Even Office Employees are not Safe from Injuries

Many people assume that offices are among the safest places from accidents and injuries. Unfortunately, this is a very wrong assumption as records from the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor show that offices are places where accidents frequently occur.

In 2012 alone, nearly 3 million non-fatal workplace illnesses and injuries were recorded by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); these include those that occurred in industrial and construction sites. Though office employees may be safe from the more dangerous chemicals, heavy equipment and dangerous tools other workers are exposed to everyday, they too have their own share of hazards.

The most common injuries sustained by office workers are repetitive strain injuries, sprains and strains, neck, head and/or back injuries, and electrocution. These are usually caused one or a combination of any of the following:

  • Trips/slips or falls. Among all types of accidents in the workplace, slips or falls are the most common. In a number of cases, these even lead to disabling injuries. Tripping over an open desk drawer or loose carpeting, using a stack of boxes or a chair (rather than a ladder), bending while seated in a non-sturdy chair, inadequate lighting, and slipping on wet floor are just some of the reasons why these type of accidents occur.
  • Overexertion and strains. These are due to lifting of large and/or heavy objects,more so if these are lifted incorrectly.
  • Improper storing in the storage room or in working areas. These mistakes are committed by piling materials too high, placing very heavy objects on high shelves, disorderly piling which result to blocked doors, fire-fighting equipment or fire exits.
  • Indoor ventilation, air quality and proper lighting. Falling objects, tripping or slipping are not the only sources of dangers in office environments, quality of air, proper ventilation and proper illumination are also major factors that make working always conducive. These are elements so many employers oversee, though, despite their great important for all types of work.
  • Electrical wiring. Some employees never care about extension cords, computer wires or headphone wires running across hallways or which are untidily scattered in their working area – a clear source of risk not only to their co-employees but to them as well.
  • Noise. Noise is unwanted sound and it is often caused by human voices. Noise is a clear source of interference, annoyance and major distractions, especially to those engaged in mental activities, such as writing and/or researching. Noise can reduce performance, as well as increase errors, in activities that greatly require mental concentration. Affected individuals often resort to means that will minimize unwanted noise as much as possible, like using headphones for music that will help drown the unwanted noise. These means, however, are not always effective as these can lead to unnoticed dangers that the concerned individual may sustain injuries from.

According to the Scudder & Hedrick, PLLC, law firm, employees, even in seemingly safe workplaces, such as offices, are always at risk of suffering a serious workplace injury. Some injuries, in fact, have left many employees in serious condition, unable to continue working, either for a period of time or in some instances, permanently. Employees who suffer these serious conditions need the best legal help they can get for a strong court representation which would help them claim the compensation they may deserve.

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Emergency Rooms Errors: Still Causing Thousands of Patients Undue Harm

When a person suddenly suffers health complications or when an accident occurs, the first move is to rush him or her to an emergency department or emergency room (ER) of the nearest hospital. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, in 2003, an estimated 113.9 million Americans were rushed to emergency departments due to life-threatening situations. Sadly, a decade after this, instead of the number declining, it jumped to 133.6 million.

Emergency departments are fast-paced environments where a medical team, composed of doctors, nurses and other ER staff, must provide the immediate attention required by all those who are brought there. Though medical needs differ from one patient to another, treatment must be fast, but with caution and accuracy, so as to prevent patients’ conditions from worsening. However, many of these fast-paced and over-crowded environments are understaffed, resulting to frequently overworked team members.

The rigorous years of study and training undergone by doctors and nurses are enough for people needing medical attention to respect their capabilities and trust them. Although, one must not forget that even the most respected and experienced doctors, when overworked, do not spend enough time to properly diagnose a patient, or fail to require a patient to undergo a necessary laboratory test which may help determine his or her real health problem, can commit mistakes. Medical teams in emergency departments are no different.

Diagnostic error is the most common type of medical mistake committed by doctors and nurses in emergency departments. This type of mistake includes wrongful diagnosis and delayed diagnosis, both of which may actually be due to misjudgment of symptoms. Diagnostic error can lead to an injury that is more serious; in certain cases, it can lead death.

Specific cases of diagnostic errors committed in emergency departments include:

  • A young man suffering from severe headache and nausea was rushed to a hospital’s emergency department twice, his headache much worse than when he was first rushed there. In both instances, though, he was simply diagnosed as suffering from viral infection, so he was sent home. Two days after, he died due to massive brain hemorrhage.
  • A 42-year-old woman suffers a heart attack two hours after she was discharged from the emergency department. She was diagnosed as simply suffering from chest pains.
  • An 18-year-old dies due to blood infection, a condition called sepsis. Suffering from fever and chills, he was sent home from the emergency room after being given Tylenol.

