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What jobs have the highest risk for carpal tunnel syndrome?

Most people use their hands so much at work, the idea of not using them is like not breathing. Most jobs involve so much pressing, grabbing, twisting, pushing and pulling that we don't give our hands a second thought until something forces us to think about them.

Carpal tunnel can force you to think about how much you use your hands at work. It's marked by burning, numbness and tingling in the hand and fingers, and it can even move up into the forearm. The pain and discomfort can interfere with your ability to work, and people commonly apply for workers' compensation as they try to recover.

Concussions: The invisible workplace injury

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1.5 million Americans are diagnosed with a concussion every year. Concussions, also known as traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), can have long-lasting effects on a person's job performance and their long-term mental health.

Safety and the prevention of injuries still present daily obstacles for many people in the workplace. If you work in the service industry or a blue-collar industrial job, you could also be at risk of suffering a concussion via a slip-and-fall, falling object or motor vehicle accident.

Social Security's five-step process to assess disability

When an injured or ill claimant applies for Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income based on disability, the Social Security Administration or SSA in most cases uses a five-step sequential evaluation process to determine whether the person is disabled under federal law.

Could the SSA be changing its criteria for assessing pain?

Applying for disability benefits through Social Security can be a complicated, stressful process. It can be even more complicated for people with conditions that are not immediately identifiable as disabling.

Chronic pain sufferers often fit into this category, as chronic pain is subjective and all but impossible to measure. Therefore, many people with chronic pain have a difficult time securing disability benefits. However, the Social Security Administration is examining solutions that could make this process easier.

Can social media affect Social Security disability benefits?

When you suffer a disabling injury or illness and cannot work, securing benefits is crucial. For man, this includes disability benefits from Social Security. These benefits can replace a portion of your wages and cover necessary medical care.

However, the process for applying for these benefits is complicated. And these complexities combined with an overwhelmed system means that the Social Security Administration can reject applications for just about any reason. This could include your social media activity and statements.

New report reveals most costly workplace accidents and injuries

Workplace accidents happen every year, no matter what steps people take to prevent them. After all, that is why they are called accidents. However, there are certain industries that see more accidents, and accidents that are more common than others.

Knowing what these are can help increase awareness and promote compliance with safety standards to reduce the number - and cost - of workplace illnesses and injuries.

Illinois workers' comp laws allow for trial returns to work

No one wants to receive only two-thirds of their paycheck forever. But how do you decide when it is time to return to work after an injury? If you are worried about making your injury worse by going back to work too soon, you are not alone. Workers' compensation laws in Illinois offer options for injured workers to try going back to work without losing their benefits if the return doesn't go smoothly.

Returning to work on a trial basis can happen in a few different ways.

Man seeking compensation for on-the-job asbestos exposure

The risks of asbestos exposure have been known for decades. However, people haven't always taken the necessary safety precautions when there is risk of exposure; some still do not.

In some cases, this is because they don't know asbestos is present. In other cases, parties knowingly covered up the presence of asbestos. There are also cases where workers knew about asbestos but did not have adequate protection from exposure.

The most common causes of workplace accidents in 2018

Workers can suffer injuries in virtually any part of any job. And while some occupations are more dangerous than others are, certain risks can affect just about every industry. To prevent accidents, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) maintains extensive rules and regulations for what constitutes a safe work environment, no matter where a person works.

OSHA also keeps track of the most common violations of these standards. This list, which OSHA releases every year, sheds light on the hazardous conditions that workers may face most often.

Illinois drivers could face harsher penalties for striking road workers

For many motorists, road construction is an unavoidable headache; people don't like to be delayed and detoured. While construction is a temporary inconvenience, some drivers get so upset with it that they become aggressive, impatient and reckless. When this happens, the lives and safety of the road workers on the scene can be in jeopardy.

Sadly, this fact isn't enough to change some drivers' behaviors. They continue to speed, drive through restricted areas and get distracted by their phones in work zones, even though doing so puts themselves and others in danger.

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