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Job termination and your final paycheck: Things to know

When it comes to your professional life, there's nothing worse than learning that your employment is being terminated. As frustrating and disappointing as it may be, you should immediately turn your attention to protecting your legal rights.

In addition to severance, for which you may qualify, it's critical to understand your rights regarding receiving your final paycheck.

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

You don't think about your elbows often, but if you suffer an injury to this part of your body you'll realize just how much it impacts you. A broken elbow is one of the most serious injuries you can suffer, as it can prohibit you from living your day-to-day life.

Fortunately, there are several treatment options for a broken elbow, including:

  • Medication: This isn't used to heal the broken bone, but instead to provide you with pain relief as other forms of treatment take action.
  • Surgery: Your doctor will attempt to avoid surgery, but there are times when it's the best option. This is typically the case if you have a compound or open fracture.
  • Cast, splint or sling: If surgery isn't required, a cast, splint or sling is used to immobilize the elbow to give it time to heal. For example, your doctor may put your elbow in a splint and then use a sling to provide more comfort.
  • Physical therapy: Once your elbow heals, physical therapy is often necessary to help regain range of motion and strength. It's not comfortable at first, but it's something you'll want to do to ensure yourself of regaining full use of your elbow.

Medical treatment for an ankle fracture is necessary

If you suspect that you have a fractured ankle, don't wait to receive a medical diagnosis. The sooner you do this the sooner you can get on the path to making a full recovery.

The treatment you receive depends on the type of fracture and stability of your ankle. Here are some things your doctor will discuss with you:

  • Casting the ankle: Once your bones are aligned, a cast or splint can be used to immobilize your ankle until you heal.
  • Surgery may be necessary: If your bones are misaligned and your doctor can't realign them, an operation may be necessary. Surgery is also common in the event that the bone breaks through the skin.
  • Don't rush your recovery: You want to get back on your feet, but rushing your recovery is a mistake. For example, if you bear weight before you're supposed to, you could re-injure your ankle and prolong your recovery.
  • Take advantage of pain medication: Discuss this with your medical team and pharmacist to ensure that you're taking the right medication for the pain you're experiencing. You may need this shortly after your injury, but as time goes by it'll become less necessary.

Are you entitled to severance pay after termination?

There is nothing worse than learning that your employment has been terminated. This will change your life in many ways, with an emphasis on your finances.

Fortunately, you may come to find that you are in line to receive severance pay. While there is no guarantee, there are certain situations in which you should feel comfortable fighting for the severance pay you deserve:

  • You have a written contract with your employer: Upon starting your job, you signed a contract noting that you would receive severance pay if terminated. If you have this in writing, your chance of securing the money is much greater.
  • You have an oral agreement: Although a written agreement is better, if you have an oral agreement that you will receive severance pay upon termination, don't let your employer off the hook.
  • Language in an employee handbook: Even if your employment contract doesn't mention severance pay, an employee handbook may. Review this closely to ensure that you're protecting your legal rights.
  • History of severance pay: For example, if someone in a similar position received severance pay after termination, you may be able to use this to your advantage.

Workers' compensation and retaliation: What to watch for

After an accident at work, it may be necessary to file a workers' compensation claim for injuries that put you out of work during recovery. Most employers in the state are required by law to carry workers' comp insurance and employees have every right to file a claim when their injuries are directly related to work activities. You will need the pay benefits to make up for lost earnings until you return to your full capacity. So, when you file a legitimate claim, you have every right to expect it to be approved. 


On-the-job burn injuries are common and devastating

For workers in factories, on construction sites and in many other occupations, burn injuries are a serious threat. The big explosions and fires that result in serious injuries make it into the news, giving us the false sense that these types of injuries are unusual. But, in fact, they may be more common than most people you realized.

Per the American Burn Association (ABA), around 500,000 workers get medical treatment for burns annually. That does not take into account mild burns that still may require on-site treatment. Half a million people wind up in the hospital or the doctor's office. That's a staggering number.

What’s the best way to treat a lower back strain?

A lower back strain is a common injury often caused by overexertion, a slip-and-fall accident or motor vehicle crash. If you're suffering from this injury, your doctor can conduct an examination and order a variety of tests to determine exactly what's happening.

If you're diagnosed with a lower back strain, here are some of the best treatment strategies:

  • Ice therapy: Doing this several times per day can reduce both pain and swelling, which speeds up the healing process.
  • Heat therapy: After two to three days of ice, you can switch to heat. This will loosen your muscles, allowing you to regain full range of motion.
  • Use some type of support: For example, a belt specifically designed for lower back strains may provide you with additional support as you recover.
  • Physical therapy: Depending on the extent of your injury, your doctor may suggest physical therapy to regain range of motion and prevent against future injuries.

What do you need to apply for Social Security Disability?

If a physical or mental disability limits your ability to work, you may qualify for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. To receive benefits, you must have a condition that has lasted for a minimum of 12 months or is likely to result in your passing.

Completing an application for SSD benefits is easier said than done, especially when you are sick or injured. Fortunately, you can speed up the process by collecting all the necessary information upfront. Here's what you need to complete your application:

  • Dates of any marriages or divorces
  • Name of your spouse and children under the age of 18
  • Birth dates of your spouse and children under the age of 18
  • Any military service information
  • Federal income tax statements from the previous year
  • Bank account information

Broken collarbone diagnosis and treatment

A broken collarbone is a serious injury, as it can result in pain, discomfort and immobility for an extended period of time. If you suspect this injury, it's important to receive immediate medical attention.

After a physical exam, your doctor can run a variety of tests to determine if you have a broken collarbone. For example, an X-ray will tell your doctor if your collarbone is broken, as well as the severity.

A John Wayne Airport worker is killed by an exploding tire

A John Wayne Airport worker was killed on the job on the evening of Feb. 19 while working on a 4-foot-tall tire in a workshop just below Gate 3. The incident was first reported to emergency dispatch just after 11:30 p.m.

Investigators who interviewed another employee who'd been working alongside the decedent at the time said that they were attempting to make repairs to one of the tires on a jet bridge, or the walkway connecting the plane to the terminal when the incident occurred.

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