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The importance of choosing a good doctor

In Louisiana, workers injured on the job can choose their own doctor for treatment, although your employer and/or insurer may not necessarily want you to. For example, your employer might give you a printout of doctors it has "approved."

That said, the emergency room is where you might get your first recommendation, from ER personnel. If your injury did not require you to go to the ER, perhaps your employer or primary care physician made recommendations. No matter what, though, state law gives you the power to choose your own doctor for treatment. This choice could end up even more important than you realize.

A Washington company sets a bad example for workplace safety

In workers’ compensation news, a construction company in the state of Washington has run afoul of industry safety standards.

Although no one was injured during the time when the infraction came to light, the company’s apparent disregard for employee safety serves as an example of what not to do for other companies in the construction industry.

Why teachers might not report an injury

You can suffer an injury on the job in all types of professions and qualify for worker's compensation. Not all workers report their injuries, though, and as the United Federation of Teachers points out, those who work in schools and who sustain an injury on the job should immediately let a supervisor know about it. Furthermore, the injured parties should go see a doctor when possible.

However, many teachers keep silent. Here is a look at some reasons why.

Common restaurant injuries and ways to avoid them

When you hear the term “dangerous workplace,” you might think of a construction site or coal mine. However, the food service industry is not immune to workplace accidents. In fact, there are plenty of hazards that can make a restaurant dangerous or unhealthy.

If you work in a restaurant, you should be aware of potential hazards. Below are the most common restaurant hazards identified by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Nurses face a high risk of musculoskeletal disorders

When you hear “dangerous industries,” you may think of mining, construction, manufacturing or a host of other accident prone jobs. However, few people immediately consider nursing.

According to the United States Department of Labor, nurses faced the highest rate of musculoskeletal disorders of any industry (MSDs) in 2010. The incidence rate was 249 per 10,000 employees. In comparison, the rate of MSDs for construction workers was 85 per 10,000 workers. What can nurses do if they are seriously injured on the job?

Louisiana legislature takes steps to curb opioid abuse

One of the sadder stories in recent years has been the opioid epidemic in the United States. It’s been an issue of great importance in state legislatures across the country, and it’s something President Trump has spoken about frequently.

One idea being used to help reduce opioid abuse is reducing the number of opioid prescriptions filled for workers’ compensation claims. A study conducted by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) examined the trends of long-term opioid use in workers’ compensation claims.

HIV risks faced by medical workers

Awareness campaigns have drastically increased public knowledge about the human immunodeficiency virus, and this may be part of the reason for positive statistics. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HIV diagnoses have declined by nearly 20 percent in the recent decade. With exciting news like this, it can be easy to forget that the risk still exists, and people are still unfortunately infected every day. HIV is a sexually transmitted disease, of course, but there are other ways that you can be infected, too. Medical workers may face unique risks in their line of work and should be aware of the following.

The most dangerous jobs in America

Depending on what line of work you are in, you may face grave dangers every time you clock in. You may spend most of your day traveling in a large commercial truck or in areas where electrocution, exposure to chemicals or slipping and falling are dangers you face on a regular basis. Many occupations common throughout the United States involve some level of risk, but workers in certain industries face far more dangers in a typical workday than those in others.

Tips on how to safely operate a forklift

Forklifts are large, heavy and dangerous pieces of equipment that are used to lift, carry or stack materials. Many injuries occur when a person on foot is struck or run over by a forklift, especially when the equipment is going in reverse, because the victim was not seen by the driver. Accidents can be prevented through proper training and vigilant attention to safety measures.

Are you suffering from PTSD in the workplace?

In a perfect world, you would go to work, fulfill duties that satisfy you and return home at night to your family. Unfortunately, life does not always work that way, and other individuals may get in the way of your happiness, even on the job. In today's world, where workplace shootings are becoming more common and accidents on the work site can be particularly traumatic, it's important that you know when you are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder from something you've seen or experienced at work.

PTSD is a condition that affects individuals who have been through some type of trauma. A stimuli may remind you of the event and trap your mind in it. PTSD is common in war vets, victims of abuse and anyone who has witnessed a violent crime. If you fear you are suffering from PTSD after a violent incident in the workplace, watch for the following symptoms.

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