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April 2012 Archives

Exploding toilet sent woman to hospital

It is the kind of accident that frequently becomes instant fodder for late-night television comedians. But for a woman at a General Services Administration office building who was injured when a toilet there exploded, it was no laughing matter. Her injuries required that she be rushed to a hospital for treatment. It has also caused many others employed at the federal government agency to become concerned that they may become injured on the job. The incident sent shards of the porcelain toilet flying through the air, injuring both the hospitalized woman and a co-worker in a bathroom on another floor where a similar explosion occurred.

Explosion at car manufacturing plant leaves employee injured

Whether you work in a Denver lab or a Colorado manufacturing plant, you should be able to expect that you will be safe at work. If you do suffer work injuries, however, it is possible to file for workers' compensation to cover your medical expenses and your lost wages while you are recovering. It is important that anyone in Colorado with a severe workplace injury seek medical attention, but shortly after, he or she should get help from a workers' compensation attorney to help file for benefits.

Psychiatric staff more worried after new federal regulations

When many people in Denver take a job at a hospital, they most likely do not expect that they will be injured or killed by patients. Although psychiatric staff at a Colorado mental health hospital may realize that there are inherent risks that come with working with people who have mental health issues, there should still be protections that keep them safe from harm.

Carpal tunnel, occupational disease lessened by better ergonomics

Many people in Denver who work in an office have felt the effects of sitting in front of a computer screen all day long. Whether it is eye strain, a stiff neck or severe pain in the wrists, carpal tunnel syndrome and occupational disease affect many Coloradoans whose work environments are not ergonomically correct.

Toxic Polish May Put Nail Technicians at Risk

Throughout the United States, approximately 350,000 people work in nail salons or similar establishments. Nail technicians, 96 percent of whom are women, provide customers with manicures, pedicures and other beauty-enhancing services.

Customer's icy behavior burns frozen yogurt worker's arm

Many young people in Colorado would love a chance to work with ice cream and frozen yogurt, but the frozen treat business isn't always as sweet of a deal as it may seem, sometimes employees can find themselves in sticky situations.

A Cause of Unnecessary Litigation

Medical benefits seem to be a constant fight in workers compensation cases.  I just finished a deposition of a doctor who performed an independent medical examination of my client, who suffers from a knee injury. While they call it "independent" there is nothing independent about it. This doctor is very dependent on insurance company business and is used frequently by various defense attorneys. My client needs to lose weight in order to get the maximum benefit of the knee surgery that the doctor has performed. This is the opinion of her orthopedist. The doctor has prescribed a weight loss program which the insurance carrier refuses to authorize. It's commonly accepted that excess weight can cause problems with joints and that this can also reduce the effectiveness of surgery. Still, the carrier is willing to spend money on an examination, go to hearing and also pay for the deposition of their doctor. This is much more expensive than the program they are contesting. Even at the deposition their doctor admitted on cross-examination that the results would probably be better if the patient lost weight. I asked the respondents' attorney why they would spend so much more on denying the program than the program actually costs. The response was that if they approved this, everyone that hurt their knee would want a weight-loss program. So it appears that this is some kind of line in the sand for them. Of course, doctors make treatment recommendations all the time. That's part of the job. In my experience they do it based on good medicine, not just because a patient asks for it. My client is very overweight and would greatly benefits from the program. Still, the carrier is too worried about some mythical claimant out there somewhere than to actually provide treatment for someone who really needs it. Insurance companies frequently complain about unnecessary litigation when in fact, they often are the cause of the litigation. This one certainly is.  For on medical benefits go to: https://www.eleylawfirm.com/Colorado-Workers-Comp/Medical-Benefits.shtml

Verizon worker's electrocution, death sparks federal fines

The telecommunications giant, Verizon, was recently sanctioned by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration. OSHA imposed fines of more than $140,000 for safety violations on the company following the death by electrocution of one of the company's technicians last year. The fines were the highest OSHA had in its power to impose.

Colorado Nursing Home Workers Sick From Prolonged Mold Exposure

When most people think about workers' compensation claims, they imagine a worker who suffered a physical injury after some sort of on-the-job accident. In reality, though, the scope of permissible Colorado workers' compensation claims is much broader. For example, workers may be able to recover compensation after becoming ill as a result of exposure to hazardous or toxic substances in the workplace.

Traumatic brain injury settlement ends at almost $9 million

Many people in Denver may know someone with a traumatic brain injury and the difficulty he or she may have in rebuilding his or her life. For those who don't know someone who has suffered a head injury personally, there are stories across Colorado of workers suffering serious brain injuries in workplace accidents. When employees are injured on-the-job, it is important to talk to an attorney to protect the workers' rights and help to get the compensation they will need to heal.

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