Omaha Workers' Compensation Blog

New to the workforce? Familiarize yourself with potential hazards

Have you recently entered the Nebraska workforce? Then you may have questions about the workers' compensation insurance system. What are the benefits that you will receive in the event of a workplace injury? The program is in place to provide you with compensation for medical expenses and lost wages in the event of an on-the-job injury.

The benefits typically cover all medical expenses, including doctors' bills, hospital fees, physical therapy and even costs for traveling to and from medical appointments. When it comes to wage replacement, you will receive a portion of the wages you lost due to temporary or permanent disability. Furthermore, if your injury prevents you from returning to your regular job, you may receive vocational rehabilitation training to equip you with additional skills for a different employment field.

Common types of unsafe working conditions

Regardless of your profession or industry, you must understand what it takes to create a safe working environment. While this sounds simple enough, both employees and employers make mistakes every now and again.

Unfortunately, unsafe working conditions can lead to an accident that causes serious injury or even death.

What are the symptoms of a broken foot?

A broken foot is a common injury that can put you on the shelf for an extended period of time. You can suffer this injury when you least expect it, such as when walking on a construction site or getting up out of your seat at work.

Here are some of the most common symptoms of a broken foot:

  • Immediate pain and discomfort
  • Pain that increases when you put weight on the foot
  • Bruising
  • Swelling
  • Deformity
  • Tender to the touch

Do you know how to treat a laceration?

Even if you work in a so-called "safe" industry, you should never rule out the possibility of suffering a laceration on the job.

While some lacerations are easy enough to treat, this isn't always the case. You shouldn't assume this is something you can handle on your own, as you may require professional medical treatment.

A Minatare plumber is covered in dirt, dies working in a trench

On March 21, 2016, at an Alliance, Nebraska, construction site, a veteran plumber had been working in trenches that were eight feet deep at a newly constructed home on Toluca Avenue. The 61-year-old was apparently on all fours installing sewer pipes within one of those when his co-worker dumped what's been estimated to be 3,000 pounds of dirt on top of him.

The horrible error that had been made was realized right away by the man's co-workers. Both paramedics and fire crews were summoned to the scene. They worked tirelessly to extract the Minatare man from his unintended gave, although, by the time he was freed, he'd already passed on. A coroner later ruled that he essentially died from asphyxia, or smothering, by dirt.

Hip dislocation: From causes to recovery

A hip dislocation is every bit as painful as it sounds. While you never want to suffer this type of injury, it could happen as the result of a variety of accidents.

For example, motor vehicle accidents are among the most common cause of this injury. Hip dislocations typically happen when your knee strikes the dashboard, thus thrusting your thigh backward.

What is ergonomics and how can it protect you in the workplace?

Do you earn your income by spending your days on a Nebraska assembly or production line in which you have to perform the same motions repeatedly while you are in an awkward body position, or having to stretch to do your job? If your employer disregards workplace ergonomics, you might be at risk of suffering a musculoskeletal disorder. It could be carpal tunnel syndrome or one of many other diseases that cause chronic pain, repeated surgeries and time off work.

Ergonomics involve the adaptation of workstations, tasks, equipment and tools to suit the worker and limit physical stress while also eliminating potential MSDs that can be serious and disabling. Working on assembly and production lines typically involves physical strain, stress, overexertion and often exposure to excessive vibration, heavy lifting, repetitive motions and awkward body postures.

What are the symptoms of a spinal cord injury?

In a perfect world, you would never suffer from any type of injury. Unfortunately, there is no way of knowing what the future will bring. When you least expect it, you could find your life changing as the result of a serious injury.

An example of this is a spinal cord injury suffered at your place of employment. There are many situations that can lead to this, including a fall from height and being struck by a piece of equipment.

Kneecap dislocation: A few things you need to know

A kneecap dislocation is every bit as painful as it sounds. While you have no intention of ever dealing with a dislocation, you never know what could happen in the future if you take a wrong step or are part of an accident.

If you suffer this injury, it's important to receive immediate medical treatment. Your doctor will order an MRI or X-ray to get a better look at the area, with an eye toward determining if there is additional damage (such as a break or cartilage damage).

The signs and symptoms of a broken bone

Even if you don't work in a physically demanding field, such as construction, you could still suffer an on-the-job injury. For example, a slip-and-fall on a slippery stairwell may result in a variety of injuries.

While you could suffer almost any type of injury imaginable at work, broken bones are often the result of an accident.

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