Navigating Work-Related Injuries

By on 6-03-2016 in Construction Site Dangers, Personal Injury

We go to work to do a job, complete a task, and further our careers. No one ever expects to go to work and leave with a life-changing injury, or even worse, not come back at all. While your job prepares you with training and safety instructions, accidents can happen, and most of the time, they are not your fault. And even if you can attribute the accident to your own wrongdoing, you might be surprised at how the company can still be at fault.

A woman working for Botanical Food Company suffered from a work-related injury this July of 2017. The woman lost the tips of her index finger and middle finger in this accident. The incident occurred when the tube-filling machine she was working with produced a gap in the production line. The woman saw the gap and wanted to catch up on their slow morning and stuck her fingers in the machine to speed things along and reduce the gap. The woman claims that she did not think of a possible injury that could result from her actions. According to a report on the incident from The Chronicle, even though the company did not exhibit any reckless behavior, they “pleaded guilty to failing to comply with its health and safety duty.”

Even though the woman had been working with this same machine for over 100 hours, it was modified in 2008 and was now lacking a safety guard that would have automatically stopped the machine, rather than remain running while her fingers were inside. The woman admitted to her own foolish behavior, but regardless, the problem could have been avoided. The company was fined with $35,000, and the machine was promptly fixed after the incident.

Just like in this scenario, Williams Kherkher makes note that you can be eligible for compensation, even if the accident was caused by your own actions. It is common for workers to ignore their work-related injuries, but there is actually compensation waiting for you if you take legal actions. The company you work for will try anything to avoid a lawsuit and negative publicity, so you need to make sure that you are not being taken advantage of, and the best way to do that is by hiring a lawyer.

Immediacy is an important factor in your case. While the wounds are still fresh (literally) make sure to record the injuries you receive and take good account into the exact implications of how it happened. Sometimes your company will try to downplay your injuries, or send you to doctors who will under-diagnose you, it is important to go to a doctor that you trust. Often, your injuries can inhibit your ability to work and provide for your family, so it is important to get the compensation you deserve. The more experience your lawyers have, the more precedents they can use in favor of your case. Don’t let your company take advantage of you, or try to persuade you not to take legal action. If you were hurt on the job, no matter who is at fault, there is always some action to be taken.

Interesting Prom Venues

By on 6-03-2016 in Construction Site Dangers, Personal Injury

Prom is one of those nights your students want to remember. One of the factors you can consider to make the event more memorable is the venue. Sure, there is nothing wrong with the typical school gym and function room, but it is not bad to think about other settings either.

Aquarium

Aquariums are not just for family quality times, school fieldtrips, and dates, as they can also be used for proms. Many aquariums have wide spaces in them that can accommodate social events, including proms. The best thing about the peculiar combination of aquariums and proms is that it is exotic. The students can have a good time not just with their dates and friends, but also with marine life, not to mention the beautiful aesthetics that can result from water, lights, and certain marine life like jellyfish.

Garden

If you don’t feel the exotic and mysterious traits of aquariums, you can go for the green and lush traits of botanical gardens. The best traits of gardens involve color and smell. Gardens are not just green, because that would be quite boring because of too much consistency. In fact, gardens have a variety of colors because of their variety of flowers. The sweet smell of these flowers should also not be ignored, because they add to the general atmosphere and feel of the social event.

Hotel

Hotels have ballrooms that are much bigger that your school’s function hall. These rooms are also often highly decorated and exquisitely lit, creating a luxurious atmosphere that a school’s function hall can’t fully pull off. This feel of luxury can give students a unique experience, not to mention that it will match their formal attires, so they will feel like they belong.

Yacht

According to the website of the Anita Dee Yacht Charters, yachts are already being customized to be used as venues for social events, like birthday parties, weddings, and most of all, proms and post proms. Yes, your prom venue doesn’t necessarily have to be stationary. It can be a moving vessel in the water. This is exotic in its own way, and you can even make the event more scenic because of sunsets, fireworks, and the bright lights of the city as you and your students traverse water at night.

There are Things that You can Do if You were Injured in a Car Accident because of Another Party’s Recklessness or Negligence

By on 6-03-2016 in Construction Site Dangers, Personal Injury

Traffic authorities and professional bikers agree that the safest way to ride a bike is by being part of the traffic rather than by riding on the right edge of the road, very close to the gravel shoulder, as this may be covered with sand or other debris that can cause a biker to fall.

With the number of individuals riding a bike for morning exercise, to run an errand or head down to work increasing continuously, the above information can be a life saver. Equally important with the above information, professional bikers also share the following:

  • When riding a bike, one should blend into the flow of the traffic;
  • One should never zigzag along roads, go from street to sidewalk or weave between parked cars (this means bikers should never make their own road rules, otherwise, in the event of an accident, they may lose their right from receiving compensation as the accident would be due to their own acts of negligence and irresponsibility);
  • Ride on the right side of the street, at least three to four feet from the gravel shoulder. Along this path, other drivers, even pedestrians, will easily see you. Traffic is also slower at the right side of the road, so this will be a safer path, than at the left, where vehicles run faster;
  • Ride, at least, three feet away from cars parked at the side of the street. This is will keep you safe from car doors suddenly being opened or from cars starting and trying to merge back into the flow of traffic;
  • When riding downhill and your bike begins to run as fast as cars, ride in line with them. Pull a bit to the right, when you begin to fall behind and, when passing a car, make sure that you pass on its left side; a driver normally expects to be passed on its left side; and,
  • At a red light or at stop signs, stop behind cars that are already stopped and waiting for the green light. Never stop at its right side (especially if it’s a truck) as it may crush you if it makes a right turn.

