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Medicina Legal de Costa Rica

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BOGANTES ROJAS, Josette  and  GARRO VARGAS, Karen. Accidentes de tránsito como riesgo laboral ocurridos durante los años 2006 y 2007, valorados en la sección de medicina del trabajo del Departamento de Medicina Legal. Med. leg. Costa Rica [online]. 2010, vol.27, n.1, pp.17-32. ISSN 2215-5287.

In the last years, the traffic accident suffered by workers while carrying out their jobs, increased by number and severity. In this paper we studied the traffic accidents valued as laboral risk by the Department of Work Medicine during 2006-2007 (Total of cases evaluated: 121). There is a dominant pattern among the studied cases; most of them were men from 30 up to 49 years old, bus/taxi drivers or motorcycle messengers. The main injuries presented by these workers corresponded to inferior member fractures (warm and perone) and head traumatisms, with sequels such as residual pain and functional limitation, that granted in some cases a temporal or permanent disability depending to the severity.

Keywords : Traffic Accident; Laboral Risk; Usual Road Traffic Accidents; Injuries; Sequels; Temporal Disability; Permanent Disability.

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