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Whiplash can be a serious car accident injury

There are a number of serious injuries that victims may suffer when they are involved in motor vehicle collisions. Injuries can affect victims' bones through fractures, organs through bruising and damage and even soft tissue through strains, sprains and pulls. When a California resident is involved in a car collision, they should always seek medical help to ensure that their physical harm can be improved.

One common but painful form of car accident injury that victims may suffer is whiplash. Whiplash occurs when a person's head is thrown forward and backward and their neck bears the brunt of stabilizing it. Whiplash can happen in many different accident contexts, but it is often associated with rear-end collisions.

What should workers do to get workers' compensation?

There is no question that a work-related injury or an injury suffered while on the job can be damaging to a California resident's life. Aside from the physical pain that they may experience as a result of their harm, they may also suffer financial loss, as they take time off from work to recover and heal. Workplace accidents and injuries should not happen when workers have the proper resources from their employers, and when these preventable forms of loss occur, it is often the responsibility of employers to make their employees whole.

Workers' compensation is a form of financial support a worker may seek when they suffer a workplace injury. This compensation takes the place of litigation and often releases employers from further legal liability for their employees' harm. In order to seek workers' compensation, a worker should first report their injury as soon as possible to their employer.

Dealing with job displacement after a work injury

Suffering an injury at work can lead to devastating consequences. Not only can it mean that you go through painful experiences and suffer a loss of independence for a significant amount of time, but you may not be physically capable of continuing in the work role that you have.

The effects of a serious work injury can be extremely stressful, having a big impact on your personal and financial well-being. However, there are benefits in place to help California workers in this situation to adjust to the changes. It is important that you learn more about how you may be able to retrain for a new career or gain benefits to help you cope with a loss of income.

Litigation and settlement for personal injury claims

A serious personal injury can change the course of a California resident's life. It may prevent them from returning to work or from enjoying the life that they built with their loved ones. It may cause them and their dependents to experience significant financial hardship if they are forced to pay out of pocket for the losses they incurred due to another party's negligence.

One way that individuals can work to recover their losses after such a tragedy is by filing a lawsuit against the party or parties that caused their harm. Litigation is the process of presenting a claim, offering facts and evidence to prove it and overcoming defenses to prevail in court. When a person wins their case through litigation they may be awarded damages based on the losses that they were able to prove.

A denied workers' comp claim need not be the end of the story

Being injured at work is sometimes a minor affair. However, if a workplace injury is severe enough to keep a person in California from being able to work for an extended period, then that person might want to apply for workers' compensation benefits. These benefits can be the financial safety net a worker needs to make ends meet until they can return to work.

It may seem obvious to a worker why their claim should be approved. Unfortunately, sometimes an applicant's initial claim for benefits is denied. However, this need not be the end of the story.

What are some common career-ending injuries?

Serious workplace injuries could keep a worker in Oakland away from their job for a significant amount of time. Sometimes a person's injury causes them to have to stop working entirely. These career-ending injuries can have a significant financial impact on those who suffer from them.

Each year, the Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index identifies the top causes of injuries in the workplace. In 2019, the following injuries were most costly: overexertion due to outside sources; falls on the same level; being hit by an object; falls to a lower level; other exertions; motor vehicle accidents; slipping or tripping but not falling; being caught in equipment; repetitive motion injuries and being struck against an object.

When can private pool owners face personal injury claims?

Swimming is a popular activity in California, and many people enjoy doing so in their own backyard pools. However, it is not unknown for injuries to occur at swimming pools. For example, a person could slip and fall on a pool deck at a friend's house. Or, a child could be enticed to a backyard pool and could accidentally drown. In such incidents, who is responsible for accidents that take place in private pools?

Private pool owners are generally responsible for injuries that take place when they are at home and supervising those using their pool. However, private pool owners may even be liable for accidents that take place at their pool even if they are not at home and are somehow negligent. This means private pool owners must take steps to ensure strangers or neighbors cannot gain access to their pool without their permission.

Work injuries to your hands can result in career changes

Blue collar workers typically work with their hands. Whether you work in a factory or at construction sites, you are likely gripping, manipulating, lifting and turning items all day with your hands. In a sense, your hands are the most important tools you have, and you rely on their strength and dexterity to get each important job you do done right.

The experience that you have working with your hands could mean that you fill a very skilled job role, such as that of a pipefitter. Over many years of hard work, you can come to demand a very reasonable hourly wage through skilled manual labor.

Will in-car cameras make roads safer?

The technology available in automobiles seems to be growing every day. We have vehicles with infotainment systems, back-up cameras, lane assist and more. These technologic features are often aimed at preventing car accidents. Now another automaker, Volvo is implementing another technological feature that it hopes will improve the safety of those on the road in Oakland and across the nation.

The automaker Volvo has stated that it will be installing cameras inside its automobiles that will capture whether a motorist seems to be drunk or distracted and intervene appropriately. If a motorist looks away from the road or doesn't keep a grip on the steering wheel, they will receive on-call help. If the motorist does not respond to the on-call system, the vehicle will decelerate and eventually stop.

Attorneys advise those filing workers' compensation claims

No one walks out their door in the morning thinking this is the day they'll be injured at work. However, workplace injuries take place all the time. Some of these injuries are minor, requiring a little first aid, but nothing else. However, other injuries are more serious, necessitating extensive medical care and making it so that the worker must recover at home for a certain amount of time before being able to return to work. And, in some cases, a workplace injury can result in permanent disability.

It is fortunate, then, that the state of California requires most employers to carry workers' compensation insurance. This is true even if the employer has merely one employee. These benefits are meant to help workers who are injured on the job get by financially until they can return to work. Some benefits provided through workers' comp include medical care benefits, temporary disability benefits, permanent disability benefits or even death benefits.

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