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Workers compensation law is a complex and ever-changing field. To get the most effective and knowledgeable assistance, you should speak with an experienced workers compensation attorney near you who understands the laws governing your state. A workers compensation lawyer will be able to thoroughly evaluate your case and fight to ensure you recover the compensation you are entitled to. To schedule a private consultation, please contact us today. Remember, each state has it's own workers compensation Act and the federal Governement has a Workers Compensation act as well. This means you will need a lawyer with exoperience in the rules and laws of your state.
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Workers compensation is a system of laws with guidelines and procedures that vary from occupation to occupation, and from state to state. If you have been injured on the job you will need an experienced workers compensation lawyer to guide you thru the complex maize of insurance companies, medical benefits IME's, (independent medical exams) and forms. Remember it is not in your employers or their insurance carriers best interest for you to stay out of work and collect benefits. They will do their utmost to avoid it. If your employer did not get the mandatory workers comp insurance you will need a lawyer to look into third party liability, a personal or other means of protecting your best interests. Workers compensation cases can often pit the interests of a sick or injured worker against the interests of an employer. And rest assured, your employer is not on your side. For this reason, the workers' compensation claim process can be adversarial and difficult and will often necessitate the use of an aggressive job injury lawyer who is experienced with regard to workers' compensation claims.
Many on the job injuries can be fatal. Our workers compensation lawyers can help if you have lost a loved one due to an occuaptional, on the job injury.
Report on Fatal on the Job injuries in the U.S
NATIONAL CENSUS OF FATAL OCCUPATIONAL INJURIES IN 2011
A preliminary total of 4,609 fatal work injuries were recorded in the United States in 2011, down from a
final count of 4,690 fatal work injuries in 2010, according to results from the Census of Fatal Occupational
Injuries (CFOI) program conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The rate of fatal work injury for
U.S. workers in 2011 was 3.5 per 100,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers, as compared to a final rate
of 3.6 per 100,000 for 2010.
Over the last 3 years, increases in the published counts based on additional information have averaged
166 fatalities per year or about 3 percent of the revised total. Final 2011 data from the CFOI program
will be released in Spring 2013.
Key preliminary findings of the 2011 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries:
– Fatal work injuries in the private construction sector declined to 721 in 2011 from 774 in 2010, a
decline of 7 percent and the fifth consecutive year of lower fatality counts. Fatal construction injuries
are down nearly 42 percent since 2006.
– Violence and other injuries by persons or animals accounted for 780 fatalities, or about 17 percent of
the fatal injuries in the workplace in 2011. Included in this count are 458 homicides and 242 suicides.
(See note in box below about recent changes to the classification system for case characteristics.)
– Work-related fatalities in the private mining industry (which includes oil and gas extraction) were
down 10 percent in 2011 after an increase of 74 percent in 2010. Coal mining fatalities fell to 17 in 2011
from 43 in 2010.
– Fatal work injuries in private truck transportation rose 14 percent in 2011-the second
consecutive year that counts have risen in this sector after reaching a series low in 2009.
– Fatal work injuries increased among non-Hispanic black or African-American workers and among Hispanic
or Latino workers in 2011, but declined among non-Hispanic white workers (down 3 percent).
– Fatal work injuries involving workers 55 years of age and older as well as workers under the age
of 18 were both lower in 2011, but fatal work injuries among workers in the 20 to 24 age group were
up nearly 18 percent.
| Changes to the OIICS Structure |
| Information in this release incorporates a major revision in the Occupational Injury and Illness |
| Classification System (OIICS), which is used to describe the characteristics of fatal work injuries. Because |
| of the extensive revisions, data for the OIICS case characteristics for reference year 2011 represent a break |
| in series with data for prior years. More information on OIICS can be found at www.bls.gov/iif/oshoiics.htm. |
Profile of fatal work injuries in 2011 by worker characteristics
The number of fatal work injuries involving non-Hispanic white workers declined 3 percent in 2011, but were higher
for black or African-American workers. For black workers, this increase follows three years of declining numbers of
Fatal work injuries among Hispanic or Latino workers rose to 729 in 2011 from 707 in 2010, an increase of 3 percent.
