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Posted by on Oct 16, 2017 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

For many of us who go to work, we’re usually looking to put in our time as best as we can to do a great job and advance ourselves, and go home to relax and recuperate for the next day. For the vast majority of working Americans, we work the whole shift sitting down. For those of us who aren’t working sitting down, we’re often at risk of some sort of danger. This danger can range from people who work in coal mines, to people who work unloading trucks and pallets, or anyone on a construction site. You can find out more about the ways people are injured at work by clicking here.

For all of us, however, it’s very important that our workplaces keep it safe for us to work. Otherwise, we very well may not be able to come back the next day as planned. I recently had a run-in with this issue. I work in construction, and I often have to climb the scaffolding to do my work. When we put the scaffolding up, we obviously pay great attention that it’s sturdy and put together properly because we don’t want it to fall apart on us while we’re working. Falling from the heights that we work at would cause debilitating injuries, and sometimes even death, so it’s very important that scaffolding is done properly.

One day on the job, I was climbing the scaffolding and I was somewhere in between the second and third story on the building when parts of the scaffolding started to give way from under me. I’m not particularly heavy, but something was clearly wrong with the parts because nothing was loose. I tried to get one last push so I could move up to a higher bar to hold on, but it was too late, it gave out completely and I came falling down after crashing into a bar on my way down. It was a miserable fall, one of my fingers got stuck where I was trying to hold on so I wouldn’t fall and it got dislocated, and I had maybe 4 broken ribs and two broken ankles. Now I’ve recovered and can walk fine, but I almost constantly need ankle supports or high top shoes/boots to keep me feeling comfortable walking around. My ability to do my work has been mostly crippled, and I’m left doing work on the ground now, which is probably for the best anyway.

What had happened was that the parts given to us to put together the scaffolding were old and worn out, and so one of the essential parts of the scaffolding was beginning to bend and break off despite it being placed properly. Eventually, on my unlucky turn, it gave out and I came tumbling down despite my best efforts. Somewhere along the chain, someone decided it wasn’t necessary to keep the people in a risky position as safe as possible and thought the old, worn-out scaffolding would suffice for us. Surprise surprise—it didn’t.

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Construction Site Regulations Improve Safety

Posted by on May 24, 2016 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

It is no question that construction sites are among the dangerous workplaces there is, and that accidents are always part of the job. This, however, does not necessarily mean that being involved in a construction site accident is acceptable. According to the website of Williams Kherkher, construction sites accidents can be grounds for a personal injury claim, especially if the other party was negligent or reckless in their actions.

Construction sites are notoriously dangerous workplaces because of the nature of work; the tough physical labor, the heavy equipment, dangerous tools and chemicals used, and many other factors can lead to any type of workplace accidents and injuries. This is the reason why workplace safety is important and should be imposed and followed by everyone, and when these safety regulations are not met, the company may be held liable for their negligence or reckless behavior. According to OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration), about 60 percent of accidents are due to the “fatal four”, or the four most common construction site accidents: electrocution, “caught in between”, falls, and “struck by object”. Even when such injuries are considered minor, victims can still file for a personal injury claim and ask for compensation for the damages.

The website of Hach Rose also points out that filing for worker’s compensation can also be helpful. These is a worker’s benefit that allows the injured worker compensation while freeing the company or employer from any lawsuit that might be filed against them. It is often the option taken by injured workers because they can recover for damages regardless of who caused the accident. On the other hand, filing for a personal injury claim may mean going to court with your lawyer. This means you have to prove in court how the company’s negligence caused the accident and damages you have suffered. It may be a longer and harder route but it often pays more than worker’s compensation.

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Actions for after a Drunk Driving Accident

Posted by on May 21, 2016 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

Drunk driving is often the cause for many vehicle accidents and civil lawsuits. Often in many states, it is already considered a felony, but those who have been injured by a drunk driving accident can still file for a personal injury claim against the defendant in order to recover compensation for the damages they have caused. Even if you are a responsible driver and drive defensively to avoid any type of accident, there are still those who are reckless and drink drunk or under the influence, causing tragic accidents.

Filing for a personal injury claim, which is a civil lawsuit, offers a different and specific legal process compared to a what the drunk driver may deal with when in a criminal charge. Criminal proceedings are aimed to punish the drunk driver for their reckless actions and to protect the general public by imposing stiff penalties and jail time. The Williams Kherkher law firm states on its website that personal injury claims against a drunk driver, either by the victim or the family of the deceased victim, may be the only option to get compensation for the damages caused by the accident. The compensation will not only cover for the medical costs, property damages, lost wages, and other economic damages, but can also pay for non-economic damages such as pain and suffering.

According to the website of the Goings Law Firm, LLC, drunk drivers can be criminally charged despite not being involved in an accident or no injury has even been made. This is because the criminal charge is used mainly as a deterrent to protect the people from such reckless actions.

One of the important factor that you should look into when you have been involved in a drunk driving accident is the no-fault laws that your state might be following. State laws have a direct impact on the result of your personal injury claim, since these claims are only accepted when a certain threshold, such as severity of the injuries or the extent of damages.

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