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Indoor slip-and-fall accidents can happen at any time

If you work indoors, you may never think twice about being part of a slip-and-fall accident. You assume that the floors are clean and clear, allowing you to make it through your day without incident.

Unfortunately, this doesn't necessarily hold true. You could be part of an indoor slip-and-fall accident for many reasons, including the following:

  • Wet spots: There are many causes of wet floors, ranging from rainwater from the outside to the use of too much cleaner.
  • Debris: It only takes one piece of debris, such as a newspaper, to cause a slip-and-fall accident.
  • The use of too much polish: There are many benefits of floor polish, but too much of this can result in a slick surface that reduces traction.
  • Torn or worn carpet: For example, if a piece of carpet is torn and sticking up from the rest, it can act as a trip hazard.
  • Missing or damaged step: Either of these things makes it more difficult to navigate a set of stairs, especially in the event that you're not paying close attention to every move you make.

What should you do after a kneecap dislocation?

A kneecap dislocation can result in many problems, ranging from extreme pain to the inability to walk. It's critical to receive immediate care after this injury, as it's the only way you'll know exactly what you need to do to heal.

After an exam, your doctor will order an X-ray or MRI to get a better look at your kneecap. More specifically, they'll check to make sure the bone did not break and that there is no additional damage to the surrounding area.

What’s the best treatment of a dislocated hip?

A hip dislocation is a medical emergency that requires immediate attention. Without this, you're taking a big risk with your health, which could result in additional damage and more trouble in the future.

Your medical team will order a variety of tests, such as an X-ray, to get a clear view of what's going on. Once they know the extent of the injury and the position of the dislocation, it's easier for doctors to make a final call on treatment.

Common injuries caused by construction site accidents

If you're employed as a construction worker, there's always a chance you could be part of an accident. This is why you take extreme caution every day, all with the idea of avoiding a situation that could result in an injury.

There are many types of construction site accidents, ranging from a fall from a height to a trench collapse. Here is a brief list of the most common injuries in these accidents:

  • Broken bones or fractures
  • Lacerations and cuts
  • Amputation of toes, fingers and limbs
  • Eye injuries
  • Ear injuries, such as hearing loss
  • Paralysis, often related to a fall from a height
  • Soft tissue injuries, such as from improper lifting techniques or overuse
  • Traumatic brain injury, typically related to a fall or something dropped from above
  • Ankle, knee and shoulder sprains

How pre-existing conditions can affect workers’ compensation

If you receive an injury and require workers’ compensation, your employer and their attorney can attempt to find various loopholes in the situation to avoid paying for maximum coverage. They know how much injuries can cost their business and insurance company, and unfortunately the survival of their business can take priority over you recovering safely to return to work.

When you apply for a job, companies will require your medical background before they fully employ you. This is especially important for physically demanding jobs that could put your preexisting condition at risk. Unfortunately, whether it is completely relevant to the injury or not, companies can also use this to avoid paying more for your medical expenses and missing work time. You can see how from a recent case involving a cop in Norwalk.

A dislocated shoulder requires immediate treatment

If you suffer a shoulder injury, it's better to be safe than sorry. While you may assume it'll heal on its own, you never really know if this will happen. If it doesn't, you may come to find that delaying treatment has made matters worse.

A dislocated shoulder, for example, is a serious injury that requires immediate medical attention. Your medical team can run a variety of tests, including an X-ray, to get a better idea of what's going on.

How do you treat a herniated disc?

A herniated disc is a serious and painful injury that can change your life in an instant. If you have reason to believe you've suffered this injury, immediate medical treatment can go a long way in helping you make a full recovery.

There are many ways to treat a herniated disc, so you need to take the guidance of your medical team. Some of the most common strategies include:

  • Rest and medication: This may be possible if the injury isn't too severe.
  • Therapy: If your pain doesn't subside within a few weeks of injury, therapy may be required to help minimize future problems and regain full range of motion.
  • Surgery: Often a last resort, a herniated disc may require surgery if you're suffering from symptoms such as difficulty walking or standing, weakness, numbness or loss of bladder or bowel control.

Don’t let a workers’ compensation denial bog you down

A workplace injury can change your life in many ways. From pain and suffering to the inability to do your job in the future, there will be a lot on your mind.

If you're unable to return to work after an injury suffered on the job, you'll want to consider the process of applying for workers' compensation benefits.

Scaffolding safety tips to help prevent an accident

When it comes to working on scaffolding, you understand the benefits of having this equipment at your disposal. You also realize that one mistake could cause an accident, such as a fall from height to the ground below.

Here are five scaffolding safety tips to help prevent an accident:

  • Follow manufacturer instructions: When constructing scaffolding, it's imperative to follow the directions provided by the manufacturer, as they know what you must do to remain safe.
  • Know the load capacity: If you're not careful, it's possible you could add too much weight to the scaffolding, thus resulting in a collapse.
  • Secure the platform: When possible, the scaffolding should be attached to the building. If this isn't possible, think twice about using the scaffolding as your safety could be at risk.
  • Inspect it often: Don't assume that the scaffolding is in good condition. Instead, inspect it for defects and damage before use.
  • Place it on firm and level ground: Just the same as a ladder, scaffolding should be placed on firm and level ground to ensure that you have a solid base for working. Also, don't place anything under the legs as a means of leveling the scaffolding.

What Connecticut jobs have the highest risk of hearing loss?

Most work compensation cases often involve skeletal or muscular injuries that impact the employee’s ability to move. While the worker can continue at their job after recovering or adjusting to their disability, it can be especially harder for victims that suffer a loss of hearing.

The ability to hear is crucial for a job as you can need to hear your employer tell you what to do or warnings for incoming obstacles. There are few jobs out there that do not require someone who needs to hear sound. The recent Occupational Disease in Connecticut report released by UConn Health states there were 105 reports of hearing loss in 2016, which is a 25 percent increase from the previous year. They also highlight the industries that suffered the most from this condition.

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