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Which Workplace Hazards Are You Most Likely to Face?

Submitted by jrlaw on Feb 6th, 2013

Workplace injuries are frighteningly common. Unfortunately, they're also frustratingly easy to avoid, provided that the owners of the business take measures to protect their employees. There are some types of hazards in workplaces that you're more likely to face than others.

Falls

Violations of fall protection regulations were the most commonly-cited violations in workplaces by OSHA in 2012. Falling from an elevation causes some of the most devastating injuries imaginable and, of course, these falls all too often end up killing the victim. If you work at an establishment that expects you to ascend heights without fall protection, you should tip off OSHA about it before someone gets hurt or killed. Scaffolding violations were the 3rd most common type of OSHA violation in 2012, so remember to keep an eye out for employers who don’t live up to standards in this regard, as well.

Communication

One of the most overlooked sources of injury in workplaces is simple communication. According to OHSA, violations related to not living up the standards for communicating hazards were the 2nd most common types of violations in 2012. When an employer asks you to do 100% of a job with less than 100% of the information about the dangers involved, they're asking you to risk your life and limb. Report it and don't take on jobs when you're not given thorough information about the hazards involved.

The Dangers of Slip and Fall Injuries

Submitted by jrlaw on Feb 6th, 2013

Slip and fall injuries are likely more dangerous than you think. In fact, CDC figures reveal that more than 17,000 people lose their lives every year because of a slip and fall injury. These injuries are also associated with serious injuries, including broken bones, broken backs and, in the worst cases, even death.

You may have heard a term that's recently become very prevalent in the media, traumatic brain injuries (TBI). TBIs are most associated with veterans returning from the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq, but they happen at home, too, and they happen quite a lot in conjunction with slip and fall injuries. In slip and fall injuries, TBIs are the actual causes of death of more than 40% of the falls that take the lives of the elderly.

As you can see, taking a spill in a restaurant, retail store or other commercial location is oftentimes a legitimate reason to sue. When the owners of such an establishment fail to properly safeguard their customers against harm, the consequences can be severe, even deadly.

Product Liability Facts and Figures

Submitted by jrlaw on Feb 6th, 2013

If you're considering filing a product liability claim, there are some facts about these cases that you should be aware of. Product liability claims generally count for around 10% of all personal injury lawsuits. They also pay out among the highest average jury award and settlements. In fact, they only come in second to medical malpractice claims in terms of how much they typically play out in damages. Here are other things that you should know about these lawsuits.

Why They're Filed

The three main reasons that these lawsuits are filed are as follows:

  • A product was advertised defectively
  • A product was designed defectively
  • A product was manufactured defectively

It's important to remember that anyone who flies one of these lawsuits has suffered financially or physically due to a defective product. There are, for example, product liability claims filed because someone bought a product and it didn’t perform as advertised, but they were not injured. Being put out financially because of a defective product is most certainly reason to sue.

Nursing Home Workers Sometimes Assert Senior Rights

Submitted by jrlaw on Jan 3rd, 2013

Three recent wrongful termination lawsuits filed in Michigan detail how the employees at a nursing home sometimes end up being the ones to assert the rights of senior citizens and other patients.

In one case, an employee filed a wrongful termination lawsuit because she was assigned to a patient that she knew she would not be able to provide adequate care for. The nurse had injured her wrist and had a limitation on how much weight she was supposed to lift. She told management that she could adequately care for the patient to which she had been assigned and, eventually, that resident did end up falling. The nurse told this to a state investigator and that she was told not to write up a report about the incident and, the next day, the nurse was fired, leading to the lawsuit.

Unsafe Working Conditions Alleged in Lawsuit

Submitted by jrlaw on Jan 3rd, 2013

A lawsuit has been filed by two teenage boys who were injured in their workplace. The lawsuit alleges that the Oklahoma teenagers, who were working on a grain auger, were injured by the machinery due to unsafe conditions in their workplace.

The defendant has been fined by OSHA due to not having workers compensation in place at the time of the accident, according to the Enid News and Eagle. The company is being sued for over $75,000 in damages. According to the reporting, the lawsuits in total alleged that there were five separate counts of negligence on the part of the employer.

Each of the boys lost a leg in the incident. One of the boys was working on the machinery when his leg got caught in it. The other boy attempted to help the boy who was stuck and ended up getting caught in the auger himself. In addition to losing a leg, both of them sustained critical injuries during the incident.

Training and Negligence

Among the allegations made in the lawsuit is that the boys were not provided with adequate training. There are strict OSHA requirements for training for working on certain types of machinery. There are also age restrictions for working on particular types of machinery in the workplace. If an employer violates age limits or if they fail to provide proper training, they may well be held to be negligent if one of their workers becomes injured.

Student Plummets from 4th Floor Dorm Window

Submitted by jrlaw on Jan 3rd, 2013

A student fell from a fourth floor window at Bowling Green State University, triggering an investigation. The incident occurred last year, when the dormitory had just been opened. The dormitory is a five floor building, and the fall took place around three o'clock in the afternoon, according to reports by Fox Toledo.

The student was listed in good condition when he was brought to the hospital. This particular building, according to the reporting, has two section windows. Students are able to open up the smaller section of the window to get air into the dormitory.

Genetics and Negligence Can Both Cause Birth Injuries

Submitted by jrlaw on Jan 3rd, 2013

Birth injuries can occur for a wide variety of reasons. In some cases, birth injuries happen because of a genetic predisposition, because of an illness or because of something that occurs inside the womb that could not have been predicted. There are cases where medical negligence ends up being the cause of a birth injury, as well, and these sometimes could have been prevented.

Genetics

Cerebral palsy is one of the most common conditions that results from birth injuries to the brain. Birth injuries to the brain can sometimes manifest because of a genetic predisposition. For instance, the brain may simply not form correctly, causing scenarios such as the brain cells failing to migrate to the correct position in the brain or scenarios when brain cells do not form at all. Should this occur in certain areas of the brain, it can cause the symptoms of cerebral palsy.

Some Examples of Medical Malpractice

Submitted by jrlaw on Dec 27th, 2012

Medical malpractice comes in many different forms. The key thing to keep in mind if you suspect that you may have been a victim of medical malpractice is that the doctor will have to have breached their duty to you as a patient in some regard. There are many ways that this can happen. Some of the most common ways follow.

Motorcyclist Critically Injures Pedestrian

Submitted by jrlaw on Dec 27th, 2012

According to a press release, a motorcyclist critically injured a pedestrian in New York. The release states that the motorcyclist was drinking before the incident and that he had ran a red light at an intersection. The motorcyclist was charged with driving a motor vehicle while impaired and with vehicular assault.

Child Left in Daycare Van for Second Time

Submitted by jrlaw on Dec 27th, 2012

 

A three-year-old child was found to have been left alone in a van in Tampa, Florida by a daycare for the second time. According to reporting, the child was left alone for approximately 4 hours. Bay News 9 reported that the child was picked up by the director of the daycare at approximately 8 AM and left in the facility's van.

This marked the second time that this same child had been left alone in a vehicle belonging to the daycare. The child was discovered by a child care licensing inspector who was visiting the daycare unannounced, according to the report. They contacted the mother, told her to come get her child and, according to the reporting, the mother now feels that something has to be done.

While it may seem odd that the mother brought her child back to the same daycare where this had happened before, she points out in the report that the bus driver who had left her child unattended in a vehicle in the first incident had been fired.

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