As explained in the website of the Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg law firm, though emergency departments are, to some degree, chaotic environments, these are expected to have a medical team that is prepared and trained to provide quick and accurate diagnosis that will help stabilize the health of patients. Mistakes that lead to more patient harm can, therefore, result to team members being held accountable for any avoidable mistakes that may be committed. Thus, if patients or their families feel that they have suffered a more severe injury due to an emergency room error, then it may be best that they contact a personal injury lawyer immediately for whatever possible legal action they may be able to pursue.

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Personal Injuries: Mental Harm

It is important not to forget that individual damage is not always only physical harm. There are a number of people who are so psychologically or mentally traumatized by a meeting that they’re not able to function normally even with their physical injuries have long fixed.

Some may also guess that these non-physical results are mostly imaginary and that it is simply an effort to boost compensation in a civil lawsuit. The reality is emotional and psychological harm are not easier to handle and cure than physical harms.

The debilitating effects of emotional and psychological misery regularly translate to a loss of livelihood for both injury casualties and children of wrongful death. As the website of the Hankey Law Office highlights, sudden agonizing events have long-term effects on the victims and their families which will just be overcome eventually and regularly demands financial support in the meantime. This is on top of any physical incapacity which could additionally result, therefore, hospital, medical, and relevant prices must be considered.

Individuals who suffer harm in the negligent actions of others possess a right to sue for lost wages, medical debts, in addition to losses that are some other resultant to a traumatic occasion for compensation. A busted arm from a vehicle crash cures much faster than overcoming the fear of getting from recurrent nightmares about the big event into an automobile, or loss of sleep. Many people suffer deep depression from the loss of a family member due to an accident and are unable to work normally for an extended amount of time.

Upheaval characterizes private injury. Sufferers are left feeling weak since the occasion was due to a third party that they may be not strong to prevent’s careless or negligent actions. There is not anything more traumatic than the loss of control. If you or a close member of the family has suffered death or harm as a result of negligence, it’s time to take-back handle. Consult with a personal injury attorney in the area to get complete compensation for each of the harm, physical or else, that is done and to defend the rights of the victims. Being a victim of a personal injury is a traumatic event.

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Chemotherapy Nausea Treatment Drugs

One of the common symptoms of chemotherapy treatment is nausea and vomiting. This symptom can vary in severity among patients, but most seek medical treatment for this unpleasant symptom. Various drugs are used for the treatment of this symptom- the most effective of which varies by patient. There are five main drug types commonly prescribed for the treatment of this symptom: serotonin antagonists, steroids, dopamine antagonists, anti-anxiety drugs, and cannabinoids.

Serotonin antagonists, such as Dolasetron and Ondansetron are prescribed before chemotherapy and in some cases a few days after. They are commonly prescribed along with a steroid. There drugs are on the expensive side and common side effects include headache, hiccups, and constipation. It should be noted that the drug Ondansetron, commercially know as Zofran can have more long term, serious side effects when used for its less common purposes. Zofran has been prescribed off-label to treat severe morning sickness. However, it is not uncommon for a Zofran attorney to be convinced that there is a link between Zofran use during pregnancy and children born with birth defects.

Steroids are often given they day of the chemotherapy treatment, and in many cases are already a part of a chemo plan. Side effects of steroids include trouble sleeping, increase appetite, and weight gain.

Dopamine antagonists are used “as needed” at the first sign of nausea and vomiting. These tend to be less expensive than other drugs for the treatment of this condition. Side effects include dry mouth, tiredness, and constipation.

Anti- anxiety drugs can help reduce nausea by making a patient more relaxed. Common side effects include amnesia, tiredness, and headaches.

Cannabinoids can be used to treat these symptoms when anti-emetic drugs fail to alleviate symptoms, or to stimulate appetite. The drugs include the active ingredient marijuana. Side effects include mood changes, dry mouth, and poor coordination.

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Slip and Falls on Icy Surfaces

Slip and fall accidents has become something of a joke because it is perceived as an easy way to make money. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that in excess of 1 million Americans are seriously injured in a slip and fall accident every year, with more than 17,000 dying from it. Slip and falls account for 15% of job-related injuries and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration identifies this as second only to car accidents as a leading cause of injury and death.