The higher count in 2011 was the first increase in fatal injuries for Hispanic or Latino workers since 2006. Of the
729 fatal work injuries involving Hispanic or Latino workers, 500 (or 69 percent) involved foreign-born workers.
Overall, there were 823 fatal work injuries involving foreign-born workers in 2011, of which the greatest share
(338 or 41 percent) were born in Mexico.
Fatal work injuries were higher for workers 20 to 24 years of age, rising to 288 in 2011 from 245 in 2010, an
increase of 18 percent. For workers 55 years of age or older and workers under the age of 18, fatal work injuries
were down. Fatal work injuries involving women increased slightly in 2011 to 375, but declined by 2 percent for
men to 4,234 in 2011 from 4,322 in 2010.
Fatal injuries to both wage and salary workers and self-employed workers declined slightly in 2011.
For more detailed information on fatal injuries by demographic characteristics, see the 2011 tables
Profile of 2011 fatal work injuries by type of incident
Transportation incidents accounted for more than 2 out of every 5 fatal work injuries in 2011. (See chart 1.)
Of the 1,898 transportation-related incidents, about 57 percent (1,075 cases) were roadway incidents involving
motorized land vehicles. Nonroadway incidents, such as a tractor overturn in a farm field, accounted for
another 11 percent of the transportation-related fatal injuries. About 16 percent of fatal transportation
incidents in 2011 involved pedestrians who were struck by vehicles. Of the 312 fatal work injuries involving
pedestrians struck by vehicles, 61 occurred in work zones. Workers who were fatally injured in aircraft
incidents in 2011 accounted for 146 fatalities or about 8 percent of the transportation total.
Overall, 780 workers were killed as a result of violence and other injuries by persons or animals, including
458 homicides and 242 suicides. Shootings were the most frequent manner of death in both homicides (78 percent)
and suicides (45 percent). Another 37 deaths were due to animal- or insect-related incidents. Of the 375 fatal
work injuries involving female workers overall, 21 percent involved homicides. In nearly 2 out of every
5 homicides to female workers, the assailants were relatives, with almost all of the relatives being
spouses or domestic partners (current and former). Robbers were the assailants in another 22 percent of these
fatalities. For male workers, homicides accounted for approximately 9 percent of all fatal injuries.
In contrast to female workers, relatives accounted for only about 2 percent of assailants. Robbers were the
assailants in over one third of the homicide cases involving male workers.
Fatal falls, slips, or trips took the lives of 666 workers in 2011, or about 14 percent of all fatal work
injuries. Falls to lower level accounted for 541 of those fatalities. The revised Occupational Injury and
Illness Classification System (OIICS) added the capability of recording the height of the fall. In 2011, the
height of the fall was reported in 451 of the 541 fatal falls from higher level. Of those 451 cases, about
one in four (115) occurred after a fall of 10 feet or less. Another fourth (118) occurred from a fall of
over 30 feet.
A total of 472 workers were fatally injured after being struck by objects or equipment, including 219 workers
who were struck by falling objects or equipment and 192 who were struck by powered vehicles or mobile equipment
not in normal operation.
There were 152 multiple-fatality incidents in 2011 (incidents in which more than one worker was killed) in
which 354 workers died.
Our workers compensation lawyers are experienced wrongful death and on the job fatalities lawyers. On the job fatalities can come from falls, toxic substances, asbestos, occupational diseases, vehicle accidents and fires.
For more detailed information on fatal injuries by incident, see the 2011 tables at www.bls.gov/iif/oshcfoi1.htm.
Profile of fatal work injuries in 2011 by industry sector
The number of fatal work injuries in the private construction sector declined by 7 percent in 2011. Fatal work
injuries in construction have declined every year since 2006 and are down nearly 42 percent over that time.
Economic conditions may explain much of this decline. Despite the lower fatal injury total, construction
accounted for the second most fatal work injuries of any industry sector in 2011 with transportation and
warehousing having the most fatal work injuries. (See chart 2.)
