If you or a family member has been injured or become sick, it probably comes as no surprise to you that the medical bills can set you back, as can the lost income from taking the time you need to recover. But the financial hit is not just limited to the time you are out of work. As reported in The New York Times, data now show that the economic impact of wage loss is a greater threat to economic security than medical bills themselves. For people who are in their fifties, being hospitalized correlates with a 20 percent decrease in income that lasts for more than six years.
When a person thinks of workplace injuries, they may picture a worker suffering an injury based on a one-time incident, such as straining to lift something heavy or falling off a ladder. However, some injuries build up over time simply by performing normal workplace duties. Known as cumulative trauma injuries, these injuries are increasingly giving rise to workers' compensation claims.
Cumulative trauma disorder (CTD) is one of the most common injuries found in the workplace. Rather than getting it from falling down or having something bump your head, these are conditions that build up over time as your body’s tendons and muscles tear from repetitive actions.
It is well-known that motorcyclists who wear a helmet can experience significantly less serious injuries should they be struck by a car than motorcyclists who do not wear a helmet. In fact, in California all motorcycle riders must wear a helmet when operating their vehicles. However, if a motorcyclist is not wearing a helmet, and is hit by a car, does this preclude him or her from obtaining compensation in a subsequent lawsuit?
In October of 2017, a mass shooter took the lives of 58 people in Las Vegas. The event threw the nation’s politicians into multiple safety debates and saw numerous bills proposed in an attempt to either minimize the number of victims or help them recover from similar tragedies.
Driving a car while intoxicated is not the only means by which to get a DUI. Riding a bike or the increasingly ubiquitous Bird or Lime Scooters while under the influence can also lead to such charges. Indeed, Los Angeles has reportedly just concluded its first such case against the operator of a Bird scooter who hit and injured a 64 year old pedestrian while riding the scooter in an intoxicated state: https://apnews.com/ea871e6bb5f149a59f7d883a221de018. The scooter operator allegedly had a blood alcohol level of more than 3 times the legal limit! The operator must pay a fine and restitution, will be on probation for 36 months and will have to complete a DUI program. These scooters are dangerous enough as it is when illegally operated on city sidewalks; adding alcohol to the mix is simply a recipe for disaster for the operator or others.