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Apr
24
2015

How to Help Insurance Companies with a Car Accident Investigation

Have you or a loved one been injured in a car accident? Do you require assistance dealing with insurance companies? This can be one of the most challenging aspects of an accident.

Insurance companies are in the business of making money. They aren’t in the business of always paying a fair amount. This is why you need a qualified attorney on your side.

There are things you can do to assist with a car accident investigation. By taking the right steps, you can help the insurance company with the investigation (while helping yourself at the same time). Here is what you should provide:

  • Photos of the scene, showing any damage to your vehicle
  • Police report
  • Contact information of any witnesses who can back up your story
  • Copies of medical bills and records
  • Photos of your injuries

It is easy to believe that an insurance company has your best interest in mind, but this isn’t typically the case. Instead, they want to pay out as little as possible. If you want to guarantee a “fair shake,” don’t hesitate to consult with our law firm. We have many years experience communicating and negotiating with insurance companies on the behalf of clients.

Apr
21
2015

OSHA Workplace Violations Show Workplace Dangers

In our last blog post, we discussed the seriousness of workplace injuries. To help prevent injuries, workers should do their best to avoid dangerous situations. Furthermore, and just as important, companies should follow strict safety protocols.

According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), some safety standards are violated more often than others. Here is a list of the top 10 most violated standards of 2014 (and the corresponding industry):

  • Fall protection, construction
  • Hazard communication standard, general industry
  • Scaffolding, general requirements, construction
  • Respiratory protection, general industry
  • Powered industrial trucks, general industry
  • Control of hazardous energy (lockout/tagout), general industry
  • Ladders, construction
  • Electrical, wiring methods, components and equipment, general industry
  • Machinery and Machine Guarding, general requirements
  • Electrical systems design, general requirements, general industry

A workplace injury, regardless of industry, can happen when you least expect it. As a result, a person can be seriously injured or even killed. If you or a loved one is a victim of a workplace accident, contact us to learn more about your rights.

Apr
17
2015

Worker Injuries can be Serious, Fatal

Some jobs are more dangerous than others. However, everybody, regardless of job responsibilities, could be injured at their place of employment.

In addition to tens of thousands of annual workplace injuries, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration reports that 4,405 workers were killed at work in 2013. This works out to approximately 85 deaths per week and 12 per day.

The construction industry, for example, is one of the most dangerous. In 2013, 796 construction workers were killed on the job. There were many causes of death, with falls at the top of the list, followed by being struck by an object, electrocutions, and caught-in/between accidents.

If a person suffers an on the job injury, they should consider their legal rights after receiving medical attention. This includes filing a workers’ compensation claim and possibly a lawsuit against any negligent party. It is important for the injured party to receive the compensation he or she deserves.

A workplace injury can turn a person’s life upside down. If you or a loved one is put in this position, take care of your health first and then learn more about your rights.

Apr
10
2015

There is No Shortage of Texting and Driving Resources

At Joel H. Schwartz, P.C., we never want to hear that somebody has been involved in a motor vehicle accident. We know all too well that this can lead to serious injury, or even death.

There is no way to completely eliminate these types of accidents. However, there are things every driver can do to make the roads a safer place.

Texting and driving is responsible for thousands of accidents every year, many of which injure or kill those involved. If you want to learn more about this behavior, including why it is so risky, review these resources:

These resources provide a wealth of information, ranging from statistics to tips for staying safe and much more.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident caused by a distracted driver, we can help you better understand your rights and whether you can receive compensation for losses and damage.

Apr
7
2015

Stay Current with the EEOC Newsroom

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) strives to provide updates in regards to recent lawsuits, news, agency updates, and much more.

When you visit the EEOC Newsroom page, you are presented with a long list of stories. While some are more interesting than others, each one will provide you with unique information in regards to workplace discrimination, sexual harassment, and a variety of other related topics.

By staying current with recent news stories, you will better understand what is expected of employers, as well as how employees can fight for their rights. Furthermore, you may come across a story or two that fits your situation, which could provide you with a better understanding of how to move forward.