Bikers, especially those who ride at night, need to observe many other precautions. But there is no safer and smoother way ever to ride than by observing traffic safety rules and riding with the flow of the traffic. If ever an accident occurs, your personal injury lawyer may be able to fight for your rights and earn for you the maximum compensation that the law allows if you rode this way since this can be a guarantee that you were not at fault in the accident that occurred.

Accessing the web address, http://www.shw-law.com/practice-areas/personal-injury-protection, will take you to a law firm that says personal injury lawyers “know just how devastating the effects of a car accident can be for all those involved. Even seemingly minor accidents can result in serious injuries, ongoing pain and suffering, and significant property damage, leaving accident victims with serious emotional, psychological, and financial burdens. To make matters worse, those who have to contend with these serious side effects often did nothing to cause the accident in question.

Fortunately, there are things that you can do if you were injured in a car accident because of another party’s recklessness or negligence. Filing a car accident lawsuit may be able to help you secure the financial compensation you need to pay for the financial costs of your accident.”

The law firm Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, likewise says, “The kind of medical and rehabilitative care that bicycle accident victims often need to recover from their injuries can impose serious financial burdens on victims and their families. It is with this in mind that personal injury lawyers recommend victims reach out to an attorney as soon after the accident as they are able. They can help you defend your rights as a cyclist and fight for compensation.”

 

Defective Child Car Seats

By on 6-03-2016 in Construction Site Dangers, Personal Injury

Children are some of the most vulnerable members of society. They are physically and mentally limited, putting them at greater risk of abuse and accidents. As the adult, you have the responsibility to make sure that the young people around you are on safe spaces.

A common cause of injuries among children is defective child car seats. These devices are made to serve as a restraint and a protective vessel, protecting children from injuries that can be sustained from car accidents and other potentially traumatic events. According to the website of the defective car seat attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, negligent car seat manufacturers may be held liable for selling defective products.

Common defects
Improper restraining capability: Car seats have latches and buckles that work together to properly restrain a child. If these materials have defects that compromise their effectiveness, the child may be in danger of unwarranted ejections during accidents.

Defective adjusters: Restraining a child is useless if the straps are too loose, as the child may still be ejected. If the straps are too tight, the child may be injured or may be difficult to rescue in emergency situations.

Manufacturing defects: Defective car seat parts, such as handles, shells, cushions, and frames, and the use of flammable materials can also compromise the functionality and comfort of child car seats.

Common injuries
Head or brain trauma: If a child is not restrained properly, he or she may hit a hard surface or get ejected. The child may sustain injuries to the head, or worse, to the brain. These kinds of injuries have the capability to limit cognitive and sensory functions.

Neck and back problems: The sudden jolt of a vehicle may cause whiplash, or a strain to the neck. It may also cause back injuries. The worst back injuries involve the spinal cord, potentially leading to the partial or total loss of sensory and motor functions of the limbs.

Chest injuries: Improper adjustment of straps can lead to injuries to the chest area, especially during the jolt on an accident. The stress from the impact can cause problems to the shoulders, chest, and ribs.

Types and Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries

By on 6-03-2016 in Construction Site Dangers, Personal Injury

According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are more than 5.3 million people in the U.S. who are suffering from disabilities due to traumatic brain injury (TBI). Every year, about 185,000 are added to their number, while another 50,000 die. TBI is, actually, a major cause of death and disability in the U.S. and in the rest of the world.

Traumatic brain injury (TBI), also called intracranial injury, refers to any type of injury occurring in the brain. It is the result of an external force (a violent blow or jolt to the head) that traumatically injures the brain or which causes brain dysfunction. The three major roots of this external force are motor vehicle accident, falls, gunshot wound and violence.

Traumatic brain injury has many types. These include:

Concussion. The most common type of traumatic brain injury, concussion occurs when the blood vessels in the brain are stretched and cranial nerves are damaged. Its causes include trauma to the brain due to gunshot wounds, a car accident resulting to a whiplash injury, and violent shaking of the head.

Contusion. A contusion is bruising and swelling that affects the tissue of the brain. This injury is usually sustained in car accidents, when the head hits apart of the vehicle, like the steering wheel or an airbag. Among younger individuals, this injury is mostly sports related. Depending on its severity, the symptoms of brain contusion include loss of consciousness that lasts from a few minutes to an hour or longer, immobilizing headaches, insomnia, loss of memory, tiredness, difficulty concentrating, trouble speaking and, if left untreated changes in attitude and behavior.

Coup-Contrecoup Injury. This injury occurs when, due to the force impact to the head, the brain is slammed into the opposite side of the skull, causing the additional contusion.

Diffuse Axonal Injury. This injury is also known as Shaken Baby Syndrome or Abusive head trauma (AHT). Its cause, which includes strong shaking of the head, results to the tearing of brain nerve tissues. This disturbance in the brain can lead to brain damage or death.

Locked in Syndrome. This rare neurological condition, which usually results from a stroke, damages part of the brainstem. In this type of injury, a person remains conscious, however, his/her body and most of the facial muscles, except the eyes, are paralyzed.

Penetrating Injury. Also called open head injury, a penetrating injury occurs when a sharp object, like a bullet, enters the brain and causes a wide area of damage. Penetrating injuries are serious medical emergencies; these can cause either permanent disability or death.

Acquired Brain Injury. This injury to the brain occurs after birth.

Brain injuries require intensive emergency treatment, prolonged medical care or both; it can deplete family resources and savings. Many times, however, accidents resulting to TBI are due to someone else’s actions or failure to act in accordance to what is expected of him/her.

These acts of negligence are the bases of tort suits wherein victims or their families seek compensation for their injured loved one.

As mentioned in the website of Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC, so much is at stake in the outcome of lawsuits that seek compensation to the damages suffered by victims and their families. While nothing will undo the harm done to victims, the compensation will help see to their proper caring, treatment and continuous medication.