Month: August 2015

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Aug

31

Case-by-Case

  Posted on August 31, 2015  

In a recent victory for safety advocates, the family of a man killed by a tired trucker was awarded $58.5 million by a jury. The lack of care exhibited by the trucking company was staggering: The driver was new and had received none of the training required of people driving big rigs; he had been […]

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Aug

30

The Perils of Asbestos Exposure

  Posted on August 30, 2015  

For years, exposure to asbestos was common in many industries, including on construction sites, in shipyards, in factories, and in auto- motive repair shops. Asbestos was eventually banned for most uses because it causes a number of different kinds of health problems for those who have been exposed to it. Of these, among the most […]

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Aug

28

Big Trucks Threaten High Way Safety

  Posted on August 28, 2015  

We all know the feeling: that uncomfortable tightening of the chest we get when we get when we look into our rearview mirror and see an 80,000 pound 18-wheeler truck barreling down on our back bumper. This feeling is not entirely irrational. According to federal statics, such trucks cause thousands of collisions each year. Given […]

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Aug

27

Be Alert for Medication Errors

  Posted on August 27, 2015  

Rarely a year passes without the announcement of some new won- der drug to treat another disease. While more and better drugs are usually considered a good thing, the increase in the number of drugs available and in the number of drugs the average person takes has led to an explosion in the number of […]

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Aug

27

Insurance Company Hits

  Posted on August 27, 2015  

Insurance companies take in billions of dollars of premiums. But when the tables get turned and it’ s time for an insurance company to pay you a settlement because you were injured in an auto acci- dent, the insurance company sings a different tune. An insurer will use any excuse to avoid paying a fair […]

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Aug

26

Employer Responsible For Employee’s Driving

  Posted on August 26, 2015  

A recent case involving the death of a child illustrates how complex even a seemingly straightforward lawsuit can be. The case arose out of the tragic death of an 11-year-old girl who was waiting for her school bus. She was struck and killed by a truck driver making a turn. Evidence from the scene showed […]

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Aug

25

Children and ATVs

  Posted on August 25, 2015  

Children are involved in over 45,000 ATV accidents every year. Amazingly, 95% of children be- tween the ages of 12 and 15 who are injured on ATVs (and 65% of younger children) are injured or killed while riding a full-size ATV intended for an adult. These full- size machines are dangerous for children because they […]

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Aug

24

Safety with Electricity

  Posted on August 24, 2015  

Electricity is an irreplaceable part of our modern world. In fact, it is hard to imagine what it was like living in the days before electricity. However, it is important to remember that, as useful as it is, electricity can be dangerous. Remember these safety tips: Do not touch electrical power 
lines, EVER. If working […]

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Aug

24

ATVs: Accidents Waiting To Happen

  Posted on August 24, 2015  

Since they were introduced in the early 1970s, ATVs (all-terrain vehicles) have become increasingly popular. With this popularity comes an increasing number of accidents and injuries. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, as of 2012 over 100,000 ATV injuries were recorded and an estimated 25% of these injuries were to children younger than 16 […]

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Aug

23

Slip-and-Fall Accidents

  Posted on August 23, 2015  

Destined to Increase? The number of slip-and-fall in- juries that occur each year at businesses and commercial properties is expected to rise significantly in the future because the population of aging baby boomers will lead to an increase in the number of seniors. Seniors are statistically the most likely to fall, and when they do, […]

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