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Injuries suffered by construction workers often serious or fatal in nature

The men and women who make a living working in the construction industry are, on a daily basis, exposed to many potential hazards. Depending on the type and scope of a project, construction workers must routinely operate equipment and machinery, scale ladders and scaffolding, excavate and complete projects in trenches and tunnels and work in close proximity to moving machinery and construction materials.

An advocate and champion for injured workers

Regardless of industry, age, title or pay scale; every worker in the U.S. is afforded protections under U.S. labor laws. Laws like the Occupational Safety and Health Act help ensure that employers take measures to provide for the health, safety and protection of employees.

Taking legal action in the wake of a fatal motor vehicle accident

According to the National Highway Transportation Administration, during 2012 alone, 2,857 were killed in traffic accidents in the state of California. Fatal motor vehicle accidents often leave family members grief-stricken and with many questions and financial obligations.

Proving negligence is key in any truck accident case

The highways and freeways around San Diego are often congested, and much of that congestion is attributable to large commercial trucks. For any driver, encountering a semi truck can be intimidating. These hulking beasts of the road can easily roll over and crush any personal vehicle that gets in their way. 

Tips to prevent bicycle accidents

Despite being legally afforded the same privileges as other motorists, many drivers fail to respect the rights of bicyclists. Consequently, bicyclists are often subjected to numerous dangers including cars and trucks that whiz by too closely and vehicles that enter bike lanes to make turns in front of oncoming bikers.

California led nation in 2013 for dog bite insurance claims

While often referred to as man's best friend, a dog is first and foremost an animal and can therefore be dangerous and unpredictable. Every year dogs are also responsible for sending approximately 885,000 people to the hospital and ER. In many cases, victims of dog bites and attacks are children. Injuries that result from a dog bite or attack can be serious and debilitating in nature and in some cases even fatal.

U.S. construction boom may put individual construction workers at risk

After years of stagnant growth, the U.S. economy is rebounding and both the private and business sectors are responding. A recent press release by McGraw Hill Construction reports that during 2014, construction spending in the U.S. is expected to increase 9 percent. Construction spending within the single family housing sector is expected in increase 26 percent and 17 percent within the commercial building sector.

Why being a pedestrian today is no walk in the park

While certainly the oldest and most environmentally-friendly and economical mode of transportation, walking can also be dangerous. This is especially true in urban and congested areas like San Diego and its neighboring communities where pedestrians are involved, injured and killed in traffic accidents with far too much frequency.

CDC issues recommendations to prevent spread of Ebola among healthcare and airline employees

This past summer, citizens around the world were saddened and alarmed to hear of the growing public health epidemic taking place in West Africa. Until recently, however, few people in the U.S. paid much attention to the deadly virus known as Ebola. However, when news broke that a man in the U.S. had tested positive for the virus and was being treated at a hospital, questions and concerns were raised about how to contain the virus and prevent its spread. More recently the man, who had traveled from West Africa and was being treated for Ebola in a U.S. hospital, died.

Nearly 20 percent of reported brain injuries in U.S. attributed to bicycle accidents

In a recent article that is posted on our website, we discussed the strong prevalence of brain injuries among bicycle accident victims. From a child who falls off a bike and hits his or her head on the curb to an adult cyclist who is riding down the street and is hit by a car, anyone who rides a bicycle is at risk of suffering a brain injury.

With holiday season looming, the safety of temporary workers a concern

From the construction industry to the retail industry, many U.S. businesses readily rely upon and employ temporary workers. With the busy retail holiday season quickly approaching, there will be an increased need for temporary workers at many warehouses, packing and shipping facilities and retail locations throughout the U.S. and it's imperative that both staffing agencies and host employers take steps to provide for the health and safety of these temporary employees.

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