One Employee Incident, Two Worker Compensation Claims?

Do you have any pregnant employees? If so, are you responsible for work related injuries to their unborn child? It is a delicate situation when it comes to injuries involving those in utero. In the late 1980s, there was a case involving a San Francisco Macy’s department store employee who complained to the company nurse of abdominal pain. The pain was misdiagnosed as gas and was later found to be a ruptured uterus. Even after pleas from the expectant mother, the ambulance was not called for 50 minutes and the delay was determined to be a main contributing factor to the severe brain damage and early demise (age 2) of the child.

The mother sued on behalf of her son but lost, because although Macy’s found that it was indeed negligent, the child was not an employee and therefore his surviving family could collect nothing.

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Preventing and Rehabilitating Injuries in the Workplace

If you are like most people, you suffer an injury from time to time. No matter if it is as severe as a herniated disc, or as miniscule as a paper cut, it is still an inconvenience. Some minor injuries, like a paper cut, can simply be avoided by being a little bit more careful and maybe doing our work a little bit slower. While the same rule applies to preventing major injuries, they also require a little bit more work on our part.

The best ‘treatment’ for injuries is prevention. Good agility, technical skills, and cardiovascular and musculoskeletal fitness are important in injury prevention. In order to achieve all of these things, a multiphasic training regimen (training regimen consisting of multiple phases) should be used. A good multiphasic training program should include warming up and cooling down, the use of safe and familiar equipment, muscle strengthening exercises, cardiovascular exercises, and the training of neurophysiological functions (balance, coordination and reaction time). These are all essential in preventing injuries and they become increasingly important as you get older.

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How You Can Help Relieve the Stress of an Injury

Even if you have the best safety program, there is always the potential of someone getting hurt at work. Taking care of the injury should be handled quickly and thoroughly, and treatment must be provided by the employer. But how about treating the injured workers worries and concerns?

Health and Wellness Rooms can help provide knowledge which can help reduce the stress of an injury. Proof:Positive not only provides a place for the injured worker to recover, while remaining on your normal payroll, but also a place to learn about their injury. Having an understanding of your injury can help relieve worries of the unknown. Proof:Positive staffs each room with people who have medical experience so they can help teach the injured employee about their injury. The room is a quiet classroom like environment where the injured workers can have peace of mind by continuing to work as they heal. Also they have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss their injuries and concerns.

Each room coordinator works closely with the doctors to ensure that the injured worker is working within their restrictions. The coordinators also help encourage them to do the home therapy given to them by their therapist. The Health and Wellness Room has ice, heat, recumbent exercise bikes and therapy beds for stretching. These help motivate the injured worker to complete their therapy rather than sitting at home.

Talking to the injured worker, listening to their concerns, and finding answers to their questions can help relieve some stress of being injured. Let us help them down the path of recovery through care and compassion, while educating them about their injury and teaching them how to prevent the injury from reoccurring.