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Understanding repetitive stress injuries

Repetitive stress injuries can be painful and disruptive to the daily and work lives of sufferers. Workers who are suffering from a repetitive stress injury should know what they these injuries entail and the protections available to them when harmed.

The most common repetitive stress injury is tendonitis which is inflammation of any of the many tendons in the hand. There are many tendons, nerves, muscles and bones in the hands. Other examples of repetitive stress injuries include carpal tunnel syndrome and bursitis. Repetitive stress injuries can be painful and disabling for the sufferer. Symptoms of repetitive stress injuries can include swelling, tingling, numbness, stiffness, weakness and sensitivity to cold or heat.

What are the steps I should take after a car accident?

Knowing what to do after you have been hit by a negligent driver is important. The ability of injured car accident victims to protect themselves and their rights can be critical which is why they should understand the steps to take following a car accident to preserve a claim for damages if they decide to pursue one later.

Whenever anyone has been involved in a car accident it is important to remember to remain at the scene of the accident. It can also be illegal to leave. While at the scene of the accident following it, victims should be assessed for any medical care of treatment they need and promptly seek whatever medical care or treatment they need. It can be challenging to keep track of everything following a car accident but victims should begin keeping careful records of all of all the medical treatment and care they receive from the time they first seek it continuing with any ongoing care they receive.

Help for victims of pedestrian accidents

Pedestrians can be in a particularly vulnerable position when they are hit and injured by a passenger vehicle or other motor vehicle. Pedestrians can be seriously injured in pedestrians versus auto accidents. Important personal injury protections are available to victims of pedestrian accidents and wrongful death damages are also available surviving family members of pedestrian accidents.

As a result, it is important for injured pedestrians and their families to be familiar with how to access the important legal protections available to them. Pedestrians do not enjoy the protections of a vehicle on the roadways and can suffer serious, debilitating and even fatal injuries in a pedestrian accident.

Distracted driving is a serious threat to victims

Distracted driving is a serious danger on the roadways but is also, unfortunately, common. Distracted driving includes anything that removes the driver's attention and focus from the roadway, hands from the steering wheel or eyes from the road. A total of 3,145 victims were killed and 424,000 victims were injured nationally during 2013 in car accidents that involved distracted driving.

Legal protections for the devastating effects of truck accidents

Truck accidents can have devastating consequences for victims. Because loaded trucks can weigh as much as 25 times a passenger vehicle, victims of truck accidents can suffer catastrophic damages. As a result, victims can be left picking up the pieces following an unexpected truck accident which is why it is important that they understand the legal protections available to them.

Victims of truck accidents have options based on the circumstances of their accident. In some situations, the truck driver may have negligently caused the truck accident they were injured in. In other situations, the trucking company that employed the truck driver or maintained the truck may be responsible for the damages the victim has suffered. Depending on the relationship between the truck driver and truck company, both may be liable for the harm suffered by the victim.

Legal help for victims of pedestrian accidents

Pedestrian accidents can result in serious and potentially fatal accidents and injuries to victims. The National Highway Traffic Safety Association reports that close to 5,000 pedestrian accident victims die annually in pedestrian versus car accidents and that around 76,000 pedestrian accident victims suffered injuries in car accidents during 2012. Pedestrian accidents can harm pedestrian accident victims in an especially vulnerable position.

When a negligent driver, such as a drunk or inattentive driver, has injured a pedestrian in a car accident, the pedestrian accident victim may be able to recover compensation for their physical, financial and emotional damages suffered in the pedestrian accident. Drivers who may be liable to injured pedestrians include drivers driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs; distracted drivers; drivers who are speeding; drivers driving inappropriately for weather or traffic conditions; drivers who fail to yield the right of way to pedestrians; drivers failing to follow signs or signals; or drivers who fail to signal when turning.

Injured workers should be familiar with workers' compensation

Workers who have been injured at work should be familiar with their workers' compensation rights and protections. Workers' compensation benefits in Southern California are an important protection against the uncertainty a worker may face following a workplace injury which leaves them unable to work and earn a livelihood while facing mounting medical bills to treat the workplace injury or illness they are suffering from.

There is an important process in place to seek workers' compensation benefits so it can be vital for injured workers and their families to be familiar with this process if they have suffered a workplace injury or illness and to understand how to seek the benefits they need. To begin with, it is important for the injured worker to notify their employer of the workplace accident, injury or illness they have suffered. Injured workers should also seek medical treatment for their injuries or illness suffered at work.

Pedestrian critically injured in California by distracted driver

This month is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, highlighting the dangers and risks of distracted driving. Recently, a pedestrian accident in Northern California left a victim critically injured and authorities blamed distracted driving for the pedestrian accident. It was reported that the distracted driver did not see the pedestrian victim until after they had already hit them.

The victim of the accident was airlifted to a local hospital and was listed in critical condition following the auto-pedestrian accident. According to authorities, a preliminary investigation of the pedestrian accident revealed that the driver did not see the pedestrian victim as she was crossing the street because the driver was looking at his cell phone for navigation and failed to look up. Authorities noted they will forward the case to the local district attorney's office and that charges may be filed against the driver.

Southern California foundry fined followed workplace accident

When a workplace accident has resulted in harm to an injured worker, it is vital for them to be familiar with workers' compensation options available to protect them. A foundry in Southern California was recently fined greater than $280,000 for workplace safety violations after an accident resulting in the amputation of an employee's legs. As a result of the workplace accident, both of the employee's legs had to be amputated to free him from the conveyor where he was trapped.

Cal/OSHA reported that the fine the foundry received was the result of an incident last summer that occurred when two workers were cleaning a 38-feet auger screw conveyer of an industrial air filtration machine. According to officials, workers failed to de-energize the machine during cleaning. Another employee 45 feet away turned the machine on to perform a test and the giant screw pulled a man into the conveyor. A representative from Cal/OSHA noted that employers must ensure equipment is locked out prior to workers performing maintenance.

Truck driver fatigue can lead to truck accidents

Truck accidents can result in a variety of different types of damage for victims and their families. During 2016, there were approximately 15,000 collisions between large truck and other vehicles. One of those accidents in the Palm Springs area near Indio resulted in a truck driver experiencing truck driver fatigue being charged criminally in association with the fatal accident. Accidents involving truck driver fatigue underscore the importance of complying with mandatory rest breaks.

Both federal law and California law requires mandatory rest breaks, while California laws are more stringent than the federal requirements. Truck drivers in California must take a 30-minute break during their first five hours of driving and another 30-minute break after the next five hours of driving. Federal law requires a 30-minute rest break during the first eight hours of driving, as well as additional requirements. Drivers must not drive at all during the rest break.

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