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Orange County Personal Injury Law Blog

What you need to know about workers' compensation

Have you suffered an injury while on the job? If so, according to the state of California, you may deserve access to workers' compensation benefits to cover your losses. Here are some things everyone needs to know about workers' compensation benefits.

Many people are afraid to file workers' compensation claims because they worry that their employers will fire them for doing so. It is illegal for an employer to do that, though. If you need these benefits, they are there to help you, and you should not fear retaliation from your employer for accessing them.

California car accidents: Teen driver, passenger killed in crash

Parents always want their children to make it home safely. Understandably, when teens start to drive, their parents worry that their inexperience behind the wheel could result in an accident. Unfortunately, car accidents often do take place while teenagers are driving, and the outcomes can be tragic.

It was recently reported that a single-vehicle accident in California had devastating outcomes. Apparently, a 17-year-old girl was driving an SUV that was also carrying five passengers when the vehicle struck a tree. The report stated that the teens had left a sporting event at a nearby high school, and the accident took place less than a mile from the school. Authorities suspect that wet road conditions and excessive speed contributed to the incident.

Older people, slip-and-fall accidents and premises liability

It is a reality of life that the older one gets, the less steady one becomes. It is estimated that at least 25 percent of people over 65 years of age fall in a single year. While California may have fewer sidewalks made slippery by ice, there are many other hazards they still have to face.

It is quite disturbing to realize that 20 percent of falls in elderly people lead to serious injuries, mostly involving head injuries and/or broken bones. It is estimated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that a minimum of 300,000 older people end up in hospital every year because of broken hips, and that 95 percent of these injuries can be blamed on a fall. It's interesting that people between the ages of 50 and 60 fall more frequently than those over 65, due to the fact that they are more active.

Recent example of the fatality of wrong-way car accidents

A recent fatal accident in California just three days after Christmas once more illustrates the danger of a driver under the influence of any narcotic or intoxicating substance. Car accidents during the festive season are not uncommon and unfortunately often involve drugs and or alcohol. One cannot help feeling for the devastated families of the unfortunate victims.   

The fatal accident happened at 3:30 a.m. on the northbound section of a South California freeway. Initial reports point to a driver in a black sedan driving the wrong way on the freeway. The driver crashed head-on into a red sedan, which was subsequently struck a second time by a white sedan.

On-the-job injuries leads to OHSA fine

A company was recently fined by the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health after an accident that happened in June 2018. One employee was seriously injured while working with propane when a single spark led to an explosion. The employee was working in a portable storage container by himself when the accident happened.

The employee was busy extracting cannabis oil from marijuana leaves at the time. He suffered burn wounds and had to be hospitalized for a number of days. During the investigation, Cal/OHSA found that the company did not conduct the needed tests to ensure that such an accident could be avoided. As result, a dangerous environment was created – one where a spark caused by equipment led to the ignition of propane.  

Motorcycle accidents: Little protection leads to injuries

While riding a motorcycle may bring about some benefits such as being a fuel-efficient, it also holds certain dangers. As a two-wheeled vehicle, a motorcycle needs more coordination and skill than driving a car. In California and elsewhere, motorcycle accidents often lead to serious injuries because there is little protection available to bikers and passengers.

There are certain injuries that are common in bike accidents. Head injuries, bone fractures and road rashes are some of the most frequent ones. Bone fractures often occur when the bike falls over onto the rider's legs. Bikers also often break their wrists and or their arms because they stick their arms out to break the fall.

How you can protect your interests after a car accident

The aftermath of a car accident can be overwhelming. From your time at the accident scene to the days and weeks following the crash, it is always smart to think about ways you can protect yourself. As a victim of an accident, it is in your interests to know what you should do next and how to move forward after this type of traumatic event. 

You cannot predict when an accident might happen, but you can prepare yourself in case of a contingency in the future. Perhaps your accident happened a few days or weeks ago, and you are at a loss as to what you should be doing to put your life back together. No matter the details of your individual situation, you have the right to seek guidance and support as you fight for a beneficial outcome.

Workplace attacks is a reality in the workplace

Some jobs are more dangerous than others. For example, mining and construction are seen as more dangerous than administrative and office jobs. However, few California employees may realize that attacks in the workplace are the third highest cause of death for certain categories of workers.

Statistics indicate that 2 million United States workers report annually that they have been victims of violence at their workplace. Reported fatal workplace-related attacks in 2014 totaled 409 people, which constitutes approximately 16 percent of the total workplace fatalities of that year. The fact is workplace violence can happen in any occupation. In fact, it is 20 times more likely for taxi drivers to be killed on the job than any other job, while healthcare workers and employees in education, media and the law are also at greater risk.

Teenage car accidents -- nighttime driving increases risks

It is a well-known fact that, once the sun sets and the night sets in, visibility decreases. The decrease in visibility makes it hard to have a clear picture of one's surroundings, but it is also more difficult for one to be seen. Nightfall is also the time of day when there is an increase in car accidents.

Even experienced California drivers are more prone to accidents while driving at night, but teenagers driving at night are at a substantial higher risk to be involved in an accident. The six hours between 6 p.m. and 12 a.m. are of the most dangerous for young, inexperienced drivers to take the wheel. Statistically, it has been proved that fatal crashes are three times more likely to occur when a driver is between 16 and 17 years of age and is driving at night. Teenage drivers do not even have to be out very late, as research indicates that nearly 20 percent of fatal accidents involving 15- to 17-year-old drivers happen between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Between 9 p.m. and 12 a.m., 18 percent of accidents involving 15- to 19-year-olds happens.

Workers' compensation claims due to heat injuries

On-the-job injuries due to heat while working outside are not unusual, but many employers fail to consider the risk of injuries due to extreme temperatures indoors. California has recently become the first state in the country to establish a threshold for the protection of indoor workers from heat indexes. The need for the Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board to protect indoor workers, similarly to outdoor workers, has arisen from changes in weather as well as the development of new careers. Employers should take careful notice of the new guidelines in order to avoid workers' compensation claims.

The ever growing e-commerce industry has led to a situation where workers, enjoying high hourly rates, spend most of their day working in very hot conditions. Often their workplace is a metal container. The extreme heat inside such a container, while doing manual labor, can lead to heat stroke or other heat-related injuries. Other industries where workers may be exposed to very hot conditions are laundries, industrial kitchens and the shipping industry.

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