After suffering an injury, it’s not uncommon that the doctor will prescribe some sort of medication to ease the pain, and aid your healing. The doctor prescribes these to you as a means of helping your injuries. However, they can also cause problems if there is improper use. Maybe you didn’t read the label closely enough; maybe you were left to care for yourself. Or, maybe, you deliberately took more mediation than you should have. No matter the reason, suffering an overdose comes with a set of symptoms. While you might recognize them in yourself, it’s not uncommon that someone else will stumble upon the situation and take control. In that instance, it’s important that the person who comes to your aid is able to recognize overdose symptoms.
Recognizing Overdose Symptoms
Know What Medications They Are Taking
First things first, you’ll need to be aware of what kind of medication this person is taking. By having this knowledge, you can 1) help to prevent an overdose, or in the event of overdose, you can 2) identify the medication to emergency services. Being able to relay what medications they have in their system can make a large difference in the ability of those EMS to treat the victim. Furthermore, by knowing the medications they take, you can share that detail with EMS. By being aware of different medications, you or the medical team can determine how they may interact with one another.
Common symptoms of overdose:
In most overdoses, the signs are quite obvious. For instance, loss of consciousness, unresponsiveness, vomiting, or blue lips. However, there are plenty more signs that are subtle in comparison.
Of the more subtle overdose symptoms, constricted pupils are quite common. In most cases, drugs will dilate pupils and make them appear larger. However, when it comes to pain medication, pupils tend to become very small. So, if you’re struggling to determine what medication they might have overdosed on, their pupils are a good place to check.
One of the more difficult to determine, is slowed breathing. While pupils can be easy to check if you think to do so, slowed breathing might not even cross your mind. When suffering an overdose, your breathing is one of the first things to change. Your heart rate slows, as does breathing, when drugs kick in. In some cases, the breathing can become so slow that it stops. Therefore, it’s important to check the person’s pulse and listen for their breathing.
Hot, cold, clammy, nauseous….
Among other overdose symptoms, are to become cold, clammy, drowsy, nauseous, to vomit, or become very hot as well. As you can see, there is a large range in symptoms when it comes to overdose, depending on the medication. If you suspect that someone you know, or even yourself, to be in the process of an overdose— call emergency services immediately. While an overdose can be deadly, you can also counteract it quite quickly if put into the right hands.
Receiving head injuries due to a work-related accident is more common than you might think. In general, these injuries can consist of any damage to the brain, scalp, or skull. That includes concussions, skull fractures, and scalp wounds; each injury can vary in degree and lasting effects. For this reason, some head injuries can be hard to determine when it comes to the level of seriousness. Therefore, it is important to be aware head trauma symptoms to look out for if you happen to receive a head injury on the job. While it might feel minor at the time, these symptoms can be quite telling.
Receiving Head Injuries On-the-Job: What Symptoms to Look For
A headache. As one might guess, a headache can be one of the more common signs you are suffering from head trauma following an incident. In each case, the headache may range from mild to severe. But in either case, pay attention to how long it last. For the most part, an average headache may go away fairly quickly. It should not last into the next day. But having a long lasting headache may indicate you are suffering from some head trauma.
Nausea/spinning/ lightheaded. Another sign of head trauma can be nausea or lightheadedness. In this case, you may experience lightheadedness or spinning that brings about nausea. But in other cases, you may experience just one of these symptoms. In either case, you can also expect vomiting to accompany these feelings. Furthermore, these symptoms can be a strong indication that you are suffering from a head injury.
Ringing in the ears. One other sign of head trauma can be experiencing ringing in your ears. Since this is an odd symptom, it can help indicate that something is wrong. This ringing may be a constant beep or more like a buzz.
Recognizing the Symptoms
Recognizing the symptoms of trauma after receiving head injuries is vital to making sure you receive the proper treatment. No matter how you’e feeling after the incident, speak with your employer, file a report, and see a doctor. While a bump or bruise might feel minor, when it comes to your head— you want to make sure that you’re taken care of. Every work injury is worth reporting, but especially one that could become potentially very dangerous if left untreated.
Working on a construction site comes with it’s fair share of danger. Between heavy machinery, welding, beams, building from a harness, and so much more… there are plenty of potential construction work injuries that doctor’s offices see each year. OSHA works diligently to create safety regulations that can prevent workplace accidents. Furthermore, each company may also include their own safety protocol in tandem with OSHA’s. However, due to the nature of the job, there is always present danger. In the event that you suffer from a construction work injury, it’s important that you follow the following steps…
Construction Work Injuries: What to Do After Being Hurt
Seek medical attention
Due to the serious nature of these accidents, it is important to seek medical help quickly. In the case of most work related accidents, you want to report it to someone before seeing a doctor. While this is still true of construction site injuries, still act within reason. In the case of an emergency, get help quickly. If it is not an emergency, report the accident to your site supervisor right away. Either way, if injured on the job— worker’s compensation should be covering that injury. So, if your injury is quite severe, don’t hesitate. Get help immediately.
