Archive for November, 2012

Sustaining Injuries on Construction Sites

Posted on November 30, 2012

Sustaining Injuries on Construction Sites

Work in the construction industry is physically demanding and incredibly dangerous. Varied terrain, unpredictable weather, and ever-changing surroundings are a few of the many factors that can predispose to a construction-related injury. Falls from scaffolding or ladders, injury from falling debris, machinery accidents, and electrocution are all examples of what can happen when something goes wrong on a construction site, either as a result of an accident or due to negligence.

It goes without saying that the injuries in the construction industry can be severe. Sprains, strains, broken bones, and even death can occur. When occupational injuries and illnesses are reported, one of the key measures of injury severity is the median number of days spent away from work per each injured case. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2011, the construction industry ranked third, with a median number of 14 days spent away from work due to injury. Only the mining and transportation industries ranked higher.

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Determining Liability in Trucking Accidents

Posted on November 29, 2012

Determining Liability in Trucking Accidents

Trucking accidents account for a fraction of all traffic-related accidents. Furthermore, they have the potential to be much more dangerous than motor vehicle traffic accidents, due to the sheer weight and size of most trucks. Many trucks also haul hazardous loads that can pose additional risks in the event that they are spilled or otherwise compromised during an accident. Additionally, large trucks are much more likely to be involved in fatal multiple-vehicle crashes compared to fatal single-vehicle crashes.

According to 2010 statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 3,675 people were killed and 80,000 injured in crashes that involved large trucks (of which there were 276,000 such crashes). These statistics represent a 9% increase in fatalities and an 8% increase in the number of injuries compared to statistics from 2009.

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Holiday Traffic Safety

As millions of drivers leave work the day before Thanksgiving, highways across America will be filling with families and individuals heading home for the holiday.

To remind drivers to remain cautious as they drive home from work and over the weekend, the National Safety Council (NSC) has released its Thanksgiving Day Holiday Period Traffic Fatality Estimate. Per the NSC the 2012 Thanksgiving Day holiday period begins at 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 21, and ends at 11:59 p.m., Sunday, November 25. The NSC estimate of traffic fatalities for this 4.25-day holiday period is 451 deaths. Nonfatal medically consulted injuries, i.e. injuries serious enough that a medical professional was consulted, are estimated at 48,300 with a range of 41,100 to 56,500.

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What You Should Know When Hiring a PI Attorney

If you have suffered an injury as a result of another person’s negligence, or due to a defective or poorly designed product, it is of paramount importance that you hire the right personal injury attorney to handle your case. There are a number of things that should be taken into consideration when making this important choice.

First, and arguably foremost, it is important to know how long the prospective attorney has practiced law, in particular how much experience they have handling personal injury cases. Highly qualified personal injury attorneys will devote a majority of their time to issues pertinent to your case. Although attorneys in general practice may be well-trained and highly experienced in multiple aspects of the law, it is critical that the attorney who you choose to represent you is well-versed in the specific aspects of the nature of your case. In addition, you would be well-advised to find out how many cases of a nature similar to yours the prospective attorney has taken to trial and/or settlement. Therefore, make it a point to ask your potential attorney what percentage of their cases they take to settlement and what percentage go to trial. Not only is this indicative of the attorney’s willingness to work on your behalf, but it is also a surrogate of his or her skill and rate of success.

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