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Common causes of rollover accidents

Few accidents can be as devastating as a rollover vehicle crash.  While rollovers only account for three percent of total vehicle accidents they account for 30% of all crash fatalities. Rollovers can result in expensive damage to your car and also lead to severe injuries and even death.   

Car insurance and passenger injuries

Even though you may not want to think about it when getting into your car, it is important to know whether or not your insurance policy will cover not only you, but your passengers, as well. While most states require bodily injury coverage in driver policies, a basic policy will only cover the individuals in the other vehicle involved in the accident and does not extend to your passengers. To know if you are covered for passenger liability in the event of an accident, it is important to ensure you have the correct policy as well as high enough limits.

Workplace injury statistics

While workplace injuries and accidents may not seem like a very common occurrence, the fact is that more than 1.1 million days of work are lost by U.S. employees due to a workplace injury every year. More dangerous work conditions, jobs that require more physical labor, and even stressful time delivery schedules can all lead to worker related accidents and injuries.

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.

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?

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.

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.

Salvaged Takata air bags: A concealed menace

Would it surprise anyone in Pennsylvania to learn that government regulatory efforts have some apparent holes in them? Add to the list controls that would seem to be called for to make sure that those unsafe automotive parts subject to recall would not make it from one wrecked vehicle into a salvaged one.

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