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How big a risk does asbestos pose?

If you work construction or a variety of other jobs, your job could be harming your health without your even realizing it. How? You could be inhaling asbestos fibers emitted from the materials with which you work.

FindLaw explains that asbestos fiber inhalation over a period of years can cause such incurable diseases as mesothelomia and asbestosis. The former is an aggressive form of cancer; the latter is a serious lung disease.

Does Workers Compensation Insurance cover Coronavirus exposures?

The North Carolina Workers Compensation Act is primarily geared towards compensating injuries by accident suffered at the work place, or a certain few listed occupational diseases like Asbestosis. For conditions which are not listed in the statute, North Carolina first asks whether the occupational disease is caused by conditions which are characteristic of the job. Secondly, North Carolina asks whether the worker was at an increased risk of being exposed to the dangerous conditions, versus someone in the general public.

Hit by a truck? Get compensated for your spinal injury

You were driving on your way to a client's house for work when the unexpected happened: A truck heading your way didn't stop for a red light, and it plowed straight into your driver's side door. Your vehicle spun several times, and you found that you couldn't get out of your vehicle once it came to a stop. You also noticed that you couldn't feel your lower abdomen or legs.

You were rushed to the hospital where tests revealed that you had suffered from spinal fractures down your lower back. Several vertebra had been broken, which led to pressure on your spinal nerves. This is why you couldn't feel anything.

What resuming work means for a person's SSD benefits

Social security disability benefits can provide significant support to people in North Carolina who have been disabled to the extent that working is no longer an option. Whether or not this suspension is temporary or permanent, injured persons will need to file an application with the Social Security Administration and wait for approval before benefits will begin. 

Once approved, the Social Security Administration requires people to notify them if they are able to return to work. People who resume their job responsibilities without notifying the SSA and continue to collect their disability benefits are at risk of getting into legal trouble. Once people have been cleared by their employer to return to work, they should immediately notify the SSA. Other situations that require them to communicate developments to the SSA include if they need modifications or support to do their job as a result of their disability or if the nature of their responsibilities and how much they are paid has changed in regards to their disability. 

How should you notify your employer of a safety concern?

Anytime you are preparing to bring up a concern to your employer, you may be feeling uneasy about how to approach your concern without sounding whiny. When the topic you wish to discuss is in relation to your safety in the workplace, understanding how to phrase your concern in a tactful manner can help you to be more genuine and confident in your conversation. 

Safety concerns are generally of utmost importance to a majority of employers and your workplace is probably not much different. The instant you recognize a hazard that you foresee impacting your safety, you should bring it to the attention of a superior. According to simplifiedsafety.com, sometimes, your hunch may require you to do a little digging before you claim that the hazard is indeed a threat. Prematurely jumping to conclusions can cause unnecessary panic, but also withdraw attention from meaningful matters of business. When you have adequate evidence to establish credibility, people may be a lot more interested in listening and acting. 

The power of asking questions at your doctor's appointment

When you are preparing to go visit your doctor in North Carolina, one of the best things you can do is to write down any questions that come to your mind. Walking into your appointment with a clear picture of what you wish to discuss can not only optimize the time you spend with your doctor, but it can enable you to verbalize your concerns with confidence that you have not forgotten anything important. Establishing open communication with your doctor can protect you and encourage accountability from your doctor. 

The information you give to your doctor should be as thorough as possible. For example, if you have been experiencing symptoms, track when you are experiencing them and for how long. Make a comprehensive list of any medications you are taking and disclose how long you have been taking them for. Provide an honest and thorough health history. All of this information is critical to your doctor's ability to provide an accurate and timely diagnosis. 

Hidden internal bleeding and organ damage after a car accident

 

Experiencing a car accident is often frightening and harmful for victims, and may lead to fatal injuries that a victim does not feel until they are already in great danger. If you or someone you love recently experienced a car accident, it is very important to see a doctor for a complete medical assessment. Even if you do not feel pain or see signs of an injury after a car accident, you may have hidden, life-threatening injuries.

Can a car crash paralyze you?

Unfortunately, motor vehicle accidents represent the number one cause of spinal cord injuries in the U.S. Should you damage your spinal cord during a car crash, the result could be partial or total paralysis.

The Mayo Clinic explains that your central nervous system extends from your brainstem to your lower back and contains your spinal cord, the nerves that extend from it, and the vertebrae that surround it. Its purpose is to allow messages to pass back and forth from your brain to the rest of your body. When it becomes injured, the messages cannot get through and you consequently lose most, if not all, of your ability to feel and voluntarily move below your point of injury.

Could you avoid a wrong-way collision?

Statistically, there is no deadlier type of motor vehicle accident on a highway or interstate than a head-on collision. Physics dictates that the impact is far greater from the energy generated by the two vehicles traveling at speed than it would be if one driver hit a stationary item.

Another reason why these interstate collisions so often prove to be fatal for the occupants is that they can be impossible to avoid on an interstate where the drivers literally have nowhere to go to avoid the oncoming wrong-way driver. Unlike on a street or country back road where one driver could take a ditch or veer off the road onto a sidewalk or grassy area, they are literally trapped in their lane of traffic with another vehicle speeding towards them.

What is take-home toxic exposure?

If you work with or around toxic materials or substances, you know you need to protect yourself from toxic exposure. But did you know that your family can also be at risk? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns that you can unknowingly carry toxins with you on your clothing, shoes, even your hair or skin. Once in your home, they can disperse throughout it, putting your family at risk of illness.

This type of toxic exposure, known as take-home toxic exposure, poses a substantial risk to your family’s health. Unfortunately, your children are most at risk because they tend to put things in their mouths. In addition, your very young children crawl around the floor where toxins can hide in carpeting, rugs and the dust that inevitably accumulates.

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