Category: The Sociology of Injury

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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"Paid Vacations"

If a worker was holding down two jobs, why does it become so easy to accept not working at all? Accept that many injured workers, due to limited education and opportunity, take on jobs in which the potential for injury is quite high. These occur chiefly in the construction injury in which lifting accidents and …

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Feeling Their Pain

Feeling the misery of others is a dubious task. Many patients feel that none of their friends, family or prior co-workers appreciate the extent …
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Onset

Sleep Onset and Sleep Maintenance We do know that psychological disorders are comorbid (occur together) with sleep disorders. …
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The Mill

The Mill: I had a patient with a persistent headache and dizziness. He told his friend, a gastroenterologist, about the symptoms. …
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