Private sector mining fatalities were down 10 percent to 154 in 2011 from 172 in 2010 after rising 74 percent
in 2010. Fatal work injuries were down sharply in coal mining to 17 in 2011 from 43 in 2010; the Upper Big
Branch mining disaster in 2010 which killed 29 workers was a major factor in the high fatality counts
in 2010. Fatal work injuries in support activities for mining were up 6 percent.
Fatalities in agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting were down by 10 percent to 557 in 2011 from 621 in 2010,
led by a sharp drop in crop production fatalities. Manufacturing fatalities were also slightly lower.
Among service-providing industries in the private sector, fatal work injuries in transportation and warehousing
accounted for 733 fatal work injuries in 2011, an increase of 11 percent over the final 2010 count (661 fatalities)
and the highest count since 2008. The number of fatal injuries in truck transportation, the largest
subsector within transportation and warehousing in terms of employment, increased by 14 percent in 2011, led
by a 16 percent increase in general freight trucking and a 12 percent increase in specialized freight trucking.
Among other transportation subsectors, fatal work injuries in air transportation were lower, but fatalities in
water and rail transportation were higher in 2011.
Fatal work injuries in the professional and business services sector were up 16 percent, led by an increase in
fatalities in landscape services to 167 in 2011 from 133 in 2010.
Fatal occupational injuries among government workers increased by 2 percent from 2010 to 495. Local government
increased to 294 in 2011 from 269 in 2010 due to a 24 percent increase in police protection. Fatal work
injuries were lower among both state and federal workers.
In 2011, CFOI began collecting additional information on fatally-injured workers who were working as contractors
at the time of their deaths. Preliminary 2011 data show that 492 of the 4,609 fatally-injured workers were
classified as contractors at the time of their fatal injuries. (For more information on contractor definitions
and other new data elements please see http://www.bls.gov/iif/oshcfdef.htm.)
For more detailed information on fatal injuries by industry, see the 2011 tables at www.bls.gov/iif/oshcfoi1.htm.
Profile of fatal work injuries in 2011 by occupation
Fatal work injuries in construction and extraction occupations declined slightly in 2011 to 770–the lowest
level since the occupational series began in 2003. Fatal injuries among construction trades workers also recorded
a series low in 2011, falling 7 percent to 511 in 2011 and have declined 48 percent from the high reported
in 2006. Fatal work injuries involving construction laborers, the worker subgroup accounting for the highest
number of fatalities in the construction trades worker group, were down 6 percent in 2011 to 190 fatal work
injuries. The number of fatal work injuries involving extraction workers was about the same as in 2010.
Fatal work injuries in the building and grounds cleaning, and maintenance occupational group were up 14 percent
to 265 fatalities in 2011–the highest level since 2006. The biggest increases within this occupational group
were among landscaping and groundskeeping workers and among tree trimmers and pruners.
Fatal work injuries involving farming, fishing, and forestry workers declined by 5 percent in 2011 after increasing
in 2010. Fatalities involving agricultural workers, including farm workers and laborers, declined to 138 in 2011
from 161 in 2010. Fatalities among logging workers were higher in 2011, to 64 in 2011 from 60 in 2010, but fatal
work injuries among fishers and related fishing workers were about the same as in 2010.
The number of fatal work injuries among protective service occupations increased for the second straight year,
rising to 278 in 2011 from 261 in 2010. The increase in 2011 was led by higher numbers of fatal injuries among
security guards and first-line supervisors of police and detectives.
Fatal work injuries involving workers in transportation and material moving occupations increased by
5 percent in 2011 to 1,213 fatalities, which is the highest level since 2008. Fatal work injuries in this
occupational group accounted for about one quarter of all occupational fatalities. Driver/sales workers and
truck drivers, the subgroup with the highest number of fatal work injuries within the transportation and
material moving group, led the increase. Fatalities in this subgroup rose to 759 in 2011 from 718 in 2010, an
increase of 6 percent.
