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Head injuries at work can cause permanent disability

There are numerous ways in which you can sustain serious, even severe head injuries while at work. You could suffer a slip-and-fall accident, smacking your head against the floor or a wall. Something could fall from a shelf and hit you on the head. Machinery could back into you or knock you down. If you drive for your job, the potential for a serious automobile accident is a real concern. For those working in Connecticut, the risk of a workplace injury is higher than the national average.

After suffering a head injury at work, you may feel tempted to brush it off, but doing so could prove to be a major mistake. Any time your head is struck or injured, you should make a point of filing an accident report with your employer. That way, you can ensure that if symptoms develop, you have the ability to file a claim for workers' compensation.

Injured workers are using less opioids, study finds

Opioid-derived medications have long been used to treat workers suffering from chronic pain conditions as a result of their injuries. The story might go something like this:

A construction worker falls off a scaffold at work and suffers a severe back injury. The back injury leads to a chronic pain condition, so a doctor describes a strong pain medication like Oxycontin to help the injured worker cop with the pain. Due to the highly addictive nature of Oxycontin, as an opioid drug, the worker develops an addiction to the medicine and the addiction literally destroys his life, his ability to work and he is ruined because of it.

Don’t settle for less with workers’ compensation

When you suffer an injury on the job, workers' compensation insurance steps in to help you recover and get back to work — but does your employer's insurance provider really have your best interests at the forefront of its priorities?

Almost certainly it does not. This is not to say that workers' compensation is always bad or that all insurance providers actively seek to underpay workers who suffer injuries, but every insurer is a business with a bottom line to consider.

Hurt on the job? These 3 workers' compensation benefits help

As someone who enjoys your work, the last thing you expected was to suffer an injury. You've excelled in your field and know what to do to stay safe, but you could never have expected your coworker to make an error that would result in your injury.

Fortunately, there is workers' compensation for people in your situation. With this coverage, you receive many different benefits that can help you get back to work after you get the medical care you need.

5 of the deadliest jobs in the country

You got laid off when your previous company downsized, and you've just been offered a new job. Your first considerations are things like wages and hours, of course, but you also find yourself wondering what the risks look like. How dangerous would it be to start a new career? If the risk is too great, do you want to wait for the next offer?

It's a valid question, though one that workers often don't ask until they get hurt; families can also find themselves reading the statistics for the first time after a loved one -- and the main earner for the family -- is killed. To learn where you stand in advance, take a look at five of the deadliest jobs.

Injured on the job? Here's what you should know

In the construction industry, a job-related accident has a high risk of occurrence. Every time you step on to the job site, you are in danger of falling in a hole or being hit by an airborne object. Imagine what would happen if the scaffolding gave out beneath you one day. The consequences could be devastating.

Whether you are involved in a severe accident or you simply hit your thumb with a hammer and need stitches, you may be entitled to receive workers' compensation benefits. An experienced personal injury attorney in the Shelton area can help you through the entire process of filing a claim to appealing a denial of benefits. Read further for an overview of Connecticut workers' compensation laws.

Beware of the danger of working in trenches

Construction workers and manual laborers in Connecticut who work in and around trenches should know about the on-the-job dangers to which they are exposed. During the past decade, according to data supplied by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, on average, 35 workers across the nation died in excavation or trench cave-ins each year.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health states that one cubic yard of dirt can weigh over one-and-a-half tons. It's easy to see how workers can get buried alive in the blink of an eye in a trench collapse.

What expenses does workers' compensation cover in Connecticut?

If you have recently suffered an injury at work, you may be wondering what benefits workers' compensation can offer you. Whether you suffered an injury in a slip and fall accident or lost a limb in a manufacturing environment, workers' compensation can help you during your recovery.

Traumatic injuries are not the only kind covered. Work-related illnesses and long-term issues, such as repetitive stress injuries, are also covered by workers' compensation insurance. If you aren't sure if your work injury meets criteria for workers' compensation, speaking with an experienced attorney is wise.

Workplace injuries in Connecticut higher than national average

According to recent statistics from University of Connecticut Health, work-related injuries and illnesses in Connecticut are more prevalent than the national average. Not only that, but it's been that way for the last seven years, and it's getting worse. Workplace injuries and illnesses have risen 8 percent since the previous year that statistics were available.

The ability to compare state workers' compensation numbers from around the United States has only been available for the last seven years. During each of these years, Connecticut has had greater than average workplace illness and injury statistics. The professor who authored the study says he's troubled by the fact that Connecticut has such a bad track record. He says that employers in Connecticut need to use the knowledge more effectively to prevent illnesses and injuries.

4 accident types most likely to kill construction workers

There are four accidents types that are most commonly associated with fatalities in the construction industry. Construction workers must be extra careful when they are working to avoid these types of accidents. If these four types of accidents were prevented, 545 worker lives could be saved each year in this country. These four accident types are falls, electrocutions, struck by objects, and caught in or between.

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