Articles Tagged with Boston workers’ compensation

There are a lot of dangerous workplaces and types of occupations in Massachusetts.  Some of the jobs for which one might expect high injury rates are construction work in downtown Boston or commercial fishing in Gloucester.  While it is certainly more likely to get hurt in one of these traditionally dangerous occupations, a worker can be injured in any job, and the appropriate remedy is generally to file a claim for workers’ compensation.

canada-goose-1403007According to a recent news feature from the Tallahassee Democrat, a worker was injured when she was attacked by a goose.  Witnesses say that the victim was walking when she heard hissing and saw the goose come out of the bushes.  The goose continued to hiss at her and then began running towards her. Continue reading

A recent release from the Harvard School of Public Health News Service looks at a residency program designed to help injured workers, and those collecting workers’ compensation benefits in the greater Boston area get back on their feet and get back to work.worker3

According to the recent graduate who worked in rehabilitation program, helping injured workers recover to the point where they can get back to work helps not only with the injury that caused them to miss work, but also with their general health.  Continue reading

It is common to see someone wearing a brace on his or her hand or wrist and immediately assume that person suffers from carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS).  While everyone has heard of carpal tunnel syndrome, many people do not understand what exactly the condition is and that it is often a work-related injury that may make an employee eligible to receive workers’ compensation benefits.

mgyptbsThe carpal tunnel is an actual tunnel the protects a bundle of nerves running through the wrist and into the hand.  These nerves control the movement and use of the hand.  When a person is required to perform repetitive tasks that involve bending the wrists in unnatural positions, the carpal tunnel can become pinched, and this can result in the condition known as carpal tunnel syndrome. Continue reading

Vandenberg v. Dept. of Health & Social Services, a case from the Supreme Court of the State of Alaska, involved a nurse who suffered a permanent partial disability in a work-related injury.  Claimant injured her right shoulder as she was reaching for a laptop computer and bag of some sort while working for the department of health for the state of Alaska.

workAfter her shoulder injury, she missed over three months of work and then applied for what are known as reemployment benefits with her employer.  As part of this process, she was required to undergo a physical examination and evaluation.  At this evaluation, the staff doctor determined she had suffered a four percent total person disability.  This is a four percent disability after she had already completed surgery and occupational therapy. Continue reading

Chronic pain is one of the most common claims made to workers’ compensation carriers. There are often a range of treatments, including physical and occupational therapy and medication. pills1

But it’s the medication part that has raised concern over the last two decades. In particular, the prescription of opioid drugs. These are medications that relieve pain by lowering the intensity of pain signals reaching the brain. Some of the most common include Oxycontine (oxycodone), Percocet, Vicodin (hydrocodone), morphine and fentanyl.

These drugs do have a legitimate purpose for those who have suffered a work-related injury. However, problems have been known to arise when opioids are used for long-term treatment. A recent report by WorkCompCentral revealed employees who are taking a medium-to-high dose of opioids for a year or more experience a death rate of 1.75 per 1,000 patients. That may not sound like a lot, but let’s compare that to the death rate for logging and fishing (the riskiest jobs in the U.S.). Those workers face an annual death rate of 1 worker for every 1,000. Opioid users are almost twice as likely to die.  Continue reading

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