Frasier Frasier & Hickman LLP
Toll Free: 800- 522-4049
Local: 918-584-4724
Passionate, Proud Advocates Helping
Working Oklahomans for over 60 years

Wearables could support workplace safety and injury recovery

Wearable activity trackers that monitor heart rate and count steps have become popular in Oklahoma, but technology developers have proposed expanded roles for smart personal medical monitors in the workplace. A presentation given at a conference described how wearable technology could assist workplace safety managers. More advanced devices on workers could collect data about body mechanics. Managers could use this information to evaluate injury risks and work toward prevention.

The presentation outlined how wearable gadgets could integrate with the workers' compensation process. In addition to alerting people to injury risks, the trackers could play a role in reporting injuries and provide feedback useful in treatment and rehabilitation decisions. A worker recovered from an injury might also avoid another injury with warnings from a wearable device.

Technology placed on the body, such as exoskeleton devices, could improve the quality of life for workers after catastrophic injuries, he said. Tests with paralyzed patients have shown promising results, such as helping people stand or even walk. Technology like this could assist case managers in speeding the recovery of injured workers. Physically supportive wearables could help people overcome knee or back injuries.

Although technological breakthroughs for aiding injured people are rapidly becoming available, many people still face challenges getting basic care and benefits after workplace injuries. When an employer fails to provide information about workers' compensation benefits, an injured worker could reach out to an attorney for help in preparing and filing a claim for benefits. The attorney could also appear at an appeals hearing if the claim is disputed or denied.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Visit Our Main Website

Contact Us

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

FindLaw Network