Fatal work injuries involving resident military personnel increased to 54 in 2011 from 46 in 2010.
For more detailed information on fatal injuries by occupation, see the 2011 tables at www.bls.gov/iif/oshcfoi1.htm.
Profile of fatal work injuries by state
Twenty-three states reported higher numbers of fatal work injuries in 2011 than in 2010, while 25 states and
the District of Columbia reported lower numbers. Two states reported the same number as in 2010.
For more detailed state results, contact the individual state agency responsible for the collection
of CFOI data in that state. Although data for Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam are not included
in the national totals for this release, results for these jurisdictions are available. Participating agencies
and their telephone numbers are listed in Table 6.
Background of the program
The Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI), part of the BLS Occupational Safety and Health Statistics (OSHS)
program, compiles a count of all fatal work injuries occurring in the U.S. during the calendar year. The CFOI
program uses diverse state, federal, and independent data sources to identify, verify, and describe fatal work
injuries. This assures counts are as complete and accurate as possible. For the 2011 data, over 20,000 unique
source documents were reviewed as part of the data collection process.
Another OSHS program, the Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII), presents frequency counts and
incidence rates by industry and also by detailed case circumstances and worker characteristics for nonfatal
workplace injuries and illnesses for cases that result in days away from work. Incidence rates for 2011 by
industry will be published in October 2012, and information on 2011 case circumstances and worker characteristics
will be available in November 2012. For additional data, access the BLS Internet site: www.bls.gov/iif/. For
technical information and definitions for the CFOI program, please go to the BLS Handbook of Methods on the BLS
web site at www.bls.gov/opub/hom/pdf/homch9.pdf.
Have you been Injured on the job in Georgia? You are entitled to workers comp benefits under certain circumstances: Atlanta, Marietta, Jonesboro, Albany, Valdosta, Tifton, Columbus, Warner Robbins, Macon, Augusta and all t of the Greater Atlanta area coverage.
We Can Help You With Your Georgia Workers Comp, On the Job Injury Claim
Have you been injured or have become ill on the job as a result of your employment or work environment? You may be entitled to Georgia worker’s compensation benefits. Do not go it alone. The workers comp lawyers of For The Injured Worker have years of experience and have hlped 1000's just like you.
When you have a work injury claim it is important to have an attorney to get the worker’s comp help that you need. The best part is there is not cost to you. Workers comp lawyers work on a contingency basis.This means that it costs you nothing up front to retain the worker’s comp lawyer and get the help that you need.
Georgia On The Job Injuries
- Health care and social assistance
- Transportation and warehousing
- Arts, entertainment and recreation
- Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting
- Beverage and tobacco product manufacturing was the riskiest occupation
Occupational Disease Injury Lawyer
Occupational disease is a medical condition which is due to causes and conditions which are characteristic of and peculiar to a particular trade, occupation, process or employment, and to exclude all diseases of life to which the public is exposed, unless the incidence of the disease are substantially higher in a particular trade, occupation, process or employment than for the general public. Mesothelioma from asbestos is an occupational disease.
If you were injured on the job call us first.
The vaginal mesh is a Prolene fiber used to help women with Prolapse and urinary incontinence, let's face it. it is awfully hard to work at certain jobs if you have problems with SUI or other urinary incontinence issues. These medical conditions are not always from the aging process. Mnay women have poor genetics, are in early menopause or have had a rough child birtth experience that has weakened the vaginal wall. These mesh products were supposed to solve these problems but instead, have created worse problems. The result is many women can no longer work and are seeking social security disability.
