Each year, millions of people sustain injuries at work. While many of these injuries are minor in nature, some are much more serious and, in some cases, even life-threatening. Even though Workers Compensation is usually in place for such circumstances, it’s not always sufficient to properly cover every incident. By following a few simple rules, you can make sure that your injury is taken care of in the best possible manner. Here are a few things you should know in order to be prepared for a workplace injury.
While deer may be the last thing on your mind as you go about your day, the beginning of California’s deer season is upon us and drivers would be well advised to stay vigilant of this oft forgotten road hazard. There are an estimated one million plus deer collisions each year, with about 130 people dying annually as a result. Additionally, these collisions rack up a whopping $4 billion per year in damage costs!
One thousand Americans arrive in emergency rooms every day having suffered injuries from dog bites. Approximately one third of all American households own a dog. While most dogs are considered docile and obedient, without proper socialization any dog can be provoked into biting by loud noises, aggressive movement, or threatening situations. It is the responsibility of a dog’s owner to seek proper obedience training and take all necessary measures to ensure that the dog will not attack. If a dog is overly aggressive, and prone to attacking people, it’s the owner’s responsibility to surrender it to an animal shelter.
Each year, countless individuals are injured, or even killed, as a direct result of a faulty or improperly used product. When this happens, there can be a certain degree responsibility that is attributable to the product, its makers, or their agents. Product liability may attach to any person or entity in the chain, from manufacturer to retailer, depending on the circumstances of your injury and their part in the process.
As most of us try to cram more activities and responsibilities into an already packed schedule, we tend to push ourselves to the limit. One side effect of so many of us trying to reach too many places and get too much done in an unrealistic time frame has been a dramatic increase in the number of road rage accidents. Assuming that you’ve managed to control the rage you may be feeling, what should you do if you encounter it from another driver while on the road?
Elder neglect and elder abuse is everyone’s concern. For most of us, the seniors in our lives are among our most loved and cherished individuals. Unfortunately, as they get older and their health deteriorates, we are not always able to provide the level of care that they require. When this happens we look for the best nursing home, or other care facility, where they will be comfortable, well taken care of, and closely monitored by professionals. While this should, and usually does, mean a better quality of care, that is not always the case.
Summer is here and in Southern California we’re well into boating season. Boating is a favorite water pastime for thousands of Californians and one that can be enjoyed throughout most of the year for those of us in warmer areas. But in the summertime, crowds flock to lakes, rivers, and favorite spots on the Pacific shore to take advantage of sunny clear weather and enjoy sport and recreational boating at its best. When you combine the increased numbers of watercraft with the fact that most “captains” may not have been on the water in many months and might be a bit rusty, the situation lends itself to an increase in boating accidents and fatalities. And, sadly, they always show up.
Vitamins and other nutritional supplements make up a huge multi-billion dollar industry. Taking nutritional supplements may be a good way to bridge the gap between our nutritional needs and the nutrition we actually get from the food we eat. Few of us get the right balance of vitamins and nutrients from our diets, so supplements might be the next best thing to improving the quality and quantity of what we eat. The problem is, if used improperly, vitamins and dietary supplements may cause more harm than good. Most people are unaware of the potential dangers of nutritional supplements.
When you bring a lawsuit against another party, one type of recovery you can request from the court is called punitive damages. The definition is easy to remember because it comes from the same root word as “punishment”. When an individual receives an award of punitive damages, it is meant to punish the behavior of the defendant. These damages are separate and apart from awards for pain and suffering, loss of income, medical expenses, or other damages that may be recovered.
In the United States, someone suffers a traumatic brain injury (TBI) every 15 seconds. A TBI is the most frequent cause of disability or death among children and adolescents, according to the Brain Injury Association. Approximately five million head injuries occur every year, and most result from what appear to be only a bump or bruise to the head, but is actually quite a bit more serious. Use this traumatic brain injury checklist to determine what you should do after a suspected TBI.