Report your injury
As we’ve said, this step is interchangeable with the first one depending on severity. So, either way, report the injury as soon as possible— whatever that means in your case. The most important thing is that you’re safe, and as soon as you are, go to your employer or site manager and create a record of your injury. Write down the specifics, create the report, and ask questions. I’m sure you have plenty, especially about the cost of treatment. Ask about your employer’s worker’s compensation benefits and insurance. Stay in the know during this entire process.
If there was anyone around to see what happened, get their names and contact information. They can become a vital portion of proving your case if your employer tries to dispute it.
Preserve the evidence
If there is any evidence of your accident, try to preserve it. For example, if you were hit with something, take photos, keep what hit you, if there is blood on the floor— anything at all that can be helpful to your case and claim, it’s important that you have that to refer back to.
Knowing How To Act on Your Case
Construction work injuries can be very common, however we never expect to be the victim. If you find yourself in a workplace accident, it’s important that you know what steps to take to protect yourself. While your employer might be readily available to help you, and make sure you’re covered— that’s not always the case. Therefore, you should know your rights, know how to ensure your own safety, and what to do if something does happen.
A worker’s compensation claim can be filed for any number of reasons. In short, it it’s a result of your job, whether a broken bone, ankle sprain, or even a disease— you can file a claim. While a broken bone or sprain is fairly easy to treat, a disease is something that doesn’t go away quite as easily. For this reason, occupational disease claims are much more rare, serious, costly, and more lenient on timeline.
Occupational Disease Claims: A Rare, Yet Serious Occurrence
How do you contract an occupational disease?
An occupational disease (we’ll call them OD’s for short) occurs due to ‘work-related exposure,’ to any number of things. From dust, gases, radiation, fumes, extreme changes in pressure, radiation— any experience that can cause long-lasting effects. There is a complete list of occupational diseases you can look at here. But, a few strong examples are: bronchitis, mercury poisoning, carbon monoxide poisoning, or loss of hearing.
What is the statute or limitations for occupational disease?
Being that OD’s are less common, and can occur at any period of time after exposure, the statute on these claims is two years from the time you visit the doctor.
How do you, as an employer, minimize these claims?
While an OD claim is a bit more difficult to fake than, say, a broken ankle— there will still be an attempt at some point in time. So, what can you do as an employer to ensure fewer claims? But, also, what can you do as an employer to minimize the risk? For starters, you can require medical exams for each employee before hire, as well as annual exams. This might seem like a costly thing to do. But, an OD claim will likely be much more costly.
To prevent OD claims, consider providing a ‘health and safety in the work place’ course once every six months, or year. Having well-educated workers when it comes to safety precautions can prevent many injuries. Not to mention, proper supervision of the working environment can make a large difference. Accidents do happen, and inevitably— some will. But doing your part to keep workers aware of safety measures, you can make a big difference.
Every single person, thing, and technology, is subject to failure every now and then. While inconvenient, we expect that we will face issues every now and then. However, what about when that failure leads to injury or death? When it comes to defective drugs, such as over-the-counter or prescription medications, the side effects can be serious, and sometimes deadly. But what causes those failures? And what responsibility does the manufacturer have when you’ve been injured at their expense?
Defective Drugs: Cause and Liability
Most commonly, people reserve medications for when they’re not feeling 100% like themselves. Therefore, you’ll usually follow the guidelines provided on the bottle, or from your doctor. We assume that the medicine is reliable, safe, and we’ve been provided the proper instructions for taking it. So, when something unexpected happens, we have a few people in mind to blame. And when that resulting injury is serious, or a cause of death, the costs can be pretty high. From pain and suffering, to medical bills— who is responsible? In short, the manufacturer is responsible.
Manufacturer responsibility for defect
As a consumer of medication, whether prescription or over-the-counter, you assume that the medicine your taking is safe, and as it’s supposed to be. But when that’s not the case, and defective drugs hinder your way of life, it is 100% up to the manufacturer to take responsibility. There is the potential for receiving payment for medical bills, pain and suffering, and so forth. While a settlement of any kind will not fix, or change, what happened to you or your loved one— it can create a financial ease while you deal with the aftermath. But, one of your first questions, will likely be: why? Why did this happen? And what was the cause?
Causes for Defectiveness
Defect in the product. One reason for defective drugs may be a defect within the makeup of the product. In some cases, it could be that manufacturers are using harmful chemicals that do not interact well with one another. While plenty of testing should warn against these issues, that is not always full proof. Furthermore, there could be a defect in the making of the drug.
Incomplete labeling. Another common cause of defective drugs is incomplete or insufficient labeling. In short, without proper labels, consumers don’t know what they are taking. Therefore, they have no knowledge of how their body may react to it, or how it may react with other foods and medication.
Insufficient warnings. Like incomplete labels, insufficient warnings can leave a consumer unaware of how to take their medicine. All medications should include a list of instructions informing people how to take the drugs. In addition, that list should also include warnings as to how not to take the medicine.
As we’ve said, no amount of money can make your pain and suffering go away. But, it can ease the financial burden of your healing. If you, or someone you know, has been the subject of defective drugs, urge them to reach out to a personal injury attorney today. After explaining the details of your product liability case, an experienced attorney will be able to help you find the right recourse. Lastly, you might not be the only person who has faced injury or death at the hands of that manufacturer. So, coming forward might just help to save someone else…