There are over 300,000 women with a vaginal mesh implant in the United States. This has become a pandemic of huge proportions.
six women came together in Gaithersburg, Maryland. They all had a common enemy, the vaginal mesh. They came from Utah, Georgia, Florida, New York, Texas. All six These women were there to speak publicly and give tesitmony about their personal vaginal mesh medical horror stories in front of an advisory panel for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
"Between them, the women figured they had undergone 45 surgical procedures to try to undo the damage resulting from vaginal surgery using synthetic mesh devices. The mesh implants were supposed to free them from the intimate discomforts that millions of women face after childbirth and as they age: pelvic organ prolapse, in which stretched, weakened tissues can allow the bladder or other organs to sag or bulge into the vagina, and stress urinary incontinence, which can lead to involuntary leakage with every laugh or cough. Once implanted, the hammock-like mesh was meant to shore up the supportive pelvic tissues and help keep sagging organs in place." (Online source). Obviously it is very difficult to work with these issues. But, the problems that have resulted from this mesh has made it impossible for many women to work, Just imagine a school bus driver or truck driver with mesh complications. This woud be difficult for a UPS driver or mailman (lady) as well. Any emergency staff or medical staff would also have a problem with the mesh causing severe incontnence, leakage and lower back and leg pain, difficulty walking and sitting and other complications. Work has become out of the question for many women.
These are only a few of the women with stories. There are 1000's with mesh horror stories.
If you cannot work due to a vaginal mesh implant speak to a vaginal mesh lawyer at the vaginalmeshhelpline.com . They can also help you locate a vaginal mesh doctor. Speak to a workers compensation lawyer about light duty. Speak to a social security diability lawyer to see if that is and option as well.
If you had an injury on the job which resulted in a metal on metal recalled hip replacement contact for the injured worker hip replacement recall lawyers. The hip replacement recalls our lawyer are filing lawsuits for include the DePuy Hip Replacements and the Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II hip replacement products,Rejuvenate or ABG II neck stem, hIp replacements.
Workers Compensation for Hip Injuries and Recalled Hip Replacements
Accidents at work can result in any number of injuries. Some of the most common work injuries include back, neck, shoulder, knee injuries and hip injuries. Your hips connect your legs to your body basically, and bear much of the weight of your body. They are essential to your ability to move around and perform your job duties. If your hip is damaged, it can limit your range of motion, cause permanent disability and loss of income now and in the future, and can even require a hip replacement surgery in some severe injuries. If you were injured on the job and needed a DePuy or recently recalled Stryker Hip replacement be aware that these were recalled and revision surgery may be required.
Besides a workers compensation claim you may have a claim against the manufacturers of these defective hip replacements for injury or cobalt or chromium toxicity.
Hip injuries at work can range from fractured or dislocated hips, fractured pelvis and severe pain which prevents you from going back to work right away. Hip injuries will often require physical therapy, possibly surgical repair, or in some cases – full hip replacement surgery.
If you've been injured at work, you have a right to seek workers' compensation to help pay for your medical bills, loss of income while out of work, and other related expenses. You may want to seek the experience and knowledge of a NY workers' compensation attorney to expedite your workers' comp claim and get the help you deserve.
Call our dangerous drugs and devices department today to speak to a Stryker hip recall lawyer or a DePuy hip replacement lawyer today.
Florida is a tourist haven for fun in the sun with hotels and motels hiring 1000's of employees in season. These types of jobs are usually very physical in nature. Scrubbing and cleaning while bent in awkward positions can place you at risk for neck, shoulder and arm injuries. Also making beds and lifting mattresses can lead to back injuries.
Hotels can be a dangerous place to work. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, of all service industry workers, hotel workers have the highest rate of injury at 5%. The average for all service industries is only about 3.4%.
Hotel room cleaners have significantly higher injury rates than other hotel workers, with nearly 8% experiencing injuries, according to a 2009 report in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine (as reported by the L.A. Times). This compares to 2.8% for banquet servers and just under 6% for cooks.
Nearly 1.8 million people worked in the travel and accommodations field in the United States in 2009, including more than 400,000 hotel room cleaners. The workers in the hotel industry, largely women of color and immigrant women, are "more than 48% more likely to be injured on the job than the typical service worker" and more than 51 percent more likely to experience disabling injuries,
A 2009 study published in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine looked at the injury rates among service workers from 2003 to 2005. Fifty hotels were studied and these were hotels that fell within the top-five hotel chains in the U.S.
