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The shipping industry has major risks for workers

The shipping industry is a huge part of the Los Angeles economy. Many workers in this area depend on the ports as their source of income. Companies that hire these workers take steps to ensure that the working conditions are as safe as possible but all risks are impossible to eliminate.

Workers who are heading to the jobsite should make sure that they are aware of the hazards they face. Some are easy to spot, but others are more hidden.

How physical therapy can help with rheumatoid arthritis

If you have rheumatoid arthritis, you know that some days you can move freely, with no joint issues and on other days the pain is debilitating. At the Disability Rights Law Center, we understand that you may need financial assistance to help pay for physical therapy to treat your RA. We have helped many California residents get Social Security disability and Supplemental Security Income benefits to help them get the care they need.

According to WebMD, staying fit and healthy is vital to managing RA symptoms. This includes being active and exercising. Physical therapy is often part of a rheumatoid arthritis plan. The goal is to stimulate muscles, joints and bones to strengthen them and maintain range of movement.

What are the signs of schizophrenia?

If you think a loved one may have schizophrenia, then it is imperative to try to get him or her help. This condition can be debilitating and even dangerous. California doctors can offer help to you and the person with the diagnosis, but the first step is identifying the signs that someone you love has this disease. WebMD explains that symptoms of schizophrenia usually become apparent gradually and often start when a person is between the ages of 16 and 30.

The person who is affected typically will not be aware of the signs, but others are more capable of noticing them. Common symptoms include emotional withdrawal, depression, delusions or hallucinations, confusion and memory issues. The person may also stop taking care of his or her daily needs, such as bathing or eating. He or she may also physically start moving in different ways or seem incredibly jumpy.

Social Security Disability benefits have a long waiting time

When you have a disability, your financial future can feel incredibly uncertain. After all, a disability will likely preclude you from keeping a job, especially a good-paying job. Thankfully, the Social Security Disability program allows people who have worked their entire adult life to claim benefits when they end up disabled as the result of an injury or an illness.

Most people understand that the application process for Social Security Disability benefits is a difficult one. However, few people really understand the delays, hardships and red tape that people with disabilities must go through to connect with the benefits they deserve. It can take months or even years for someone with a serious disability to connect with the benefits he or she needs to survive.

Overcoming your physical disability and finding contentment

You have suffered a recent injury that has left you learning to cope with a new physical disability. As you start the process of healing and learning how to function with your new limitation, you will also be faced with the task of overcoming emotional setbacks as you create new goals for yourself and accept your new situation. At Disability Rights Law Center, we have helped many people in California to get compensation in circumstances where their personal injury was the result of some kind of accident. 

According to helpguide.org, one of the biggest challenges you will face is learning to accept your disability and not let it affect your attitude or determination to live a successful and happy life. Some of the things you can do to facilitate this acceptance include the following:

  • Learn about your disability and how it may affect you. Collaborate with people who have experienced the same injury and get their advice and support. 
  • Keep your goals realistic. If you have an ultimate goal, set smaller goals along the way and celebrate with each little accomplishment.
  • Discover new hobbies or interests that you have and spend time doing them. This can be a productive distraction from the emotions you may otherwise be experiencing.
  • Acknowledge your emotions and take the time to process them. Consider working with a mental health professional to receive help in overcoming roadblocks.

Traumatic brain injuries can lead to many types of disabilities

Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) impact everyone a bit differently. This can make it hard to know which treatments will work best and what type of recovery to expect. There are numerous factors involved, such as:

  • The general health of the person who suffers the injury
  • That person's age at the time of injury
  • The area of the brain where it occurs
  • The severity of the damage after the incident

A minor brain injury to a healthy, young individual may completely resolve within weeks, while a serious injury to an older person with diminished health could lead to a permanent disability.

Publicized coverage of suicide may have damaging consequences

There are many individuals in California who struggle with anxiety and depression to the point that it is crippling. The debilitating emotion they feel every day can cause them to feel so unhappy that they seek alternatives to surviving their situation. The ever-growing problem of suicide is highlighting the need for intervention and resources providing support for people who are victims of mental disabilities. When addressed in a timely manner, the loss of a person's life may be avoidable. 

In a recent report that discussed the seemingly growing prevalence of suicides around the nation, experts expressed concern that highly publicized reports of suicide could actually be triggering suicides elsewhere. The study comes on the heels of the suicides of popular designer Kate Spade and executive chef Anthony Bourdain. Crisis hotlines reported an exponential increase in the number of calls they facilitated since both of the deaths and saw similar trends following the deaths of other popular figures including Robin Williams and Chester Bennington.

Construction accidents can likely be prevented

Construction workers should be able to go to work at the start of a shift and not worry about whether they are going to make it home at the end of the shift or not. Their employers should ensure that they have a safe environment to get the job done. When this doesn't happen, workers are the ones who might suffer physical injuries.

Some accidents in the construction industry are more common than others. There are four types that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have dubbed the "Fatal Four" because they account for such a large portion of the accidents that can occur in this industry.

Helping teens combat depression in a healthy way

For many California parents, there are few thoughts more concerning than the health and well-being of their children. Often, during the teenage years, children face a variety of obstacles and challenges that can create mental instability. Parents who understand how to help their children cope with difficult times, how to recognize depression and what to do to combat it productively, can act as advocates and facilitate a healthy recovery. 

According to Web MD, parents may begin to be concerned and suspect that their teenager is depressed if their child begins to isolate him or herself. If this kind of behavior becomes noticeable, parents should try to reach out to their child and involve him or her in exciting family activities. They may also sit down and talk with their child to find out which types of activities he or she finds entertaining. If they provide opportunities to do those things and the child still prefers isolation, he or she is most likely depressed and the issue should be addressed accordingly. 

What are your rights when you return to work after a TBI?

As the victim of a traumatic brain injury in California, you have spent significant time in rehabilitation to help you relearn important skills. You are learning to cope with limitations you may not have experienced before and are doing your best to thrive despite the changes that have occurred. Recently, you have decided to return to work. This time can be both exciting and terrifying at the once. However, when you understand what your rights are, you can be aware of the treatment you should receive to help you be successful in your career. 

According to brainline.org, if you experience significant challenges with day-to-day functions in relation to your TBI, returning to work could be significantly more difficult than someone who has suffered a less-severe TBI. Fortunately, with the right resources at your disposal, you can excel even if you are still recovering. Some of the resources you should have access to include the following:

  • A supportive work environment where you feel safe and appreciated.
  • Access to training to help you strengthen your cognitive function and skills. 
  • Technology that has been designed to supplement areas where you may need additional assistance. 
  • On-the-job training to help you learn about your responsibilities and how to effectively complete them.
  • Access to counselors who can provide support and encouragement as you return to work. 
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