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November 2014 Archives

Bicycle fatalities a very real concern for California residents

Bicycling is a way of commuting for many San Diego residents. For others, while they may drive to work, riding a bike is an enjoyable pastime and way to get some exercise. Considering the fact that there are so many bicyclists in the San Diego area though, learning about the spike in bicyclist fatalities may be quite alarming to some. 

Workers suffering from carpal tunnel may seek workers' comp

There is no question that workplaces such as construction sites can be dangerous. It is possible that accidents occurring at these locations could result in worker being seriously injured. These are not the only locations in which workers might be hurt. Even those who work in offices could find that the tasks that they do as a part of their job leads to injuries. One injury that an office worker might face is carpal tunnel syndrome.

Workers' health shouldn't be an occupational casualty

When most people hear the term workers' compensation, examples of work-related injuries often spring to mind. While physical injuries suffered at work or while performing work-related duties certainly make up the majority of workers' compensation or workplace injury third-party claims, a worker may also choose to file a claim or pursue legal action related to an occupational illness or disease.

Tracy Morgan suffered severe brain injury in truck accident

The neurological functioning of individuals who suffer brain injuries are often assessed based upon what's known as the Glasgow Coma Scale. Using a scale of three to 15, with a number three being assigned to individuals who suffer the most severe brain injuries, doctors aim to determine the severity of a brain injury as well as the level of impairment in cognitive functioning.

NHTSA to Takata: Time to take that air bag recall nationwide

In the past six years, over 10 million cars with air bags manufactured by Takata Corp. have been recalled in the U.S. alone. As many as that sounds, the latest recall has actually been targeted on specific regions of the country where the combination of heat and humidity makes it most likely that the air bags will burst. In a conference call yesterday, however, Deputy Administrator David Friedman of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration told reporters that his agency no longer considers that to be good enough.

Pedestrian accident serves as reminder to drivers traveling in school zones

Residents in the San Diego area may have heard about a recent car and pedestrian accident that occurred near an Escondido elementary school. According to a police report, a mother and her two children were crossing the street in a crosswalk near the school when a car hit them. It's not clear what factors may have contributed to the accident, but the driver of the vehicle was cited by police for failing to yield to a pedestrian. The driver was also ticketed for driving without a valid driver's license.

Accident on Highway 99 may be grounds for wrongful death lawsuit

Far to our north, near the city of Fresno, a fatal motor vehicle accident has left investigators asking a number of questions, including whether or not one of the vehicles involved in the crash had been properly maintained prior to the accident. If the answer ends up being no, then the victim's family may have grounds for a wrongful death lawsuit.

Bringing a workers' comp claim plus a third-party claim

California's workers' compensation system provides a relatively efficient way for workers to receive compensation for medical bills and lost wages after a work-related injury or illness. In most cases, the worker who is compensated through the system is not permitted to sue the employer to get more compensation.

Investigation into dog bite cases provides valuable insight

Loyal, loving, friendly, energetic and playful are all words commonly used to describe dogs. There's no doubt that a dog can exhibit behaviors readily associated with these pronouns. However, it's important to note that every dog can also exhibit behaviors associated with being fearful, anxious, aggressive and unpredictable.

Proper training on temporary employees' wish list this holiday season

The holiday season is right around the corner and as California residents prepare to gather with friends and family to eat, give thanks and be merry; workplaces throughout the state are also preparing for strong end-of-the-year sales. During 2013 alone, more than 786,000 temporary employees were hired in the U.S. during the last quarter of the year to fulfill increased demand in the retail sector alone.

Construction accident is a tragic reminder of work site dangers

Although modern safety equipment and protocols have made workplaces less hazardous across the United States, construction continues to be among the most dangerous and deadly professions around. On a construction site, safety cannot be taken for granted. The stakes are too high, and even simple errors can be fatal.

Report indicates bicycling more popular and dangerous than ever

In cities like San Diego, more people are choosing to commute to work via bicycle. Not only is biking an environmentally-conscious mode of transportation, but it's also a great way to get exercise and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Unfortunately, biking can also be extremely dangerous especially for those commuters who travel city streets and share the road with motorists.

OSHA updates workplace injury and death requirements

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is the federal, and in some cases state, agency tasked with establishing and enforcing workplace safety and health rules and regulations. Under federal law, U.S. employers with 10 or more employees are required to keep records of and report workplace related injuries, accidents and illnesses to OSHA. In September, the agency announced updates and changes to policy regarding when employers must report workplace-related deaths and serious injuries.

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