Five Industries At Highest Risk Of Slip And Fall Accidents

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people working construction, health services, transportation and material moving, cleaning and maintenance, or in extraction occupations are at highest risk of slip-and-fall injuries. The CDC calls slip-and fall-injuries a significant workplace hazard that results in an average of 798 worker deaths each year. Slip-and-fall injuries occur in all professions and account for approximately $70 billion annually in workers’ comp payouts and medical costs. Some industries like construction, maintenance, and mining have a significantly higher number of slip-and-fall fatalities due to the nature of the work. Fall-related deaths Falls are a leading cause of death for construction workers. According to the CDC, those working in electrical trades, plumbing, and as HVAC technicians have a high risk of death due to falls because they frequently work from ladders. The highway and streets trade has the highest proportion of deaths due to improper work surfaces. Some falls in that industry are due to individuals working from atop moving vehicles. All employers must provide thorough safety training on the proper use of all equipment and take steps to ensure employees have a reasonably safe work environment. A workers compensation attorney can advise individuals who have Read more

Three Things To Know About Slip And Fall Injuries That Occur On A Client’s Premises

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Workers injured in slip and fall accidents while working at properties away from their employer’s business location may still be compensated. Construction workers and those who provide in-home care spend most of their work hours at the property of their employer’s clients. This means any work-related slip and fall injury they incur is most likely going to take place on a client’s premises rather than their employer’s. The employer of these workers and the property owners still have some responsibility to ensure the work environments are reasonably safe. If they have been negligent, the injured workers can consult a personal injury lawyer and pursue a lawsuit for compensation under Nevada law. Eighty-five percent of all workers’ compensation claims are due to falls, according to the National Floor Safety Institute. Flooring Types and Condition Often Cause Falls The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) finds that more than 2 million slip and fall injuries each year are due to floor materials and floor conditions. Loose floor coverings, uneven floors, and slick surfaces lead to falls and serious injuries that can cause injured workers problems for the rest of their lives. Property owners may be liable if they ignored dangerous conditions like loose Read more

Careers with the Highest Reports of Workers Compensation

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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

What You Should Know About Wrongful Death in Nevada

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Understanding the facts surrounding wrongful death claims in Nevada is vital for those who have lost a loved one to fatal injuries. When a victim sustains fatal injuries in Nevada due to the negligence or direct actions of another, his or her family may be able to recover financial compensation from the responsible party. Although no amount of money can replace the loss of a loved one, a successful claim can help relieve some of the stress associated with medical and funeral expenses, lost wages, loss of companionship, and more. What Is Wrongful Death? In Nevada, the term “wrongful death” applies to any case in which a victim suffers deadly injuries caused by negligence, intentional conduct, or hazardous products or conditions. For example, a wrongful death attorney in the state might see cases that are associated with: Motor vehicle accidents Medical malpractice or negligence Defective products Hazardous premises Animal bites Acts of violence or abuse The Facts About Nevada Wrongful Death Claims The laws surrounding wrongful death cases are governed by individual states. When an injury or illness results in fatality in Reno or other areas of the state, Nevada law provides surviving family with the opportunity to file a 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.

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

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