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Pedestrian suffers severe injuries in suspected DUI crash

If you or someone you love is hit by a car, the only thing that most people would want is for the driver to stop and stay at the scene. If they can, they should render aid and support the victim until help arrives.

Sadly, that isn't always what happens. Take, for example, a case where a man hit and badly injured a pedestrian who was trying to cross the road.

Your workers' compensation benefits can help as you recover

When you're hurt at work, it's a real problem. Not only have you impacted your ability to make money, you've also been left with injuries that are painful and disruptive to your life. You may not be able to go back to work, and you could struggle to make ends meet.

The risk to workers in the workplace is why there are workers' compensation laws today. If you are employed by someone who is required to carry workers' compensation, then you can file a claim if you are hurt on the job. There are very few exceptions, so the majority of Americans who are employed have the right to workers' compensation if they're hurt.

Falling objects cause real risks for workers on the job

Out of all the different kinds of construction accidents, those caused by falling objects result in many of the injuries seen in emergency rooms. Falling objects can be almost anything from planks that weren't secured to hammers or tools that didn't have safety straps to keep them attached to the worker overhead.

No one should have to worry about falling tools, for example, in a construction zone. Almost all tools come with methods of securing them. The hole in the handle of many hand tools, for example, can be used to attach the tool to a strap and a belt that the worker wears.

Driver suffers serious injuries when pinned in truck-car crash

Drivers of passenger vehicles should be cautious when sharing the road with large trucks. Since these rigs are often traveling at significant speeds with the driver focused on getting to a destination, it is easy to get caught in the wrong place at the wrong time and have a truck-car crash. Because passenger vehicles are so much smaller, the occupants can suffer serious injuries and fatalities in these accidents. This can cause a series of personal and financial problems as the victims try to recover or the family left behind tries to move on.

A collision between a large truck and a car sent both drivers to the hospital in a recent incident. The accident occurred at around 10 a.m. on a freeway ramp. The vehicles were heading west and merging from one interstate road to another. The car, a Mitsubishi sedan, was pinned against the side of the freeway. The man driving it was taken to the hospital and reported to have suffered major trauma. The truck driver had minor injuries. The investigation as to how the accident happened in ongoing. An image of the crash shows the car's undercarriage on the divider between the road and a grassy area.

Violence against staff in hospitals may be on the rise

Most people wouldn't think of hospital work as inherently dangerous or particularly violent, but hospital staff members suffer workplace injuries at a higher rate than people in most other industries. Although many of these injuries result from machinery, dangerous bodily fluids and the physical exertion involved in lifting or moving patients, some of these workplace injuries suffered by hospital staff are the result of workplace violence.

In fact, roughly 1 out of 10 reported injuries in a hospital, approximately 9%, stem from an act of violence in the workplace. Rates of violence may be on the rise. A poll of emergency physicians in 2019 found that nearly half reported on-the-job assaults, and of those, about 60% had occurred in the last year.

How to stay safe when working on a ladder

Climbing up and down a ladder all day is hard work. Even if it has been a big part of your job for many years, it doesn't do anything to relieve your stress. One false step or wrong move is all it takes to cause an accident.

There are a variety of steps you can take to stay safe when working on a ladder, including these five:

  • Beware of where you place it: Where and how you place a ladder is important to your safety. For example, you must always place a ladder on firm and level ground. Anything but this can cause the ladder to tip on your way up or down.
  • Check it for damage and defects: Don't assume that a ladder is in good working condition, as these have the potential to fail with use and time. An example of this is a rung that becomes rusty, which can then snap when you put weight on it.
  • Maintain three points of contact: This means two feet and a hand or two hands and a foot. It's easier to maintain your stability with three points of contact, as opposed to two or only one.
  • Watch the weather: Inclement weather greatly increases the risk of a ladder accident. For instance, climbing a ladder when the rain is falling and the wind is blowing is never a good idea. If weather conditions are less than ideal, stay off your ladder for the time being.
  • Don't place it close to traffic: This holds true of both pedestrian and vehicular traffic. Along the same lines, inform your coworkers of where you're placing your ladder and when and how you'll be using it.

Fatal accident at lumber yard leads to death of man

In San Diego and across Southern California, there are jobs where workers are constantly at risk of being injured. Some of these workplace accidents are so serious that the worker is killed. These fatalities can happen in any kind of job, whether it is physical labor, emergency response or sedentary employment. When there is a fatal accident on the job, those who have been left behind should be aware of their right to seek compensation in a wrongful death action.

A 28-year-old man working at a lumber yard died when a stack of wood fell on him. When emergency responders arrived, they found the man buried under lumber and pinned against a forklift. He was declared dead at the scene. It took approximately three hours to remove the wood and free his body. The wood is believed to have shifted inadvertently and fallen on him.

Latest statistics show increase in fatal construction accidents

Construction work can be dangerous in San Diego and throughout the country. While these are vital jobs for Californians, there is no denying the inherent risk involved in working with heavy tools, being stationed at significant heights, trusting others to do their jobs diligently and avoid placing colleagues in jeopardy and much more. For construction workers and their families, understanding construction accident statistics and the risk of injuries and fatalities can provide a gauge of the level of risk they face.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has released its latest report for workplace injuries and fatalities. It found that there was a 4 percent increase in construction fatalities while on the job. However, the overall fatality rate stayed static. The numbers are for 2018.

How long will temporary disability benefits last after an injury?

When you get hurt on the job, one of the first concerns is often how much work you will miss during your convalescence. Ideally, your employer can work with you and help you continue working, potentially in a different position or with altered job responsibilities that won't impact your injury.

However, many people find that they cannot return to work immediately after an injury. Instead, they need time to recover before they can continue doing their job. Rest is critical for the healing of serious injuries, which is one reason why temporary disability benefits exist.

Study assesses drivers at high-risk for DUI car accidents

When taking to the road in San Diego and across the nation, it is known that there is always the chance of a car accident. One of the frequent cause of collisions with injuries and fatalities is drivers who are under the influence. While law enforcement and legislators are trying to find strategies to reduce the number of drivers who drive drunk, researchers are also considering ways to improve safety. This information can be useful for those who were injured or lost a loved one in a DUI auto accident.

A study from the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) suggests that a main problem with DUI cases is that drivers who have problems with self-control need a more personalized style of treatment to prevent them from becoming repeat offenders.

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