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Oakland recycling worker injured in explosion

It seemed like an average day for one Oakland worker. Showing up to drive the recycling truck consisted of the majority of the duties for the day. Simply have the truck pick up the recycling bin left near the street and crush the contents down to preserve space for transport. However, this otherwise ordinary work duty did not go as planned when an explosion caused a worker to be thrown from the truck.

Driving any type of truck in Oakland can be a skilled business with all the traffic, narrow streets and congestion that could be presented at any moment. However, most recycling truck drivers wouldn't expect an explosion to happen from within their vehicle. When the worker went to crush the contents of the most recent pick up, the contents exploded. Witnesses claim the worker was thrown in the air from the blast.

What can you do if you are denied workers' compensation?

No matter what type of industry an individual works in, when they are injured, it can be a major event. Not only does the worker experience physical pain, they will also likely experience financial hardship because they are unable to work or can only work at a limited capacity. One way to offset these damages is to seek workers' compensation; however, obtaining an approval is not always easy and straightforward.

What can you do if you are denied workers' compensation? In the state of California, if a claim for workers' compensation is denied, this means that an administrator believed that the injury was not covered by the program. However, if a worker receives a denial letter, they do have the right to challenge this decision.

Broken bones and repetitive motion can leave your hands hurting

As a skilled professional in the construction field, you probably use your hands quite a bit while working on any given day. Whether you help weld metal joints or work as a carpenter, your manual strength and dexterity both play important roles in your ability to do your job.

When people think about catastrophic workplace injuries, they often think about major medical issues like brain injuries or spinal cord injuries that can have a catastrophic impact on someone's independence and mobility. However, an injury doesn't have to leave you in a wheelchair or unable to provide for yourself to change your life abruptly.

Helping you overcome career-ending injuries

Much like no one expects to be involved in a serious accident, they are likely also unprepared to deal with the aftermath of a serious injury. Whether it occurred at work, on the roadway, at home or on the property of another, when an individual in California is severely injured in an accident, it can disrupt their life in many ways. If the injuries are very serious, they could result in the person being unable to work.

While temporary disabilities following an accident are fairly common, a permanent disability has the ability to affect many facets of the victim's life. Depending on the type of injuries and damage suffered, a victim may not be able to maintain the job or type of work they did prior to the accident.

Filing a personal injury claim after an accident

Many accidents are not simply accidents, but instead are due to the negligence of others. Whether it is a distracted driver, negligent property owner, a defective product or a medical error made by a medical professional, individuals face a wide range of possible issues caused by the errors and negligence of others. These unsuspecting harms can easily become overwhelming, causing an injured victim to seek out ways to address their injuries, losses and damages.

Whether it is a minor or major accident or whether it occurs frequently or infrequently, it does not diminish the pain and suffering an accident victim has suffered as a result. Thus, it is vital that an injured victim explore their rights and options following an accident.

Two suspected drunk drivers cause five-car crash

The roadways in California can get very congested and hectic. Navigating through traffic can be a risky task. However, dangers persist even when traffic dies out. Negligent drivers could be on the roads at any time and in any place. Thus, unsuspecting drivers could collide with a distracted, reckless or intoxicated driver, resulting in a serious accident.

According to recent reports, a five-car crash occurred in Menlo Park. The crash occurred in the northbound lanes of Highway 101 during the early morning hours. Based on the preliminary investigation, the California Highway Patrol believes that two drunk drivers caused the crash.

Seeking damages after a catastrophic injury

Falling victim to a serious accident can be life-altering. One never expects to be suddenly harmed by the negligence of another; thus, following an accident, a victim is likely unaware of what they should do to address these harms. In some cases, injuries caused by an accident can be so severe that a victim is unable to return to their normal life. This could even mean they are unable to work and make a living.

The damages caused by an accident can be tremendous; however, when one is disabled and unable to work, they can suffer significant losses. Thus, it is important for accident victims to understand how they can be compensated for their losses.

Helping you recover workers' compensation for injuries

Workers in California understand that accidents can happen in the work environment. This is especially true for those working in an industry that is considered dangerous. Even when safety precautions are taken, this does not always protect an employee from being injured. Whether one works in an office, factory or construction site, when an injury occurs, a worker may have many questions.

An injured worker may wonder what they should do following a workplace accident. Generally, a worker should report the incident to his or her employer as soon as possible. But what if it is an injury that developed over time and is not due to a sudden accident? Filing for worker's compensation is not an easy and straightforward process. Much documentation is required, and even when an employee completes all the necessary steps, he or she could still be denied these benefits.

Holding drunk drivers liable in a personal injury claim

A legal claim for the recovery of a victim's losses after a drunk driving accident can be an important part in ensuring that the victim has the money and support they require to return to their pre-accident life. Many personal injury claims, including those that arise from drunk driving collisions, are based on negligence. While this post will generally address how negligence applies to legal claims against drunk drivers, readers are reminded that the posts on this California legal blog do not offer any specific legal advice.

Negligence happens when someone fails to meet their duty of care to another person and causes that person to suffer losses. Duties do not have to be formal; generally, when a person chooses to drive they have a duty to others that they will act reasonably given the circumstances that surround them. The failure to meet that duty of reasonableness may result in a breach.

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