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Slip and Fall Accidents at Work

Slip and fall accidents at work can result in serious injuries that require long recovery periods. When a worker is injured in a slip and fall accident at work, Workers’ Compensation benefits can provide much needed compensation to cover medical bills and lost wages. Even if benefits are initially denied, an experienced Workers’ Compensation lawyer can appeal the decision and help claim the compensation the victim is entitled to receive.

Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents at Work

Slip and fall accidents occur in every profession and workplace. Injuries can be serious and lead to long term disability, and in some cases, death. Several work industries are more prone to slip and fall accidents, such as construction, manufacturing, healthcare, and retail. The most common causes of workplace slip and fall accidents include:

  • Slippery surfaces that are wet, icy,
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Emergency Treatment Options After a Car Accident

On the scene of an accident, all planning goes out the window. Foreseeing the accident itself is impossible, of course, but knowing your options in advance can help.

It is commonly assumed that being hurt in a car accident requires a trip to the emergency room. In cases of severe injury, in fact, that is the only option. If an accident victim is unconscious or otherwise unable to make a decision about their care, an ambulance will automatically transport them to a nearby hospital.

If you are in a position to make the call, however, there are a few options.

Urgent Care

The prevalence of urgent care centers has eased congestion in traditional emergency rooms and given patients another option when they need to be seen by a doctor without having to wait for an appointment. In addition to sore throats and earaches,

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Elevator Accidents and Construction Workers

Construction sites are full of dangerous hazards for the workers who make their living there and elevators can be one of those hazards. Elevator accidents can leave workers severely injured and can even be fatal. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that every year, 17,000 people are injured in accidents involving elevators and escalators and 30 people die. Almost half of these fatalities are construction worker deaths that occur above or inside the elevator shaft.

Construction sites often involve the installation of elevators and workers also need to use on-site industrial elevators to reach their work zones. Injuries can occur both during construction of elevators or while using an on-site elevator that has not been properly maintained. Common sources of construction site elevator injuries include:

  • Falls – More than half of all construction worker deaths occur from falls into an exposed elevator shaft
  • Mechanical failure of the pulley system
  • Exceeding the maximum allowed load
  • Lack of safety equipment (harnesses and nets) while working near elevator shafts
  • Faulty electrical wiring
  • Caught in/between accidents involving elevator doors or other moving parts

Even when elevator accidents are not fatal,

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