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When a serious injury accident happens on the job in Texas, it may be difficult to pin down a single trigger for the incident. For example, a person performing a job without proper training may not directly cause things to go awry. However, that could be an influencing factor if something goes wrong and that worker does not know how to handle the circumstances, or if he or she does not have the proper tools to do the job.

Are you using your respirator correctly?

Out in the oil fields, there are a number of airborne hazards that can have a devastating effect on your lungs. Wearing a respirator may be the solution to many of the dangerous inhalants, but the Texas Division of Workers’ Compensation warns that this personal protective gear is not a guarantee of safety. In many situations, relying too heavily on your respirator could cause a significant workplace injury.

Understanding acute neck injuries

Regardless of the type of job you do in Texas, a neck injury is a hazard that is always present. While some neck problems develop over time, a sudden trauma may cause you some severe concerns right away. Many workers turn to our team at The Law Offices of Miller & Bicklein, P.C., for answers to their questions about what to expect after this type of debilitating event.

What you should know about knee injuries

People in Texas who must stand or walk frequently during the workday rely on several muscles, bones and joints in their legs to provide this mobility, and the knees bear much of the burden. In fact, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons notes that a person’s knee is among the easiest joints to injure, and these injuries send more people to the doctor than most other complaints.

What is considered an occupational disease?

In the state of Texas, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation if you are diagnosed with an illness related to an occupation you held or still hold. One of the things that our attorneys at The Law Offices of Miller & Bicklein, P.C., explain to people is what qualifies as a work-related illness.

Brain injury and its link to depression

A brain injury from a workplace accident in San Antonio can affect people in numerous ways. One of those ways is depression. According to Brainline.org, three out of 10 people who incur a brain injury will experience depression, while only one out of 10 people without a brain injury experiences the disorder.

What is silicosis?

If you work in certain jobs in Texas, especially construction and mining, then you may be at risk of developing a disease known as silicosis. According to MedlinePlus, this disorder is caused by exposure to silica dust. This disease could show up 15 years or longer after the initial exposure, although if you are exposed to an excessive amount of silica, you might present with symptoms within a year.

The diseases associated with asbestos exposure

Asbestos exposure is linked to several diseases, which is why its use has been restricted. However, many workers in San Antonio, especially those in construction, continue to risk exposure when working in older buildings that still contain materials made from asbestos. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, an asbestos-related disease might arise from either short-term or long-term exposure.

Workplace Accidents: Can I choose my own doctor?

After you have been injured on the job, especially if your injury is serious, it is likely that your first objective may be to seek prompt medical attention to care for your injury. The question on many injured workers' minds is: Can I choose my own doctor?

Increased risk of serious injury for night shift police officers

Police officers and other law enforcement agents have a notoriously dangerous job. Working a shift at night increases the danger involved in the job, leading to a higher risk of serious injuries. According to HealthDay, the risk of officers working the night shift suffering from injuries on the job is significantly higher than their day-working counterparts.

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