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September 2014 Archives

A champion for injured workers

Anyone who has suffered a serious injury knows all too well the devastating physical and financial implications that can result. Whether an individual is involved in a serious car or truck accident or suffers an injury while at work, in accidents where negligence may be a factor it's wise to seek the advice of an attorney who handles personal injury matters.

Data shows more needs to be done to protect contract and Latino workers

The Bureau of Labor Statistics recently published the preliminary results of the 2013 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries Summary. While overall fatalities among U.S. workers decreased over 2012 numbers, based on data related to workplace fatalities and the workers and industries most impacted, it’s clear more needs to be done to protect the safety and health of workers in the U.S.

After pedestrian's death, bicyclists reminded to follow traffic laws

On any given day throughout the San Diego area, bicyclists can be seen traveling along the streets, in parks and along trails. While the many health and environmental benefits of biking are widely reported on, bikers in some areas are coming under increased scrutiny for violating traffic laws and putting themselves, pedestrians and even drivers and passengers in danger.

Injuries related to falls and machinery common among construction workers

According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration, an estimated 6.5 million men and women work at construction worksites across the U.S. These individuals face numerous hazards on a daily basis as they operate or work in close proximity to machinery and complete work duties from heights.

The jobs most hazardous to your physical and mental health

A large percentage of U.S. adults spend eight or more hours per day at work. For many, the daily duties associated with their occupations can have negative and serious health implications. Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics' annual report detailing information related to fatal occupational injuries and CareerCast.com's list of "The Most Stressful Jobs of 2014", help identify the following jobs as taking a tremendous physical and mental toll on workers.

OSHA to require all employers to report single worker deaths and serious injuries

The United States has some of the strictest labor safety laws of any developed country. The Occupational Safety & Health Administration is the federal agency that's tasked with enforcing workplace safety requirements and routinely fines U.S. employers who fail to comply with rules and procedures related to fall prevention, use of safety equipment and protecting workers from exposure to hazardous materials.

What should I do if I'm involved in a car or truck accident?

In the wake of a car accident, those drivers and passengers involved may feel disoriented and afraid. There are, however, important steps a driver should take if he or she is involved in a car accident. Individuals who fail to follow the correct procedures could end up facing criminal charges, be held responsible for unjustified damages and health costs and jeoparde their ability to receive compensation related to injuries.

Overall health of truck drivers poses risk to all on the road

We previously wrote a blog discussing the tragic June truck accident that claimed the life of comedian Jimmy McNair and in which actor and comedian Tracy Morgan was seriously injured. Since this accident, there have been many news reports about the dangers of fatigued driving and whether the trucking industry is doing enough to intervene and ensure truckers are complying with federal Hours of Service regulations.

California Supreme Court to decide secondhand asbestos exposure case

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, asbestos is "a group of naturally occurring minerals that are resistant to heat and corrosion." Because of its durable qualities, asbestos was readily used in a variety of building and construction materials and in some motor vehicle parts.

Pedestrian accidents: how to prevent becoming a victim

Walking is one of the most basic and healthy modes of transportation. However, today pedestrians in cities like San Diego face many dangers when attempting to predict and react to the actions of drivers. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that during 2010 alone, more than 70,000 people were injured and 4,280 killed in pedestrian traffic accidents.

What should I do if I get hurt at work?

An injury suffered at work can be devastating and negatively impact an individual's physical and mental health as well as one's quality of life and ability to work. Thankfully, workers’ compensation laws exist to protect employees who suffer injuries at work or while performing work-related duties.

The physical and emotional pain of a dog bite injury

Millions of Americans own pets. Dogs are undoubtedly one of the most beloved of all pets, and the U.S. is home to some 70 million dogs. While many of these canine companions are regarded and treated by their owners as members of the family, they are animals and can therefore be unpredictable and, in some cases, dangerous.

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