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Orange County Personal Injury Law Blog

Lifting injuries can turn into a heavy burden

Working in a warehouse, you may spend a significant amount of your day doing a lot of lifting. Whether from repetitively lifting or from overexertion, you could easily suffer painful and debilitating injuries.

Between you and your employer, there may be ways to reduce the likelihood of you suffering an injury from lifting. Below are some of the ways that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends to do just that.

Slip or trip-and-falls can cause serious on-the-job injuries

Many people in California have suffered severe injuries in slip or trip-and-fall accidents while moving about unsafe parking lots or while they are out shopping. However, such incidents are also the cause of many on\-the\-job injuries and could occur in any industry. Injury risks can be avoided by proper housekeeping during which spills are immediately mopped up, and work areas are free of debris.

Wet, oily patches often lead to slips which happen when there is insufficient traction between the walking surface and a worker's shoes. Trips are typically caused by debris or a random object that catches a workers' foot and causes the loss of balance. Other hazards include loose or curled-up rugs and mats, insufficient lighting, uncovered extension cords or electrical cables and more.

Motorcycle accidents -- Young Californian man loses his life

A Californian man, age 26, lost his life in a multi-vehicle accident that happened on a recent Wednesday in January. The accident is just another example of the devastation motorcycle accidents can cause. Bikers have so little chance when an accident between a biker and another vehicle happens.

The biker and a driver in a sedan were both traveling west on a boulevard in Los Banos. A 55-year-old driver made a left turn into the boulevard they were traveling on, resulting in a collision between the three vehicles. The accident happened at approximately 12:30 p.m.  

Walmart sued for negligence after alleged slip-and-fall accident

Californian customers visiting supermarkets, shops and other public places expect to do so without fearing possible injuries. This means that owners and managers of such establishments should make sure that there are no hazards, such as wet surfaces or loose carpets, which can lead to slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall accidents. Warning signs should be used in case of possible hazards. Neglecting to pay attention to possible hazards, or not warning customers, may result in the establishment having to answer to a personal injury claim in a court of law.

In fact, an out-of-state Walmart is currently being sued by a client after a slip-and-fall accident in June of last year. The woman allegedly slipped on a wet surface after water was left on the floor instead of being cleaned up. According to the plaintiff, the fact that the water was not cleaned up constitutes negligence on the side of the store.

Auto accidents: Claiming damages for pain and suffering

When a person suffers injuries due to the recklessness or negligence of another, Californian civil law provides for the injured victim to claim for such damages. In the case of auto accidents, a victim may be eligible to claim for more than just repair costs of the vehicle and hospital bills. A victim may also qualify to claim for the pain and suffering he or she endured.

Damages are often categorized as general and special damages. The first category relates to damages where the harm has to be assessed and calculated, and includes, among others, mental anguish, pain and suffering and emotional distress. The second category relates to damages which can be proved through receipts and quotes and includes damages to vehicles, loss of income and medical bills.

Was your workers' compensation claim denied?

An on-the-job injury is the last thing you need. Days off work mean days without pay. If you depend on every dollar of your paycheck, you know you can't afford to take time off to recover from a workplace accident. On top of losing hourly pay, you may also have to deal with medical bills and other costs associated with your injuries. This can add up to financial disaster for your family.

Fortunately, California's workers' compensation program covers your medical bills as well as lost wages when injured on the job. This system allows you the funds you need to take care of your family while you recover as well as protects your employer from a lawsuit every time a worker becomes ill or injured in the normal course of duty. All this may seem like the answer to your problems until the workers' compensation insurance company denies your claim.

Car accidents: four people die in Californian accident

While Christmas is fast approaching, the families of four Californian people have to plan their funerals. Car accidents are always tragic, but when it happens at such a festive time of year, it seems even more of a tragedy. The accident happened on a recent Sunday morning.

The crash occurred very soon after it was reported to authorities that a vehicle was traveling the wrong way on a freeway in the area. Reports of the accident indicate that this vehicle was traveling against traffic and crashed into another car with three occupants. All of the people involved in the accident passed away.

Slip-and-fall accidents: Where does the responsibility lie?

Owners of businesses, such as restaurants and grocery stores, have a responsibility to protect their clients and keep them safe from injury. Unfortunately not all owners make sure that their premises are safe. Slip-and-fall accidents are not uncommon and customers often suffer more serious injuries than most people think.  

Our personal injury attorneys are experienced in trip-and-fall as well as slip-and-fall accidents in California. With more than 30 years' experience, we are ideally situated to evaluate each individual case. Victims are entitled to compensation when the gathered evidence documents that the negligence of another party or parties was responsible for the injuries suffered.

Broken pavement: Sidewalk crack causes wheelchair to tip

California resident may be surprised at the severity of injuries that can result from a fall on damaged walkways. While a broken pavement, damaged sidewalk or a pothole in a parking area can cause customers to shopping areas or visitors to other public facilities to trip and fall, it is equally hazardous to wheelchair users. Owners of properties at which the general public is welcomed have a responsibility to provide safe environments for all.

A lawsuit was recently filed by a consumer in another state who alleges a shopping mall owner was negligent in the maintenance of the property. According to court documents, the plaintiff -- who makes use of a wheelchair because she is disabled -- contends she was a lawful visitor to the mall in May 2014, when she was injured. She alleges the wheel of her motorized chair hit a cracked section of the sidewalk, causing it to tip over.

CTS may lead to workers' compensation claims

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is often seen as an unsubstantiated threat, but it is more real than many believe. A recent study has indicated that between 3 and 6 percent of Americans may be affected by CTS. However, those numbers likely increase when it comes to office workers. Californian companies, especially technology companies, should not be surprised by workers' compensation claims resulting from carpel tunnel syndrome.

CTS refers to a condition where the nerve running from a person's forearm to his or her palm becomes squeezed in the carpal tunnel. Persons affected by the syndrome may experience numbness or itchiness of their fingers and their fingers may even swell. Other symptoms include a weakening in their grip and/or frequent pain in their hand, wrist or arm.

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