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Orange County Personal Injury Law Blog

Workers' compensation claim may follow fatal work accident

Everyone knows that some places of work are more dangerous than others, but still, all workers are entitled to safe working conditions. Therefore, companies that are aware of possible increased risks should also do everything in their power to ensure safe working conditions. A Californian company is currently under investigation by the state's Occupational Safety and Health Administration, referred to as Cal/OSHA. The investigation follows after an incident that led to the death of an employee on a recent Wednesday in October.

According to reports, the 29-year-old employee was hit by iron beams. The beams fell off a truck. The man was taken to a hospital in the area, but unfortunately, the injuries were too severe and he did not survive. His father, also an employee of the company, had to witness the accident and death of his son.

Distracted driving leads to car accidents

Driving is an action that requires concentration, and becoming distracted while driving can be very dangerous. Anything that takes a driver's attention away from the activity at hand, namely driving, can be considered a distraction. When a driver becomes distracted, the possibility of car accidents increases.

There are many ways in which a California driver may become distracted. Activities such as eating, drinking or changing a radio station may act as a distraction. In fact, even passengers in a car can keep a driver's attention from his or her driving.

Premises liability claim after slip-and-fall accident

Businesses have a legal duty to ensure that customers are safe from injury on their premises. A disregard for the safety of clients may lead to customers being injured when tripping or slipping. A California company is in just such a position, as a lawsuit against them after a slip-and-fall accident, has recently proceeded to trial.

The plaintiff alleges that she suffered serious injuries to her shoulder and neck after she slipped on an unswept floor and consequently stumbled into a soda display. According to the plaintiff, her injuries have resulted in two surgeries. In court the footage recorded by the security camera was showed the plaintiff suddenly becoming unsteady as she pushes her shopping cart between two checkout points. She then staggers and hits the display shelf.

Are you a California worker with a repetitive stress injury?

Work injures are not always the result of a one-time accident. Some work-related injuries develop slowly over time, often resulting in the diagnosis of a repetitive stress injury. If you have a repetitive strain injury, you could have grounds to seek benefits through your employer's workers' compensation claim.

These types of injuries may seem minor, but in reality, they can lead to significant complications and pain. California workers who are suffering from these types of conditions may find it beneficial to take action and pursue benefits in a timely manner. If you are unsure if you have a claim or are not certain what to do next, you have the right to seek legal guidance as you navigate this process. 

On-the-job injuries plagues Tesla: Workplace safety investigated

Of late, Tesla, the electric car manufacturer, has been in the news a number of times over a variety of issues, and still it seems the company's woes are not at an end. The California's Division of Occupational Safety and Health recently opened two inquiries into factory safety at plants belonging to the car manufacturer. Two workers working at the Fremont plant suffered on-the-job injuries on two consecutive days.   

Apart from the most recent inquiries, six other cases are under investigation. Five of these investigations are into incidences at the same Fremont plant, while one relates to an incident at a Californian Tesla store. It appears as if the company has been facing problems involving workplace safety for some time.

K-9 in-training mistakenly attacked county employee

Dogs that are chosen for work as canine officers are selected for their fearless temperaments and obedience. It takes much time and practice to ensure that these dogs are suitable to work as effective aids for their human partners. Unfortunately, in the process of training one of these future K-9 officers, a California county worker suffered serious injuries when he was mistakenly attacked.

According to the report, the dog was taken to a county office building to receive additional training in conducting building searches. After the animal was set loose in the building, it apparently encountered an employee who was preparing to leave work for the day. The dog apparently launched itself at the unsuspecting worker as he was seated behind his desk.

Truck accidents: Big rig driver suffers serious injuries in crash

Drivers of big rigs are not often the ones who suffer severe injuries when they are involved in collisions. In most truck accidents, it is the occupants of smaller vehicles that are worst off. However, on a recent Thursday evening, an alleged impaired driver caused a crash that sent the truck operator to a California hospital with serious injuries.

According to the California Highway Patrol reports, the crash occurred shortly before 11 p.m. on the southbound side of a 215 Freeway overpass. Reportedly, a vehicle smashed into a big rig hauling a load of fruit. The impact sent the truck through the guardrail of the bridge, causing the trailer to detach from the cab before striking three vehicles on the road below.

The horror of trucking accidents becomes evident once again

A recent hit-and-run accident on a California highway has left two people injured. The accident, which happened on a Thursday evening in August, is an illustration of how trucking accidents impact lives. The accident happened just before 11:00 p.m.

California Highway Patrol reports that a collision between a vehicle, truck and trailer resulted in the truck bursting through the guardrail on the overpass and landing on the roadway below. The driver of the vehicle causing the accident sped away from the accident scene but was later arrested. The arrested hit-and-run driver was charged with driving under the influence and hit-and-run. 

Workers' compensation claim possible after fatal accident

A recent fatal workplace accident in California has once again highlighted the dangers associated with construction work. The accident happened at about 4.30 p.m. on a recent Friday in August. According to reports, a signal technician, 51 years old, was struck by, and then pinned under, a steel beam.

Workers working in the same area immediately hurried to free the man from under the steel beam. He was taken to a hospital in the area, but unfortunately succumbed to his injuries later that evening. Both the police and Californian Division of the Occupational Safety and Health launched an investigation into the safety of the tunnel, and workers could only return to their work late the next day.

Baby dies in tragic California car accident

A Californian family has to come to terms with the death of a seven-month-old baby after she was killed in a crash on a recent Thursday in August. The car accident happened shortly after 8:00 p.m. in the evening. Several other children were also critically injured in the accident, which involved three cars.

According to the reports from the Californian Highway Patrol (CHP), a male driver, aged 18, crossed over the solid double-yellow lines into the path of a female driver. The force of the impact flung the female driver's vehicle to the right of the highway, where it struck a tree. As the young male driver had no control over his car, it hit another car.

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