Careers with the Highest Reports of Workers Compensation

While every worker is at risk of experiencing an injury or fatal accident, workers in certain professions face an elevated risk due to the requirements of their jobs. These risks increase when employers fail to adhere to laws and regulations that are designed to mitigate the risks their employees face each time they clock in. The Most Dangerous Professions Production/Transportation/Material Moving – Records from the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate the there are 200 injury causing incidents per 10,000 workers engaged in the production or transportation of goods. Construction –  There are 191 incidents of injury or illness that lead to time away from the workplace for every 10,000 construction workers. This is nearly double the incidence rate of 107 for all occupations that are tracked by BLS. Service Sector – There are 170 incidents of injury or illness for every 10,000 employees in the service sector. These include waitstaff, health care professionals, waste management, entertainers, etc. It also includes office workers engaged in professional services. Sales – Sales and general office personnel record 50 incidents or injury or illness per 10,000 workers. These incidents include everything from injuries caused by office equipment to prolonged exposure to the elements. Management/Science – Managers, Read more

The Leading Cause of Death Among Children and Adolescents

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According to a recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), accidents (unintentional injuries) are the leading cause of death for victims under 24 years of age. Many of these fatal accidents are caused by the negligent, or sometimes intentional, acts of another person. When this is the case, responsible parties can be held liable for the damages caused, and families of victims can receive compensation to help cover the costs associated with their loss. Over 12,000 young people lose their lives in accidents in the United States every year. The National Vital Statistics Reports reveal that just under one-third (32.4 percent) of deaths among children between the ages of 1 and 9 are caused by unintentional injuries. For victims between the ages of 10 and 24, that number jumps to 40.7 percent, followed by suicide (15 percent) and homicide (14.9 percent). Some of the most common types of fatal injuries among America’s youth are caused by: Motor Vehicle-Related Accidents For children and adolescents under the age of 19, incidents related to motor vehicles cause the most deaths overall. The highest death rates were among victims who were passengers or drivers in motor vehicles, but there are Read more

Federal and State Laws You Can Use to Recover Compensation for Your Truck Accident Injuries

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Due to the potential harm that truck drivers can cause, a number of federal and state trucking regulations are in place to protect other drivers on the road. Trucking companies have a heightened duty to maintain safe practices. When their behavior rises to the negligent level, recovery may be possible. Federal Trucking Regulations The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration establishes laws that aim to prevent trucking accidents. A car accident lawyer can investigate if any of these rules were violated and if they could have played a part in a victim’s accident. Some of the laws designed to reduce the number of trucking accidents include: Off-duty requirements – Truck drivers are required to take at least ten consecutive hours off duty before starting a new shift. Hour limitations – Truck drivers must not work more than 60 hours within seven consecutive days or 70 hours in eight days. Additionally, truck drivers should only drive a maximum of eleven hours in a fourteen-hour shift. Break requirements – Truck drivers are required to take a break of at least 30 minutes after driving eight hours before they can resume driving. Weigh limits – The FMCSA imposes certain weight limitations for commercial vehicles. Read more

Racing to Die: The Higher The Limit The Faster They Go

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Driving faster increases accidents. Yet posted speed limits continue to be hiked. Empirical data shows that speeds over 75 miles per hour (mph) result in more accidents, injuries and fatalities than if posted speed limits were kept below that threshold. One study demonstrated that if there were no speed limit increases above 55-65 mph, 33,000 deaths over 20 years would have never occurred. Death Threshold: 75 mph New data illustrates that raising the speed limit from 75 to 80 mph increased average driving speed from 75 to 78. Only 3 mph faster than 75 resulted in a whopping 17% more fatalities. Only a few states post speed limits over 80 mph. This interests a personal injury lawyer because Nevada is one of those states. Lawmakers country-wide are sitting up and taking notice of increased car crashes, too. Trial Speed Limit Increase As a result of an engineering and safety assessment in 2008 conducted over four years (May 2010 – May 2014), lawmakers experimented with the posted speed limit. Signs were changed from 75 to 80 mph on Interstate 15. In 2014, head IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) researcher Wen Wu found an unexpected result of the change: drivers exceeded Read more

Injured Remote Workers May Be Eligible for Workers’ Compensation Benefits

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People who are injured while they are working from home for their employers may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. Courts in several states have held that at-home workers who are statutory employees are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits when they are injured while performing the tasks of their jobs, despite the fact that they are at home when the injuries happen. Technological advances have led to the ability for people to complete their job duties while they are away from the office. Some spend several days a month working from home, while others complete their jobs almost entirely from home. A workers’ compensation attorney may help injured remote workers to secure the benefits that they should rightfully recover. The Changing Employment Landscape The employment landscape has changed, allowing more people to work remotely. Companies are allowing greater flexibility in order to improve productivity, decrease costs and reduce absenteeism. In 2011, a survey by World at Work found that around 20 percent of the workforce in the U.S. either works from home or from another remote location. The researchers found that 26.2 million workers performed at least a portion of their jobs remotely. While there are many benefits to working Read more

