Injuring your back at work

Workplace injuries occur in many ways, whether someone sustains a deep laceration that forces them to take time off work or they break a bone or suffer brain damage due to a concussion. However, back injuries can be especially problematic for different reasons. For example, these injuries can create lasting pain and physical limitations that not only interfere with a worker’s career but their entire life. Moreover, some people do not realize that they hurt their back in an accident and some back injuries occur after many years of repetitive stress.

Back injuries happen for various reasons, whether someone is struck by a vehicle or they hurt their back after falling down. Some people have to lift large objects frequently, and this can also lead to back strain and even an injury that sidelines them for a long time. Some people have had to retire early because of a back injury and the emotional and financial consequences of these injuries can be severe. If you have hurt your back while you were working, you should not waste any time when it comes to exploring your options.

You might be able to obtain compensation to help with some of the hardships that you are going through. Workers’ compensation, for example, could restore your financial security and help with other problems that may need to be addressed, such as training for work in a new field. Our law office knows that back injuries can be very painful, and the recovery process can take months or even years. Injured workers should be aware of all their legal rights.

How can a crush injury change your future?

Ohio residents who have gotten into car crashes may be dealing with a wide array of injuries. One particularly severe type is known as a crush injury. Depending on certain factors, these injuries and their complications have the ability to permanently alter your quality of life. 

As stated by Medline Plus, crush injuries can vary greatly in intensity and scope. Defined as any injury in which pressure is applied to body parts for a period of time, a crush injury can be the result of a number of different incidents. In a car crash, the most likely causes of these injuries are related to you being trapped between your car and the ground, or between two or more vehicles. 

Crush injuries have a number of harrowing complications and correlated injuries. This includes bruising, lacerations, fractures or breaks, and the chance of secondary infection. There is also something called compartment syndrome that people with crush injuries may suffer from. Compartment syndrome involves the death or permanent damage of nerves, soft tissue, blood vessels and so on. 

In particularly extreme cases, people who have suffered from crush injuries have been forced to have limbs amputated. This is due to the cell death that occurs when oxygenated blood cannot get to an extremity for a long period of time. Additionally, some people find themselves suffering from permanent nerve damage which can lead to a change in sensation or even your ability to move. 

If you have faced any of these issues because of a crush injury received in a crash, compensation might be a possible option for you to look into. 

Examining drug misuse in nursing homes

When parents put an aging parent or relative in an Ohio nursing home, they trust the staff and management to treat their loved one with care, respect and dignity. Sometimes, nursing home staff misuses drugs to keep residents unnecessarily sedated, betraying that trust.

Human Rights Watch took a deep dive into how some nursing home caregivers misuse and abuse drugs. Knowing illegal resident control methods could help prevent instances of nursing home abuse.

Dementia residents

Usually, patients with dementia are the main victims of nursing home drug misuse. Such patients can become unruly and disruptive, making it hard for nursing home staff to adequately care for them. What is worse is that sometimes, staff members do not have permission from residents or their families before they sedate residents.

Federal regulation violation

When nursing home residents are “chemically restrained,” international human rights law deems it degrading, cruel or inhuman. Despite the federal violation, nursing home directors are not always punished for their misdeeds.

The impact of drug misuse

When nursing home staff overmedicates, or unnecessarily medicates, residents, they can sleep through several meals, notes The Washington Post. Deeply sedated residents often seem comatose, displaying no personality or signs of consciousness to friends and family who visit them.

A lack of government intervention

Even when government inspectors give out citations for drug misuse and abuse, nursing home directors and staff do not always change their ways. One reason for this may be the lack of financial penalties after a facility receives a citation.

The best way to determine the level and type of medication nursing home patients need is through an accurate diagnosis. Nursing home residents and their loved ones also need to know the risks involved with medication.