Hyatt housekeepers had the highest risk of injury, reports the Daytona News Journal. Hotel workers at the Hilton chain had the lowest risk. The repetitive stress of washing bathroom floors, vacuuming, and changing sheets, pillowcases, and quilts, added to the burden on a housekeeper. Repetitive bending can lead to pain in the back, knees, shoulders, and hands.
With cutbacks in these trying times, housekeepers have an even heavier burden with more rooms to clean.
Hispanic housekeepers had the highest rate of injury at about 10.6 percent a year compared to 6.3 percent for Caucasians, 5.5 percent for African-American housekeepers, and 7.3 percent for Asian housekeepers.
If you are a hotel employee injured of the job call and speak to one of our hotel injury workers compensation lawyers.
A N.Y workers compensation lawyer can help you with your NYC workers compensation claim but, if there is another aspect to the injury and there is third party negligence then you will need a NYC personal injury lawyer. The NY workers compensation and third party liability peraonal injury lawyers of For the injured worker are here to help you 24 hrs 7 days.
If you're an accident victim injured at a job site due to negligence on the part of a third party, contact the work injury attorneys at for the injured worker today and schedule a free consultation to discuss your case. Our firm will promptly begin investigating what happened to expose violations of relevant safety regulations and other negligence by a third party.
The New York State Worker's Compensation Board keeps track of the most common worker's compensation injuries, the incidents that cause them and even the sex and age of injured worker.
The Most Common Incidents
In New York State, the four most common events that result in a work place injury for men and women combined are:
Being struck by an object
Falling to a lower level
The list is different when you separate out incidents in which men are injured from those in which women are injured; experts see a correlation between the differences on these lists and the fact that men are more likely to be employed in hazardous industries like construction. For men, the four most common incidents that result in an injury are identical to the list above, except men being struck by or against an object is more common than either type of falling. Women have a slightly different "top four" list:
- Repetitive motion
- Assaults by a violent individual
The Most Common Injuries
In New York State, the most common workers compensation injury is an injury to the back. On average over the last several years about 20% of all accepted workers compensation claims are back related, with men reporting almost twice as many back injuries as women.
After injuries to the back, the most commonly reported injury is actually an injury to more than one body part as a result of a single event or incident. Multiple body part injuries account for about 13% of all accepted claims.
About 12% of all worker's compensation injuries are to the leg. In descending order, the next most common injuries are to the:
Who Gets injured on the job the most ?
- Fishers and related fishing workers
- Logging workers
- Aircraft pilots and flight engineers
- Structural iron and steel worker
- Refuse and recyclable material collectors
- Farmers and ranchers
- Electrical power-line installers and repairers
- Truck drivers
- heavy or tractor-trailer drivers
- Miscellaneous agricultural workers
- Construction laborers
- Beet sugar manufacturing:
- Truck trailer manufacturing:
- Iron foundries:
- Prefabricated wood building manufacturing:
- Framing contractors:
- Light truck and utility vehicle manufacturing:
- Animal slaughtering, except poultry:
- Automobile manufacturing:
- Cut stock, resawing lumber and planning:
- Motor vehicle air-conditioning manufacturing:
Third Party Liability and personal Injuiry
- Motor vehicle accidents,
- 18 wheel truck accident,
- delivery accidents,
- auto accidents,
- mechanic injury,
- environmental hazards
- oil tankers
- cruise ship
- airport worker injuries
- airpalne malfunction injury or crashes
- train crash injury
- equipment failure
- asbestos and mesothelioma
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Adjustment to Spinal Cord Injury from an On the Job Injury. A Workers Compensation lawyer can help. Parapalegic injury
After a Spinal Cord work related Injury
A spinal cord injury (SCI) is one of the most devastating of all traumatic events. It results in a loss of some or all of an individual’s sensation and movement. It is common for individuals who are newly injured to have health problems. Plus, it takes time to build enough strength to be able to fully participate in daily activities.
The first step in treatment of a suspected spinal cord injury is to verify the patient is breathing and the heart is beating. A spinal cord injury in the upper neck can cause a loss of control of normal breathing. This may require the placement of a breathing tube and use of a ventilator.
