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Legal options for victims of construction accidents

Pedestrian accidents can be devastating for victims and their families. A recent pedestrian accident in the Southern California area left two women in critical condition. The two victims were taken to a local hospital following the auto-pedestrian accident and were listed in critical condition following the accident.

The pedestrian accident occurred in the afternoon when the two victims were struck by a car and pinned against concrete steps. The two victims were pinned between the vehicle and the steps and were extricated by rescue personnel. When a victim is unexpectedly struck by a vehicle, they may suffer serious injuries that result in high medical costs, time away from work and an inability to earn a living and emotional damages associated with the trauma and stress of a pedestrian accident.

Legal options for victims of construction accidents

Construction site accidents can seriously injure workers. There are many possible dangers on a construction site that can result in construction accidents. Because a construction accident can result in medical expenses, lost wages and time away from work, injured workers should be familiar with the workers' compensation options available to them.

Construction site accidents can result from falling objects, falls from scaffolding, a fall from a roof or power tool accidents all of which can seriously harm victims, leaving them unable to work. Depending on the circumstances, workers injured on a construction site may be eligible for workers' compensation benefits but may also have personal injury legal protections available to them if the injury or harm they suffered was caused by a third party.

What should I do after a pedestrian accident?

Knowing what steps to take following a pedestrian accident can be especially important for pedestrian accident victims. It is important that a victim who has suffered harm in a pedestrian accident understands how to protect their legal rights.

Victims of pedestrian accidents may be able to recover compensation for the physical, financial and emotional injuries suffered in a pedestrian accident through a personal injury claim for damages. To do that, it is helpful for them to know what to do following a pedestrian accident. To begin with, following the pedestrian accident, and as soon as it is safe to do so and the victim has received whatever medical care and treatment they need, the victim should record, in writing, as much about the accident as they are able, including the nature of their injuries and the damages they have suffered as a result.

Worker killed in California construction accident

Workers' compensation benefits are a valuable resource for workers and their families. A construction site accident in Northern California recently claimed the life of worker. Unfortunately, what began as a rescue mission turned into a recovery mission. Two men were working on a concrete storm drain when a trench collapsed underneath them. One of the workers was crushed in the trench as they were exiting it. It was estimated the trench was 12 feet deep and instability surrounding it created challenges for the recovery effort.

The worker left behind a family and worked for a pipeline company. California Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigators were among those that responded to the fatal accident. When a family is left behind following a fatal construction accident, it is important for surviving family members and loved ones to be familiar with the options available to help them as they may struggle through a difficult time.

Knowing what laws protect truck accident victims is important

Truck accidents can have a devastating impact on the lives of victims and their families because they can result in catastrophic injuries and even death. As a result, truck accident victims and their families should be familiar with trucking regulations and also with legal resources available to them when they have been harmed.

Because commercial trucks vastly outsize passenger vehicles and other vehicles they share the roadways with, regulations are in place to help keep the public safe. Federal agencies that regulate the trucking industry to help ensure public safety include the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). When a truck driver or trucking company has violated a regulation and causes a truck accident, the violation may be evidence of negligence in a personal injury claim for damages.

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.

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