities in the U.S. occur in the construction industry. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates 10,000 people seek medical attention for carbon monoxide poisoning every year in the United States.

Department of Labor on Work Related carbon Monoxide Poisoning

EXPOSURE SOURCES AND CONTROL METHODS

The following operations may generate or involve carbon monoxide and lead to worker exposures to this substance:

* The manufacture and transportation of carbon monoxide

Operations near furnaces, ovens, stoves, forges, and kilns when they are being fired up to operating temperatures; firefighting, particularly in mines; testing of internal combustion engines; operations near portable stoves

Use in organic chemical synthesis, particularly in the Fischer-Tropsch process for petroleum products; in fuel gas mixtures for industrial and domestic heating; as a reducing agent in metallurgical processes such as the Mond process for the recovery of nickel; in the manufacture of metal carbonyl catalysts Liberation of exhaust from faulty equipment on autos, buses, airplanes, and boats; use of compressed air in respiratory devices in industry or breathing mixtures in diving, when the air is supplied from reciprocating oil-lubricated compressors

Methods that are effective in controlling worker exposures to carbon monoxide, depending on the feasibility of implementation, are as follows:

* Process enclosure Local exhaust ventilation General dilution ventilation Personal protective equipment

Workers responding to a release or potential release of a hazardous substance must be protected as required by paragraph (q) of OSHA's Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Standard

Symptoms of carbon Monoxide poisoning

  •     headaches
  •     dizziness
  •     nausea
  •     breathlessness
  •     collapse
  •     loss of consciousness

On the job carbon monoxide poisoning can cause severe injury, brain injury, injury to vital organs or in some cases wrongful  death.

For help contact the carbon monoxide poisoning lawyers of for the injured worker, Workers compensation helpline.

Mesothelioma Drug to Help Workers

Written by lisaspitzer. Posted in Stories and Sharing

CanBas Developing Mesothelioma Drug to Enhance Chemotherapy Treatment, Help for mesothelioma

Friday, Jan 13, 2012

CanBas Co., Ltd.,, a Japanese bio-pharmaceutical company that develops new cancer drugs that target the cell cycle, has received a boost from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in its research efforts to add to the arsenal of drugs available to fight malignant mesothelioma.

Mesothelioma is an aggressive cancer of the lining of the lung and abdomen that affects about 3,000 people in the U.S. each year. The mortality rate for mesothelioma is high, so more effective treatment options are needed to stop the progression of the disease.

The company’s lead product is a drug known as CBP501 that enhances the effectiveness of the chemotherapy drug Cisplatin, which is standard treatment for malignant pleural mesothelioma. CBP501, a synthetic peptide, enhances the toxicity of Cisplatin as it accumulates in mesothelioma tumors.

CanBas announced in January that the US FDA has granted orphan drug status to CBP501 for the treatment of malignant mesothelioma. The designation qualifies the pharmaceutical company for financial incentives for the development of drugs used to treat rare diseases. Without such incentives, drug companies have difficulty justifying the investment of time and resources necessary to bring to market drugs used to treat rare diseases that may have only a limited demand and therefore limited profit.

Currently, a randomized clinical trial is underway comparing the results of patients with advanced malignant pleural mesothelioma in the U.S., Russia and Argentina treated with the chemotherapy drugs Cisplatin/pemetrexed with and without the addition of CBP501.

Malignant mesothelioma symptoms usually don’t appear until decades after exposure to asbestos, typically 20 years to 50 years. Because mesothelioma is aggressive, doctors often do not diagnose a patient’s mesothelioma until the disease is well advanced.

For the Injured worker Workers Compensation lawyers for victims of Mesothelioma are here to help you if you have asbestos related cancer.  Our mesothelioma lawyers can help you if you have lost a loved one due to mesothelioma

Workers Compensation Fraud

Written by lisaspitzer. Posted in Injured Worker News

If any type of fraud is suspected on behalf of any of parties involved in the workers compensation claim, the victim has the right to seek corrective action and compensation for the losses they have suffered as a result. The victim can be the employer or employee. Workers compensation investigations are handled by the appropriate local, state or federal government agency that governs workers compensation laws. The federal government and most state departments have an appeals board who hears the evidence gathered in workers compensation investigations. The victims of fraud have the right to legal representation in these proceedings. Legal representation can be greatly beneficial for victims of workers compensation fraud because these experts have the knowledge and experience to maximize and protect a victims legal interests.
Workers compensation investigations of fraudulent activity can result in strict penalties for those who violate workers compensation regulations. Workers compensation fraud adversely affects the economy, tax payer dollars, public agency resources, and those individual victims of fraud. Therefore, workers compensation investigations can lead to misdemeanor and felony charges brought against the fraudulent or negligent liable party.

It is important to note that an employer commits workers compensation fraud if they unlawfully manipulate the facts in order to lower their workers compensation premium. This deceitful manipulation of the factors relevant to a workers compensation premium can include any falsification of facts, including the number of employees that are to be covered or the nature of their work. Paying a workers compensation premium is considered part of the cost of running a business, and is therefore considered wholly the responsibility of employers. Employers can be held legally liable for any breech of this requirement.

Workers' compensation insurance fraud occurs in simple to complex schemes that often require difficult and lengthy investigations.  For example, an employee either inflates the extent of his/her injuries, or simply fabricates injuries altogether.  At the other end of the spectrum, white-collar criminals, including doctors and lawyers, entice, pay, and conspire with other indiviuals in cheating the system through fraudulent activity and insurance companies "pick up the tab," passing the cost onto policyholders, taxpayers and the general public.

If you report workers compensation fraud by an employer, you may be eligible to receive compensation under the QUi TAM law.

But what is workers’ compensation fraud? Workers’ compensation fraud occurs when someone willfully makes a false statement or conceals information in order to receive workers’ compensation benefits or prevents someone from receiving benefits to which they might be entitled. Below are a just few examples of how workers’ compensation fraud can be committed. If, after reading these indicators, you feel you know someone who may be committing fraud, contact the Office of Workers’ Compensation’s Fraud Division at 1-800-201-3362,
Claimant Fraud

  • Malingering
  • Exageration of symptoms
  • Working while allegedly disabled and not reporting income 
  • Claiming a job-related injury that never occurred
  • Claiming a non-work related injury as a work-related injury
  • False Milage reports                                                                                                                             

Employer Fraud

  •  Underreporting payroll or misclassifying employees for lower insurance premiums
  •  Deducting premium dollars from employee’s wages
  •  Employer knowingly fails to have necessary workers’ compensation coverage

Medical or Health Care Provider Fraud

  • Providing unnecessary testing or treatment of injured workers to reap financial benefit
  • Billing for services or treatment never performed
  • Billing the workers’ compensation insurer and the workers’ health insurer for the same services