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Home health care workers face serious hazards

Health care workers who visit patients in their homes face hazards that other workers do not encounter. The nature of the job is dangerous, but these workers do important work to help people who can't remain at home without assistance.

There are some risks that can be gauged ahead of time that are common for the profession. Here are some that workers should prepare for ahead of time. Employers in field should all have protocols in place to address the situations when they occur.

A mild traumatic brain injury can end your career

Just about any blow to the head may result in a mild traumatic brain injury (TBI), even if it is relatively minor. These sorts of injuries commonly occur in car accidents, slip-and-fall accidents, or even contact sports, and may wreak havoc on the personal and professional lives of victims, even if they do not realize they suffered any injury at all.

Mild TBIs are often devastating to victims, because they are difficult to identify and may last for up to a year without proper treatment. The symptoms of mild TBI vary, and may range from inconvenient frustrations to career and relationship destroying alterations to a victim's personality and cognitive functions.

Injured in a company car?

For those who drive company vehicles, it is not always easy to know when a car accident counts as a work-related incident. If it does qualify as work-related, the employer may bear legal responsibility for the accident, even if the employee caused the accident through negligence.

Practically speaking, this turns such accidents into workers' compensation claims. Once an accident qualifies as a workers' compensation claim, the employee still must participate in the claim process to ensure that his or her rights remain protected and the insurer does not offer unfair terms for the claim's settlement.

Example cases that give rise to a wrongful death suit

Imagine your loved one dies before his or her time. An unexpected accident like this will leave you and your relatives in a state of disbelief and emotional turmoil. The all-pervading question, "Why?" will be hard to remove from your minds for many years to come.

In addition to wishing that you could bring your loved one back, you may also want to bring the parties responsible for your loved one's death to justice by filing a wrongful death suit.

Protecting your medical privacy is a priority

Medical patients in America enjoy the right to privacy surrounding their medical records. Regardless of why you may or may not wish to keep your medical records private, your medical care providers owe you a duty to keep your information confidential. Nonetheless, sometimes a medical care provider does improperly disclose your records, which may cause you numerous types of harm.

After improper medical record disclosure, you may feel as though you have no options to fight back, but that may not be true. In many instances there are legal remedies to medical record exposure, or the party responsible for the disclosure might take it upon themselves to recover the disclosed records.

Is my doctor responsible for my opioid addiction?

In recent months, the nation has finally begun to accept that we Americans have a very serious problem with opioid painkillers. The issue arose a number of years ago, but only recently has public opinion finally caught up with the heartbreak that thousands of individuals experience every day, as they wrestle with opioid addiction.

When one hears stories of the scores of individuals throughout the country whose lives crumbled around them because of opioid painkillers, it is easy to assume, "That's something that happens to other people, it would never happen to me!" Unfortunately, many of those who suffer the greatest in this epidemic thought exactly the same thing.

Bedsores are a potential sign that a loved one is being neglected

When the people we love age, we are often faced with making difficult decisions about their care. For many people with aging parents and other elderly relatives, nursing facilities are the best option.

Without an open schedule and adequate medical training, you probably can't provide the constant care and supervision a person with an age-related illness or degenerative condition needs. Even if you do your best to find a safe and clean nursing home, it is still possible for your loved one to experience serious abuse and neglect.

What can a lawyer do for me after a car accident?

Car accidents can happen at just about anytime, to just about anyone. Still, many of us think, "Oh, that's something that happens to other people." In reality, very few people can live lives that keep them safe from car accidents all the time, especially here in Chicago.

Because many people never think about what to do after a car accident until it happens to them, they may assume that the logical course of action is to let insurance companies handle everything — that's what they're there for, isn't it?

Top causes of ladder accidents: There are many

Does your profession call for the regular use of a ladder? For those who work in the construction industry, as painters, as roofers, as electricians and in countless other jobs, ladders and scaffolding are part of working life.

It's imperative that you understand the top causes of ladder accidents. With this knowledge, you may find yourself making changes to your daily approach that improve your overall level of safety.

Brain injury symptoms differ with sides

Your brain may be, in many ways, a mirror image from left to right. However, the opposite sides control very different functions, and so injuries to the brain can have a drastically different impact depending on where they take place. Below are some examples of how the injury could change your life, based on where it occurs. 

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