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Archive for March, 2014

Repetitive Stress Injuries: Types & Causes

March 31st, 2014 at 7:00 am

Bursitis, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Cook County repetitive strain injury lawyer, Diffuse RSIX Dupuytren’s Contracture, injured at work, Law Offices of Francis J. Discipio, repetitive stress injury, stress injuries, work related injury, workers compensation, workers compensation attorneyInjuries can be caused by a single incident like a car crash or falling on slippery ice, or they can be caused by repeatedly straining a joint, muscle, or tendon until serious damage is done. Sometimes this repetition is done at work while trying to complete an activity necessary to complete one’s job. If you suffer a stress injury at work, you can file for worker’s compensation benefits for your pain and any time that you must take off of work.

The Medical News Today website defines repetitive stress injuries as those caused by performing the same motion over and over again.

  • Bursitis occurrs when the bursa, or the cushion between tendons, muscles, bones, and joints, is inflamed. Pain is then felt at site of inflammation;
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is when the median nerve in the carpal tunnel of the wrist area is compressed, and thus does not allow blood to flow freely to the fingers and hands. This results in pain and numbness, felt in the fingers and hands;
  • Diffuse RSI is when nothing is physically found to be wrong, yet the patient complains of pain;
  • Dupuytren’s Contracture, an uncommon hand deformity, occurs when connective tissue, located under the skin of the palm, contracts and toughens over time. It causes one or multiple fingers to bend into the palm of the hand;
  • Epicondylitis is when bone and tendon join together as a result of overuse of the muscles and tendons;
  • Ganglion occurs when fluid-filled swellings form on tops of joints or tendons in wrists, hands, and feet that appear to be firm or spongy liquid sacs, filled with “sticky, clear, thick, jelly-like fluid”;
  • Rotator Cuff Syndrome occurs when shoulder tendons and muscles become inflamed;
  • Tendonitis is when tendons becomes inflamed;
  • Tenosynovitis occurs when the inner lining of the sheath surrounding the tendon becomes inflamed;
  • Trigger finger is when a finger or thumb becomes stuck in a bent position, and the tendon sheath, along with the tendon, both becomes inflamed as well.

If you have suffered from one or more of these injuries and you believe it is due to repetitive strenuous tasks at work, contact a workers’ compensation attorney. Located in Cook County, Ill., attorneys at the Law Offices of Francis J. Discipio can assist you in court today.

What if You Suffer a Mild Brain Injury at Work

March 24th, 2014 at 12:21 pm

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Most jobs have some chance of injury. It may be a construction job with big, heavy machinery, a restaurant job with slippery kitchen floors and hot surfaces, or an office job that may involve heavy boxes or repetitive stress injury. When you are injured at work, it is important to protect your own health by taking time to recover, but also to protect yourself financially by requesting workers’ compensation benefits.

One injury that can occur at work is a mild brain injury. A mild brain injury is defined as “any brain trauma that is the result of a blunt hit, that is mild in force” by the Brain Association of America. If you have been struck by machinery or if you have even fallen and hit your head at work, be sure to seek medical attention for a proper diagnosis of your injury.

Early symptoms of a mild brain injury include the following:

  • Headaches;
  • Dizziness or vertigo;
  • A lack of awareness to one’s own surroundings;
  • Nausea;
  • Memory dysfunction, usually short term involving the trauma;
  • Vomiting.

After hitting your head, even if you  do not suffer these symptoms, there is no guarantee that you have not suffered from a mild brain injury. Other symptoms may arise later in time such as:

  • Persistent, but not severe, headache;
  • Feeling light-headed;
  • Inability to pay attention or concentrate;
  • Ringing in one’s ears;
  • Excessive or easy to feel fatigued;
  • Intolerance to loud noises;
  • Intolerance of bright light, including the sun, or difficulty focusing one’s vision;
  • Anxiety or depressed mood  that was not previously present;
  • Irritability or a low tolerance to become frustrated .

If you have chosen not to receive immediate medical attention, but you have noticed these symptoms after suffering a head trauma, you should seek medical help. If you have missed work due to symptoms or you have had medical expenses due to the trauma, you are likely entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.

Contact the Law Office of Francis J Discipio for assistance in seeking your compensation benefits today. Workers’ compensation attorneys are ready to help in a Cook County court.

Scars, Disfigurement, and Workers’ Compensation

March 17th, 2014 at 12:30 pm

scars and disfigurementMany workers’ compensation injuries impact your physical ability to perform the tasks of your job, but scarring and disfigurement can bring up a whole new set of problems for you. After being injured in an accident that resulted in scars or disfigurement, you might physically be able to perform your job, but your life will be forever changed.

If you have been seriously scarred or disfigured in such an accident in Illinois, you should know that you may be entitled to 162 weeks of benefits under workers’ compensation. This applies to individuals with permanent disfigurement to the face, head, neck, chest above the armpits, leg below the knee, arm, or hand. Before a hearing can be held to determine the extent of the disfigurement, six months of healing must have taken place.

The Workers’ Compensation Commission evaluates the impact of the physical impairment and the influence of the disability on the employee’s life. Some of the factors commonly considered in these types of claims include pain, stiffness, the person’s age, the occupation, training, skill, and ability or inability to engage in certain activities.

A patient can be eligible for both permanent partial disability benefits and disfigurements, and you need to consult with an attorney to determine if this applies to you.

Scarring and disfigurement can take a toll on you physically and mentally. While you are hearing and struggling to adjust to your new life, financial difficulties can arise. Scarring and disfigurement cases can be extremely complex and it’s essential to have someone representing your interests.

Being a victim of an accident that leaves you with serious scars or disfigurement will change your outlook and your life significantly. You may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits that will help you move on with your life. Learn more by contacting an Illinois workers’ compensation attorney today.

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