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Mind your step to avoid a construction site slip-and-fall injury

Even when Northeastern Pennsylvania has a mild winter, construction workers will face life-threatening hazards -- maybe even more because weather conditions might allow more activity on construction sites. Although the Occupational Safety and Health Administration says all construction accidents are preventable, noncompliance with safety regulations often lead to serious on-the-job injuries -- some of which are fatal. However, if you establish safe work policies for yourself, you might avoid spending the holidays in the hospital.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics says the most common workplace injuries result from slips, trips and falls. If you start your safety regime with a focus on those hazards, you will already be significantly safer than if you put all your trust in your employer to protect you. Awareness of potential dangers will allow you to take precautions.

The perils of working in a restaurant kitchen

Restaurants and eating places are near the top of the list of industries in Northeastern Pennsylvania, and a significant portion of the workforce earns a living in kitchens. If you are one of them, you could suffer sprains and strains, cuts, burns and other injuries. Like in any other industry, your employer must provide a work environment that is free of known hazards, but unanticipated accidents happen in kitchens every day.

You can play a part in your own safety by learning about potential kitchen hazards and looking out for them. By paying attention to detail, you can reduce the risk of common dangers.

Will your teenager be distracted while driving this summer?

With summer break coming up, scores of teenagers will be driving on the already busy Pennsylvania highways. If you are the parent of a teenager, handing over the keys to the family car might cause anxiety. Not only for the safety of the child but also for your liability if your teen causes an accident that injures or kills others.

Along with inexperience, distractions cause many teen crashes. Communicating about this problem may help to keep your child safe. Cellphones are not the only thing that can distract young drivers — anything that takes the mind off driving, the hands off the steering wheel or the eyes off the road can cause an accident.

Pennsylvania workers beware -- cold stress can be deadly

Workers whose occupations expose them to the cold conditions have to face possible illness every year. Dangerous conditions can even exist indoors in cold storage areas or unheated buildings.

Working in areas that expose employees to wind can also cause their bodies to lose heat, often resulting in cold stress. Those who are most vulnerable to adverse effects of exposure to cold include workers who are older along with those with heart disease, high blood pressure or diabetes.

Denied workers' compensation claim? You have options.

If hurt at work, you know how difficult it can be to get better while you are worrying about paying your bills and taking care of your family during your time away from work. This is why workers' compensation benefits exist -- to care for individuals who suffered an injury at work or who became ill due to occupational exposure. While you may have a rightful claim to these benefits, it can actually be quite complex to secure them.

Many first-time applicants find that their initial claim came back denied. This certainly feels like a setback, and while it is frustrating, it is not the end of the road for you. You have the right to continue to fight for the full amount of workers' compensation benefits you need and deserve.

A settlement offer can appear sooner than some injury symptoms

Patience may be a virtue, but it can be a challenging one, especially in the age of convenience. With fast food drive-thrus and next or same day shipping, the idea of waiting to receive something could be an odd notion to some. However, there are some areas where signing for a rushed delivery could cause you to miss out.

Car accidents take place every day, and each one has the potential to be devastating. Perhaps you have been injured in an accident and an insurance company has already offered you a settlement. Although it may seem enticing at first, you might want to wait until you are aware of the full extent of your injuries before accepting any offers.

In how many feet of snow did you work today?

Following the late-winter cold spell and heavy snowfalls -- several feet in some areas in Pennsylvania -- readers may want to spare a thought for workers who earn their livelihoods by working outdoors. While being out in nature has its benefits in other seasons, some jobs can be life threatening in the winter.

Is the property owner responsible for your slip-and-fall injury?

Any person can accidentally slip and fall. Such accidents are particularly prevalent during the winter months when pedestrians have to navigate ice-covered sidewalks and walkways. Injuries can be severe -- especially if the victim is an older person. Many people believe that property owners are always liable for such accidents. However, there are certain rules related to the responsibilities of property owners when it comes to premises liability claims.

The truth about secret settlements in medical malpractice lawsuits

When it comes to various forms of medical misconduct or negligence, one of the biggest driving forces in settling the case is not whether the doctor, healthcare worker or medical establishment caused the injury, but the potential for the case to bring negative publicity via a public trial.

Although the injured party winds up with a settlement, it is under the condition that they do not disclose details of the case. It comes with a non-disclosure clause. The settlement, in effect becomes a form of "hush money" that is designed to prevent a public trial. The responsible party is trying to save their reputation by keeping the settlement closed. For the injured party, the motivation to accept a settlement under these conditions comes from simply wanting the ordeal to be over, or their desire to keep the case as private as possible.

Who is responsible for job site injuries?

Working in construction comes with more than its fair share of risks. Individuals employed in the field are subjected to a large number of inherent dangers. It's always important to follow safety procedures, but unfortunately, accidents still happen. These are the most common injuries on construction sites and what you need to know about who may be held responsible.

Falls and falling objects

These are the two most common risks in construction. Roughly half of all safety procedures in construction across the nation were developed to mitigate these two kinds of accidents, and they still represent the biggest risk. To prevent injury, always follow safety procedures and use the appropriate equipment. When injuries happen despite safety efforts, workers' compensation is usually the first available resource for help. Make sure the incident is reported and documented. If, however, the scope of the injury exceeds the benefits of workers' comp, then additional liability may be pursued. Each case is handled on an individual basis, but the most common recipients of culpability are the individuals responsible for the injury and the injured worker's employer.

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