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Did you receive a brain injury in the workplace?

Workplace injuries are supposed to be fully covered by workers' compensation insurance. However, for injured workers to claim their full benefits, they need to understand the nature of their injuries and the ways that those injuries are diagnosed. That way they can be sure they have all the medical substantiation of their conditions necessary to meet the requirements in the law. Most of the time, this is not a difficult task to achieve, because most injuries are fairly apparent. Even when they involve internal damage, such as when an organ is injured, typical symptoms tend to be easy for injured workers to identify and seek help with. Brain injuries are a little bit different.

Shift work associated with several diseases

Maryland shift workers might suffer from sleep disorders that could lead to other diseases. According to a recent study, night shift workers have a higher risk of both strokes and myocardial infarctions. The disruption to circadian rhythms caused by shift work has also been linked to a higher incidence of breast cancer in some studies. There may also be a link between shift work and both colorectal cancer and prostate cancer.

Klumpke's palsy may be related to negligent delivery

Maryland children may suffer from Klumpke's palsy if some of their brachial plexus nerves were damaged during birth. The lowest two brachial plexus nerves are responsible for movement of the hands and forearms, and damage to these nerves can cause paralysis in those areas. Some children with Klumpke's palsy also experience paralysis in the flexors that control their wrists.

U.S. construction workers at risk for strains, sprains

Though safety has improved over the last 25 years, construction workers in Maryland and across the United States are still at significant risk for strains and sprains. A study on the subject was published in early January in Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

Trespassers and premises liability

Although Maryland property owners may try to secure their land to the best of their ability, there may be some issues that still need to be considered. Trespassers tend to proceed regardless of signs warning them of danger. When they injure themselves, a property owner may still be held accountable based on the circumstance.

Accidental falls and prolonged suspension

Although personal protective equipment may initially provide adequate fall arrest protection for workers who perform job duties from heights, the onset of suspension trauma may present within minutes of the occurrence of an incident. In such situations, the danger of orthostatic intolerance is real, and workers in Maryland and other states across the nation may want to consider the potential implications of this serious risk to their health before a fall does occur.

Know the facts about dog bites and kids

Accidents are a part of life, especially when you are trying to raise a family. Part of learning how to take care of your loved ones is learning how to see warning signs that help you to avert accidents as often as possible. Another big part, though, is learning how to deal with accidents after they happen and how to help your loved ones heal and get back on their feet. That's why it is essential to be prepared for common mishaps like car accidents and animal bites.

Speeding, improper passing causes wreck

Four people in Maryland were injured in a crash on Jan. 1. The accident occurred in Harwood at around 2:00 p.m. at Mill Swamp Road and Solomons Island Road when a Lothian man driving an SUV reportedly tried to pass vehicles. The man lost control and drove into the grass next to the street before returning to the road, crossing the center line and hitting a 2007 Mercedes Benz E550 traveling north.

U.S. mining deaths drop in 2016

Miners in Maryland may be interested to learn that work-related deaths in their industry decreased nationwide in 2016. There were 25 miners who died in the U.S. in 2016. According to the U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration, there were 29 mining deaths in 2015.

Ski lifts could pose a safety threat to resort visitors

Sports enthusiasts in Maryland and around the country may be alarmed to learn that many of the nation's winter resorts have ski lifts in service that are nearing or have exceeded their intended lifespans. A new quad-chair ski lift can cost resorts upwards of $3 million to install, so lifts installed in the 1970s and 1980s are still in use in many parts of the country. These ski lifts were designed to last for between 20 and 30 years.

Lawsuit against Apple claims FaceTime caused car accident

People who use smartphones while driving in Maryland and other states may be affected if a lawsuit filed against Apple succeeds in setting a legal precedent to hold companies accountable if they fail to use their technologies to improve safety. Apple, the owner of FaceTime, is being sued over a fatal car collision that occurred in 2014. The driver responsible for the auto accident was using FaceTime at the time of the crash.

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