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A herniated disk can stop you in your tracks

The second you suffer a neck or back injury is the second you'll realize you require medical assistance. This isn't typically the type of injury that you're able to effectively treat on your own.

A herniated disk can result from many things, such as:

  • Attempting to lift an object that is too heavy
  • Sudden twisting or turning, especially when carrying a heavy load
  • A traumatic event, such as a fall from height or car accident

A long time Commerce postal carrier is struck, killed

A 30-year veteran mail carrier with the U.S. Postal Service, who also served as pastor at a church in La Mirada, was struck and killed by a motorist in Commerce on Dec. 3.

According to a spokesperson with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, the 58-year-old man had been standing nearby his postal truck along 2100 South Atlantic Boulevard shortly before 10 a.m. It's then that a motorist suddenly slammed into him. The driver then crashed into the man's work vehicle, pushing it into an adjacent business' wall.

A neck sprain is more painful than it sounds

With so many ligaments and muscles in your neck, it's possible you could suffer an injury at some point. For example, a sprain or tear can occur as the result of a collision, fall or sudden movement.

Some of the most common symptoms of a neck sprain include:

  • Pain that worsens with movement, such as turning your head
  • Muscle spasms in your neck and shoulders
  • Headache, typically in the back of your head
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Neck stiffness
  • Decreased range of motion
  • Numbness in the hands or arms

Heavy lifting can result in a serious injury

Depending on your job, lifting heavy objects may be part of your day-to-day work experience. Back, knee and shoulder injuries are among the most common types of injuries suffered by "blue collar" workers in America. Lifting injuries can happen to a young worker who makes a sudden twist in the wrong direction; or they can build up over time due to repetitive stress, no matter how good your technique is.  

Since heavy lifting has the potential to cause serious injury, it's important to better understand what you should and shouldn't be doing. To start, let's examine some of the possible injuries associated with lifting a heavy object:

  • Shifting vertebrae: When this happens, your back is no longer in proper alignment. Subsequently, the vertebrae may touch the spinal cord or local nerves, thus leading to pain and discomfort.
  • Tearing and straining: There are muscles and ligaments running through your back and neck, all of which can be injured if you lift an object that is too heavy. A tear or strain, even a minor one, can make it difficult to live your normal life.
  • Joint damage: Not only is this among the most painful types of injury, but it can also result in permanent damage if you don't receive immediate and proper medical attention.

A television executive accuses Charter, Comcast of discrimination

On Nov. 23, a U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit judge in Pasadena issued a ruling that will allow an African-American entrepreneur to continue pursuing a racial discrimination lawsuit against Charter Communications and Comcast.

The plaintiff is the founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Entertainment Studios. It's a Los Angeles-based production and distribution company that oversees the operations of several television shows and networks including The Weather Channel.

An Alhambra newspaper worker is allegedly killed by his co-worker

The 58-year-old China Press founder was shot dead in his newspaper's Alhambra office, located at 2121 W. Mission Road on Nov. 16.

Police dispatch first received a call right before 9:30 a.m. that fateful morning from a man who said someone had shot him. When officers with the Alhambra Police Department arrived on the scene, the found that the man had already expired there on his office floor. They located a gun next to him.

2 female Riot Games workers sue for discrimination, lost wages

One former and one current Riot Games employees have sued the developer of the popular "League of Legends" video game for harassment, discrimination and violating California's Equal Pay Act. Their suit was filed in the Superior Court of the State of California, County of Los Angeles earlier this month.

Both plaintiffs allege that the employer fails to pay female workers the same as their male co-workers, something that inhibits them from advancing within their field of work. They're asked a judge to allow them to file a class-action lawsuit on behalf of all female employees who work there who've experienced similar treatment.

What’s the best way to treat a broken collarbone?

There are many ways you can break your collarbone. From a slip and fall to blunt force trauma, this bone could break if it's struck with enough force or in an awkward manner.

The diagnosis of a broken collarbone is straightforward, with your doctor conducting an examination and using an X-ray to get a better idea of the severity of the injury.

Color discrimination can be different than racial discrimination

You know that racial discrimination is illegal in the workplace, but did you know that discrimination based on skin color is also prohibited? A lot of times, the two clearly overlap, as skin color is one primary indicator of a person's race. However, it is important to remember that they are not necessarily the same in all situations.

While Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 mentions race as a protected class, it does not explicitly state what it means by "color." Even so, when courts have examined these cases, they have determined that "color" in this context means "pigmentation, complexion, or skin shade or tone." That definition comes straight from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Landscapers must protect against a variety of potential accidents

Working as a landscaper is a rewarding job. In the modern American economy, it is one of the few remaining jobs where you can take a picture of your work at the end of the day.

But gardening and landscaping professionals also face one of the most dangerous workplaces, the outdoors. As you do your job, you may realize that you're often put in a difficult spot in regard to your health and well-being.

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