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Accidents in the Workplace are Completely Preventable Situations

Explosion accidents may be rare occurrences in the United States; however, when one occurs, damages these can be devastating and the severity of injuries and/or the number of lost lives can be scary and alarming. The three worst explosion accidents on U.S. soil were: The March 25, 1947, Centralia No. 5 coal mine explosion, which took the lives of 111 miners The March 23, 2005, BP Texas City Refinery fire and explosion that killed 15 workers and injured 170 others; and, The February 7, 2008, dust explosion at the Imperial Sugar refinery, which left 42 people injured and 13 dead. Despite the safety standards enforced by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), any work environment has its own types of potential hazard for all those who work in it regularly. Though the possibility of an accident taking place in an office setting may be great, the risk experienced by those in construction and industrial environments is always many times greater. This is due to various factors, such as the presence and use of heavy and dangerous materials, tools and toxic substances, so that even the least failure to observe safety measures can lead to destructive and/or injurious results. There are other factors, however, which include hiring of unqualified...

Settling a Personal Injury Claim

Unlike what most people see on television, court cases take a long time. This is true of both criminal and civil cases. As long as the courts are involved, you can be sure that you will wait months, if not years, until your case is resolved. Some people settle their cases directly with the insurance company of the would-be defendant without the help of an attorney. This is just fine for the insurance companies, which may offer 5% to 10% of what their cases are actually worth. It will be faster than a civil lawsuit, but not by much; insurers will not settle a claim without first investigating its merits. These are people who need money fast, or who believe that they are getting a good deal because they do not have to pay a lawyer to do it. Even an Atlanta truck accident lawyer can tell you that this is a terrible idea. What these people don’t understand that in personal injury cases, lawyers work on a contingent fee basis. This means that the potential client will not have to shell out any money at all, and the lawyers will only get paid if they win a case. A would-be plaintiff will only cheat himself or herself out...

Keeping Pedestrians Safe

While a car collision may severely injure a driver, the severity of the injury can be many times more if the victim were a pedestrian. About 190 pedestrians are hit by cars every day in the US; from these, at least 12 are fatal or end in death some days following the accident. The National Safety Council says that majority of non-fatal accidents involving pedestrian s take place in urban areas where there is always a high volume of cars and pedestrians. With concern to fatal accidents, however, the council states that these are more frequent in rural areas, where vehicles run at greater speed due to much lighter traffic. NSC further explains that the absence of shoulders (as pedestrian facilities), sidewalks, paths and street lights (for better visibility at nighttime) are major factors that increase the risk of pedestrian accidents. Pedestrian safety ought to be everyone’s concern because being a pedestrian is one thing all people in the US have in common. Other than walking, the meaning of pedestrian also applies to joggers or to anyone who is on foot and on the street, sidewalk, or walk path, and so forth. The concerted efforts of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and car manufacturers have led to...

Scarring is Serious

Most people would say that a few scars between friends are not such a big deal, and in general they would be right. Scars mean healing, and after a serious accident you would consider yourself lucky to come away with your life. However, there are situations when serious scarring can significantly affect a person’s career and life as much as losing a limb or going blind. Most accidents leave some sort of mark on a person, and in some cases these are literally scars. Depending on the location they can be interesting and improve one’s street cred, or they can be disfiguring and cause people to be afraid or uncomfortable around them. As the website of Ritter & Associates states it, this can have deep and lasting impact on a person’s emotional, social and psychological well-being, especially for the young. It can lead them to withdraw or act out. In other cases, the scars can impede a person’s ability to make fine or gross motor movements, again depending on the location as well as the type of scarring. This can limit a person’s employment opportunities because there are certain jobs that require fine motor skills and full range of motion. For example, a car accident victim who sustains severe...

Long Term Disability Appeals

An illness or injury that leads to long term disability can substantially affect the financial capability of any struggling family, most especially if the injured or ill worker’s application for benefits has been denied or awarded a minimal amount by insurance providers. And, though, in most states, providing workers’ compensation benefits to workers is mandatory to certain employers, this is never an indication that these same employers will approve their injured employee’s intent to file a claim. Besides the discovery of fraudulent claims in the past, wherein employees were found to fake disability or illness for financial gains, many employers have become biased in treating claims since they consider most injuries as not serious or valid. This is especially true concerning injuries that are caused by inexplicable pain, such as back pain, which may be very hard to verify through x-rays, nerve conduction studies or other medical examinations. An employer’s refusal to support an employee’s claim, however, should never deter such employee in pursuing or appealing his/her claim. When filing a claim with the workers’ comp, the first step required is informing one’s employer about the injury or illness; this should be done within 30 – 45 days after the accident (which caused the injury) occurred or after the...
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