Posts From November, 2019

Signs You Are in Shock After an Accident

If you’ve been in an auto accident, you may find yourself going into shock. Shock is a physical condition that occurs when the blood flowing through your body suddenly decreases. It can come from a number of things in addition to an accident, including an infection, an allergic reaction, and even from heatstroke. Shock is a major condition that needs to be taken seriously because it means your organs are not getting the oxygen and blood they need.

The Signs of Shock

It can often be difficult to tell if you’re in shock yourself since some of the most common signs are appearance. Your skin may look pale, your pupils may dilate, and you may find that you feel cool or clammy to the touch. The tips of your fingers or lips can also become somewhat blue or gray in color.

While you may not necessarily notice these signs of shock yourself, you can take note of your breathing and pulse. If both are rapid, you may be in shock. Other signs include vomiting, nausea, weakness, dizziness, and feeling agitated or anxious.

You don’t need to have all of these symptoms to be in shock. In the early stages of shock, you may only experience one or two of them, but the longer the condition goes on, the more symptoms may come on.

What to Do When in Shock

If you’re in shock, you need to call 911 or let someone know that you need medical assistance as soon as possible. Lie down and elevate your legs unless doing so would cause you further injury or causes pain. Do your best not to move. Don’t eat or drink anything, and loosen your clothing if it feels too tight. If you believe you’re going to start vomiting, you may turn on your side unless doing so causes pain.

The most important thing is to call for medical assistance or let someone know that you need help. Shock is serious, and without help, your organs can be permanently damaged due to lack of oxygen.

If you’re in shock due to an auto accident, the condition needs to be included in any claim you file. The doctors at Maximum Orthopedics can help you file the correct paperwork and submit all of the necessary medical documents needed. Call today to discuss your case.

  • Posted on: Nov 30 2019
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How Employees Are Protected from Retaliation in Workers Comp Cases

If you’re thinking about filing a workers comp case or if you’ve been asked to testify in a workers comp case, you may be concerned about losing your job or facing some other type of retaliation from your employer. Fortunately, the law provides a number of protections against retaliation.

You Can’t Be Fired

If you file a workers comp claim, it’s illegal for you to be fired in most states, including New York. According to the New York State Workers Compensation Board, your employer cannot fire you or in any other way discriminate or retaliate against you. This protection covers both employees who file workers comp cases and those who are called to testify or provide information in these cases.

You Also Can’t Be Demoted or Otherwise Penalized

If you’re suddenly demoted without a legitimate reason or believe you’re being penalized in some way, you can report your employer to the board and file a complaint. This includes being given lesser work or assignments, having your pay reduced, and being harassed. The bottom line is that your employer cannot prevent you from filing or testifying in a workers comp case, and they cannot do anything to penalize you for doing so, either.

What If They Do?

It’s important to also note that New York is what’s considered an “employment-at-will” state. This means that employers do have the right to fire employees for any reason at any time. What many will do is document any small infraction you make and then cite that infraction as the reason for your termination rather than going against the protections provided in workers comp. This can make it very difficult to bring a wrongful termination case against them, especially if they have solid documentation against you and didn’t move to terminate you right away.

Employers may be tempted to retaliate against employees who cost them money, especially if they were forced to pay out a large sum in a workers comp case. If you filed such a case or testified in one and were later fired, you need to seek legal assistance if you plan on fighting that termination.

You also want to make certain your workers comp claim is as solid as it can be so there’s no need to worry about losing your case. The experts at Maximum Orthopedics can help you file your claim and assist with any other paperwork required. Contact us today to schedule a meeting.

  • Posted on: Nov 15 2019
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