10 Most Dangerous Jobs in America

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The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has released its latest calculation of the deadliest jobs in the United States. It found that loggers incur the greatest number of fatal workplace injuries, as a percentage of total workers. Deadly Occupational Injuries by the Numbers In 2014, the BLS recorded a total of 4,821 fatal occupational injuries, which was 239 (or 5 percent) higher than the fatalities reported in 2013. The majority of injuries occurred in a handful of sectors, which the BLS highlights. Unfortunately, despite the extraordinary danger of these jobs, the median income earned by these workers was $48,320. Top Five Deadliest Jobs The BLS found that loggers suffered the highest rate of fatal injuries at 110.9 per 100,000 workers (the standard measurement). Total logging fatalities increased from 59 in 2013, to 78 in 2014. The BLS noted that long hours, high altitudes, and heavy equipment all contributed to a dangerous working environment. Fisherman and fishing-related workers suffer the second highest rate of injuries at 80.8 per 100,000 workers. In total, 22 fishermen died while on the job. The BLS cited dangerous equipment that frequently malfunctions (due to the harsh conditions under which it operates) as a cause of numerous Read more

Distracted Driving is a Major Factor Among Teen-involved Accidents

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The term “wrongful death” may conjure up thoughts of industries like mining or construction, but many don’t realize it’s a prevalent theme in distracted driving cases. Unfortunately, teens are frequently involved, accounting for 75 percent of all rear-end crashes, according to a study published in the Journal of Safety Research mid last year. Distracted driving is a danger to others on the road and can put other drivers and the teen at risk of injury or death. Teens are especially susceptible to the temptations of distracted driving, according to the study, and such negligence can lead to a wrongful death lawsuit. Teens and Distracted Driving Reports by the CDC indicate the risk of crashes is higher in 16-19 year olds than any other age group, with teen drivers being nearly three times more likely to be involved in fatal accidents than drivers aged 20 and up. And according to research by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, distracted driving is a culprit for many of these accidents. The term distracted driving encompasses a wide range of activities and most commonly includes: Talking on a cell phone Speaking with others in the vehicle Texting Interacting with objects inside the vehicle Grooming/looking Read more

Technological Advances that Can Prevent Distracted Driving

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While public service organizations have widely publicized the dangers of electronic devices, cell phones and the apps installed in them may actually help prevent serious accidents from occurring in the first place. Coupled with other technological advances, driving on the roadways today can be much safer. Dangers of Distracted Driving Statistics regarding distracted driving vary because sources attribute distracted driving to a different number of accidents. It can be difficult to accurately assess this data because often there is not a thorough investigation into the cause of the accident and individuals are unlikely to self-report their illegal behavior. Texting while driving is outlawed in most states, including Nevada. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that 3,179 people died and more than 431,000 during the last reporting period due to distracted driving. Technological Applications that Prevent Accidents Many devices and applications can actually help reduce the number of accidents. Many of these options cut back on distracted driving while others provide additional safety features. Some of these devices and applications include: Apps – A number of apps are available on both iPhone and Android platforms that prevent users from texting while a vehicle is in motion. Parents and employers can Read more

Slip-and-Falls: Nevada Casinos Maintain No-Tolerance Policy

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Las Vegas, and Nevada generally, is fast becoming a hot spot for slip-and-fall (or premises liability) litigation. According to Michael Geeser, President of the Nevada Insurance Council, Nevada has seen a spike in claims and a concomitant spike in insurance premiums. There are numerous explanations for the steep rise in lawsuits, but the clearest culprits are the ailing economy and Nevada’s prolific tourist industry.

When an Overweight Truck Causes a Catastrophe

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  According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), there were 3,744 large truck accidents that resulted in at least one fatality in 2014. Another 88,000 large truck crashes resulted in serious injuries. While these massive vehicles are always a hazard, if they are overweight or overloaded, the risk for catastrophe increases significantly. With too much weight, a large truck’s performance can be affected in a number of ways. When an overloaded truck travels down an incline, for example, the excessive weight can cause the vehicle to move at much faster speeds. The truck driver may have more difficulty controlling the vehicle- especially around curves. Attempts to slow down can cause severe strain on the truck’s braking system and could even result in complete brake failure. If a sudden stop is necessary, an overweight truck is also more likely to jack-knife or even roll over. Other possible effects of too much weight include: Less steering control is often experienced Mechanical failure can occur A higher center of gravity raises the risk for a rollover crash Tire blowouts are common Increased risk for improper distribution of the load Load shifts can increase the risk for a rollover Who is Responsible Read more

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