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Complacency cited in rising number of traffic fatalities

The 2016 figures are in, and the National Safety Council notes that traffic fatalities have increased from the previous year.

The NSC also released the results of a study indicating that complacency has become a notable aspect of American driving behaviors.

Different types of workplace hazards

Sometimes the nature of a job puts a worker in danger, but employers should minimize risks and eliminate hazards. When employees get hurt on the job or while completing a job-related function, a workers' compensation claim may be in order.

Being able to identify hazards that have led to injuries may help in building a solid case. 

Is there always negligence after a workplace accident?

You may recall that in August of 2017, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette carried a story about two workers killed and four others injured due to a toxic gas leak from a pipeline at Bruce Mansfield Power Plant in Beaver County. The deaths and injuries occurred due to a release of hydrogen sulfide (H2S), a gas byproduct of coal burning plants. In this particular case, the pipeline the workers were inspecting was not specifically designed to carry the toxic gas, which had naturally built up in the lines.

Despite best efforts by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the truth remains that some jobs are inherently more dangerous than others. Workers entering professions such as petroleum processing and energy production are trained to be aware of potential known hazards. Injured workers will qualify for workers’ compensation and the family’s of any workers who die as the result of a work-related accident or medical condition may qualify for survivor’s benefits.

Negligent behavior in nursing homes

Those who live in a nursing home deserve to be treated with respect and given adequate care. Sadly, this does not always mirror reality and nursing home residents have suffered in many ways due to the negligence of an employee working in the facility. If you live in a nursing home and suspect that this negligence has taken place, or if your loved one is currently residing in a nursing home and you believe that they have been abused or mistreated, taking action is critical. In Pennsylvania, this remains a persistent problem and it is essential for the victims and those related to them to address wrongdoing.

There are all sorts of ways in which negligence manifests in nursing homes. Perhaps a resident is not monitored or provided with the regular care they need. This can result in bed sores and a host of other ailments. In some instances, a resident may even be subjected to abuse, whether it is physical, psychological, or even financial. From hitting and constant verbal attacks to taking advantage of someone from a financial standpoint, there are all sorts of ways that residents are abused. Whenever a resident is mistreated in a way that violates the law, the offender or offenders who are responsible for their suffering should be held fully accountable.

When rushing causes a traffic accident

We know that motor vehicle collisions happen for all sorts of reasons, whether they are brought on by poor road conditions (snow, ice, etc.) or a reckless driver's poor decision. However, any driver can find themselves in the middle of a motor vehicle accident and there are certain common behaviors that can greatly increase the chances of a crash. For example, someone who is rushing around because they have an appointment or need to get somewhere by a specific time may be far more likely to find themselves in a wreck.

Whether you are later to work, have an important meeting, or feel the need to rush for some other reason, it is essential to ensure that you drive safe. Unfortunately, rushing can lead to various behaviors, from erratic driving to ignoring signs or increasing the chances of a crash in other ways. Moreover, you might have been struck by a driver who was in a rush even though you were driving safely and responsibly. If so, you should examine any avenues to restore normalcy within your life, whether you need to pursue action with an insurance company or head to court.

Obtaining workers' comp over a work-related traffic crash

If you were injured in an accident that recently occurred while you were carrying out your duties as a taxi driver, truck driver, or another job which requires driving, you could be struggling to work through any number of difficult problems. Aside from mental trauma, such as flashbacks or even depression, you could be having a hard time with hospital bills or even day-to-day expenses. As a result, it is vital for you to look into different resources that you could use to move forward with your life, such as workers' compensation, depending on how the accident occurred.

If you are able to successfully apply for workers' comp, there could be a variety of benefits capable of restoring some normalcy in your life. For example, you might be able to get your hands on the money you need to pay bills and recover financially. However, other perks could be waiting for you as well. For example, it might be possible for you to receive training if you are unable to return to your previous position. Being able to train yourself in a new line of work might be essential if an injury keeps you from driving again or performing other work-related duties.

A closer look at repetitive stress injuries

People are hurt at work in many different ways, whether they sustain an injury on a construction site or are hurt in a workplace accident that occurs on the road. However, it is also important to bear in mind that some workplace injuries happen in work environments that may be seem as relatively risk-free. For example, an office worker who may not be exposed to as many work-related hazards as those employed in other fields could suffer an injury due to repetitive stress.

Repetitive stress injuries develop over time and may cause serious problems for an employee who is affected by this condition. For example, someone who bends over in the same position repeatedly or has to type for an extended amount of time on a daily basis could suffer a repetitive stress injury. Aside from physical pain, these injuries make life hard for injured employees in other ways. Sometimes, an employee may not be able to return to their previous line of work because of a repetitive strain injury. Moreover, these injuries can bring on financial problems due to rehabilitation costs or forcing an employee to take time away from work.

Landlord responsibilities for injuries on grounds and parking lots

Depending on the type of rental and lease agreement you have, your landlord may or may not be responsible for maintaining walkway and parking lot areas and keeping them free from ice, snow, and hazards. Some instances in which your landlord has the responsibility of maintenance are:

  • The lease explicitly states that the landlord is responsible for snow removal and maintenance concerns for walkways and vehicle areas
  • If you live in an apartment complex that has common parking lots and walkways
  • If the landlord is responsible for outside lawn and landscape maintenance

The tenant is most likely responsible for maintaining their own walkways and parking areas if:

  • The lease states it is their responsibility
  • The tenant is expected to provide yard and landscape care
  • The tenant is leasing the actual yard and property along with the home or apartment

Recovering from an auto accident that occurred while working

On a daily basis, many workers face an array of stressors while carrying out their job responsibilities. In some instances, these duties may require them to drive. For some people, their job revolves around driving, such as a trucker or taxi driver. For others, an employer may ask them to run an errand, which can lead to a crash. If you were hurt in a crash while working, our law firm realizes the diverse challenges you could be working through and believes that you should protect your rights.

If your employer asked you to pick up coffee or lunch, or drive around for some other purpose, you might be under a great deal of stress. Aside from job-related anxiety, you may also not be very familiar with a particular area or it could be extremely busy during a certain time of day. Unfortunately, this can increase the chances of a car accident, along with other risks such as drunk drivers, speeding, and other examples of recklessness.

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