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Sustaining a musculoskeletal injury as a CNA

As a home health worker, you’re accustomed to caring for others and assisting with their day-to-day activities. But, since your workplace injury, the roles have reversed and now you’re the one in need of care. After lifting a patient, you are beginning to wonder if you’ve sustained a musculoskeletal injury. As of right now, you may have more questions than answers.

Here’s a brief overview of musculoskeletal injuries and how workers’ compensation benefits can help you to obtain relief.

Staying safe during the fruit harvest

Fruit picking may not be a glamorous job. But it’s one that pays the bills; especially when you’re eager to prove yourself.

Harvesting fruit can be a dangerous job to begin with, but you wouldn’t take the job if it didn’t seem worth it. Now, there’s a whole list of demands and quotas that you’re not sure you can make, and any shortcut to get there, seems like it might be a good option.

Proper lifting technique to prevent back injury for nurses

Did you know that hospital workers miss more work due to injury than construction workers? While commonly overlooked, nurses face severe back and spine injuries with alarming regularity.

While back injuries occur due to many factors, lifting patients is one of the greatest causes. In recent years, hospitals have cut back on staff or failed to implement proper safety equipment or training in efforts to cut costs. These actions place nurses at a higher risk for accident and injury. What should nurses know about proper lifting technique to protect their back health?

EMS workers face injury while treating others’ injuries

In emergency situations, the public relies on emergency medical services (EMS) workers to arrive at the scene and treat any injuries. EMS workers play a crucial role in providing first aid, urgent medical care and transporting patients to hospitals and other facilities. Many of the people who have had their injuries treated my emergency medical personnel rarely consider that these workers often face serious injury themselves—especially while on the job.

Like any other occupation, working in emergency medical services poses the risk of injury and illness. The CDC reports that emergency medical services has a higher rate of work-related injuries than the general workforce. In fact, last year more than 22,000 EMS workers visited emergency medical services for work-related injuries.

Are workers’ compensation programs getting a bad rap?

Prompted by deficit concerns and certain highly publicized fraud investigations, conservative commentators have attacked various benefits programs in recent years. Workers’ compensation programs are not immune from such posturing. Indeed, a recent article characterized this perception as the “myth” of workers’ compensation fraud.

Studies affirm the integrity of workers’ compensation programs

Erika Alverson Has Been Nominated and Accepted as 2017 AIOLC's 10 Best Workers' Compensation Attorney in Colorado For Client Satisfaction

The American Institute Of Legal Counsel has recognized the exceptional performance of Colorado'sWorkers' Compensation Attorney Erika Alverson as 2017 10 Best Legal Counsel for Client Satisfaction. 

PTSD soon to be covered by workers’ comp in Colorado

 

Deputy Sheriff Zackari Spurloff was killed in the line of duty on New Years’ Eve. Spurloff responded to a call in which gunman Matthew Riehl shot over 100 bullets at responding officers before being taken down by the SWAT team. The deadly altercation lasted over ninety minutes.

Alverson & O'Brien talk Workers' Compensation on this week's Colorado CLE Podcast

Erika Alverson & Matt O'Brien were guests on the Colorado CLE Podcast this week. In this episode, the group talks about Workers' Compensation Law in Colorado. Learn about how filing a Workers' Compensation claim works and what sort of compensation you could expect based on your situation.

Why injured employees should wait to return to work

An accident can cause you to miss work while you heal. The waiting period can sometimes be the most painful part of the process. You might be the kind of person who needs to feel productive. Alternatively, you might worry about losing income and paying for medical fees.

However, you should give yourself plenty of time to rest so that your body can recover. For certain injuries, you might do more damage if you try to rush the healing process.

Simple injuries at work can onset serious pain syndromes

Fast forward a few weeks after a small injury at work - months later you are now in searing pain and doctors cannot find an answer. You feel burning hot all the time; even in chilly Colorado temperatures. You may be suffering from a case of Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), also called Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD).

These severe nerve conditions can occur from seemingly small injuries at work that pack a punch to your future. The medical world knows little about CRPS or RSD, so diagnosis and treatment are still relatively experimental. Anyone age 10 to 50 could develop the neurological disease - though it is slightly more common in women.

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