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Asbestos and Mesothelioma

Although it has not been used in manufacturing or as a fire prevention material for decades, asbestos continues to cause new cases of mesothelioma to be diagnosed each year. The damage to the lungs caused by asbestos can take years to develop into ailments such as mesothelioma, a form of cancer.

Products in which asbestos was commonly used during manufacturing include:

  • Vehicle brake assemblies
  • Fire-retardant textiles
  • Siding and roofing products
  • Household appliances with electric coils
  • Turbines and pumps
  • Wall and ceiling tiles
  • Fireproofing spray
  • Joint compound and powder plaster
  • Insulated wiring, pipes, and gaskets
  • Textured paints, cements, and compounds
  • Furnaces and boilers

It is not always the person who worked in the asbestos-contaminated environment who is diagnosed with mesothelioma. In many cases, family members of those who worked around asbestos later become ill from having inhaled asbestos fibers brought home on the shoes and clothes of their loved one.

Diagnosing a Workplace Injury

It is crucial to have a prompt and effective medical diagnosis of the injury when pursuing a claim for workers’ compensation or Social Security Disability benefits. You will need a medical specialist to diagnose your injury, whether it is an injury requiring surgery or a soft tissue injury. Depending on whether the workplace injury involved a one-time trauma, such as a fall from a height in an oil field accident, or a repetitive stress injury, you will need an appropriate diagnostic evaluation.

A diagnostic evaluation in a workplace injury may include the following:

  • MRI or CAT scan
  • Tests for nerve damage
  • Tests for symptoms of concussion
  • Evaluation of internal organ function

Repetitive Stress Injury

A repetitive stress injury may be the result of an employer’s failure to provide appropriate equipment to an employee to do the task they are charged with. In other cases, poorly maintained equipment can contribute to a worker using unsafe techniques to perform their job. Repetitive stress injuries are often related to carpal tunnel syndrome and other painful, debilitating, and chronic conditions.

We often see repetitive stress injury claims result from work settings such as:

  • Clerical work
  • Stocking shelves
  • Operating stationery industrial equipment
  • Loading and unloading pallets or trucks

Electrocution

An electrocution injury is most common in professions that require elevated work which, in turn, exposes employees to overhead power lines. In some construction accidents, electrocution results from the severing of or exposure to an underground power line. Overhead power line electrocution injuries may occur as a result of a third-party contractor working at the same site as the injured party.

An electrocution injury can cause:

  • Burn injury
  • Loss of the use of your hands or arms
  • Permanent nerve damage
  • Fatal workplace injury

Falls from Heights

When a worker falls from heights and is injured due to conditions at the work site, it is typically grounds for filing a workers’ compensation claim. However, in a busy, noisy, and hazardous work environment, the actions of another contractor can create the conditions that lead to a fall from a height. This can form the grounds for a third party claim (a claim against someone other than your employer).

Falls from heights can occur in any work setting that involves:

  • Ladders
  • Scaffolding
  • Catwalks
  • Bucket trucks

Injuries that result from a workplace fall can range from fractures and broken bones, which heal in a matter of weeks, to a permanently debilitating injury such as a traumatic brain injury or paralysis. At the Law Offices of Dan Davis, we work hard to get accident victims the full compensation they are owed.

Fatal Workplace Injury

The majority of fatal workplace accidents occur in professions which have an inherently dangerous setting. These cases, such as a construction accident or industrial accident, call for the guidance of an Oklahoma City personal injury attorney in establishing that the negligence of the employer or of a third party led to the fatal workplace injury. A third party is someone other than your employer.

A fatal workplace injury may result from any of the following circumstances:

  • Exposure to toxins
  • Electrocution
  • Falls from heights
  • Fires and explosions
  • Collapsing scaffolding

Other fatal workplace injury cases in Oklahoma City arise from intentional acts of personal injury or negligent workplace security, such as the shooting of a clerk during a robbery. If your family is coping with the loss of a loved one due to a fatal workplace injury, the Law Offices of Dan Davis is prepared to handle your case with sensitivity to you and the utmost persistence to see that justice is served.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

The fact that women are three times more likely to experience carpal tunnel syndrome can make it difficult for men to convince the insurance company that they have sustained this common repetitive stress injury. Even for women who experience the telltale signs of advancing carpal tunnel syndrome, the process of applying for workers’ compensation benefits can be complicated and difficult.

Typical carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms include:

  • Sensation of swollen fingers, especially when first waking in the morning
  • Tingling or itching in the palm of hands
  • Loss of grip strength
  • Occasional shooting pain from wrist to elbow
  • Persistent sense of “pins and needles” in the hands

Carpal tunnel syndrome involves conditions within the bones of the wrist which put pressure on the median nerve and surrounding tendons. Though the pressure on the nerve causes pain and discomfort that can make it impossible for a person to perform their job, there is no permanent nerve damage. Our attorneys may be able to help you successfully apply for the benefits to which you are entitled.

To discuss your case with an Oklahoma injury lawyer, contact our firm at (405) 531-9983.