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Immediate treatment is necessary for a fractured hip

A fractured hip will impact you in many ways. In addition to the pain and discomfort, you're likely to find it impossible to walk. This will lead you to receive immediate medical attention, with the hopes of finding relief in the near future.

Treatment for a hip fracture depends on many factors, including the severity and location. While not always the case, most fractures require surgery, rehabilitation and medication to make a full recovery.

Could your Social Security disability claim be denied?

If you file a Social Security disability claim, you hope that you begin to receive benefits in the immediate future. Unfortunately, the exact opposite may happen. You could receive a denial letter, thus forcing you to learn more about your legal rights and the next steps to take.

Even though a Social Security disability claim denial is frustrating, it doesn't mean you'll never receive benefits in the future. To better understand your situation, you should first determine the reason for your denial. Here are some of the most common:

  • You earn too much money
  • Your disability is associated with some form of alcohol or drug abuse
  • Your disability is not expected to last for more than one year
  • You did not follow the treatment plan prescribed by your medical team
  • The Social Security Administration is unable to get in touch with you
  • You did not follow the directions on the application
  • You did not provide sufficient medical treatment records
  • Your disability is related to a criminal conviction

These machine safety tips can help prevent a serious accident

Depending on your profession, operating heavy equipment may be something you do all day, every day. For example, factory workers often use many types of machinery to improve efficiency and complete difficult tasks in a more timely manner.

The misuse of any type of machinery can result in a serious accident or fatality. For this reason, anyone using machinery must follow a variety of safety tips. These include the following:

  • Only use machinery you have trained for: Just because you have training on one type of machine doesn't mean you can use every other kind. If you don't have the proper training, you probably don't know how to safely use the machine.
  • Use machine guards: There is never a good time to remove a guard, as doing so puts you at greater danger of an accident and injury. For example, guards are often in place to protect you against flying debris and sparks.
  • Wear safety equipment: The equipment you wear depends on the type of machine you're using. For example, safety goggles are almost always required, as these protect your eyes. Just the same, there is some safety equipment, such as gloves, that you may want to avoid, as they can get stuck in the machine.
  • Don't distract someone using machinery: If a coworker is operating a piece of machinery, don't approach them for any reason. Instead, wait for the machine to stop before starting a conversation. It takes great skill and attention to detail to operate most machines, so a distraction increases the risk of an accident.
  • Inspect your machinery often: If you come across a defect or any form of damage, turn the machine off and report it to your supervisor. Using damaged or defective machinery increases the likelihood of an accident and/or injury. An example of this is a missing or damaged guard or power cord.

A vertebral fracture requires specialized medical care

Any type of back or neck injury, especially one that involves a fracture, requires specialize medical care. Assuming this type of injury can heal on its own is a mistake, as it could result in a variety of symptoms and side effects that make it nearly impossible to live a pain-free life.

There are many causes of vertebral fractures, including but not limited to a slip-and-fall accident, car accident or blunt force trauma.

First-aid for a broken bone: Do you know what to do?

Many types of accidents can cause broken bones. They range from slip-and-falls to motor vehicle crashes. If you suspect that you have a fracture, it's imperative to remain calm and get first-aid until you can receive professional medical help.

Here are five first-aid tips if you suspect a broken bone:

  • Stop the bleeding: A broken bone doesn't always result in bleeding, but it's possible. If this happens, apply pressure to stop the bleeding.
  • Don't try to realign the bone: This is a mistake that can cause more harm than good. Not only is it painful, but it can make treatment more difficult upon reaching the hospital.
  • Immobilize the area: Don't attempt to put weight on a broken bone or move it in any way. This is particularly true of a neck or back injury, as any movement can cause serious damage, e.g., paralysis.
  • Apply ice: If available, apply ice to the broken bone for 10-minute periods.
  • Call for help: Don't assume your first-aid is enough to treat your broken bone. You need medical assistance, so call 911 for help as soon as possible.

Why do company owners, supervisors retaliate?

According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), retaliation is one of the most common forms of discrimination in the workplace. There are times when this is purposeful and times when it's not, but either way, it can have a negative impact on the victim.

You have certain rights as an employee. For example, if you speak out against your employer for some form of illegal activity, you shouldn't expect any form of retaliation. Unfortunately, this often happens.

Do you qualify for Family and Medical Leave Act?

There may come a point in your life when you need to take time away from work as the result of a medical concern. If this happens, learn more about the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). More specifically, you want to understand if you're eligible for benefits.

FMLA entitles eligible employees to take time away from work for a family or medical emergency. Some of the most common events that result in FMLA leave include:

  • The birth or adoption of a child
  • Caring for a family member, e.g., your spouse or child, with a serious health condition
  • Seeking treatment for a personal health condition that prevents you from performing your job

The 5 primary treatment methods for a dislocated shoulder

There are many causes of a dislocated shoulder, ranging from a slip and fall to blunt force trauma. Regardless of the cause, you shouldn't attempt to treat this injury without professional assistance. Doing so can cause long-term harm, which is something you want to avoid at all costs.

There are five primary treatment methods for a dislocated shoulder:

  • Immobilization: Your doctor may suggest that you use a sling or splint for several days or weeks to keep your shoulder in one place. This gives your injury time to heal.
  • Closed reduction: Depending on the severity of your dislocated shoulder, your doctor may attempt to gently maneuver your shoulder back into place.
  • Surgery: While not always required, surgery is often necessary if you've suffered a previous injury to the area or you have weak ligaments or joints that require your attention.
  • Medication: A muscle relaxant or pain reliever can reduce pain and discomfort while you recover.
  • Rehabilitation: If you want to make a full and fast recovery, follow your doctor's orders in regard to rehabilitation. A targeted physical therapy regimen may be just what you need to gradually regain full strength in your shoulder.

Understand Social Security disability credits and your age

One of the hardest things to deal with as a young worker is the thought of being unable to work because of a disability. You are only in your twenties, but your first job resulted in a serious accident. As a result of that accident, there is a possibility that you will never be able to work again.

One problem is that you think you have not paid into the Social Security program long enough to obtain benefits.

Understand your right to accurate payments for your time

You have worked for your employer for several months, and you've started to notice a trend. Although you are working over 40 hours a week, you aren't seeing any overtime pay. At first, you thought that you had made a mistake. However, after taking note of your work hours and carefully recording them, you know that you are not being paid for the extra time.

You are not a salaried employee. That means that there is no excuse for not receiving pay for the hours you work during the week. In fact, it is most likely illegal; if you go over your scheduled time 40 hours in a prescribed work week, your employer is required to pay you in accordance with the law.

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