The EEOC Newsroom is updated regularly, so be sure to check back often. The information and advice you gather will help improve your knowledge base on a number of topics.

Apr
3
2015

March 2015 Blog Review

At the beginning of every month, we take a look back at the blog posts from the previous month. If you didn’t have the time to keep up with the content we published in March, don’t hesitate to review what you missed.

Below are five of our most popular blog posts published last month:

1. Manufacturers can be Held Liable for Defective Product Injuries

2. The Dangers of Drowsy Driving

3. Negligence During Childbirth

4. Workplace Discrimination: Do you know what’s going on?

5. Three Online Resources to become Familiar with

Be sure to check back often in April, as we will be publishing more high quality advice, information, news, and much more.

Mar
31
2015

Manufacturers can be Held Liable for Defective Product Injuries

When you buy a product, you expect that the manufacturer did its part in regards to safety. While this is usually true, there are times when a defective product slips through the cracks and makes its way to market.

There are three ways in which a manufacturer can be held liable for a defective product injury:

  • Negligence. This is when a manufacturer fails to exercise the appropriate level of care when producing a product.
  • Misrepresentation. Advertising and marketing campaigns lead consumers to believe a product isn’t what it seems to be.
  • Breach of warranty. A product is unable to stand up to claims by the manufacturer.

Our website shares information on defective products and related injuries, however, always keep this in mind: no two situations are the same. If you have been injured by a defective product, and believe the manufacturer to be liable, be sure to contact us to discuss the finer details.

Mar
27
2015

The Dangers of Drowsy Driving

Drowsy driving is more common than most people believe. According to a 2005 poll conducted by the National Sleep Foundation, “60% of adult drivers say they have driven a vehicle in a drowsy state over the past year.”

If that statistic doesn’t open your eyes, maybe this one will: more than 37 percent claimed to have fallen asleep at the wheel.

Drowsy driving is extremely dangerous, as it greatly increases the chance of a motor vehicle accident. Not only can this harm the person who is drowsy, but it can do the same to those in other vehicles.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately 100,000 accidents every year are related to driver fatigue. Furthermore, this leads to roughly 1,550 deaths.

Truck drivers often times get a bad rap for driving too many hours, thus leading to sleepiness behind the wheel. But remember, anybody operating a motor vehicle could find him or herself too drowsy to drive.

In the event that a person is injured by a drowsy driver, he or she may be in position to recover compensation from the negligent party. We can help you better understand your legal rights and which steps to take.

Mar
25
2015

Negligence During Childbirth

The thought of being a victim of medical malpractice may be enough to scare you into learning more about the doctors you trust and the hospitals you visit. This is particularly true if you are pregnant and worried about the future health of your baby.

Negligence during childbirth is a serious concern. If a doctor or other medical professional makes an error during childbirth, it could result in an injury to the baby. Furthermore, it could harm the mother as well.

Some of the most common childbirth medical errors include:

  • Failure to recognize and respond to fetal distress
  • Failure to anticipate potential complications
  • Failure to order a C-section in a timely manner
  • Improper use of delivery tools

You have enough going on when you are pregnant that you don’t want to be concerned about medical malpractice. That said, do your best to choose a medical professional and facility you can trust.

In the event of negligence during childbirth, it is essential to get your infant the medical attention he or she needs. From there, you can contact us to learn more about your legal rights.

Mar
20
2015

Workplace Discrimination: Do you know what’s going on?

If you have never been a victim of workplace discrimination, it may be difficult to understand just how big of a problem this remains throughout the country.

Every day, employees are discriminated against because of a disability, race, religion, or sex among other protected classifications.

There are both federal and state laws in place to protect workers against discrimination. These include:

  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
  • The Fair Employment Practices Act
  • The Massachusetts Civil Rights Act

Remember this: if you feel you are being discriminated against, you are not alone. There are many others in the same position. There are also many others who have escaped this type of discrimination.

If you require assistance, don’t hesitate to contact our law firm and/or the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

For a better idea of how big of a problem this remains, review the EEOC’s newsroom webpage. It includes a variety of news releases regarding workplace discrimination cases and settlements.

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