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Navigating the Complexities of your Workers' Compensation Claim - Connecticut

I was injured at work.  There was a witness.  My contact at human resources assisted me with completing an incident report.  I was on the clock and on the employer's premises when I was injured.  Why won't the insurance company pay my benefits?  Why am I waiting for medical treatment to be authorized? 

What appear to be the most frequently asked questions by injured workers immediately following a work injury become increasingly more difficult to answer as time moves on during the pendency of a claim. The Workers' Compensation Act has evolved a long way since its' inception in 1913. However, several themes remain true and stand the test of time.

Safely setting a ladder starts with a firm foundation

When setting a ladder, there's nothing more important than finding a firm foundation. If you neglect to do this, you greatly increase the risk of an accident.

Here are four tips you can follow to ensure that you safely set your ladder:

  • Avoid soft surfaces: If you place a ladder on a soft surface, there's a greater chance it will shift once you put your weight on it.
  • Don't lean your ladder: Rather than lean your ladder against a structure, such as a building, use all four legs. If the ladder is meant to lean, be sure the structure is secure and stable.
  • Don't place a ladder on another object: For example, you may get the idea to place a step ladder on a box to increase its height. It sounds harmless enough, but it can compromise your balance.
  • Watch for slopes: When working outdoors, it's not always easy to find a flat spot to place your ladder. You must watch for slopes, as the higher you go on the ladder the greater chance there is that it will tip.

What are the causes and symptoms of internal bleeding?

Internal bleeding can result from any type of serious physical injury. Since it's not always possible to see, it's important to understand the most common causes and symptoms.

Generally speaking, internal bleeding is caused by:

  • Blunt force trauma: This occurs when a body party collides with an object with great force. For example, a large piece of equipment striking you on a job site. When this happens, blood vessels can be crushed or torn, resulting in internal bleeding.
  • Penetrating trauma: If an object penetrates the body, such as a power tool, blood vessels can suffer damage.

Take these steps if you’re injured on the job

Even though you have no intention of suffering an on-the-job injury, this could happen at any time. It doesn't matter if you work in a dangerous field or sit at your desk all day, you never know what will happen.

There are some key steps to take if you suffer an on-the-job injury:

  • Obtain first aid: It doesn't matter if you treat yourself or ask others for help, it's imperative to treat your injuries as quickly as possible. Furthermore, make sure you call for an ambulance if you require transportation to a local hospital.
  • Notify your company: Let your employer know how the accident occurred, where it occurred and what type of injuries you're dealing with. It's important to do this as soon as possible, as you want to make it clear that your injuries occurred at work.
  • Follow the advice of your medical team: Depending on your injuries, you may not be able to immediately return to work. Your doctor may suggest that you take time away in order to recover. This is particularly true if you work in a physically demanding field.

A broken rib is a serious injury

Not only can a broken rib cause pain and discomfort, but a lack of medical treatment can result in additional problems in the future. This is why you need immediate treatment should you have reason to believe you're dealing with this injury.

The most common symptoms of a broken rib include:

  • Pain when you touch the rib
  • Chest discomfort, especially when breathing deeply
  • Worsening pain when you turn your body
  • Pain when you laugh or cough

Do you know how to treat whiplash?

Although whiplash is typically associated with car accidents, this injury can result from any type of impact that causes your head and neck to jerk. With stretching and tearing of your muscles and tendons, there's a good chance you'll experience immediate pain and discomfort.

Some other symptoms of whiplash include:

  • Decreased range of motion
  • Tightness in and around the neck area
  • Tenderness
  • Headaches, particularly at the base of the skull

First responders and work comp: 3 things to know

With some jobs, it’s deceptively easy to think there is little risk of injury or illness. You go to work, do the job and leave.

As a first responder, you know that isn’t true for you. The usual hazards are there, every day. And you can’t predict all the potential dangers you will encounter – including lingering emotional effects from responding to horrific situations.

Indoor slip-and-fall accidents can happen at any time

If you work indoors, you may never think twice about being part of a slip-and-fall accident. You assume that the floors are clean and clear, allowing you to make it through your day without incident.

Unfortunately, this doesn't necessarily hold true. You could be part of an indoor slip-and-fall accident for many reasons, including the following:

  • Wet spots: There are many causes of wet floors, ranging from rainwater from the outside to the use of too much cleaner.
  • Debris: It only takes one piece of debris, such as a newspaper, to cause a slip-and-fall accident.
  • The use of too much polish: There are many benefits of floor polish, but too much of this can result in a slick surface that reduces traction.
  • Torn or worn carpet: For example, if a piece of carpet is torn and sticking up from the rest, it can act as a trip hazard.
  • Missing or damaged step: Either of these things makes it more difficult to navigate a set of stairs, especially in the event that you're not paying close attention to every move you make.

What should you do after a kneecap dislocation?

A kneecap dislocation can result in many problems, ranging from extreme pain to the inability to walk. It's critical to receive immediate care after this injury, as it's the only way you'll know exactly what you need to do to heal.

After an exam, your doctor will order an X-ray or MRI to get a better look at your kneecap. More specifically, they'll check to make sure the bone did not break and that there is no additional damage to the surrounding area.

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