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The most common types of injuries involving cars

While many drivers may fear to get behind the wheel of a car due to the risk of getting into an accident or causing one, you are much more likely to injure yourself during everyday use of your car than being involved in an accident.

Each year 74,000 people are struck by a car, but more than 150,000 suffer a car related injury, such as being struck by a door. Additionally, many drivers will injure themselves from car breakdowns or poor car maintenance from things like overexertion from pushing a car, or even hypothermia, from being stranded.

Is it always your fault if you rear-end another car in traffic?

When you are involved in a rear-end collision with the vehicle ahead of you, you may find yourself throwing your hands up in dismay at the idea that this accident will be recorded as your fault, even if it is not the case. The truth is that just because you rear end a vehicle does not mean you will always be listed as the at-fault driver.

Construction injuries: What are the most common causes of site related injuries?

Of the more than 3 million non-fatal work-related injuries reported to the CDC, more than 9% were related to the construction industry. With dangerous equipment, long hours, more stringent physical requirements, and a less safe work environment it comes as no surprise that the construction sector faces a greater risk of worker accident and injury resulting in disability.

Most common injuries restaurant employees face on the job

With one in 20 job injuries being linked to the food and beverage industry, safety programs in restaurants and other food service venues are of the utmost importance. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) states that for every $1 spent on safety training measures and programs, a restaurant or food service company can save $4 to $6. Hot surfaces, sharp utensils, and a hurried environment are all factors that can lead to accidents and injuries in the food service industry.

Jury awards woman $100,000 in Starbucks coffee burn case

Burn injuries can be immensely painful and even disfiguring. And between the immediate treatment that burns demand and the ongoing measures necessary to minimize scarring and repair the damage, there is a considerable amount of medical care required. There is also a considerable amount of pain and suffering burn victims experience.

For instance, jury recently awarded $100,000 to a woman who claimed that Starbucks was responsible for the first- and second-degree burns she suffered when her coffee spilled. The case did not argue that the coffee was too hot, which was the argument made in the widely publicized case against McDonald's in the 1990s. Rather, it claimed that the faulty lids Starbucks uses on their coffee should come with warnings.

When going to work puts your life in danger

We all face an array of dangers in our everyday lives. Every time we drive through a green light at an intersection, we trust our lives to other drivers' obeying the law to stop when their light turns red. Each time we fire up a propane gas grill we trust that the manufacturer has designed and built safety features into the product. Every time we go to a doctor, we trust that the waiting room and examination offices have been kept clean to the spread of diseases that could turn deadly. We trust our farmers and grocery stores to keep our food clean and fresh. We trust our architects and builders to design and construct homes, businesses and civic buildings that will not collapse. So why is the American workplace still one of the most dangerous places we step foot into every day?

Workplace fatality statistics are startling

Retired? You may still be at risk of Mesothelioma from your job.

While lifestyle factors and genetics may play a role in the development of certain cancers, exposure to workplace related risks can also increase your development for such cancers as malignant mesothelioma. With a significant delay in the development of mesothelioma after exposure, it is important to know the risk factors to ensure proper monitoring.

Is unsafe driving common in Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania?

Among the dangers individuals can encounter out on the roads are unsafe drivers. A recent report indicates that finding oneself sharing the road with dangerous drivers might be particularly common here in Pennsylvania, especially in Pittsburgh.

The report, by EverQuote, rated the states and U.S. cities on safe driving. The report looked at data collected by a phone app in millions of car trips over a one-month period earlier this year. It used this data to give each state and different U.S. cities a safe driving score. The score was out of 100, with higher scores being better. The national average score was 79.

Four common causes of office injuries

Even though office employees spend most of their day indoors and often sitting at a desk, they are not immune from workplace injuries. In fact, more than $15 billion in workers compensation is paid each year on work-related musculoskeletal injuries with many of those claims coming from employees in an office environment.

Below are four of the most common causes of office worker related injuries.

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