You have a lot on your mind already. You have work to do and deadlines to reach, and the last thing you want to worry about is injuries in the workplace. But injuries do happen in the office, and it is much more common than you think.
According to the Fort Walton Beach workplace injury attorneys of the Bruner Law Firm, workplace injuries may be subject to legal action. But to avoid all the attorney fees, medical costs, and other financial burdens associated with workplace accidents, it is still better to just prevent accidents outright.
Below is a list of common office dangers that you should look out for.
Offices don’t generally have heavy objects that require lifting, but it doesn’t mean that workers are safe from lifting injuries. Piled up documents and other potentially heavy office items can be a primary cause of injury, especially if the lifting is not done properly or the employee is not very physically gifted. Don’t be afraid to ask co-workers for help, or if you should do the lifting alone, get the support that carts and trucks provide.
There may be no obvious dangerous conditions or products in your workplace, but you may still be vulnerable to injury because of subtle factors such as the design of your work station. If your chair does not support your back, your computer monitor is too high or too low, or if your keyboard is not on a proper level, you may experience various problems involving your eyes, neck, back, and wrists. Make sure that the elements in your station is adjusted to properly accommodate your body, and don’t be afraid to take a break to avoid wearing yourself out.
Slips and Falls
Your office is a busy place, and there is a tendency that there are equipment, loose cables, debris, spills, and other obstructions that may cause you to trip, slip, or fall. To prevent such things to happen, organization of work materials is key. Maintaining the cleanliness of the workplace is also important to avoid unnecessary obstructions. This is particularly true when weather conditions are taken into account, like when ice, snow, and rain, create hazardous circumstances to both the exterior and interior of the office.
We are all well aware of the negative impact of impaired driving on human beings. Operating a motor vehicle requires attention and decision making ability on the part of the individual. When a driver is high on alcohol or drugs, it will be difficult for them to focus on what is happening on the road and make decisive actions. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that 33,561 people died in traffic crashes in 2012.
The 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) revealed that 9.9 million people more than 12 years old reported driving under the influence of illicit drug a year prior to the survey. Alcohol, drugs, and driving do not mix and will often have negative consequences. According to the website of Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC, impaired , driving impaired can have tragic effects on the life of the plaintiff. DUI/DWI is a crime and may have serious repercussions on the offender.
Both alcohol and drugs can affect the various human abilities needed for driving. Alcohol is a depressant that can slow down the functions of the central nervous system. It can affect a person’s information processing and cognitive skills as well as their hand-eye coordination or psychomotor skills. Drugs, on the other hand, can affect their judgment, reaction time, motor skills and memory. Aside from that, it can affect perception, motor skills, and memory.
The good news is that the number of alcohol-impaired fatalities has declined over the years. From 1982 – 2014, fatalities have decreased by 53%. But while alcohol impairment has declined, driving under the influence of drugs or DUID continues to increase. A driver’s level of intoxication is determined by their blood alcohol content (BAC). The threshold level for BAC is either 0.5% or 0.8%. Anything greater than that is punishable and may subject an individual to fines and even imprisonment.
One of the very important tasks of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or NHTSA is to save lives by passing and enforcing traffic safety rules that will reduce road accidents, and prevent injuries and/or untimely death. The NHTSA, which is an arm of the US Department of Transportation, partly accomplishes this task by making sure that designers and makers of cars comply with federal standards on vehicle safety and excellence.
The federal government imparts on car manufacturers the major and legal obligation of seeing to it that all their vehicles, prior to leaving the manufacturing plant, will never put any lives at risk and that no unit has any defective design or has been equipped with a defective part; well, at least these are how things really should be. However, the contrary is what usually happens. This is why, in 2013, NHTSA’s records show as many as 22 million vehicles recalled by more than 10 car manufacturers due either to defective design or parts, which included seat belts, tires, steering wheel, child seats, brake pads, wipers, and air bags that just deploy despite the vehicle not crashing. There was also a case where gas leaked from the engine, thus increasing the risk of fire. Well, if it’s any consolation, the 22 million in 2013 was still quite low, considering the fact that, in 2004, vehicle recall hit a high or 30.8 million.
There are different occurrences that can lead to a vehicle recall. It can be: through an investigation by the NHTSA to confirm complaints filed by consumers; the manufacturers making the recall themselves after discovering the defect; or, through reports (from insurance companies) that are received by the NHTSA or by the manufacturers of the cars that most frequently figure in accidents. Many times, however, recalls only happen after customers find out about the defect. Sadly though, they discover it after they themselves have been in an accident, wherein they suffer often fatal injuries.
As mentioned in a website, called the Tuscon personal injury attorneys of Russo, Russo & Slania, P.C., a car accident can result to serious and long-lasting physical and emotional consequences especially for the victim and his/her family. And while it is true that the effects of injuries sustained in it can no longer be undone, vehicle defects should be taken into serious importance in order to limit these issues in the future.
