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OSHA Tracks Workplace Injury, Illness Statistics

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) is staffed with many responsibilities, including tracking workplace injury, illness, and fatality statistics. This data goes a long way in helping companies prevent accidents, while allowing workers in each industry to understand the risk they are taking on.

Earlier this week, we discussed the steps to take if you are involved in a construction accident. While the construction industry is dangerous, there are many others, such as the medical field, that have a high rate of injury and illness as well.

In addition to tracking data, OSHA is responsible for implementing and enforcing regulations that are meant to improve workplace safety. These regulations will never be able to prevent every accident and illness, but they have been proven effective over the years.

A workplace injury or illness can lead to many challenges, both for the injured party as well as the employer. In some cases, the employee has no choice but to file a workers’ compensation claim. Furthermore, there are situations in which a separate lawsuit is filed in an attempt to collect additional compensation.

OSHA does an excellent job tracking workplace injury, illness, and fatality data, but nothing changes the fact that accidents can and will continue to happen.


What to do if you are Injured in a Construction Accident

The construction industry is dangerous at times. Although workers and employers do their best to maintain a safe working environment, bad things can happen every now and again.

If you are injured on the job as a construction worker, here are several steps to take:

  1. Receive immediate medical attention.
  2. Report the injury to your employer. Doing so as soon as possible will help you avoid additional challenges in the future, such as when filing a workers’ compensation claim.
  3. Complete a claim form. Remember this: until you complete a workers’ compensation claim form your employer has no obligation to provide you with benefits. Be as thorough as possible, and don’t forget to keep a copy for your personal records.
  4. Don’t delay. The longer you wait to file a claim the more chance there is of something going wrong. In short, a delay in reporting could cause a delay in receiving benefits.

It’s common to be confused (as well as scared) when filing a workers’ compensation claim. Don’t let anything get in the way of receiving benefits. Instead, consult with an attorney who can review your accident, claim, and any other pertinent details.


Protect yourself with Motorcycle Safety Gear

As a motorcyclist you realize that any accident, regardless of the circumstances, could cause serious injury. There are many steps you can take to prevent trouble. There is also protective safety gear you can (and should) wear at all times.

There is nothing more important than a high quality motorcycle helmet. Regardless of the road you are on or the speed you are traveling, you should always put on a helmet before taking off. Get this: the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration notes that helmets helped save almost 20,000 lives between the years 1984 and 2006.

Along with a helmet, consider the other type of gear that could keep you safe in an accident. For example, leather does more than look good. If you are thrown from your bike, it acts as a layer of protection between you and the ground.

It’s easy to think you don’t need any protective gear, especially if you are only taking a short trip. Don’t be fooled. You should put on all your gear every time you take to the road. This may sound like overkill, but it is better to be safe than sorry.


Do you Know How to Spot a Drunk Driver?

It only takes one drunk driver to cause an accident that injures or kills one or more people.

While you may understand the importance of sober driving, others often times make the mistake of getting behind the wheel after having too much to drink.

If you know how to spot a drunk driver, you can avoid this person at all costs. Conversely, there is less of a chance you will be involved in an accident.

Here are five ways to spot a potential drunk driver:

  • Tailgating
  • Swerving
  • Drifting from one lane to another
  • Quick starting and stopping
  • Driving without headlights at night

If you notice somebody doing one or all of the above, there is a chance he or she is drunk. It is no guarantee, but it is best to keep your distance.

In the event that you are injured by a drunk driver, you must know your rights. You could be in position to collect compensation for damages. Contact us to learn more about your legal rights and the steps you should take.


Summer Bike Safety Tips

Although there are people who enjoy riding their bicycle year-round, many wait until the summer months to really get involved.

From suburban roadways to downtown corridors, bicycles are everywhere. For this reason, there is always the chance of a bicyclist being involved in an accident with a motor vehicle.

Here are three summer bike safety tips to follow:

  1. Wear a helmet at all times. It does not matter where you are riding or how far you are traveling, you should always wear a helmet. This can help prevent serious injury or save your life in the event of an accident.
  2. Be seen. From dawn to dusk, do whatever you can to be seen by others. This typically means wearing bright clothing and adding reflectors to your bicycle. When others can see you, there is a lesser chance of being involved in an accident.
  3. Check your bike before jumping in the saddle. Do the brakes work? Are your tires properly inflated? If you find something wrong with your equipment, take care of the problem before riding.

With these summer bike safety tips in mind, you can better enjoy yourself while also preventing an accident.

If you are injured in a bicycle accident this summer, don’t hesitate to contact us for more information regarding your legal rights.


April 2015 Blog Review

April was a busy month for us, publishing a variety of content to our blog. Just as we were busy, the same holds true for most of our audience. For this reason, you may have missed a few of the articles we posted.

Here are five of the most popular pieces from April 2015:

  1. Dehydrated Driving can Cause an Accident
  2. How to Help Insurance Companies with a Car Accident Investigation
  3. OSHA Workplace Violations Show Workplace Dangers
  4. Worker Injuries can be Serious, Fatal
  5. There is No Shortage of Texting and Driving Resources

Now that May is here, we expect to generate just as many blog posts. From advice to news and much more, check back often.


Dehydrated Driving can Cause an Accident

Most people are familiar with the dangers of drinking and driving. The same holds true for distracted driving. But now, it may be time to pay attention to something else: dehydrated driving.

This may sound silly, but a recent study proves that dehydrated driving can increase the chance of a motor vehicle accident.

A study out of the United Kingdom examined this concept, reporting the following:

“Researchers at Loughborough University carried out a range of tests over two days on male drivers, using a laboratory-based driving simulator. During the normal hydration test there were 47 driving incidents, but when the men were dehydrated that number more than doubled to 101 – a similar number to what might be expected of someone driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. These included lane drifting, late braking and touching or crossing the rumble strip or lane line.”

In today’s day and age, there is no gray area regarding the dangers of drinking and driving. But this study shows that drivers should also be aware of their level of hydration while behind the wheel. If the outcome of this study is accurate, staying hydrated could be the difference between remaining safe on the road and causing an accident.

If there are any additional follow-ups to this research study, we will be sure to bring you the results.


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.


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.


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.

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