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Health care's dirty little secret: Violence against nurses

Being a nurse is a tough but often rewarding occupation. Those who choose it understand they will make sacrifices and face risks as a result. As a nurse, you may have believed that the injuries or illnesses you suffer would come from lifting patients, accidentally pricking yourself with a needle, or exposure to biological materials or bloodborne pathogens.

All of these scenarios and more do happen, but most nurses either fail to understand or choose to ignore another threat to their health and welfare -- violence from patients and visitors. It happens more often than anyone wants to admit. Understanding the scope of the problem could help keep you safe.

DOL rule changes could impact retired nuclear workers

It is true that some work industries are more dangerous than others. And, because of these known risks, workers are often aware of the harm they could suffer. Even with this knowledge and safety measures in place, workers could still suffer workplace illnesses.

According to reports, recent changes to the Department of Labor rules could result in significant issues for retired nuclear workers in Ohio and elsewhere. Many of these workers developed serious illnesses as a result of continuous and daily exposure to chemicals and materials in the workplace. However, these changes could create hardship for these retired workers seeking healthcare.

Asbestos exposure and workplace illnesses

Workers in Ohio and elsewhere can encounter a wide range of risks in the workplace. For some, the greatest risk may be what a worker is breathing in. It may not be immediately apparent that an individual is breathing in something harmful. However, over time, a worker could develop a serious workplace illness. Being exposed to asbestos over time, for example, could result in serious harm to a worker, even causing them to no longer be able to work while undergoing medical treatment.

Currently, scientists have linked more than a dozen types of medical conditions to asbestos exposure. There are some, such as mesothelioma and lung cancer, that have a confirmed and direct connection with asbestos exposure. Other conditions, such as COPD and kidney cancer, are not caused directly by asbestos. Nonetheless, scientists believe that asbestos exposure increases the risk of developing these and other conditions.

What is "compassionate allowance"?

When our readers think of a serious illness, they probably think of a person being diagnosed suddenly then going through a long battle with treatment. However, in some cases, the condition is so severe that a person does not have a long fight, as they may not have much time. A sudden diagnosis of a serious medical condition can impact individuals in Ohio and elsewhere in more than a few ways. While a person's health is depreciating, it can be difficult and likely impossible to work. This can add to an already challenging time where medical bills are accumulating. This is where a "compassionate allowance" can come into play.

What is compassionate allowance? The Social Security Administration designed this program to help streamline the approval process for those living with serious medical conditions. These conditions are so severe that they meet the SSA's standard and definition of disability, allowing them to secure Social Security Disability benefits. Because it is clear that these applicants have a disease or condition that clearly meets the definition, the wait time can be significantly reduced in these maters.

Securing workers' comp after a construction accident

Whether it is road construction, repairs, a home being built or a commercial construction project, construction worksites of all sizes can be seen throughout Ohio. In most cases, sites will include ladders, scaffoldings, machinery and tools. While workers are trained to handle these items, accident could happen. While minor incidents may occur, a worker could suffer severe injuries in the event of a construction accident.

When a construction worker suffers an injury in a work incident, the one thing they should be worried about is resting and recovering. Unfortunately, injured workers are often focused on how they will pay for medical bills and rehabilitation while away from work. This can be an emotional and challenging time.

Musculoskeletal injuries plague nurses after lifting patients

You got into nursing to help people. Perhaps you knew that you would be moving patients around but failed to properly consider the impact it would have on you.

The medical facility in which you work should provide you with the equipment and assistance necessary to lift patients without causing you injury, but things don't always work out as planned. For this reason, musculoskeletal injuries plague the health care industry.

Dealing with depression at work

Dealing with depression can be taxing and it can feel lonely. However, people suffering from depression should know that they are not alone. In fact, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America over 16 million Americans struggle with depression.

The majority of these Americans are in their prime working years, and depression can interfere with one's ability to work. In some cases, conditions at work can themselves contribute to clinical depression.

Road construction worker struck and killed in Ohio

Although they may not be found as frequently during the winter months, individuals in Ohio can encounter construction sites year-round. Whether it is a private or public dwelling or building or road construction, construction sites can be large and have many working parts. This could give rise to heavy machinery use, workers working near automobile traffic and other dangerous conditions. Although construction workers are aware of the risks involved in this industry, when a construction accident does occur the workers and their loved ones are usually not prepared for the aftermath of the incident.

According to reports, a motorist was recently charged following a fatal accident in a construction zone. The accident took place back in 2018 and, following investigation, a male driver was charged with two counts of aggravated homicide after hitting and killing a 42-year-old male construction worker.

How can you improve your chances for SSD approval?

It is hard to not notice the money going into Social Security. Each paycheck shows these deductions, and workers in Ohio and elsewhere know that this money will be available to them in the future if they are rendered disabled due to an injury or medical condition. However, many individuals living with a disability may not immediately enjoy these benefits, as roughly two-thirds of the initial claims filed for Social Security Disability benefits are denied each year.

How can you improve your chances for SSD approval? Many denials are due to incomplete information or not enough documents that help prove that a person is suffering from a disability which is expected to last at least 12 months or result in death. Thus, the first step to increase the odds of being approved is ensuring eligibility for these benefits.

Workers' compensation and scaffolding accidents

Things are constantly being built up and repaired all around us. This makes the construction industry a vital one, but it is also an industry that requires workers to have the proper training and skills to carryout the job. Even more so, it is an industry that requires employers to comply with regulations, provide training and safety equipment and take steps following a workplace accident. When a construction accident does occur, it is important to understand what a person can do to overcome the damages caused by the incident.

Across the nation, there are roughly 2.3 million construction workers. This means that thousands of workers in Ohio and elsewhere are faced with a multitude of dangers when it comes to working at heights or level ground at a construction site. With regards to scaffolding accidents, this amounts to roughly 60 deaths and 4,500 injuries each year.