Monthly Archives: June, 2018

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Does Working As A Flight Attendant or Pilot Give You An Occupational Disease?

June 27th, 2018 Posted by Labor & Industries 0 comments on “Does Working As A Flight Attendant or Pilot Give You An Occupational Disease?”

The skies are a dangerous place to work. Carrying and lifting baggage can cause strains and sprains on muscles and ligaments. Baggage can also dislodge from overhead bins as they are opened and cause physical harm. Knees are constantly struck against seat arms as the crew tries to squeeze by passengers in the aisles. Heads, shoulders, and necks get injured as flight attendants are thrown against the aircraft ceiling in high turbulence. Belligerent passengers assault crew members. Viruses and sickness get transmitted in the close quarters inside the aircraft. Slip and falls take place on ramps, stairs, and in the bustle of airports. Even the pilots in the relative safety of their cockpits get injured, by enduring long and turbulent flights without being able to move from their seats, causing lumbar strains and even disc herniation. Recently, a study from Harvard reported that the flight crew also suffer a higher lifetime prevalence of many types of cancer than the general population. (more…)

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Are Tow Truck Operators More Prone to Occupational Disease?

June 26th, 2018 Posted by Labor & Industries 0 comments on “Are Tow Truck Operators More Prone to Occupational Disease?”

Every part of a tow truck operator’s musculoskeletal system is at risk of suffering from repeated microtrauma. This job requires repetitive bending, reaching, twisting, stooping and kneeling, lifting, pushing and pulling, and medium-to-heavy physical exertion from a myriad of awkward postures. Whether it’s putting together the wheel assembly, jacking up half the weight of a stranded vehicle, strapping the wheels, hooking up safety chains, jumping in and out of the truck cab (under time pressure; often on rough and uneven surfaces), or just bumping along the road and suffering from over-the-road vibrations, the work is hard on their bodies. The physical toll on the tow truck operator’s body is unquestionable.

Washington’s Industrial Insurance Act defines an Industrial Injury in RCW 51.08.100 as “a sudden and tangible happening, of a traumatic nature, producing an immediate or prompt result, and occurring from without, and such physical conditions as result therefrom.” (more…)

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Labor & Industries Claim Allowance Requirements

June 25th, 2018 Posted by Labor & Industries 0 comments on “Labor & Industries Claim Allowance Requirements”

There are two types of Labor and Industries claims, each with their own requirements for allowance and treatment under the Industrial Insurance Act (workers’ compensation law).

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The first type of claim is called an Industrial Injury. RCW 51.08.100 defines an industrial injury as “a sudden and tangible happening, of a traumatic nature, producing an immediate or prompt result, and occurring from without, and such physical conditions as result therefrom.” It’s a mouthful, and it’s more technical than it appears at first glance. (more…)

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Emerging Trend: Communication and Resolution Programs

June 14th, 2018 Posted by Personal Injury 0 comments on “Emerging Trend: Communication and Resolution Programs”

It is no secret that hospitals, although often not for profit, are in the business of making money by providing medical care.  It is seemingly a simple exchange until something goes wrong. 

According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, and based on its collected data, medical malpractice is the third leading cause of death in the United States. One logical inference from that statistic is that you are more likely to die from the medical treatment at any given facility than you are for the actual condition you are there for. This is not to suggest there is any malice or intent on behalf of these providers but the statistics speak for themselves. (more…)

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