Blog

Subscribe

Via Email:    

Knee, Shoulder and Elbow Injuries at Work

Posted On: July 12, 2018

Knee, Shoulder and Elbow Injuries at Work 

Injuries to knees, shoulders and elbows are relatively common workplace injuries that can be caused by repetitive motion or heavy lifting. Pain from knee, shoulder and elbow injuries may be localized or spread to the surrounding areas. 

Injuries can include:

  • Sprains, strains and fractures;
  • Dislocated shoulders, knees or elbows;
  • Rotator cuff tears (injury to the tendons covering the shoulder);
  • Torn ligaments (a break in the tissues that connect bones to one another at joints);
  • Bursitis (inflammation of the bursae that cushion joints);
  • Tendinitis (inflammation of the tendon that connects bone to muscle) 

For each of these injuries, surgery and/or physical therapy may be necessary. Your workers’ compensation funds would cover these medical interventions. 

Feel free to contact the law offices of Gilbert, Blaszcyk & Milburn for a free consultation on your possible claim.

 

 

 

 

0

Heart Attack & Stroke at Work

Posted On: July 12, 2018

Heart Attack & Stroke at Work


OSHA reports that each year 10,000 heart attacks occur at work.[1] Jobs with especially long, irregular hours and stressful environments—such as nurses working in Intensive Care Units—are at higher risk for heart attacks. Even if a workers’ heart is healthy, a sudden blow due to a fall or impact, can damage the heart and cause cardiac arrest.

While in the U.S., men are more prone to heart attacks, women are more prone to strokes. A stroke is a sudden interruption of blood to the brain; without blood, brain cells do not have access to vital oxygen and nutrients and they begin to deteriorate. Strokes can be caused by brain injury, stress, or overextension, and can lead to either short-term or long-term symptoms. According to one study, long work hours (defined as over 55 hours per week) increase risk of both stroke and heart attack immensely.[2]

It can be difficult to prove that unusual workplace stress caused the heart attack or stroke, but a workers’ compensation attorney will be able to assess your case. Medical experts can attest to whether the cardiac arrest or stroke was caused by workplace activities, or simply occurred at work.

Feel free to contact the law offices of Gilbert, Blaszcyk & Milburn for a free consultation on your possible claim.

[1] https://www.osha.gov/Publications/3185.html

[2] http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(15)60295-1/abstract

0

Hernias at Work

Posted On: July 12, 2018

Hernias at Work 

The CDC places hernias along with carpal tunnel and strains, sprains and tears in the category of work-related musculoskeletal disorders.[1] A hernia is an abnormal protrusion of tissue, which can cause pain, discomfort, numbness, tingling and trouble moving. Common hernias include abdominal hernias (a protrusion of the intestine in the abdominal cavity) and herniated disks (protrusion of one or more of the disks that cushion vertebrae in the spine). Hernias can be sustained at work from heavy lifting or a fall. They can occur suddenly or develop over time. Hernia injuries are fairly common, and surgery combined with physical therapy can repair the injury. You may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits if your hernia was sustained at work, or if your pre-existing hernia condition was exacerbated by workplace activity. 

Feel free to contact the law offices of Gilbert, Blaszcyk & Milburn for a free consultation on your possible claim. 

[1] https://www.cdc.gov/workplacehealthpromotion/health-strategies/musculoskeletal-disorders/index.html

0

Vision and Hearing Loss a Work

Posted On: July 12, 2018

Vision and Hearing Loss a Work 

You may file a workers’ compensation claim if you have sustained vision or hearing loss—either partial or complete—in the workplace. Vision and hearing loss can occur at work due to a wide array of causes, from exposure to chemicals to illness. 

Exposure to harmful levels of light, exposure to harmful chemicals, and trauma to the brain can cause vision loss at work. Even when workers wear protective eyewear, accidents or repetitive exposure can cause either partial or complete vision loss. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), most eye injuries at work are caused by debris (such as gravel, splinters, and sand) hitting the eye. BLS also reported that almost 30,000 non-fatal eye injuries lead to time lost at work each year.[1] 

Most work-related hearing loss is occupational, not traumatic; damage to the ear, either temporary or permanent, is sustained from repetitive exposure to harmful noise levels or chemicals, as opposed to one, extreme event (e.g. working in a loud factory for 20 years, as opposed to experiencing a singular loud bang). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), each year in the U.S., approximately 22 million workers are exposed to hazardous noise levels at work, and over 30 million workers are exposed to chemicals that are harmful to the ear at work.[2] According to Healthy Hearing, those with manufacturing, construction, entertainment, military and agricultural careers are particularly at risk for hearing loss. While hearing loss can be disheartening and frightening, there are treatments and solutions available—from therapy with hearing loss professionals to hearing aids and other listening devices. 

Even if your vision or hearing loss does not cause complete disability (the inability to work), you may still be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. 

Feel free to contact the law offices of Gilbert, Blaszcyk & Milburn for a free consultation on your possible claim. 

