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Time for a blood pressure check

Just in time for the holiday season, the American Heart Association issued updated guidelines on blood pressure, with the not-so-surprising result that more Americans are now considered to have high blood pressure. (Not surprising because when it comes to health, whether or not Americans are objectively "unhealthy," the American Heart Association isn't likely to adjust blood pressure guidelines in the opposite direction.)

Most major media outlets, including the New York Times, reported on the change, but we went directly to the source. According to the AHA, roughly "half of U.S. adults could now be classified with high blood pressure," which does not bode well for those who thought they were in the clear.

Nurses must be protected on the job

Nurses routinely suffer injuries from patients, visitors and families. Does that come as a surprise? Most likely, the answer is “yes.” However, recent studies show that nurses face constant danger of abuse from patients, families and other visitors. Whether the abuse is verbal or physical, it is unacceptable.

This issue is problematic for nurses, but it also has far-reaching consequences for clinics, hospitals and patients. When nurses cannot do their jobs because they are in danger, patient care may ultimately suffer as well. This is one more reason nurses need their employers and the legal system to make their jobs safer.

Trash collecting: a surprisingly dangerous job

According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, trash collectors and recycling workers have one of the deadliest jobs in the U.S. The data shows that trash collectors suffer fatal on-the-job injuries more often than law enforcement and firefighters.

Getting hit by another vehicle is the most frequent reason garbage collectors are injured. Drivers too often fail to see the workers.

Fatal falls are the biggest risk for construction workers

It’s no secret that construction is one of the most dangerous industries in the U.S. What many people may not realize, however, is that the leading cause of construction worker deaths is falls. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 30 percent of construction worker deaths are the result of falls.

Falls occur in all workplaces, but construction sites are especially hazardous. Workers are at risk for injuries from slip-and-fall and trip-and-fall accidents as well as falls from elevated heights, which tend to cause the most serious injuries. In construction work, it is all too common for workers to fall from ladders, scaffolds and roofs. 

Are you at risk of hypertension?

Police officers, firemen, EMT's, and other municipal workers may be eligible for workers' compensation as a result of various injuries, such as hypertension.

As a police officer, fireman, EMT, or other municipal worker, the law recognizes that there is a presumption of medical risk within your job duties. The law varies depending on the year in which you enlisted as an officer or were hired at a particular position. In general, if the injury, disability or other medical condition did not surface before you started working in this field, there is a presumption that the condition is related to the job. In other circumstances, the employee must prove that the stress at work caused hypertension or a heart condition.

These jobs can be stressful and dangerous. Stress on the job can lead to health complications if left unchecked.

Getting a second opinion about your work injury

Police work comes with a lot of risks. An injury can happen at any time during your job, whether in an altercation or as part of the repetitive tasks you need to do as part of your job.

If you were injured on the job, you are entitled workers’ compensation. Workers’ comp can help cover your medical expenses and part of your lost wages. 

Ten of the most dangerous jobs

How safe is your job?

Are you one of the many Americans working at high risk job on a daily basis for the sake of a paycheck? For a lot of you, avoiding imminent danger is just part of the job. Some of the most fundamentally important careers to our society are among the most dangerous.

In 2015, there were 4,836 fatal occupational injuries, almost half of which resulted from transportation incidents. Jobs that involve transportation, the use of heavy machinery or contact with violent people or animals have higher incident rates. However, not all jobs on the list are so obvious; some of the following may surprise you.

Workers' comp coverage for first responders with PTSD

First responders are on the front lines, dealing with traumatic events as they happen. Whether you are a firefighter, a paramedic or other type of first responder, you may encounter situations that are hard to handle and that put you under serious stress and strain.

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a disorder that can develop after you face a traumatic event. You can develop PTSD at any age and at any level of physical health. You do not to need to have suffered a physical injury in order to develop PTSD. However, under the current Connecticut workers' comp laws, you will not have PTSD treatment covered unless it is also combined with a physical injury.

The pitfalls of social media use during a workers' compensation case

Were you injured at work? Do you have an open workers' compensation claim? Are you active on social media? If you've answered yes to these questions, keep reading.

Workers' compensation benefits are eligible to employees who've been injured on the job. These benefits can cover lost wages, medical care and compensation for permanent injuries as well as providing benefits to surviving family members who lost someone in a workplace accident.

Are you to blame for an injury in your dangerous job?

The simple answer is no. Even if you chose to work in a dangerous, high-stress job, you still have a right to workers' compensation if you are injured.

In Connecticut, workers' compensation is a no-fault system. This means that a worker who is injured on the job can get compensation regardless of who is at fault for the injury. So, even if you chose your profession or made a risky choice at work that caused your injury, you are entitled to benefits.

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