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Traumatic brain injuries: construction workers at high risk

As a Louisiana construction worker, no one need tell you that the job sites where you work often are hectic and noisy places. You also know that many of your jobs require you to work at a substantial height, such as on a roof, a scaffolding, a crane, or while on a tall ladder. Undoubtedly you are very careful when working at heights since you do not want to fall. As careful as you are, however, you are at high risk of falling on an almost daily basis. If and when you do, you also are at high risk of sustaining a traumatic brain injury as the result of your fall.

Workers’ compensation claims when you are hurt away from work

You were rushing to catch a flight for a convention your boss wanted you to attend, when you tripped near the terminal and twisted your foot. Not one to complain, you limped the entire week through the convention and had your stress fracture treated when you got home. Before you laugh the incident off as just being accident-prone, you might consider whether you can claim workers’ compensation benefits for the injury. The accident occurred away from your office, but workers’ compensation in Louisiana is meant to cover incidents that are related to your job.

Can babysitters and nannies get workers comp?

Babysitters and nannies can be at risk for many of the same injuries facing teachers. For example, teachers sometimes suffer an injury while breaking up a fight or can hurt themselves slipping on a floor while rushing to respond to an emergency. There are also some dangers that babysitters may face more than teachers do. For example, sitters can be more at risk of dog bites from the client's pet.

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."

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.

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