[1] https://www.bls.gov/opub/mlr/cwc/workplace-injuries-involving-the-eyes-2008.pdf

[2] https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/noise/default.html

0

Most Common and At-risk Employment Sectors in Suffolk County

Posted On: July 12, 2018

Most Common and At-risk Employment Sectors in Suffolk County  

According to census information[1], the most common employment sectors in Suffolk County are (from highest to lowest):

  • Healthcare and social assistance (e.g. nursing, home health aides)
  • Educational services (e.g. elementary, middle, secondary and postsecondary teachers)
  • Retail (e.g. salespeople, cashiers)
  • Construction
  • Professional, scientific and tech services
  • Manufacturing
  • Accommodation and food service
  • Transportation and warehousing 

The United States Department of Labor states that healthcare workers are at the highest risk of any occupation for nonfatal injury. Other employees at high risk for nonfatal injuries at work are:

  • Truck and taxi drivers
  • Laborers and stock workers
  • Construction workers
  • Janitors and cleaners
  • Police officers
  • Firefighters
  • Corrections officers[2] 

Fatal work injuries are most commonly sustained by those in the transportation sector, including truck, taxi and farm tractor drivers. Construction workers and animal care professionals (e.g. veterinarians, wildlife rehabilitators) are also at higher risk for fatal work injuries.[3] 

With the most common employment sectors on Long Island also those at greatest risk for injury, the attorneys at Gilbert, Blaszcyk & Milburn are here to help the hard-working people of Long Island navigate the workers’ compensation system and secure the benefits they deserve. 

Feel free to contact the law offices of Gilbert, Blaszcyk & Milburn for a free consultation on your possible claim. 

[1] https://datausa.io/profile/geo/suffolk-county-ny/#health

[2] https://www.bls.gov/news.release/osh2.nr0.htm

[3] https://www.bls.gov/news.release/cfoi.nr0.htm

0

Mesothelioma and Exposure to Toxic Substances at Work

Posted On: July 12, 2018

Mesothelioma and Exposure to Toxic Substances at Work 

Perhaps the most well-known example of a toxic substance-caused illness is Mesothelioma, a cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. This cancer targets the mesothelium, the protective lining of tissue or cells around our vital organs. Symptoms include damage to the vital organs (especially lungs and heart), anemia, fever, weight and muscle loss. While Mesothelioma is dangerous cancer, it is relatively rare and requires direct inhalation of asbestos. 

However, in almost every workplace, there is some danger of exposure to toxic substances. These include: lead; asbestos; pesticides; car exhaust; paint; and cleaning solvents. Exposure to toxic fumes can cause damage to the eyes, skin and other surfaces; rashes; dizziness; headaches; nausea and vomiting; organ damage; etc. 

Employers are responsible for providing sufficient warning on any toxic substances in the workplace, and for providing protective equipment when necessary. Even if you and your employer have taken reasonable precautions, accidents and exposure may occur. 

If you believe you have been exposed to toxic substances at work, speak with your employer and doctor. If you have sustained injury or illness from toxic chemicals at work, you may file a claim and/or contact a workers’ compensation lawyer. 

Feel free to contact the law offices of Gilbert, Blaszcyk & Milburn for a free consultation on your possible claim.

0

New Blog Entry - a582e

Posted On: July 12, 2018

Finding a Healthcare Provider 

You can find a list of authorized healthcare providers on the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board website (wcb.ny.gov) or by calling (800) 781-2362. Your primary healthcare physician or other doctor may be authorized by the Board. In this case, you may receive treatment from them. 

If the insurer uses a set network of providers, known as a Preferred Provider Organization (PPO), you are required to use authorized healthcare providers from within this network. If you are dissatisfied with your care after 30 days of treatment, you may use an authorized healthcare provider outside the PPO. 

Similarly, the insurer may use a facility network for diagnostic tests, in which case you would be required to use a provider in the network for any diagnostic tests. In the case of diagnostic network of PPO, the insurer must provide you with a notice of the requirements. 

Please note that in the case of a medical emergency, you may use any healthcare or diagnostic provider. In every situation, it is important to inform the medical professional that your injury or illness occurred at work. The providers will then know to forward any bills to the insurer, instead of to you. 

If you retain Gilbert, Blaszcyk & Milburn, our attorneys can help you find an appropriate healthcare or diagnostic provider. 

Feel free to contact the law offices of Gilbert, Blaszcyk & Milburn for a free consultation on your possible claim.

[1] OSHA, Workplace Violence Prevention, https://www.osha.gov/dte/grant_materials/fy10/sh-20865-10/08_workplace_violence_2012.ppt

0

Volunteer Firefighters and Ambulance Workers

Posted On: July 12, 2018

Volunteer Firefighters and Ambulance Workers  

New York State Workers’ Compensation law covers all New York State volunteer firefighters and most New York State volunteer ambulance workers. Volunteer ambulance companies that are not under contract with New York State or a political subdivision (county, city, town, etc) are not required to have workers’ compensation insurance, but may provide optional coverage. 

If you are a volunteer firefighter or volunteer ambulance worker who has been injured or become ill in the line of duty, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. If you are unsure if your circumstance would be considered “in the line of duty”, you may call any of our offices to set up a free consultation and be advised on your rights. 

Feel free to contact the law offices of Gilbert, Blaszcyk & Milburn for a free consultation on your possible claim.

0