The side effects of morcellators were apparently known long before the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued its first official warning in 2014. This is a disturbing revelation for those who are already suffering the consequences as patients or their families.
Power morcellators were considered an important breakthrough back in 1991 for routine hysterectomies or myomectomies because it was minimally invasive. The device was a drill-like apparatus that could slip through a 2-centimeter incision or through the vagina canal to remove and excise uterine fibroids or other abnormal tissue. This method was more efficient and clean than traditional surgical methods for the surgeon, and the healing time was quicker for the patient. About 600,000 hysterectomies are performed in the US every year. Morcellation understandably became the method of choice for many gynecologists.
However, doctors noticed as early as the late 1990s that tissue fragments often were left behind, and in 2003 there were indications that at least some of these fragments may have been malignant. It is standard practice in most surgical procedures to use a surgical bag to contain suspect tissue—uterine fibroid are usually benign, but not always—but this was not the case with morcellators. This is because manufacturers did not include a surgical bag as part of the device’s equipment nor warn doctors about the risks, so doctors believed the risk was low.
These two things contributed greatly to the number of preventable deaths and cases of uterine sarcomas that developed over the years. As it is turning out, the risks are very high; to the tune of one in every 350 cases, in fact. Considering that about 12% of 600,000 women chose morcellation for their procedure, this means that of the 72,000 or so patients every year, about 200 women will end up with uterine cancer. Since morcellators has been in use since 1991, a conservative estimate would still put these preventable cancers in the thousands.
If you suffered serious injury or loss from power morcellators, you are not alone. You have the right to sue for compensation, just as others have done, because the manufacturers failed in their duty of care. Contact a competent morcellator lawyer in your area as soon as possible to get the best possible assessment of your case.
Ice cream is yummy and ice cream is comforting. When it comes with a dollop of listeria, however, it becomes much less appealing. If you have a tub of Blue Bell ice cream, you had better think twice about digging in.
Texas-based Blue Bell Creameries recalled products that came from their Brenham, Texas and Broken Arrow, Oklahoma plants when investigations established a connection between three deaths is Kansas and Blue Bell products made in Brenham. An investigation of the Brenham plant found strains of Listeria monocytogenes in the Great Divide Bar and the Chocolate Chip Country Cookie Sandwich ice cream products. The same type of bacteria was in banana pudding ice cream pints in the Broken Arrow plant. Blue Bell had distributed these product lines to retailers across the nation. As pointed out in the website of Williams Kherkher, this is a serious breach of the company’s duty of care.
Listeriosis is a rare food borne illness that can have serious consequences for those who eat contaminated food. Typical symptoms include muscle pain, fever, chills, and sometimes diarrhea. Of the five patients admitted for unrelated reasons in a Kansas hospital that exhibited the symptoms of listeriosis, three have died. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) state that the evidence strongly indicates that the affected patients contracted the illness at the hospital.
It is highly likely that the contamination was accidental, but as pointed out on the website of Ali Mokaram, this does not alleviate the dire consequences for those that affected by it. In the case of the five patients that may have acquired listeriosis while in the hospital, the effects are undoubtedly serious. For the three that did not survive, their families are probably still in shock by the unexpected loss. Of the two surviving patients, the outcome is still unknown.
If you sustained serious injury or considerable loss because of the negligent actions of others, you have a right to hold them responsible. Consult with a personal injury lawyer in your state to discuss your legal options.
No-fault insurance is not as simple as most people believe it to be. There are several variations, which primarily affects the right to sue if you are injured in a car accident.
Pure No-Fault Insurance
In a pure no-fault insurance, the insurance company pays for the medical costs and benefits of the first party (the policyholder), also known as personal injury protection (PIP), and limits the right of one party to sue the other for any type of damage. This is called a “limited tort.” No state currently has laws for this type of no-fault insurance.
States that have no-fault insurance laws all allow the injured party to sue a liable party for general or non-economic damages if it reaches the established threshold. Some states have a monetary threshold, in which the injured party can sue if the damage reaches a certain amount i.e. $250,000. Others establish a verbal threshold, in which the injured party can sue if it results in death or if the injury is “serious.”
There are 12 states that currently have no-fault insurance laws. Kentucky, Kansas, Massachusetts, Hawaii, North Dakota, Utah, and Minnesota use a monetary threshold, while New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Florida, and Michigan have verbal thresholds. Motorists in Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey have a “choice” no-fault insurance law, which means they can choose to retain their right to sue.
According to the website of the Abel Law Firm in Oklahoma, which is not a no-fault insurance state, in most cases injuries sustained in car accidents are devastating. The threshold merely officially recognizes how much damage a negligent car accident can cause.
If you have sustained serious injury in a negligent car accident, it does not matter if your state has a no-fault insurance law or not. You are entitled to compensation for your losses. Contact an experienced personal injury lawyer in your state to know your rights and legal standing.