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Sexual Harassment at Work: Don’t be a Victim

If you have been sexually harassed at work, it goes without saying that you will be upset about what happened. While you have the right to feel this way, don’t let it stop you from making sound decisions moving forward.

First and foremost, you should report the harassment to your company’s HR department and/or supervisor. Don’t delay in doing so, as you want to get this out in the open as soon as possible.

From there, consult with a reputable sexual harassment attorney for guidance. You may be entitled to receive compensation for:

  • Future lost earnings
  • Back pay
  • Emotional distress
  • Punitive damages
  • Attorney fees and expenses

Sexual harassment can include everything from unwanted sexual advances to verbal or physical harassment.

If you feel like somebody has crossed the line, it is time to report them to the appropriate party and then speak with an attorney about your legal rights as an employee.


Types of Surgical Malpractice, Patient Options

As somebody faced with a surgical procedure, there is no doubt there will be a lot going through your mind. While you care about nothing more than recovering in a fast and efficient manner, it is hard to ignore the process you will go through.

As unfortunate as it may be, even the best medical professionals in the world make mistakes. In some cases, this leads to a malpractice lawsuit.

Here are some of the many types of surgical malpractice:

  • Failure to recognize complications that occur during the procedure
  • Negligent performance
  • Leaving instruments or other objects inside the patient
  • Failure to properly recognize and treat post-operative concerns

As a patient, there is nothing more important than your health. In the event that you are a victim of surgical malpractice, the best thing you can do is seek additional medical care without delay. This will better your chance of a fast and healthy recovery.

If the time comes to consider your legal options, contact us for additional information and advice.


Testing of Trinity Guardrails Begins

Trinity Industries is in the middle of a series of eight tests that could determine the future of the company, as well as its commonly used guardrail system.

The Federal Highway Administration ordered the tests amid safety concerns expressed by more than 30 states throughout the country.

According to the Federal Highway Administration Associate Administrator for Safety, everything went as planned with the first test. However, there are many others to follow with a report on the findings expected sometime next month.

Virginia is one state that refuses to sit back and wait for the results. Instead, the Virginia Attorney General filed a lawsuit against Trinity Industries.

In a statement, the attorney general said:

“Trinity had an obligation to test and seek approval for its equipment, but instead, they sold the Commonwealth thousands of unapproved products that had not been properly tested to ensure they would keep motorists safe.”

There are many reports of the guardrail system injuring or killing a person in the event of a head on collision, due to a product defect.

If a person is injured in such an accident, they may wish to consult with a personal injury attorney regarding their rights.


Honda Recall Continues to Grow

A defective product can lead to serious injury or death. As a consumer, there are steps you can take to stay informed as to which products are safe and which ones you should avoid. But even then, there is no way of guaranteeing that you won’t ever come in contact with such a product.

Defective car parts are extremely common, which can be seen by the number of recalls issued throughout the country every year.

Honda has found itself in the middle of an air bag recall that affects millions of vehicles.

With the most recent expansion to include another 2.6 million vehicles, the total number in need of repair has reached 5.4 million.

The recall is related to air bags supplied by Takata Corp. that can inflate with too much force upon impact. If this happens, metal parts can be spewed into the cabin. To date, a minimum of five people have been killed due to the problem.

Even though Honda is doing its best to address the concern, there is no way of knowing if every vehicle will be repaired. Subsequently, more injuries and deaths could occur in the future.


Recent Accidents in the Boston Area

If you regularly travel in and around the Boston area by motor vehicle, you are well aware that accidents occur from time to time. While you do your best to avoid trouble, you never know if another party will make a mistake that leads to your involvement.

Earlier this month, a 61-year-old Brockton man was killed in a pedestrian accident. According to police, this is just the latest in a string of pedestrian accidents around the area.

On the morning of December 3, a 10 car accident in the O’Neill Tunnel resulted in a traffic backup that lasted for hours. While no injuries were reported immediately following the accident, this could have changed in the hours following.

These are the types of accidents that are all too common in Boston, as well as other cities throughout the country. When a person is injured in such an accident, they may speak with an attorney to learn more about their legal rights.


