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Posted by on May 22, 2016 in Workers' Compensation | 0 comments

All You Need To Know About Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) can bring severe pain that usually affects the arms or legs. This usually results from malfunctions in the peripheral and central nervous system. According to the website of Williams Kherkher, while the condition can affect just one limb it can spread to other areas of the body. It may result from physical trauma and may bring life-altering changes for the individual.

Symptoms of CRPS may include the following:

  • Consistent burning or throbbing pain in the arm, leg, hand, or foot
  • Sensitivity to touch or cold
  • Swelling in the painful area
  • Changes in skin temperature– it may feel sweaty at times and cold in other times
  • Changes in skin color ranging from white and mottled to red or blue
  • Changes in the texture of the skin becoming tender, thin, or shiny in the painful area
  • Changes in the hair and nail growth
  • Stiffness in the joints, swelling and damage
  • Muscle spasms, weakness and loss
  • Decreased ability to move the affected body part

Bear in mind that the symptoms may change from time to time and from one person to another. Usually, pain, swelling, redness, and noticeable changes in temperature as well as hypersensitivity may occur first. If the pain has become too unbearable, it is time to consult your doctor to determine the cause. For complex regional pain syndrome, early treatment can prove crucial.

Complex regional pain syndrome has two types:

  • Type 1. Also called reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome, it takes place after an injury that does not directly damage the nerves in the affected limb. 9 out of 10 people with complex regional pain syndrome suffer from reflex sympathetic syndrome.
  • Type 2. Type 2 is often referred to as causalgia and follows after a distinct nerve injury.

When not treated right away, complex regional pain syndrome may lead to more debilitating conditions such as:

  • Tissue Wasting (Atrophy). Characterized by difficulty moving arm or leg or limb due to stiffness, it may lead to deterioration and weakening of the skin, bones, and muscles
  • Muscle Tightening. It may lead to the contraction of the hands and fingers on the foot into a fixed position
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Posted by on Feb 7, 2015 in Workers' Compensation | 0 comments

Workers Compensation: Living with Disfigurement

Everybody has skeletons in their closets – everyone harbors painful memories that they would soon rather forget. As they say: time heals all wounds. Not every wound, however, leaves without a mark and there is some heartache that chocolate can’t fix.

It can be difficult to live with your pain so decidedly tattooed upon you, allowing the general public to be aware of your vulnerabilities – and that is exactly what being disfigured does to the victim. A one-time accident causes a lifetime of pain due to the fact that the unfortunate party who bears the scars will have to carry the reminder of that traumatic experience on their shoulders, all the days of their lives. This can have serious repercussions on the mental and emotional stability on the person who must now bear the consequences of negligence that was not their own, as that is usually the origin of disfigurement cases from the work place.

Disfigurement is often one of the benefit claims that employees seek from their employers, according to the website of Hankey Law Office P.C., as can be consequences of accidents such as the ones that sometimes occur in construction sites, for example, but can occur anywhere else. The victim of the negligence-born circumstance is then eligible to receive due financial compensation and reimbursement for any medical procedures that are required from the incident that had occurred. In order for this to be claimed, however, the disfigurement must be blatantly visible and not so easily concealed by clothing – such as that of perhaps third degree burns, extreme lacerations, or even a debilitating limp. Scars that can be simply hidden, like maybe a cut on the abdomen or back, are not considered disfigurement cases.

There are many little subtleties that are in line with workers compensation claims that require medical attention. The legal procedures with which to go about the whole debacle can prove to be arduous and stressful work that is better suited to a practitioner of law who understands the language. After all, after having had suffered a disfigurement, you should only be thinking about recovering and getting better, allowing for yourself to be taken care of, following what can only be described as a horrible situation. Contact a lawyer in Indiana today in order to see if you are eligible for personal injury compensation.

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Posted by on Jan 23, 2014 in Personal Injury, Workers' Compensation | 0 comments

The Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) or the Right-to-Know Law

Work-related injuries always register a high rate of claims lawsuits every year in the United States. Before 1908, employees who sustained injuries during the performance of their job or who developed medical conditions due to exposure to improperly labeled or stored hazardous chemicals had to resort to filing a lawsuit against their employers just to avail of financial assistance that will help them get through financial worries. Employees, however, often lost in those lawsuits.

Industrial and agricultural workers are the ones who usually sustain injuries or develop medical conditions as they are the ones regularly exposed to dangerous equipment and hazardous chemicals. Hazardous chemicals, though, inflict harm that is not immediately obvious to exposed workers. The effect of inhaling the fumes of these chemicals is what is severely damaging as this can lead to different health conditions, such as skin rashes, poisoning, and liver, kidney or lung disease. Some of the chemicals which can cause these conditions are acid, disinfectants, caustic substances, paint, glue, pesticide, heavy metals, like lead, mercury, cadmium and aluminum, solvents and petroleum products.

In 1970 the Occupational Safety and Health Act was passed into law by the United States Congress. The Act, in turn, created the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) which would ensure that workers are protected from getting injured or developing illnesses during their employment.

Ten years after its creation, OSHA enacted the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS), which became effective in 1986 and which gave those who are exposed to dangerous chemicals in the workplace the right to know all about the hazards they were exposed to and how they can protect themselves from such hazards.

The HCS is otherwise called the Worker Right-to-Know Legislation or the Right-to-Know law. This law is now observed in all sectors to ensure the safety of all employees in the workplace. This law has, likewise, mandated importers and manufacturers of hazardous substances to attach warning labels and Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) on all of their products. Besides the words ‘hazardous,’ and ‘poisonous,’ other information that must be included are the product’s potential health effects, safe storage suggestions, emergency first aid instructions, precautions for use and numbers to be contacted for further information.

Besides the OSHA, other laws have also been passed by the US Congress to ensure that employees who still sustain injuries or develop diseases, especially lung diseases, in the workplace are no longer left with the possibility of financial crises. These laws include the Workers’ Compensation Benefit of 1908 and the Social Security Act of 1935; both laws are intended to provide immediate financial benefits to workers, covering wages lost, cost of medical treatment, disability or death.

An article posted in the website of Scudder & Hedrick, PLLC, says that causes of work-related illnesses are completely preventable and that lack of sufficient safety gears and safe workplace protocols is completely a lack of responsibility on the part of the employer. If injuries and illnesses remain prevalent in the workplace, then maybe it is only right that you let the authorities deal personally with your erring and uncaring employer.

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