How Unsafe Working Conditions Can Cause Brain Injuries

There’s a reason certain areas under construction are labeled as “hard hat zones.” Failure to wear proper protective gear can result in catastrophic trauma. It’s the same reason that people who ride bikes wear helmets, and why athletes wear helmets, mouthguards, and other means of protection.

Brain injuries forever impact a person’s life. They change the part of the body that is responsible for regulating all the other parts. With a traumatic brain injury, cognitive function is greatly reduced.

People who suffer from minor concussions are usually able to go back to normal after a recovery period, but other people are not quite as lucky.

Severe head trauma can limit the tasks that a person can take on in their day-to-day life. They may not be able to finish their schooling or do their jobs. Sometimes the injury is so severe that they need help carrying out basic tasks like bathing and getting dressed.

The worst injuries result in the victim going into a coma or other vegetative state. For many, this means being put on life support until they recover or their family makes the decision to pull the plug.

Although nobody wants to have such a severe injury, many athletes and workers start their day knowing that they are at an increased risk of head trauma. Not everyone is quite as lucky.

Every year, people are sent to the emergency room because they received a traumatic brain injury at the hands of someone else’s negligence. These people are rarely at fault for their injuries, yet they are the ones affected by it. Instances of injury-causing negligence include:

  • Improper safety training
  • Ignorant actions of others
  • Unsafe working conditions

Recovery costs for head trauma are not only expensive but sometimes they’re not one hundred percent effective. Even the best doctor can only do so much, and the victim may be left unable to carry out basic tasks.

When this happens, they can lose their jobs and have no source of income. They may be eligible for Social Security or disability income, but the process to receive that assistance is often time-consuming, and these people cannot wait for a check that may not come. Chapman Injury Lawyers help to seek justice on behalf of the victim.

If an employee at a grocery store fails to secure a display properly, it can fall and seriously injure a person. While it might seem to be the fault of the employee and only the employee, this isn’t always the case.

If the store failed to train the employee thoroughly, or there weren’t enough people working the shift that could help out, the store is likely more at fault for the injury than the employee.

Negligence cases are often confusing like this, and someone who’s in the hospital for brain trauma won’t be able to fight for justice on their own. Helping the victim get in contact with a law office that can help them will grant them the assistance they need. This help can make the difference between receiving proper care and being financially unable to do so.

Secrets Your Mouth Knows

Ive come across a rather disturbing discovery that I feel I really ought to share with the world, namely, that your mouth can say a lot about your health and because of that, you really have to keep up with checking your oral hygiene.

Of course, everyone knows that your teeth are important on some level. You want to look good, and that means keeping your teeth clean and healthy and as white as possible. Everyone knows a good smile goes a long way to success, and a mouth with fewer cavities means less pain and an easier time eating and enjoying life. A lot of people may even know that mouth problems can lead to other health issues.

But the mouth actually goes a long way beyond that. It can actually tell when something else is wrong with you. According to Babylon Dental Care, an exam of your mouth can tell an incredible amount about how healthy you are. A quick look around your mouth can tell a dentist about either from potential sleep apnea to the fact you may have way too much stress in your life.

Not convinced? Think thats some kind of hoodoo? Not so, according to Babylon Dental. Consider this: you probably associate bad breath with a lack of oral hygiene. Maybe youve been lax about brushing lately, but thats not all it actually could be. Bad breath may also be a sign of sleep apnea, a potentially serious sleeping disorder that might be making you feel tired every day. It may also be a sign of a sinus infection that you hadnt realized youd picked up. Or else, it may show you have an acid reflux problem you need to get looked at. All those problems might have been hiding under your assumption that you werent brushing enough, and your dentist would be the one to tell you otherwise.

Thats not all, either. Bloody gums are usually associated with lazy flossers, and with good reason, since thats often the problem. But, not always. In fact, it might be a sign that you are having blood sugar issues that can lead to diabetes. Thats something youd probably want to know about ahead of time, right? Well, heres a sign right in front of you that your dentist can explain.

Tongue spots are another symptom of an immune system problem that doesnt allow the mouth to fight off certain kinds of natural yeast. It may mean youve been taking too many antibiotics (or just a sign of a cold coming on).

Finally, a dentist can tell if your teeth are eroding because you are grinding them. You may think youd know if you were grinding your teeth, but it can be an issue while you sleep, especially if youre stressed. It may also be why youre having bad headaches. Again, the dentist can figure this out with a quick look in your mouth.

All this goes to show that you really have to stop putting off that trip to the dentist. It isnt just a matter of keeping those teeth clean. A trip can mean discoveries about your health that go way beyond your mouth.

New Jersey mom

I was granted to receive child support payments from my former spouse recently. I am the custodial parent and the primary caretaker for my two children. I am employed as a teacher, but it is not enough to support the needs of my children, as one of them is a special needs child that attends a special school as well. There are the costs of educating the special needs child, plus the everyday medical care costs as well. My former spouse signed the child support agreement. I was told by the state that the support order was entered and that the non-custodial parent was informed on how to make payment. Then I was told that payments to the custodial parent should begin around two weeks after the order is enforced if the non-custodial parent pays as directed. I have not yet received any payment, and that was over 60 days ago. I have tried to contact my former spouse, but I cannot reach him on his previous phone number. I don’t even know where he is living because the last time I spoke with him, he stated that a job transfer was in place and he may have to move to another city in the state, or possibly to an out-of-state office headquarters.

