Annually, more than 4,000 Americans suffer amputations while using table saws and nearly 30,000 more need emergency room treatment with lesser injuries. Sadly, these injuries don't have to happen at all. For many years now a table saw manufacturer called Sawstop (http://www.sawstop.com/ ) has manufactured its table saws using technology that stops a table saw blade nearly instantaneously when contact is made with human skin. Years ago I discovered this technology while investigating a table saw accident and had the opportunity to speak with Sawstop's owner. He imparted that the rest of industry has been resistant to this amazing technology because of its cost.
My office represents plaintiffs in personal injury cases and Applicants in workers' compensation cases. In the personal injury setting, defendants often hire a company called Exponent, Inc. to assist in the defense of such claims. Exponent describes itself as "a multi-disciplinary engineering and scientific consulting firm that brings together more than 90 different disciplines to solve important engineering, science, regulatory, and business issues." However, what is meant by "solving issues;" in my few encounters with the company, I have yet to have a case where Exponent validated the claims that my client was making. Is that a reflection of the validity of those cases or something else? Today, Fair Warning reports on Exponent's close connection with industry and calls into question the objectivity of Exponent's work. (Fair Warning is a nonprofit investigative news organization that focuses on public health, safety and environmental issues and related topics of government and business accountability.) Essentially, the article asserts that Exponent's cozy connection with industry leads to result oriented studies and opinions in litigation matters. Check out the article and let us know what you think: http://www.fairwarning.org/2016/12/exponent/.
The Sacramento Bee reports that a Southern California Edison contractor has died in a construction accident. According to reports, the man was working at a construction site in West Hollywood when he was crushed between a construction crane and a trailer. He had been employed by Edison to perform electrical work in connection with the building of a large hotel and residential complex on the Sunset Strip. California OSHA is conducting an investigation of the accident.
This is the second fatal construction accident in Los Angeles in less than a week. Just a few days earlier, a construction worker died on his second day on the job after falling from the 53rd floor of the Wilshire Grand Center tower.
Incidents such as these - falls from building and "being caught in-between" represent a large percentage of worker injuries and deaths. Other often cited causes of serious personal injuries and deaths at construction sites include workers being struck by objects and electrocutions.
Perhaps not surprisingly, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) the top three federal safety violations at construction sites include failing to adequately protect workers from falls, poor communication with workers about hazards, and safety lapses on scaffolding.
Where a general contractor/owner of a site creates an unreasonably hazardous condition at a work site, and a worker is injured, it is important to seek the advice of an experienced California construction accident attorney who can advise you concerning your rights. While in most situations, it may be possible to obtain California workers compensation benefits, you may also be able to bring a lawsuit for civil damages. By filing a civil lawsuit, you may be able to recover greater compensation than is provided for by workers compensation laws. Important deadlines must be complied with or compensation may be denied. A skilled personal injury lawyer can explore your options and help you determine the best options for recovery in your circumstance.
For more information, please contact the dedicated Oakland construction accident lawyers at Butler Viadro, LLP for an immediate consultation.
California news reports that a wall at a construction site on North Las Palmas Avenue in Hollywood has toppled over, leaving two workers with serious personal injuries. Paramedics arrived at the scene shortly thereafter, and the men were taken by ambulance for treatment. According to reports, the wall weighed approximately 1000 pounds and was made of wood. Co-workers assisted firefighters in lifting the wall off the men. This incident remains under investigation.
At Butler Viadro, we take to heart the notion of being useful in the lives of our clients. In a recent case, we were able to ensure that an elevator constructor (a member of the International Union of Elevator Constructors, Local 8) who had worked in the trade for 35 years was compensated for the loss of his career after being injured as a result of a motor vehicle accident. Our client was grateful for the work we did on his behalf. He decided to make his gratitude tangible and built this beautiful lamp from an old discarded hydraulic control valve made of brass. We think it is a wonderful work of art and have placed it in a place of honor in our front conference room where we take many of our depositions. It will inspire us to continue the fight.
I was contacted today by a woman who was inquiring about filing a medical malpractice action against her former knee surgeon. In late 2012, her surgeon made a mistake during a total knee replacement procedure. He acknowledged doing so, and the woman has been left with chronic problems ever since.
My father was an attorney. As a child, I noticed that he represented people when they were injured. Many of the early cases he worked on involved a drug called Thalidomide. This was a drug which was given to pregnant women to prevent or reduce morning sickness. However, it turned out that it caused birth defects which often included major limb deformities. I met many of these children while I was young and was moved by their plight. I remember thinking that helping them and their families was important and noble work.