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Top 3 workplace hazards for home health care aids

Working as a home health care aide is a commendable and fulfilling job. You play a vital role in the health care industry. But there may come a time when your job causes you to get hurt. According to a recent study, 13 percent of home health care workers suffered an occupational injury in the last year.

You face a variety of on-the-job hazards that are unique to private homes as compared to nursing homes or hospitals. Being aware of these risks and learning about safety tips will reduce your risk of sustaining an injury. Here are the ways you are most likely to suffer from a workplace injury as a home health care aid.

Do you qualify for permanent total disability?

The purpose of workers' compensation is to help injured parties cover medical and living expenses while they recover from their injuries. Workers' compensation is not supposed to serve as a long-term source of income. However, Minnesota workers' comp law does allow harmed workers to recover permanent total disability benefits if they are never able to return to gainful employment. If your injuries have left you disabled and unable to work, you may qualify for PTD.

According to the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry, you may be able to recover PTD if your injury or occupational illness results in the loss of both arms at the shoulder; loss of eyesight in both eyes; loss of both legs so close to the hip that you cannot use prosthetics; total and permanent loss of mental facilities; and/or complete or permanent paralysis. You may also be able to recover PTD if your condition hinders your ability to work at any occupation and if you fit into one of the three following categories:

  •       You have a 17 percent permanent partial disability rating over your entire body
  •       You have a 15 percent PPD rating over your entire body and were 50 years old at the time of injury
  •       You have a 13 percent PPD rating, were at least 55 years old at the time of injury and you do not possess a GED or high school diploma

Tips for going back to work after a job injury

A workplace injury can turn your life upside down. Recovery can take months to years, or never fully happen depending on the injury. During this time, you likely are not able to work. Light duty may be an option if you are lucky.

Once you are ready to go back to work, it usually is not as easy as just picking up right where you left off. Your abilities may never be the same due to long-term damage. You may be behind in training and advancements in your field. Follow these tips to help you have a smooth transition back into employment.

Litigation over a workplace accident

 

In the workplace, many different things can go wrong, and violations take various forms. For example, an employee may be subjected to a wage and hour violation, such as unpaid overtime, or they could experience discrimination on the basis of their gender or age. However, workplace accidents are especially problematic, and these incidents can create many different challenges for employers and those who work for the company as well. An employee may lose the ability to work, resulting in lost wages, and they may also be facing an incredible amount of pain and financial problems due to medical costs.

What are unexpected risks leading to job injuries?

Minnesota residents like you work a variety of jobs. Lindberg Law, P.C., understand that the type of job you hold doesn't necessarily dictate how safe you will be from mishaps at the workplace. In fact, unexpected risks can be present anywhere a person works.

Unexpected risks at the workplace are usually caused by either people, or objects. When it comes to people, the "unexpected" factor shines through. It can be difficult to predict the movement of other employees. Many incidents occur because there isn't enough communication between two parties, and one ends up accidentally harming the other. This is more common in work zones where people are in close quarters with each other.

How do I lift loads without getting hurt?

Safety is a high priority at many Minnesota workplaces. If your job involves frequent lifting, it is important to use proper lifting techniques to prevent an injury.

Proper lifting techniques are more important than you may think. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, one of the main reasons people get hurt at work is because they lifted an object incorrectly. People can easily harm their elbows or wrists or pull a muscle when they do not pay attention to how they lift objects at work and it is a good idea for you to correct your lifting techniques so you do not get hurt.

Types of workers' comp and their benefits

When an employee sustains an injury on the job, it can lead to serious physical and financial hardships. Thankfully, there are workers' compensation benefits that can help to alleviate some of that stress.

To receive said benefits, it is critical to complete the process correctly, which requires proper knowledge of it. Before filing a workers' comp claim, there are important facts about the benefits that a worker should understand.

Tips to help prevent office injuries

While some jobs in Minnesota involve greater risk than others due to the physical demands involved, we at Lindberg Law recognize that workplace injuries can happen anywhere, in all types of workplaces. Even those who perform sedentary desk jobs are not immune; the injuries associated with them may be different yet still have the potential to prevent you from performing your job duties effectively. 

If you do become injured at your desk job, you have the same rights as every other employee to seek workers' compensation. However, according to Monster.com, there are steps you can take to prevent office injuries from occurring in the first place. 

3 serious risks health care workers face on the job

Health care workers may not seem like a group of employees who are particularly at risk for on-the-job injuries. However, the reality is that this sector is one of the most dangerous in terms of workplace injuries.

Health care workers are continuously performing certain types of tasks at work that put them at a higher risk of injury than employees in many other professions. In all cases of workplace injuries, it is important for the worker to report the injury and get the appropriate medical treatment needed. Here are three of the most serious risks that health care workers face.

2017 a deadly year for Minnesota workers

The end of the year is a time for many to take stock of the events of the previous 12 months to try to identify patterns, both good and bad, to replicate successes and to learn from mistakes. While statistics from 2018 are not yet available, a report recently released by the Department of Labor and Industry indicates that 101 people in Minnesota died from work-related accidents in 2017. 

According to the report, twelve of the 101 workplace fatalities in 2017 were women, while the rest were men. Most of the accidents involved workers age 55 and older, while nearly half involved transportation. Statistics from the last three years indicate that fatal workplace accidents are on the rise, with 92 workplace fatalities in 2016 and 74 in 2015. 

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