Unlike spinal cord injuries and catastrophic injuries to limbs, which have a visible impact on a victim, the effects of a serious traumatic brain injury (TBI) are often invisible. However, they can have severe, even lifelong consequences for the victim. While motor vehicle accidents are among the leading cause of TBI, long-term damage to the brain can result from any blow to the head or problems resulting from a cut-off of oxygen; including birth injuries to the baby or problems under general anesthesia.
Safety authorities believe hospital safety awareness nationwide, including in California, focuses mainly on patients and not enough on employees. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says working in a hospital is the most dangerous occupation in the country. A safety consultant says the areas of most concern are bloodborne pathogen risks, workplace violence, back injuries and other musculoskeletal workplace injuries.
Disabled workers in the United States are protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) that became law in 1990. Its passage was designed to try to level the playing field for workers with disabilities.
The number of injuries that follow falls in the workplace remains a concern nationwide. However, the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health has established more stringent safety rules than other states to address the prevalence of falls from heights. These state-specific requirements aim to implement measures in all workplaces to combat slip, trip and fall accidents and the workplace injuries they cause.
After a work injury, you should receive medical benefits that cover all the costs of your injury with no co-pay or deductible. If your injury keeps you from working for a significant amount of time, you should also receive temporary disability benefits. Those will replace a portion of your paycheck.
Construction workers in California face so many hazards that they might not always take the necessary precautions. Some incidents that cause occupational injuries might not even be considered as potential risks. This often applies to cases in which workplace accidents are caused by third parties with no links to the same employer.
When people think of workplace injuries, they commonly imagine catastrophic accidents. While it is true that anticipated events at work, such as malfunctioning machinery or a backfiring tool, can lead to severe injuries, sometimes workers end up hurt without any major triggering event. In fact, some of the most debilitating and painful work-related injuries don't occur as the result of trauma.