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    Archive for November, 2021

    A Lancaster Work Injury Lawyer Discusses Compartment Syndrome and Workers’ Comp

    The Mayo Clinic defines chronic exertional compartment syndrome as “a…muscle and nerve condition that causes pain, swelling and sometimes disability in the affected muscles of the legs or arms.”

    Again according to the Mayo Clinic, the signs and symptoms may include:

    • Aching, burning or cramping pain in a compartment of the affected limb
    • Tightness in the affected limb
    • Numbness or tingling in the affected limb
    • Weakness of the affected limb
    • Foot drop, in severe cases, if legs are affected
    • Occasionally, swelling or bulging as a result of a muscle hernia

    Pain caused by chronic exertional compartment syndrome typically follows this pattern:

    • Begins consistently after a certain time, distance[,] or intensity of exertion after you start exercising the affected limb
    • Progressively worsens as you exercise
    • Becomes less intense or stops completely within 15 minutes of stopping the activity
    • Over time, recovery time after exercise may increase

    Taking a complete break from exercise or performing only low-impact activity might relieve your symptoms, but relief is usually only temporary. Once you take up running again, for instance, those familiar symptoms usually come back.

    Compartment syndrome is usually associated with athletes or crush injuries, and certainly may be a type of work-related injury, qualifying you for workers’ comp benefits. If you have developed compartment syndrome through work, let a Lancaster workplace injury lawyer help with your workers’ comp claim, so that your employer or their workers’ comp insurance company doesn’t talk you into an undervalued settlement.

    The Serious Nature of Compartment Syndrome

    If you’ve ever disregarded a simple sprained ankle or stubbed toe suffered at work, but then began to feel a fairly severe and uncomfortable pressure around the area hours later, this inflammation-type pain could easily turn into compartment syndrome. This complication can be deadly.

    Generally speaking, compartment syndrome is an injury complication that causes increased pressure and bleeding within muscle tissue groups, which are surrounded by strong connective tissue called fascia. When this fascia is injured, blood and fluids rush toward the muscle tissue group, causing pressure. Any dangerously high pressure in the muscle tissue may impede the flow of blood throughout the affected tissues, and if the pressure is not released, it continues to build up and cause severe pain and muscle deterioration.

    Compartment syndrome is a common complication with crush injuries. However, compartment syndrome isn’t confined to one area but may be caused by any number of work-related injuries. 

    Our Lancaster Workplace Injury Lawyer Can Help With Workers’ Comp Claims Related to Compartment Syndrome 

    Although compartment syndrome is relatively obscure, any number of work-related injuries may lead to it. After even a seemingly minor injury at work, you should ask your doctor specifically about it during your post-injury exam. The last thing you need is the discovery of compartment syndrome after your case has been settled.

    A Lancaster workplace injury lawyer at Vanasse Law LLC understands the dangers of compartment syndrome and can help you be sure your workers’ comp claim accounts for this dangerous condition. Contact us for a same-day response and a free consultation.

    How to Prevent Deadly Scaffolding Accidents

    A large number of Pennsylvania residents work with scaffolding every day, most commonly in construction jobs or other building sites. If you are one of these workers, you know that scaffolding presents serious risks to workers. Many serious injuries and fatal accidents are caused by scaffold falls.

    If you have suffered an injury at work in Pennsylvania due to faulty scaffolding, let a Lancaster workplace injury lawyer help with your workers’ comp claim so that your employer or their workers’ comp insurance company doesn’t talk you into an undervalued settlement of your claim.

    OSHA Guidelines

    Due to the inherent dangers involved in scaffolding work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) (PDF) has developed strict guidelines for the setup and use of scaffolds on job sites. Employers must follow the guidelines set out by OSHA as part of the requirement to provide all employees a safe work environment. Some of the topics covered by the OSHA guidelines include:

    • Fall protection or fall arrest systems
    • Guardrail height
    • Crossbracing
    • Midrails
    • Footings
    • Guying ties and braces
    • Capacity
    • Training
    • Inspections
    • Erecting and Dismantling

    Safety Tips for Working with Scaffolding

    The OSHA guidelines are comprehensive and detailed, but, as is the case with many government agency documents, they are formal and complex. Most construction veterans focus on common-sense safety tips, such as:

    DOs:

    • Make sure a competent person; i.e., an experienced scaffolding veteran has thoroughly inspected the scaffold before anyone climbs it
    • If you’re not sure that a scaffold is safe, ask a supervisor 
    • Use a personal fall arrest system whenever required
    • Wear sturdy shoes with nonslip soles
    • Always wear a hard hat upon or around any scaffold
    • Be aware of any co-workers sharing the scaffold as well as other workers below
    • Move around the scaffolding slowly and carefully
    • Use common sense! If it doesn’t feel safe, it probably isn’t

    DON’Ts

    • Don’t overload a scaffold
    • Don’t leave debris, tools, and other materials lying around the scaffold where someone could accidentally knock them off the platform or trip over them. Keep tools where they’re supposed to be
    • Be careful driving anything heavy, such as a forklift or refuse truck, too close to a scaffold.
    • Avoid using a scaffold entirely during windy or stormy weather, or if the scaffold is covered with ice or snow
    • Don’t take chances! It’s not worth it!

    Let a Lancaster Workplace Injury Lawyer Help You Understand Scaffolding Safety 

    Scaffolds on the worksite are among the most dangerous tools at any construction site. Many construction workers simply won’t use them. If you’re a construction worker who has been injured by a scaffolding accident, a Lancaster workplace injury lawyer at Vanasse Law LLC can help you with your workers’ comp claim. After all, workers’ comp is all we do. Contact us for a same-day response and a free consultation.