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Help for workers struggling with a repetitive stress injury

Repetitive stress injuries can keep workers from working and from fully working when they are at their jobs. It is helpful for workers suffering with the pain and challenges of a repetitive stress injury to be familiar with the different types of repetitive stress injuries and the resources that may be available to help them through the challenges they face as a result of their workplace injury.

Repetitive stress injuries primarily impact the soft tissues of the body such as the nerves, tendons, ligaments and muscles. Repetitive stress injuries are caused by repeated motions such as repeated motions in the workplace. Many different types of workers can suffer a repetitive stress injury including workers who perform assembly line work; meatpacking work; sewing; carpentry; gardening; and computer or office work, among other types of work that may lead to a repetitive stress injury.

Moving patients a common cause of injury in health care

As someone who makes your living working as a nurse in Ohio, you probably understand quite well that aches, pains and other ailments are often an unavoidable part of your profession. Some of the biggest injury risks you face working as a nurse, however, result from heavy lifting. In some cases, lifting-related work injuries are preventable and avoidable.

According to Healthcare Business & Technology, injuries that develop due to lifting heavy or immobile patients are the most substantial threat facing today’s nurses. Just how prevalent is the problem? Each year, American nurses suffer about 35,000 back and musculoskeletal injuries at their places of employment that are bad enough to keep them from working. In fact, the injury risks today’s nurses face are so severe that nurses are now more likely to suffer on-the-job injuries than construction workers, manufacturers and others who work in notoriously dangerous environments.

Injured workers and their medical care rights

One of the most important concerns when a worker has been injured in a workplace accident is for the injured workers to receive the proper medical care and treatment that they need. Because injured workers and their families likely have many concerns related to the medical treatment they need, how they will obtain the medical treatment and care they need and how that medical care will be paid for, it is useful for them to be familiar with the workers' compensation process.

Workers' compensation benefits can help injured workers receive the medical care they need. Workers' compensation benefits generally can help with medical costs, as well as lost wages. Workers' compensation benefits can also assist injured workers who are suffering from a permanent disability because of the workplace injury or occupational illness they have suffered. It is important for injured workers to understand their rights to receive the medical care and treatment they need.

Protections for workers facing occupational illness

Discussions of workers' compensation often focus on falls and other accidents, but workers' compensation benefits can help people who have been injured on the job in many ways, including through exposure to dangerous chemicals. In some cases, the benefits can help people who have developed long-term illnesses after exposure to toxic materials.

Toxic exposure in the workplace can be as serious as any other type of workplace accident and in many instances can occur in the context of an industrial worker accident if there has been a chemical spill or similar incident. Unfortunately, everyday in the United States workers suffer from toxic exposure in their workplaces which can lead to a workplace illness and an inability to work or even death. It is important that workers who have had their health compromised at work be prepared for what to do and familiar with how workers' compensation benefits can help them.

Protections from unsafe working conditions

Employers are required under both federal and state laws to provide a safe workplace for their workers. This means that the workplace should be free from dangers that could result in a workplace accident or injury or an occupational illness which is why it is important for workers to be familiar with the layers of protection at work for them on-the-job.

Under federal law, employers are required to provide workers with a workplace that is free from health and safety hazards that may result in death or serious injuries; post Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) safety notices in the workplace; keep a record of injuries, exposures to hazardous materials and deaths that occur in the workplace; and provide safety training when necessary. Employers should also ensure that their workers have necessary safety equipment to help keep them safe on the job.

The different types of workplace accident workers may suffer

Unfortunately, there is a litany of injuries workers can suffer in the workplace, including in an industrial or office setting. Because of this unfortunate reality, it is essential for injured workers and their families to be familiar with how workers' compensation benefits can help them with these injuries.

Workplace injuries can include back injuries such as lower back injuries, spine injuries and herniated discs; joint injuries such as shoulder injuries, elbow injuries, hip injuries and knee injuries; crush injuries such as injuries to arms and hands caught in machinery; brain injuries such as concussions and traumatic brain injuries; and repetitive motion injuries such as carpal tunnel injuries. These injuries can range from chronic pain to debilitating injuries that can impact the injured worker's ability to work or render them unable to work at all.

Injured workers need to understand the workers' comp process

There are steps in the workers' compensation process that need to be followed for injured workers to receive the benefits they need which is why it is important for injured workers to be familiar with the workers' compensation process. Workers should always be generally familiar with workers' compensation protections and how they can help them.

The workers' compensation process begins with the injured working reporting their injury to their employer. Injured workers are typically required to report their injury to their employer in writing. There are also timelines associated with reporting an injury to an employer. The employer should provide them with a claim form that they will need to fill out to receive workers' compensation benefits.

Workers' comp help for repetitive stress injuries

Repetitive stress injuries can strike office workers and make doing their work difficult, if not impossible, for them to do. It is helpful for workers who spend their days on the computer or in an office setting to be familiar with ways to avoid a repetitive stress injury but also to be aware of the resources available to help them if they have suffered a repetitive stress injury and are unable to work.

There are different methods to help avoid a repetitive stress injury including taking regular breaks; using a hand exerciser; maintaining good posture; utilizing a wrist pad or ergonomic keyboard; and switching to a trackball mouse. While there are different options to help avoid a repetitive stress injury, when a worker has been injured on-the-job and suffered a workplace injury, it is important for injured workers and their families to know what options they may have available to help.

How to appeal a denied workers' compensation claim

Workers' compensation benefits stand in the gap to help protect injured workers and their families following a workplace accident or in circumstances of an occupational illness. That is why it is essential for injured workers and their families to be familiar with the workers' compensation process and what they can do if a claim for workers' compensation benefits has been denied.

Injured workers who have applied for workers' compensation benefits and been denied workers' compensation benefits have 14 days from the denial order to appeal the determination of their workers' compensation claim if they object to the determination that has been made. There are additional days provided for the mailing process which is why it is important to be familiar with the workers' compensation appeals process and associated timelines.

The rights of injured workers in Ohio

Injured workers in Ohio have important rights that they should be familiar with and are protected when they have been harmed on the job. It is important for injured workers to be familiar with these rights and that they include fair treatment and receipt of benefits they need to help them heal following a workplace accident.

Workers who have been injured on the job or have suffered from an occupational illness in Ohio have the right to recover workers' compensation benefits which includes compensation for medical expenses and lost earnings, as well as some other benefits that may be available depending on the situation and circumstances. Injured workers have the right to be evaluated for all possible benefits including occupational rehabilitation benefits. The injured worker also has the right to receive high-quality healthcare and the medical care and treatment they need from the medical provider they select. They also have the right to an independent medical examination when required.

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