November 2014 Blog Review

November is always one of the busiest months of the year, due in large part to the Thanksgiving holiday. Of course, this did not stop us from publishing a variety of unique content to our blog.

If you were too busy to stay current with our posts throughout the month, now is the time to catch up. Here are five stories from November that are worth reading in the near future:

1. Massachusetts, Other States Ban Guardrail System

2. Pedestrian Safety: A Growing Problem

3. Underage Drinking Statistics Prove Seriousness of Problem

4. Distracted Driving Stats to Consider

5. Factors that Help Determine Car Accident Injuries

To go along with these five posts, don’t forget to check back often during December. We have more advice, tips, and news stories for our audience!


Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

As a motorcyclist, you enjoy taking to the open road as often as possible. Regardless of your destination, you always look forward to the drive.

Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents remain a common problem throughout the United States. There are many causes of such accidents, including but not limited to:

  • Negligence on behalf of another driver, such as not sharing the road or speeding.
  • Road hazards.
  • Passenger vehicle pulling into the path of the motorcycle.

In the event of a motorcycle accident, the person on the bike is almost always seriously injured. With little to no protection, especially in the event of a collision with a larger vehicle, it is difficult to escape without injury.

Tip: motorcyclists can wear a variety of safety gear, including a helmet, to help protect them in the event of an accident.

Knowing the common causes of motorcycle accidents can help you better understand what is going on around you at all times. Pay close attention to other drivers, as well as potential roadway hazards, to improve your chance of avoiding a potentially serious accident.


Factors that Help Determine Car Accident Injuries

While there is no way of knowing what types of injuries a person will sustain in a car accident, there are many factors that contribute to this. These include but are not limited to:

  • The types of vehicles that are involved (including the size)
  • Whether or not the person was wearing a seat belt
  • The type of accident: head-on, side-impact, rollover, etc.
  • The speed at which the vehicles were moving
  • The position of the occupant at impact

Minor car accident injuries, such as scrapes and bruises, may heal on their own without medical treatment. On the other hand, there are more serious injuries, such as broken bones and head trauma, which require immediate treatment.

As a motor vehicle passenger, the best thing you can to is protect yourself against a potential accident at all times. This means always wearing a seat belt and obeying the rules of the road.

If you are injured in a car accident, it is best to get checked out by a doctor without delay. Even if you feel okay, there is nothing wrong with being examined just to make sure you remain in good health.


Distracted Driving Stats to Consider

Last month, we discussed the dangers of distracted driving. In short, any type of distraction increases the likelihood of being involved in an accident. Subsequently, the chance of injury or death also rises.

The NHTSA continues to do its part in fighting against distracted driving, sharing information and advice with anybody and everybody who takes to the road in a motor vehicle.

Here are three distracted driving stats that continue to worry organizations such as the NHTSA, as well as law enforcement officials throughout the country:

  • At any given time during the daylight hours, there are roughly 660,000 drivers in the US using a cell phone or other type of electronic device. With the use of technology on the rise, this number could increase in the future.
  • You are three times more likely to be involved in an accident when engaging in visual manual subtasks, such as texting or checking email.
  • Drivers in their 20s are responsible for 27 percent of the distracted drivers in fatal accidents.

By sharing stats, the NHTSA hopes to alert people of the dangers of distracted driving.

If a person is injured by a distracted driver, he or she may take the time to meet with a personal injury attorney to learn more about their legal rights.


Underage Drinking Statistics Prove Seriousness of Problem

Regardless of a person’s age, drinking and driving should never be a consideration. Not only does this increase the chance of an accident, but it also puts the driver, passengers, and others on the road at risk of injury or death.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving has shared some interesting underage drinking statistics on its website, including the following:

  • Children who begin to drink alcohol at a young age are more likely to be involved in an alcohol related motor vehicle accident.
  • Motor vehicle accidents are the number one cause of death among teens. Approximately one quarter of these accidents involve an underage driver who was drinking alcohol.
  • Alcohol use in teens leads to 4,700 deaths every year.

When a person decides to drink and drive, they may believe they are in good enough condition to make it to their final destination. Unfortunately, this does not always happen.

If somebody is injured by a drunk driver, regardless of the driver’s age, the victim may wish to consult with us regarding their legal rights.

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