The next step in treatment of a spinal cord injury is immobilization. This often occurs at the time of injury prior to being transported to the hospital. Emergency medical technicians may place the patient in a cervical collar or on a backboard to help prevent the spine from moving. If the patient has a spinal cord injury, further movement of the spine could lead to further damage.
What is the spinal cord?
The spinal cord is a collection of nerves that travels from the bottom of the brain down your back. There are 31 pairs of nerves that leave the spinal cord and go to your arms, legs, chest and abdomen. These nerves allow your brain to give commands to your muscles and cause movements of your arms and legs. The nerves that control your arms exit from the upper portion of the spinal cord, while the nerves to your legs exit from the lower portion of the spinal cord. The nerves also control the function of your organs including your heart, lungs, bowels, and bladder. For example, signals from the spinal cord control how fast your heart beats and your rate of breathing.
Other nerves travel from your arms and legs back to the spinal cord. These nerves bring back information from your body to your brain including the senses of touch, pain, temperature, and position. The spinal cord runs through the spinal canal. This canal is surrounded by the bones in your neck and back called vertebrae which make up your back bone. The vertebrae are divided into 7 neck (cervical) vertebrae, 12 chest (thoracic) vertebrae and 5 lower back (lumbar) vertebrae. The vertebrae help protect the spinal cord from injury.
What is a spinal cord injury?
The spinal cord is very sensitive to injury. Unlike other parts of your body, the spinal cord does not have the ability to repair itself if it is damaged. A spinal cord injury occurs when there is damage to the spinal cord either from trauma, loss of its normal blood supply, or compression from tumor or infection. There are approximately 10,000 new cases of spinal cord injury each year in the United States. They are most common in white males. Specifically, 80% of spinal cord injuries occur in males, and 2/3 occur in whites. Most injuries occur in patients 16-30 years of age.
Spinal cord injuries are described as either complete or incomplete. In a complete spinal cord injury there is complete loss of sensation and muscle function in the body below the level of the injury. In an incomplete spinal cord injury there is some remaining function below the level of the injury. In most cases both sides of the body are affected equally.
An injury to the upper portion of the spinal cord in the neck can cause quadriplegia-paralysis of both arms and both legs. If the injury to the spinal cord occurs lower in the back it can cause paraplegia-paralysis of both legs only.
Spinal Cord Work Injuries often result in Paraplegic Injury which can stop your ability to earn a living dead in it's tracks
Among the most devastating injuries anyone could suffer are spinal cord injuries. Spinal cord injuries change lives, often causing permanent paralysis and inhibiting normal bodily functions like breathing and controlling the bladder and bowels.
There is also the psychological and emotinal trauma.
You or a caregiver must locate and experienced workers compensation lawyer to protect your legal rights.
For the Injured Worker, Georgia Workers Compensation lawyers has expanded our Workers Compensation Helpline for injured workers to include Albany Georgia, Valdosta, Tifton, Macon, Savannah, Columbus, Augusta, Marietta, Moultrie,Athens, Roswell, Sandy Springs, Warner Robbins, Smyrna, and areas with populations over 30,000. Injuries being seen include : Muskoskeletal injuries, repetitive stress injuries, Head injuries and Respitory conditions
Workers Compensation Helpline Launched in Georgia, Helps People Hurt on the Job
Workers Compensation Helpline of Georgia helps people Injured on the job. The helpline offers support and information regarding Georgia Workers Compensation and connects to a local Georgia Workers Compensation lawyer,
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PRLog (Press Release) – Jan 26, 2012 – A New Georgia workers Compensation helpline helps people injured on the job. The helpline does connect injured workers with a local workers compensation lawyer but, it has an interesting slant. The line is monitored by a medical social worker and rehabilitation counselor experienced in working with people with serious injuries. According the Lisa Spitzer MSW who runs the helpline "our callers are sometimes afraid to speak to a lawyer directly". "They like the understanding and support we offer"."Many of our callers are afraid of losing their jobs or do not even know they should get medical care immediately"."We deal with some pretty serious injuries". "Some of these are debilitating diseases from toxic exposure to substances like asbestos, mercury and benzene". Mesothelioma is a very serious form of lung cancer that we frequently receive calls about". "These folks are very angry and frightened". They are worried about their loved ones receiving benefits and being and burden on their families". "They need more then just a law office and screener" The helpline offers people the opportunity to speak to a caring professional If their loved one has died from an on the job catastrophic injury or a disease due to working with Toxic substances. They can help protect your rights under Georgia Workers Compensation law. Speak to a medical social worker who understands your loss and will offer the support and help you need.
