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January 2012 Archives

Former Denver Bronco suffers brain injury, commits suicide

Being a professional football player does come with certain risks, but ultimately the NFL and the team is responsible for preventing player injuries. Over the past couple of years, many players and former players have started talking about the concussions they suffered on the field and some of the dangerous effects they have had, but nothing is more dangerous than suicide, such as the suicide of former Denver Bronco Michael Current, who admitted to suffering several traumatic brain injuries throughout his career.

Workers' Compensation for Common Back and Neck Injuries to Nurses

Injuries commonly covered under workers' compensation, including back, neck and shoulder pain, continue to affect nurses throughout Colorado and the rest of the United States, according to a recent American Nurses Association (ANA) report. Almost 80 percent of nurses continue working despite pain caused by daily work activities, such as patient lifting and patient moving.

Construction worker hit by falling concrete, suffers back injury

There are construction sites across Denver and Colorado and the construction workers that work at them are constantly at risk for injury. Even at a relatively safe site, it is possible for a Denver construction worker to be injured on the job. An employee that is involved in a workplace accident may suffer lost wages, steep medical bills and, possibly, permanent disability. Regardless of the situation, it is important to consult a workers' compensation attorney who can explain how to get the compensation you need to tackle a mounting financial burden.

Workplace injury, illness costs more than cancer, diabetes

People in Denver may know that the office can be a dangerous place, but they may not know that each year job-related illnesses and injuries cost more than all cancers, strokes and diabetes. In total, they cost more than $250 billion each year, including lost wages, workers' compensation and other costs. When compared to other major medical and health concerns, however, a professor of public health services says that occupational health doesn't get the proper attention.

Colorado Workers' Compensation and an On-The-Job Heart Attack

A fire chief of 40 years died of a heart attack suffered while responding to a house fire. He was found slumped over the wheel of his rescue truck after helping stretch fire hoses. Emergency crews onsite immediately began CPR and the fire chief was rushed to the hospital. He did not survive the heart attack.

Construction worker dies from jobsite injury

As Colorado residents know, a work place is usually a safe environment; however, unexpected accidents happen every day. While the nature of some jobs may encompass greater risks, every profession has the potential for unforeseen work injuries. Recently, a construction worker in the New England area was injured on the job.

Will progesterone help workers with brain injuries?

Colorado construction workers are exposed to on-the-job risks and dangers on a daily basis. While they are required to wear helmets and other safety equipment, it is a reality that some of them may sustain traumatic brain injuries that will make it impossible to work and require them to receive workers' compensation benefits. Because of this danger, Denver construction workers may be interested to learn of a new development in brain injury research that could increase an accident victim's chance of survival and possibly provide a better chance of recovery.

Overexertion and Falls Lead Workers' Compensation Costs

Liberty Mutual Inc., compiled the top 10 on-the-job injuries across the country, noting that the top five account for almost three quarters of workers' compensation costs in its 2011 Workplace Safety Index report. Overexertion tops the list, and includes workplace injuries related to lifting, pulling, pushing, holding, throwing and carrying.

Employers must make changes to avoid repetitive stress injuries

There are many different reasons that someone in Denver may need to apply for Colorado workers' compensation. One extremely common reason is when a Colorado employer fails to make ergonomic adjustments to an employee's workspace, leading to repetitive stress injuries. These injuries include thoracic outlet syndrome, tendonitis and carpal tunnel syndrome, and are major workplace problems. The number of such injuries can be reduced, however, and there are ways of avoiding the worsening of these conditions.

Injured man finally wins $3 million workers' compensation award

The Colorado workers' compensation program is extremely difficult to navigate by yourself. If you were injured on the job and have a permanent back injury, you may have a case for workers' compensation. If you have an extremely serious back injury, such as quadriplegia, you may need considerable amounts of money in a workers' compensation settlement to cover your medical costs, future care and lost wages. This makes it all the more important to work with an experienced workers' compensation attorney to ensure that you are filing all the proper paperwork for a successful claim.

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a leader of workers' compensation claims

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have recently released new information about carpal tunnel syndrome that may interest many Denver employees. The study was based on information from the National Health Interview Survey and found that nearly 70 percent of adults with carpal tunnel syndrome developed the condition at work. Because the vast majority of Colorado employees with carpal tunnel syndrome can point to something at work, whether it was excessive typing, hand placement or the tools with which they do their job, they can file workers' compensation claims for their chronic pain.

Repetitive Stress Injuries in the Denver Workplace

At more and more Denver workplaces, computers are becoming the central, common piece to any employee's desk setup. As the number of computer users rise, the number of computer-related work injuries are also rising. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported that in 2010 almost 70 percent of workers suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) could trace the wrist soreness and numbness to their jobs.

Colorado company cited for seven repeat, 18 serious violations

The job of the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration is to protect workers in American places of employment from unsafe workplace conditions. Although OSHA certainly helps to prevent workers from becoming injured at work and may even cite businesses for failing to maintain safe work environments, only by filing a workers' compensation claim can an injured employee actually recover some financial compensation after an accident.

Insurance carrier knows it (almost) got away with something

Interested in reopening his workers compensation case, a man came to see me who injured his neck several years ago.  His case had been closed on a final admission of liablity when the doctor said he was at maximum medical improvement and gave him a 0% impairment.  This seemed strange since the man was still seeng the same doctor for injections and narcotic pain killer.  I thought he should have received a disability rating.  I visited the doctor who told me he made a mistake and that my client should have got a rating. The doctor wrote a report admitting the mistake and gave an 8% rating.

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