Category: The Sociology of Injury

Alienation

The post injury role is isolating, if not alienating, to be an injured worker. A serious injury is a uniquely frightening and anxiety-provoking experience. The amount of tissue damage is rarely understood by the patient. The medical terminology is confusing. The final diagnosis may come long after the injury. And each office visit, diagnostic study, …

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Preparing for the Afterlife

The workers’ compensation system is a confining one that is equal measure security and repression. Your income, health care and activities are controlled by a governing source. There is very little freedom and flexibility, and as the months and then years pass, the patient adapts to this passive-depedent role. Eventually, and sometimes abruptly, administrative closure …

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Social Isolation

It is isolating, if not alienating, to be an injured worker. A serious injury is a uniquely frightening and anxiety-provoking experience. The amount of tissue damage is rarely understood by the patient. The medical terminology is confusing. The final diagnosis may come long after the injury. And each office visit, diagnostic study, procedure, referral, or …

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Processing Medical Visits

Injured workers often have a need to discuss their visits to their physicians. They will telephone those whom they feel serve an advocate role and will call for several reasons: 1. The most common is the feeling that their central problem is not being addressed by their authorized treating physician. They do not organize their …

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"Overtime and Overboard "

“People who put in long hours at work increase their risk of dying from heart disease and heart attack. In fact, people who work three or more hours of overtime a day have a 60 percent increased risk of heart-related problems such as dying from heart disease, having a heart attack or angina, the researchers …

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Alexithymia

Alexithymia: “A patient and his wife were sitting in front of me. The issue was that he was physically abusing her, …
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Co-Morbid

Co-Morbid Patients who are taking prescribed narcotics for their chronic pain are exposed to a system in which the following …
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Bad Actors

Bad actors: You do not have to be a nice person to be a police officer. You do not have to have self-insight, a good philosophy …
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