Who Is Liable When You’re Assaulted By Your Uber Driver?
When an Uber, Lyft, or other ride-sharing service driver commit rape, assault, or theft, the driver and the company can be held liable for damages to the injured party. These companies have a duty of care that includes protecting users of their services from known threats to their health and safety. While these companies attempt […]
Emergency Action Plans Effective for Preventing Injuries, Deaths
Well organized and practiced Emergency Action Plans help mitigate emergencies and prevent injuries and wrongful deaths in the workplace. In 2015, private employers in the United States reported 2.9 million non-fatal workplace injuries. This was a rate of 3 cases per 100 workers in the country and represents a decrease of 48,000 over the previous […]
Hidden Threats to Children In and Around Motor Vehicles [infographic]
Children are especially vulnerable to non-traffic injuries and fatalities involving automobiles. From 1990 to 2014, there were 11,759 non-traffic related incidents that caused 3,396 fatalities to children. These injuries and fatalities can be caused by suffocation, crushing, falls, fires and other dangers. When children are injured or killed in these incidents, motorists, vehicle manufacturers, parts […]
Does the FACT Act Have a Burdensome Effect on Claimants?
The main purpose of the Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency (FACT) Act is to reduce the number of fraudulent asbestos-related claims, however, the real result is that the compensation legitimate victims are entitled to is being delayed. Some claimants suffer from mesothelioma and can’t afford these delays as they require immediate treatment. The Dangers of Asbestos […]
How Does Marijuana Use Affect Workers Compensation?
While for certain medical conditions it might be legal to smoke marijuana in Illinois, doing so can still negatively impact a workers compensation case. Since marijuana lingers in the system long after it is used, the drug can be blamed for a work injury even if it was used days before. How Marijuana Is Perceived […]
Airbag Innovations That Keep Drivers Safe [Infographic]
Airbag innovations could help increase passive driver safety and reduce fatality rates from car accidents. New vehicles are being equipped with knee airbags, front center airbags, or inflatable seatbelts to minimize the risk of injury. (Article continues below Infographic) ______ Airbags Statistically Reduce Driver Fatalities Airbags have proven to reduce the likelihood of driver death […]
New Helmet Technology Monitors Injuries [Infographic]
Technologically advanced helmets are helping to reduce the number of high school athletes that suffer concussions on the field. In 2012, it was estimated that high school athletes suffered nearly 300,000 concussions. Nationwide, it is estimated that concussions account for 15% of total high school athletic injuries. Approximately 33% of these injuries occur during practice […]
Safety Alert: Back to School Traffic Puts Kids at High Risk
School bells are ringing throughout the region and back to school means that parents, students, and community members need to make traffic safety a top priority. There is an increased risk of automobile accidents during this season and taking active measures to reduce the risk is crucial for reducing injury and fatality rates as kids […]
Improperly Guarded Machines Cost Workers an Arm and a Leg
Improperly protected machines cause numerous workplace amputations each year. In the manufacturing sector alone, the annual rate of workplace amputations is 1.7 per 10,000 workers. This is more than twice the rate of amputations recorded for all workers in the United States. In 2015, the US Department of Labor recorded 2,600 workplace amputations. Of these, […]
When Healthcare Workers Become Patients
Healthcare workers and social assistance personnel have some of the highest injury rates within the private sector and in 2015 had 158,400 incidents that required at least one day away from work. Nationwide, the healthcare industry has an incident rate of 113.6 per 10,000 workers which was down slightly from 121.3 in 2014. The incident […]