I suppose that I need to talk to a child support attorney because, at this point, I need the child support payments to continue, so that my special needs child and my other daughter can get the proper financial support for daily living expenses and their future needs. I have heard that an attorney can help in enforcing the order, like requiring that work income be deducted from the non-custodial parent’s employer.

I am upset that my spouse has not even contacted me. What am I supposed to do? I got the house in the divorce settlement, but that is not nearly enough. I suppose that if they don’t get my former spouse’s employer to deduct the child support payments, that an attorney could possibly look at getting the money to me through his bank accounts, insurance proceeds or automobiles. He has a couple of older specialty cars that he really values. Well, if he doesn’t pay me, he could lose things that he values.

What about the children? Doesn’t he value them enough to pay me the child support that is owed to me? I suppose he is still upset about the divorce, but we just couldn’t communicate anymore! My former spouse made good money, and there are the tax returns to prove it. Maybe I can check with an attorney if his tax refunds can be sent to me. Or, maybe I can find out if he can be reported to a credit reporting agency, for refusing to pay child support payments. Well, that might upset him, because he is really picky about his credit scores and reports! Oh well, that’s too bad, because this is for the kids, and they deserve better than this. I need to be able to give them the proper upbringing and support.

The Threats of Falling Equipment In and Around Construction Sites

Being struck by falling objects or other debris is always a risk inside and around construction sites. Besides the workers themselves, visitors to the site and even pedestrians are also open to the risk of being hit by objects falling from above, accidents that can result to traumatic brain injury, paralysis or even death. The most common types of falling objects that can cause serious injury are handheld tools, loose building materials, movable concrete and improperly secured loads from cranes or mechanical lifts.

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), in 2012, about 78 construction workers were killed after being struck by falling objects or debris. Due to the dangers workers and many other individuals are exposed to, OSHA makes it the legal responsibility of construction companies and construction site owners to make sure that construction sites are kept safe. Accidents due to failure to keep construction sites safe may be the result of negligence of construction companies, site owners, workers and subcontractors. These acts of negligence that can result to falling objects or debris and injure someone include:

  • Lack of signage that will warn people about work going on overhead;
  • Lack of barricades to limit access to construction sites;
  • Tools or materials accidentally dropped by workers working on construction scaffolding and platforms;
  • Failure to wear or lack of personal protective gear, such as hard hats, face shields, and safety googles;
  • Failure to make regular maintenance checks and properly inspect construction equipment before use;
  • Failure of workers to secure hand held tools and other materials properly;
  • Failure on the part of employers to properly train workers on safety measures and on the proper use of construction equipment and machinery;
  • Failure on the part of employers to provide workers with safety gears;
  • Lack of safety devices, such as debris nets, shore and brace structures, catch platforms, tool guards, and toe boards; and,
  • Failure to properly secure loads that are being lifted, resulting to objects getting dislodged.

There are many traumatic injuries that can occur on construction sites. These injuries frequently require emergency medical services because of the dangerous equipment on these sites. Unsurprisingly, construction workers face the most risk of construction site injuries. They must rely on their employers to provide the safest work environment possible and proper safety training for their jobs. Unfortunately, many employers fail to take adequate safety measures in order to cut costs and many construction workers suffer injuries as a result.

While it is true that a construction worker, who gets injured on the job, may be able to apply for financial benefits paid by the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Program, he/she may also waive this legal right and choose to file a civil suit against his/her employer instead; he/she may also be able to file a civil lawsuit against a third party individual whose action or lack of action may have contributed to the accident that resulted to his/her injuries. Having a seasoned personal injury lawyer, who can counsel him/her regarding the best legal action to take, may be an advantage.


Causal Factors of Product Liability Cases

There is a legal concept called product liability, wherein designers, manufacturers, and everybody else involved in trade are legally obligated to make sure that the products they make available to the public are safe, because they can be held accountable for accidents, injuries, and deaths.
According to the website of Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC, all those who have been hurt because of dangerous products may pursue legal action against the responsible parties. But how can consumers get hurt by products anyway? There are three main factors that may trigger a product accident.

Design Defects

A design defect occurs when a product has an inherently dangerous design. It is one of the most common triggers of product accidents and injuries. Designers should first study their proposed designs, determine the possible risks, and come up with a way to avoid these risks by improving the design. Failing to make a competent and thorough study may result into a design defect that may put an unsuspecting consumer in danger. An example of this is how certain vehicle airbags deploy in a way that causes more harm than good.

Manufacturing Defects

A product has a manufacturing defect if it has flaws that have risen because of manufacturing error or negligence. The two most common manufacturing defects include the use of poor materials and the practice of poor manufacturing techniques. Both can make the product suffer from poor quality, and it may even easily break and cause an accident. For example, a bicycle for children may have a crack in the body, making it vulnerable to breaking and making the child at risk of crashing and injuring himself.

Inherently Dangerous Products

The whole product itself may be dangerous. Maybe the product has not been studied well and yet the company that owns it puts it out in the market, such as those surgical implants that turn out to have negative medical implications. Maybe the product has hazardous substances, like arsenic, mercury, and lead, such as those toys that can cause lead-poisoning. Maybe the product has no labels that may inform consumers of the product’s safety and hazardousness, such as those construction equipment that do not come with safety instructions and warning signs.