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Steps to Take After a Personal Injury at Work

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Injuries happen every day in the work place. If you have been injured at work, the things that you do immediately after the injury happened can affect whether or not you win your workman’s compensation case. Here are some tips that you can use to help you be successful in getting compensation.

Report Your Personal Injury

The injury you had at work needs to be reported immediately to your supervisor or boss. The person you work for needs to know about it so that they are able to enter the information into the report book of the company. Also, when you report the accident right away it will show that you are really hurt. Waiting until later to report the accident and injury is going to look very suspicious.

Go to the Doctor

When you have been injured at work, you need to make sure that you are checked out by a doctor. Your workplace might have a doctor that they use specifically for work related accidents. If not, it’s a good idea to go to the hospital. When you are being examined by the doctor, make sure that you tell the doctor that your injury is related to work. This is going to let the doctor put the information that they get from the examination into the report that goes to your employer.

Make sure that you collect the medical documents, receipts, and bills that you have gotten from your doctor. This is going to show that you did go to the doctor and it will help your case.

Follow Your Doctor’s Orders

Whatever your doctor tells you to do, make sure that you do it. Otherwise your employer may not believe that you are truly injured or that you aren’t as injured as you claimed. The last thing that you want to do is to have your employer be suspicious about the validity of your claim and terminate your employment.

Find a Lawyer for Your Work Injury

Even though chances are that your employer will give you compensation for the injuries, there’s also a really good chance that they are going to try to pay you the bare minimum. When you find a lawyer to represent you, you can be sure the lawyer is going to deal with the company’s adjuster and ensure that you’ll get the most compensation possible. He or she will also be sure your claim process is very simple for you through providing legal tips and advice. Your lawyer also is going to talk to the company’s insurance company if they need to and be sure that you’re fully compensated for your lost wages.

These are the things that you should do when you have sustained a personal injury at work. If you have taken the right steps, it will make your lawyer’s job a lot easier and help with expediting your claim. When your lawyer has the information that he or she needs about your work injury and knows that you have taken the right steps, your lawyer will be able to help you much more.

Do I Need a Lawyer when My Injuries Are Minor?

Friday, June 05, 2015

It may be tempting to proceed with negotiating with the insurance company on your own because your injuries seem to be minor. Doing so can be a serious mistake.

For instance, when you suffer whiplash in a rear-ender accident, the actual symptoms may not appear for days or even weeks later. In the meantime, you might struggle with some amount of neck pain that you believe is not serious enough to bother about. In many, injuries, symptoms do not make their presence felt for weeks later. One prime example is whiplash, but there are several injuries in which the extent of the injury can become evident only weeks later.

Even if your injuries are what you consider to be minor, they may have long-term consequences that you may not have completely appreciated. Say, for instance, that you have suffered a finger injury in an accident. You may believe that since it is a simple finger injury, you do not require an attorney to negotiate a settlement for you because the injury will heal quickly, and you can continue working as you did before.

That however, may not be how things turn out for you. If your job currently consists of manual tasks, or tasks in which you use your hands or fingers very often, then you may find that the finger fracture now limits your ability to perform the same tasks that you were performing. That immediately impacts your ability to earn an income, and could even determine whether you are able to return to the same job that you did before. These are questions that you may consider after an accident, and these are issues that you must resolve before you agree to any kind of settlement with the insurer.

Prolonged Resuscitation Efforts Do Not Benefit Child Drowning Victims

Sunday, February 01, 2015

In just a few couple of months from now, the temperatures will rise in California, and the year’s peak swimming season will begin. Every year, children constitute some of the most frequent victims of drowning accidents across the United States. New research seems to indicate that the current guidelines that call for prolonged resuscitation of children who have suffered a drowning incident, may actually not be beneficial to children at all.