Slip and falls can lead to serious injury such as traumatic brain damage, spinal damage, fractures, and internal injuries. The incidence of slip and fall typically increase in the winter months when snow and ice can make surfaces treacherously slippery despite reasonable care. However, even places where snow and ice are not a factor, water, debris, and naturally slippery surfaces still have to be addressed. A Houston personal injury lawyer, for example, would take issue with the failure of a property owner to clean up spills that caused a client’s injury. Businesses have a duty of care to ensure that the areas in and around them are safe.

The most common venues for a slip and fall accident in a public place are sidewalks and parking lots. Property owners are liable for injuries or accidents that happen on their property if they fail to take reasonable precautions to prevent such injuries or accidents.

Business owners should remove water, ice, snow and other debris that accumulate and do regular maintenance on their property. As pointed out on the website of Chris Mayo Law Firm, failing to fix damaged or broken stairways may also be negligence. They may do these themselves or hire it out to third parties. However, the property owner continues to be liable for checking if the job is done properly. The property owner may not shift the liability to the maintenance company if they fail to do the work as required. As long as the property owner takes reasonable care, they may avoid liability for slip and fall injuries. Each state may define “reasonableness” in different ways, however.

If you believe that your slip and fall injury was due to the negligence of the property owner, however, you have a perfect right to demand compensation. Consult with a personal injury lawyer in your area to find out your legal options.

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Complications from Burn Injuries

Burn injuries are among the most common injuries, but a majority of them is minor and treatable at home. These are mostly injuries sustained while cooking or even lighting a cigarette. However, some injuries are serious.

According to the American Burn Association, 450,000 people got burn injuries severe enough to require medical treatment in the US in 2013. There are 127 burn centers were more than 60% of these injuries were treated. The 4,500 hospitals that supplied acute care report less than 3 admissions a year. Among these are the 2,550 deaths from residential fires, 400 from electric shock and hot objects or liquids, 150 from non-residential fires, and 300 from vehicular accidents. Some of these deaths are attributed to smoke inhalation rather than burn injuries.

The most common causes of serious burns are explosions and fires. As pointed out on the website of Pohl & Berk, LLP, these may be due to the negligence of a third party such as a defective mechanism in a gas container or a vehicle defect. However, this can be hard to prove without help.

Burn victims often succumb to complications arising from their injuries. While third degree burns (involvement of all skin layers as well as the blood stream, bone and major organs) carry higher risks of complications, even first- and second-degree burn victims are also at risk. According to the website of the Seegmiller Law Firm, it is not right that anyone is put at even the slightest risk of harm because of the recklessness of another. Other complications of burn injuries can include:

  • Sepsis (blood poisoning)
  • Tetanus
  • Hypothermia (low body temperatures)
  • Hypovolemia (low blood volume)
  • Scars

These complications can lead to shock and eventual death. Even if death does not occur, burn victims often face a lifetime of physical and emotional problems.

If you have been seriously injured because of the actions of a third party, you are entitled to damages. Consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer in your area to help you through this difficult process.

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While You Were Sleeping

Statistics show that most people who die from carbon monoxide poisoning do so while sleeping. Many home heating appliances produce odorless carbon monoxide, which makes it more deadly. You could be inhaling it while having a drink or reading a book without being aware of it. These are all relaxing activities so you won’t be suspicious if you start to feel sleepy. Most people will simply fall asleep and never wake up.

According to the website of of Williams Kherkher, carbon monoxide is deadly because it keeps oxygen from reaching the brain. When it is inhaled, it passes into the bloodstream and binds with the hemoglobin that normally circulates oxygen where it is needed. When the carbon monoxide attaches to the hemoglobin molecules, this forms a stable compound called carboxyhemoglobin, so the oxygen can no longer insinuate itself on the hemoglobin. Lack of oxygen leads to cell death and the body gradually shuts down, eventually leading to death. Victims of carbon monoxide poisoning typically exhibit a pinkish cast to the skin and red lips because carboxyhemoglobin is a rich red.

Some of the common sources of deadly carbon monoxide include:

  • Space heaters
  • Water heaters
  • Cooking ranges
  • Portable generators
  • Furnaces
  • Fireplaces
  • Lawn mowers
  • Car exhausts

In some cases, carbon monoxide poisoning can be due to defects in the appliance or vehicle, or improper installation of heating appliances, such as a defective flue system in gas fireplace inserts. A Milwaukee personal injury lawyer could do the necessary investigation to determine the source of the carbon monoxide. If it is proven to be due to a manufacturing or product defect or professional negligence, then the victim can sue for compensation from the responsible parties.

If you have suffered injury from carbon monoxide poisoning because of the negligence of others, you have the right to sue for damages. Find a competent and experienced personal injury in your area for a more in-depth assessment of your case.

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