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Career-ending injuries can be financially devastating

When a person is injured in an accident, whether it be a workplace accident, car crash or slip-and-fall case, the injuries they suffered could impact their entire life. Not only will they have to deal with extensive medical expenses, but sometimes their injuries are so severe that they are permanently unable to work. For example, an amputation, severe burn or soft tissue damage can result in a career-ending injury.

A career-ending injury can be emotionally devastating. Many people identify with their chosen occupation, and when an injury ends their career this can be emotionally difficult. Moreover, career-ending injuries are financially devastating. A person who must leave the workforce will have difficulties making ends meet financially, a situation that is very stressful and very serious.

How to safely wear a seat belt while pregnant

We all know that seat belts and airbags are essential to the safety of automobile drivers and passengers — but what if the driver or passenger is pregnant?

If you’re in the late stages of pregnancy, you may be feeling some discomfort and uncertainty while fastening your seat belt. You may even be questioning whether a seat belt and airbag could somehow cause your unborn child harm in an accident. Don’t worry! If used correctly, seat belts and airbags significantly lower the chances of injury in a car accident for everyone — including pregnant women.

Planning a Fourth of July fireworks show? Read this first.

The Fourth of July is a time to relax in the sun, have a barbecue, and enjoy the company of family and friends. It’s also a time of celebration and fireworks. This year, you’ve vowed to skip the crowds at the professional fireworks shows. Instead, you’re going to put on your own fireworks display.

You may think that as a smart, responsible adult, you already know how to properly operate fireworks. However, injuries incurred from amateur fireworks displays lead to thousands of hospitalizations each year—11,000 in 2016 alone. Before you start the show, take some time to familiarize yourself with basic fireworks safety rules:

What causes serious indoor slip and fall accidents?

No matter your size and stature, succumbing to gravity through a slip and fall can have damaging consequences on your physical health. A crash on the hard floor surface may happen in an instant. Before you know it, you could suffer from a slipped disc, fractured hip, broken wrist or even a traumatic brain injury. The possibilities of bodily harm are limitless.

Not only do slip and fall victims manage the medical aspects of their injuries, there is often a legal aspect as well. Depending on the details of the accident, it may be the fault of the business or another person’s property. Your injuries are deserving of justice when they occur because of the negligence of others.

Can one appeal a denial of workers' compensation benefits?

Workers' compensation benefits can be a crucial financial lifeline for workers in California who are injured on-the-job, and cannot return to work due to their injuries. When a worker wants to pursue workers' compensation benefits, they will file a claim. Unfortunately, sometimes, a person's claim for workers' compensation benefits is denied. But, that denial can be challenged.

First, the worker will file a claim at their local Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC) office, where a judge will make a decision on the claim in a trial court. To file a claim, the worker must submit to their DWC office an Application for Adjudication of Claim.

Packinghouse employees can suffer career-ending injuries

When people in California buy meat in a grocery store, packaged up tidily in plastic foam trays, they may not give much thought about how the meat got there. From raising the livestock to getting the meat on the supermarket shelves, many different tasks must be completed. For some people, this means making a living butchering meat in a packinghouse. However, working in a packinghouse can be very dangerous.

For example, beef-processing workers could have their fingers or hands amputated when handling or cleaning machinery or cutting large pieces of meat. Assembly line workers can develop repetitive strain injuries. It is important that workers are trained properly. For example, using machinery such as fork lifts can lead to caught-between injuries if the person operating the fork lift is not properly trained in doing so.

Staying safe on a bike in the Bay Area

The Bay Area is well-known to be a commuter’s worst nightmare. This explains why many Californians now prefer to use bicycles as their main source of transportation. But traveling on two wheels doesn’t always mean that commuters are safer. Just three years ago, nearly half a million bicyclists sustained injuries and 1,000 died following an accident. While you can’t always predict what other commuters will do on the road, there are things that you can do to decrease the risk of crashing your own bicycle.

Here are two ways to stay safe on your bike this summer and prevent injury.

Construction workers at risk for a wide range of injuries

The construction industry can be incredibly dangerous. As a construction worker, you understand this firsthand. Recently, you sustained a small injury at work. At the time, you thought nothing of it, since it seemed to be minor and you didn’t experience much pain.

But your injury has had unintended consequences that are disproportionately large. You used to be able to make good money in the construction industry. But after your accident, you had to take on a new job—one that pays much less.

Determining fault for accidents caused by a company-owned vehicle

Morning traffic and afternoon road congestion is a part of the normal routine for many commuters. But what happens when you find yourself hit by a company owned vehicle? Who is liable for the damages sustained? These are great questions to ask that require some clarity in the process of determining liability.

Employee vs. Employer responsibility

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