The study was conducted by Dutch researchers, who say that their study points to a lack of any benefit in prolonged resuscitation efforts, for children beyond 30 minutes. They found that when resuscitation efforts were continued in children, who had drowned, and had suffered a heart attack, or suffered a significant drop in their body temperature in a condition known as hypothermia, the prolonged resuscitation did not have any benefit at all, and 87% of the children died after the incident. Out of the remaining children, many were left in a vegetative state as a result of the brain damage.

There is much that you can do to help reduce the risk of a child drowning in your swimming pool. Most child-related drowning incidents occur in residential swimming pools, when parents and caregivers take their eyes away from the child for just a few seconds. Make sure that children are not around any pool unsupervised. An adult supervisor must be present at all times. Avoid being distracted while you're by the pool. You are not going to be of any help if you're by the pool, and texting on your cell phone while children are in the pool.

Understand that a child who is drowning will not make a lot of attention, or splash about. Drowning is very often a very silent killer. It takes just a few seconds for a child to slip below the surface and either die, or suffer long-term brain damage.

If a loved one has suffered injuries in a drowning accident in a swimming pool, or hot tub, speak to a premises liability lawyer in Burbank.

Parents Fail to Strap Newborn Babies into Car Seats Correctly

Saturday, October 04, 2014

For many newborn babies, injury risks begin right from the very first car trip from the hospital to the home. According to a new study, newborns are at risk because their parents fail to install the car seat correctly while taking the baby home from the hospital. Children who are not appropriately restrained in a car are at a much higher risk of being killed or suffering injuries in an accident.

The researchers analyzed 167 families with newborn children, and monitored their trip home from the hospital. They found that 93% of the parents actually made at least one mistake, while placing their infant in the car seat. Those mistakes were also made during installation of the car seat.

Some of the more common mistakes while placing the baby car seat, were leaving the safety seat harness too loose with 69% of the parents making these mistakes. Approximately 20% used an after-market product, that was not approved with the car seat and 15% did not know how to adjust the harness.

There were also serious mistakes made in installing the car seat. At least 43% of the parents installed the car seat too loosely, or installed at an incorrect angle. In 23% of the cases, the parents used the safety belt, but did not lock it, and in 17% of the cases, the parents left incorrect spacing between the seat and the front seat.

Not surprisingly, most of these mistakes were made by families who did not speak English or were from a lower economic background. Non-white families or parents who were not married or single women without a partner were more likely to make these mistakes. The study also found that families that had worked together with a certified car safety seat technician were much more likely to install the seat correctly, and position the baby correctly. The correct installation rates were as much as 30% higher in the case of these families.

Feds Must Keep Non-Compliant Trucking Companies off the Road

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Truck drivers who drive beyond the maximum permissible work hours, may be at risk of fatigue, and this is significantly increases their risk of being involved in a potentially devastating truck accident. The federal administration must do more to take companies that allow, and even encourage, drivers to violate Hours of Service rules in this manner, off the road.

That advice came from outgoing National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Deborah Hersman. According to Hersman, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration must do more to ensure that companies that do not comply with the Hours of Service regulations, are penalized, and even shut down if they continue to violate the rules. The outgoing NTSB head expressed her frustration, that in far too many cases, trucking and bus companies were being forced off the road only after their violations resulted in a serious accident, and not before.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration must increase oversight over companies that have violated Hours of Service rules, placing them under a stringent process of monitoring to ensure that they don't break the rules. Companies that violate rules must be penalized heavily to ensure compliance. Unfortunately, all of this remains on paper, and in practice, far too many commercial motor carriers are allowed to continue breaking rules placing them as well as motorists on the road at serious risk of being injured in an accident.

Driver fatigue is a major contributor to trucking accidents, and is widely believed to be a highly underestimated factor in tractor-trailer and semi rig accidents in the United States. That's because a driver who dozes off at the wheel causing an accident, is highly unlikely to admit that he dozed off which makes accurate recordkeeping more difficult. The actual number of accidents related to driver fatigue may be much higher than the official statistics show.

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