They offered the following information:
Survivors and dependents of those who die due from an on-the-job accidents,injury or fatal disease are eligible for workers’ compensation death benefits through the employer’s workers’ compensation insurance company.
A sole surviving spouse of a worker who dies in a workplace accident will receive benefits. Call our helpline for a workers compensation lawyer to protect your rights. There may be third party liability as well.
One of the focus points of the Workers Compensation helpline is support to families where a loved on has been severely injured by toxic substances. They frequently deal with Toxic substances causing fatal diseases. Their callers are often loved ones of people who worked in a toxic environment or with toxic substances and their was a premature death caused by this. One of the leading causes of death from toxic substances is nerve damage and cancer. Mesothelioma from asbestos is a fatal work related injury.
The Workers Compensation helpline also offers local resources to help injured workers .
If a loved one has died while working in Georgia your family has rights. Because the laws surrounding deaths while on the job are extremely complicated in Georgia. Speak with their medical social worker and an experienced helpline lawyer today by calling 1 877-522-2123 The Helpline covers the entire state of Georgia including the greater Atlanta area and Columbus, Augusta, Macon, Savannah, Athens, Albany, Warner Robbins, big cities as well as the small towns.
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What is the difference between a chemical allergy and a chemical toxicity?
An allergy produces hay fever-like symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose, itching, nasal stuffiness, watering eyes, wheezing, and coughing. Allergy symptoms, while difficult, are generally regarded as different degrees of a nuisance. The symptoms are usually easily observable by a physician and therefore are easily accepted and diagnosed. Diagnosis can be confirmed with typical allergy tests for elevated immunoglobulin E (IgE).
The symptoms of chemical toxicity are typically neurological and include headache, extreme fatigue, dizziness, weakness, nausea, disorientation, memory problems, slowed reaction time, peripheral neuropathy, sensory neuropathy, and personality/mood changes. Other symptoms may include respiratory difficulty, rash, burning sensations in the nose and mouth, and gastrointestinal disorders. Serious toxicity may result in impaired speech, seizures, stroke, and paralysis.
Chemical toxicity is not regarded as a nuisance, but rather a major life-altering crisis. Victims of toxicity will take extreme measures to avoid further exposure to substances which add to their toxic load and produce a multitude of symptoms as a result of toxicity-induced cellular inflammation, nutritional deficiencies, malabsorption, and impaired detoxification.
The symptoms of toxicity are not easily observable by a physician and often seem vague and subjective as reported by the patient. The extreme measures taken to avoid further exposure often seem out of proportion to the person’s otherwise normal appearance and may lead to an incorrect conclusion that the person is psychotic, paranoid, or anxious.
Diagnosis is initially difficult unless the patient was poisoned on the job or has had a sudden acute exposure to a known toxic substance. Patients suffering from chronic low-level exposure to a toxic substance may not even be aware of the substance that has made them ill. Instead they may report illness when in a certain building or exposed to certain chemicals.
Typically chronic low-level poisoning cases include chronic environmental pesticide, mold, or formaldehyde exposure in the home or workplace. Typical allergy treatments such as antihistamines and provocative neutralization don’t reduce the symptoms of toxicity. In fact, since the body is already toxic, antihistamines and other drugs often add to body burden and make the symptoms worse. Through identifying and ceasing the source of exposure and treating the physical damage caused by the toxicant, symptoms from toxicity can be reduced and/or eliminated. A physician specializing in this area is recommended.