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Stanislaus County Workers' Compensation Law Blog

Understanding different types of bone fractures

When someone says that they broke their arm at work, what does that really mean? We often use the word "broken" as a description for an injury. However, there are many different types of fractures. They all come with different levels of pain, treatment methods and healing times.

These factors are very important when considering your rights to financial compensation, so it's important to take a look at some of the differences. You need to know exactly what kind of injury you have, what to expect and what rights you have. A few different types of fractures include:

  • A stress fracture: This is a thin, hairline crack that runs through the bone.
  • An oblique fracture: One of the more serious types, this is when the break in the bone moves at an angle, not straight across that bone.
  • A compound fracture: This just means that the broken end of the bone protrudes through the skin. It can lead to bleeding, infections and other complications.
  • A buckle fracture: This happens when bones that are near each other collide, such as when a hard impact drives a lower leg bone up into a higher one.
  • A greenstick fracture: This little-known fracture happens when the bone actually does not break completely, but just bends.
  • A comminuted fracture: This means that the bone shattered, to a degree, snapping into multiple pieces. It could happen with a crushing injury, for instance.

What is retreat mining, and why is it dangerous?

Mining is undoubtedly dangerous work, but some tactics are riskier than others. When you look at stories of previous mine collapses, you can see what methods put miners in harm's way.

One of the standard tactics for mining coal is called "room-and-pillar" mining or the "room-and-pillar method." Essentially, it means extracting coal from the ground in a way that creates a cavern -- the "room" -- and leaves pillars of coal behind. These pillars then help to support the roof and allow people to work within the room until the supply is exhausted, or it is time to move on.

Avoid office-related back injuries with the following tips

You might think that your office job is the safest occupation that exists, and there's little chance you'll suffer from a work-related injury. However, the inactivity and lack of movement caused by sitting at a desk all day can result in serious health conditions -- particularly related to your back.

You may be experiencing neck or back pain in your office job already, or you might know of a coworker who does. Either way, here are some useful back injury prevention tips:

Common head injuries suffered on the job

Going to work each day is something millions of Americans do without worry about suffering an injury. The sad fact of the matter is that many Americans get injured on the job every year, and it happens at jobs that don't seem to be dangerous. Today, we will take a look at the common head injuries suffered on the job in Stanislaus, California.

One of the most common head injuries suffered on the job is a blow to the head. This occurs when an object strikes you in the head but doesn't cause an open wound. This blow to the head can be from falling objects, equipment or colliding with a co-worker.

What protective gear do construction workers need?

Many on-the-job injuries happen because workers do not have the proper protective gear. In some cases, this is the fault of the employer for not providing the equipment and following safety guidelines. In other cases, it is the fault of the employees for not adhering to those regulations.

Either way, safety starts with knowing what gear to wear. Here are a few recommendations from safety specialists at Princeton University:

  • Hearing protection, such as earplugs or earmuffs
  • Protective gloves
  • Splash goggles for those working with liquids and chemicals
  • Full face shields for those who are chipping, grinding or cutting
  • Breathing masks and other types of respiratory protection
  • Protective clothing for welders, such as durable pants, coats and face shields
  • Fire resistant clothing for welding or live electrical work
  • Fall protection equipment for those working at heights for anyone over six feet from the ground

Car accidents during work and the scope of your employment

Many people assume that you are covered under workers' compensation for injuries in a car accident as long as you are on the clock when the accident occurred. If you get into an accident, you get compensation for medical bills, lost wages and other such costs. It's the same as if you got hurt falling off of a ladder or using power tools.

Right?

Tips for living after an amputation

An amputation injury at work can change your life forever. It's one of the most severe injuries you can ever suffer, and it can lead to a permanent disability. It's all too common in industries using power tools, hydraulic presses and other heavy equipment.

If you do suffer such a serious injury, though, you can move forward with your life. Here are some tips that can help you develop the right mindset:

  • Understand that life will be different now. Instead of lamenting about the change, accept it and adapt. This does take time, and that's all right.
  • Get the help that you need. This starts with medical treatment, but it also includes care and assistance from your loved ones. Let them help you. Build a strong support system. You don't have to do this alone.
  • Stay positive. Do not think only of what you have lost or what life used to be like. Focus on what your life can become and what you need to do to get where you want to be.
  • Look into home updates and remodeling options. You will be surprised by how much easier these changes can make your life. Don't put yourself in an overly stressful, difficult situation just for the sake of keeping the home the same.
  • Talk to your doctors about all of your options. Explore everything they tell you. Every situation is different, and you need to find the treatment and long-term solutions that are right for you.

3 injured when rebar tower collapses

Three people were hurt in California when a rebar tower apparently collapsed without warning. Reports claim that the tower weighed around 1,000 pounds. While all three people did survive the collapse, the injuries to at least one person are considered critical.

It appears that three men were at the construction site before 9:00 a.m., and they were working to wrap the tower when it fell. This marks the second time in the last four months that a worker suffered a serious injury on this specific site, which is eventually going to be a mixed-use building. It will have 158 condos, office space and retail space.

Why can your workers' compensation be denied?

You know that you have a dangerous job working in the construction industry. You constantly work around heavy machinery, you work at heights and you work with power tools. Accidents happen. You have seen people suffer serious and even life-threatening injuries.

That's why you are happy that you have a safety net in the form of workers' compensation. If you do get hurt on the job, at least you know that your medical bills and other costs will get taken care of. You have a family to support, after all. You need to know that a simple accident at work will not make that impossible.

4 symptoms that may come with a spinal compression fracture

A compression fracture in your spine is likely going to lead to some serious back pain. For some, this is a sharp and sudden pain at the time of injury. For others, the pain slowly gets worse over time and will never go away. No matter what, it is important to seek proper medical attention. A spinal compression fracture is nothing to take lightly.

Now, back pain itself can have many sources, so how do you know if you're dealing with a compression fracture? There are four specific symptoms that may indicate it. They are:

  1. A slight loss in height. If your spine compresses enough, you could actually appear shorter than you have been in the past.
  2. A curve in your spine. This could also lead to the loss of height noted above. It may give you a slightly stooped shape.
  3. Difficulty twisting and bending. Even actions that do not seem all that complicated could suddenly become nearly impossible for you to do.
  4. Pain that subsides when you are lying down, but that gets worse any time you are on your feet. Your own weight pushing down on the compression fracture makes the pain worse. Lying down shifts that weight so that you don't feel it as keenly, though the injury is still there.
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