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Losing a finger or two can be very traumatic

Think about how much you rely on your fingers to do daily tasks. Things like texting, holding a fork and driving your vehicle would be much more difficult or even impossible without fingers. Even though the thought might not be pleasant, think about what life would be like if you lost a finger or two.

People who work in the construction or manufacturing industries are at risk of having their fingers amputated. This type of traumatic amputation could lead you to file a workers' compensation claim, which might be beneficial if you have to take time off of work and need medical care. Here are some points to know about finger amputations:

The demands of nursing mean injuries are common

Nurses have very difficult jobs. Not only are they exposed to communicable diseases, they are also at risk of injury due to the nature of the job. It is sad to think that nurses might suffer harm simply for trying to help the patients under their care.

There are several things that nurses can do to try to remain free of injury while they are working. The burden doesn't fall fully on the nurses. It is up to the medical facility administration to provide nurses with training and equipment that can help them to remain safe.

Construction sites can be dangerous places

If you work as a construction worker, you know that danger lurks around every corner. This doesn't stop you from doing your job, but it should definitely make you think twice about everything thing you do.

A construction site accident has the potential to cause serious injury or even death.

Did you get fired from a job because of a workers' comp claim?

You work hard, for years, to build a career and support yourself. Then, one day, something goes wrong. Maybe you got startled when lifting something, causing a back injury. Maybe equipment malfunctioned, resulting in broken bones and soft tissue injuries. Whatever the situation, if you got hurt because of a workplace accident, you should be receiving workers' compensation. Unfortunately, some employers don't always comply with the law. They may refuse to submit accident reports and claims that have to do with your injuries. Sometimes they fire whoever asks for workers' compensation.

This kind of discrimination is illegal, but that doesn't stop it from happening. Workers who get hurt on the job should receive workers' compensation for their medical expenses and to offset lost wages while they recover. If your employer has fired you because you filed a workers' compensation claim, you still have options. Don't let an unscrupulous employer deny you benefits that your wages have contributed toward for years. If you suffered a workplace injury and got fired as a result, you need to push back and demand the medical and lost wage benefits you have earned through years of hard work.

Workers' comp is for more than just accident injuries

Many people think about workers' compensation benefits as coverage in case of an injury. This is one of the possible types of issues that can be covered under a workers' compensation claim. Other issues are also compensable as long as they meet the requirements for coverage.

If you have been injured because of your job, you should explore your right to workers' compensation benefits. There are a few different things that you should know as you embark upon your quest for benefits.

What is included in a consultative exam for disability benefits?


People in Georgia and across the nation who are applying for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits need to provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) with the medical evidence necessary to prove an impairment exists, rendering them unable to work. If the SSA finds that the evidence submitted from the applicant's medical source is insufficient for the SSA to decide whether the applicant has such an impairment, the SSA may ask the applicant to undergo a consultative exam.

After the consultative exam, a report will be created. The report will contain the applicant's chief medical complaints. It will also contain a detailed history of said complaints.

What work abilities are considered for SSD benefits?


Sometimes, a person in Atlanta suffers from a disability that does not fall under the Social Security Administration's (SSA) "Listing of Impairments." Therefore, to determine what work activities the person can still do despite his or her disability, the SSA will determine what the person's "residual functional capacity."

In making such a determination, the SSA will examine the evidence the person provides in their application for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. The SSA will then decide whether, despite the person's limitations, the person is able to perform certain work activities.

Depression and anxiety affects the brain


Georgia residents may be interested to hear that according to numerous studies, almost 50 percent of individuals who have a one mental illness also suffer from a second mental illness concurrently. For example, if an individual has depression, they may also exhibit symptoms of other mental illnesses, such as anxiety. For this reason, researchers have funneled their efforts to determining the risk factors that point to mental illnesses.

To that end, a study was performed at Duke University to see if there were any commonalities behind all mental illnesses. The study, which examined more than 1,200 undergraduate students, who all suffered from at least one kind of mental illness, revealed that there were differences in the cerebellum. Participants in the study underwent magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and completed a mental health assessment.

Disability benefits: what is a "disability onset date?"


When a person in Georgia is awarded Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, the benefits will not be paid retroactively. Instead, it will commence starting at the date the person applied for benefits, so long as all other requirements for benefits have been satisfied.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) still needs to ascertain the person's "disability onset date." This is the date that the person ceased being able to work due to their disabling illness or injury. A person's disability onset date can have an effect on the person's benefit pay period, or even whether the person qualifies for SSD benefits.

What are some examples of complications from colostomy?


Sometimes, after a person in Georgia has surgery on their colon because of colon cancer or other conditions, they are fitted with a colostomy bag. A colostomy bag collects the person's bodily waste, but there are a number of complications from colostomy a person could suffer.

One common complication from a colostomy is a hernia. Hernias are bulging piece of a person's organs, such as their colon, that pushes through the person's abdominal muscles. Some symptoms a person with an abdominal hernia include bulging near the stoma, trouble with irrigation, blockages and colon prolapse. And, serious abdominal hernias may require a surgical procedure.

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