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Work Injuries and Painkiller Addiction

April 21st, 2017 at 10:49 am

painkiller-addictionWhile it might seem strange, discussing the opioid crisis with those that have experienced a work injury, it is those that started out with a legal prescription for the pills that are often at risk for addiction. As such, workers who are injured on the job should be adequately informed of their risks. The following information can help you understand how opioid dependency happens, and how you can mitigate against it. You will also learn where to find quality legal assistance with your claim, regardless of where you are at in your treatment.

How Injured Workers Become Addicts

Numerous studies and health reports have examined the root cause behind the opioid crisis in America, which claims more than 33,000 lives per year. What they have determined is that it is not your typical drug addict issue. Instead, the problem often starts with a simple injury – a brain injury, a back strain, or knee cartilage that needs to be replaced. In other words, the drugs are legitimately needed and appropriate at the time the prescription is written.

Unfortunately, the drugs have an addictive effect. Not only do they help to eliminate pain, which can become a trap for the chronically ill or seriously injured, but they also give the taker a general sense of well-being. That can become highly addictive, especially if you have been on them for a while. In fact, the odds of addiction increase greatly if a patient has a second prescription written for opioid painkillers. As such, careful monitoring and awareness should be in place – both on the part of the physician and the injured worker.

Mitigating Your Risk of Addiction

Though there is little that can be done about the pain, those that have a prescription for opioid drugs can reduce their overall risk of addiction with a few important steps. First, one should try to avoid refills, if possible. Second, long-acting opioids have a higher risk of dependency than shorter-acting ones, so try to avoid them. Third, you should have a frank discussion with your doctor about any concerns you might have regarding opioid use and addiction.

You should also know the warning signs of addiction. For example, if you are unable to sleep without the pills, are starting to visit other doctors or seek them out, or become irritable without them, you may have a problem. Talk to your doctor as soon as possible.

Get Help Navigating Your Workers’ Compensation Claim

When you or someone you love is injured on the job, it is important to ensure you have quality legal assistance on your side. After all, you have enough to worry about. Let the Law Offices of Francis J. Discipio assist you. Dedicated to your best interests and prepared to fight for you, our Chicago workers’ compensation lawyers will stand by you, every step of the way. Schedule your consultation by calling 630-574-2288 today.





Next Steps To Take After A Workers’ Compensation Injury

January 14th, 2014 at 3:52 pm

If you find yourself injured on the job, you must take certain steps immediately following the injury in order to protect yourself.

The first step is to report your injury to your employer. In order to do this, you can provide verbal or written notice about the accident with details like where the accident occurred, and the approximate date of the injury. Make sure that you keep copies of all the relevant documents for your case, as you may need these later on to present to your workers’ compensation attorney.

work injury claim IMAGESome injured employees might hesitate to file a work injury claim because of fear of retaliation. Employers are prohibited from retaliating against you for either an official claim or your discussion of a possible claim.

Because there are strict time limits for reporting your injury, you need to ensure that you follow through on the reporting process. You need to let your employer know as soon as possible, but no later than 45 days after the accident has occurred. If you delay reporting the injury to your employer, you might experience a delay in benefit payments.

At this stage, the employer has to let the workers’ compensation administrative professional or the insurance carrier know about the accident.

Depending on what accident has occurred, the benefits payment process and length can be different. If you are awarded a rating of permanent partial disability by a physician, for example, the location of the injury will have a significant impact on the schedule of recovery covered under workers’ compensation.

One of the most important things you can do for your case, especially if you feel that your employer is retaliating against you in any way as a result of your claim, is to hire legal counsel. If you have been the victim of an injury on the job, contact an Illinois workers’ compensation attorney immediately to have your rights represented.



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