Asphyxiations Strangulations Suffocations and Workers Comp Claims
Asphyxiations, strangulations, suffocations refer to injuries that are found listed in the Occupational Injury and Illness Classification System (OIICS) of the Bureau of Labor Statistics. They refer to the kind of injury that an employee suffers in a work-related accident or incident. When a worker is injured in some type of incident or accident that happens at work, the nature of the employee's injury or injuries has to be listed under the right heading.
Asphyxiations, strangulations, suffocations have very similar meanings. Asphyxiation refers to a condition in which there is a severely deficient supply of oxygen to the body that results from being unable to breathe normally. Strangulation refers to a condition in which circulation of blood to a part of the body is cut off by constriction. Suffocation refers to the stopping of respiration as by asphyxiation or strangulation. It is to derive of oxygen.
Asphyxiation is generally used in reference to an accident or incident that causes the supply of oxygen to be cut off. Strangulation is usually used when an act of violence is perpetrated by one person upon another. Suffocation, more than the other two words, can refer to either an accident or an incident, or it can be used to refer to an act of violence.
In regard to workers' compensation, asphyxiations, strangulations, suffocations refer to the nature or type of injury that an employee sustains while doing their job for their employer. For example, an employee faces the danger of asphyxiation when working in a confined space, such as vats, reactors, tubes or tanks. An employee faces the risk of strangulation from an act of violence by a disgruntled, angry co-worker or a criminal. An employee is at risk for suffocation when their work takes them into grain bins.
Asphyxiations, strangulations, suffocations is found under the heading of traumatic injuries and disorders. This is a heading for work-related incidents that are usually psychologically and emotionally traumatic to co-employees, as well as the employee who is injured.
Kinds of Jobs With a High Risk for Asphyxiations, Strangulations, Suffocations
There are several jobs that carry a high risk for asphyxiations, strangulations, suffocations. Some of these include:
- Farming and agriculture
Possible Injuries Resulting From Asphyxiations, Strangulations, Suffocations
Sadly, in most instances, asphyxiations, strangulations, suffocations result in the death of the employee. However, when an employee does survive asphyxiations, strangulations, suffocations, there are several possible injuries that may be sustained. Some of these are:
- Vomiting, nausea
- Dizziness, confusion
- Stupor and coma
- Acute dyspnea (shortness of breath)
- Syncope (fainting, loss of consciousness)
- Bradycardia or tachycardia (slow or fast heart rate)
- Arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat)
Can I Get Workers' Comp for Asphyxiations, Strangulations, Suffocations
As mentioned earlier, most asphyxiations, strangulations, suffocations result in death. In such cases that are work related, the employee's legal dependents are entitled to receive workers' compensation death benefits.
If you are an employee who has survived a work-related asphyxiation, strangulation or suffocation, you may wonder if you are entitled to receive workers' compensation benefits. The answer is a definite, "Yes." If you are having trouble getting workers' compensation, the best thing to do is to talk to a workers' compensation lawyer.