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5 ways dangerous drivers cause car accidents

Even if you are the most mindful driver in the world, nothing can guarantee that you will never be in a car accident. Sadly, even if you never make mistakes and are always alert, there are plenty of negligent motorists who may crash into you. Dangerous drivers cause thousands of injuries and deaths every year. 

Unfortunately, there is no shortage of inexperienced, careless and reckless drivers on the road. Here are a few of the most common driving behaviors that result in car accidents

Tips for preventing repetitive stress injuries at work

Repetitive stress injuries are common in a wide variety of jobs and work duties. Whether you work in an office, construction site or retail environment, you may be prone to repetitive strain. Simple actions such as typing, grabbing tools or scanning items can injure you. These injuries accumulate due to repetitive motions. Common RSIs include:

  • Tendonitis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Tennis elbow
  • Trigger finger

If your job causes you to develop this type of injury, you may be eligible for workers' compensation benefits. That said, you may also be able to prevent these injuries.

Why workers’ comp is called the “compensation bargain”

You may not have paid much attention to workers’ compensation until now, after suffering a work-related injury and are in a position to file a claim.

This may be a good time for a brief review of this form of insurance and why it is called the “compensation bargain.”

Does that cut on your finger qualify you for workers’ comp?

Workers’ compensation covers employees who sustain work-related injuries. You may think in terms of burns or fractures. However, there are countless injuries that qualify for insurance benefits.

A study of claims submitted to the nation’s largest workers’ compensation carrier shows that an injury as small as the cut on your finger may make you eligible to file.

Workplace hazards for custodians, janitors and housekeepers

Imagine how dirty shopping centers, schools, offices and hotel rooms would be without cleaning staff. Custodial workers are responsible for keeping environments safe and people healthy. But they face numerous risks every day in their working environments.

These hazards often cause injuries, illnesses and death. Here are a few prevalent workplace hazards that custodial workers deal with on a regular basis. 

Avoid triggering a dog attack

As the summer approaches and more people venture outside and into friends and neighbors' backyards, the chances for dog bites and attacks increase. 

To avoid a personal injury claim, it is important to be vigilant of possible dangers. Particularly in regard to dogs, there are a few things you can do to possibly thwart dog attacks.

Know your motorcycle risks at the beginning of biker season

Some seasoned motorcyclists ride their bikes throughout the year, but for most bikers in North Carolina and other states that experience harsh winters, motorcycles rarely come out of the garage until after the weather warms up. You may feel excited to uncover your ride and enjoy the open road, but you should understand the many motorcycle dangers that can await you at the beginning of the warm season.

Your greatest danger comes from other drivers, as you may already be aware. Motorcycles are smaller and harder to see than larger vehicles, in addition to being faster and having the ability to swerve in and out of traffic. Consequently, drivers may not see motorcycles sharing the road with them, especially at the beginning of the season, when they are not used to seeing two-wheeled vehicles on the roads. Some common motorcycle hazards from other drivers you may encounter include the following:

  • Drivers failing to look in their rearview mirror or blind spots before changing lanes or turning
  • A driver misjudging an approaching motorcycle’s speed or distance and entering the roadway in front of it
  • Drivers not understanding how easily motorcyclists can lose control of their bikes
  • A driver not respecting a motorcyclist’s need for space
  • Someone parked at the shoulder who opens the driver’s side door as a motorcycle is approaching

Moving patients a common cause of injury in health care

Today’s nurses make their living in an inherently dangerous line of work, and the work-related hazards they face every day on the job are plentiful. While simply working in close proximity to ailing people has the potential to impact your health, nurses also face threats from violent patients or family members in addition to a broad range of other possible hazards.

While modern nurses face numerous work-related health hazards, Healthcare Business & Technology reports that some of the most common injuries suffered by today’s working nurses result from moving patients. Workplace injuries that result from heavy lifting have become so widespread, in fact, that nurses suffer in excess of 35,000 lifting-related injuries annually that are bad enough to keep them out of the workplace. Just why is it that so many nurses are suffering serious back, neck and musculoskeletal injuries that have the potential to impact their quality of life, and are medical providers doing anything to help their workers?

Use these ladder safety tips to prevent a fall

Working in the humid North Carolina heat is not something everyone enjoys. As a construction worker, you must keep your eyes open and your body well-hydrated to keep from overheating.

Aside from the heat in the summer, you need to keep an eye out for ladder hazards. More workers suffer injuries from falling than any other incident. One of the leading culprits is the ladder. Take some of these tips into consideration before climbing the rungs at work.

Determining compensation in permanent partial injury cases

A physically demanding job can take its toll on your body, and an unexpected workplace accident may limit your abilities for the rest of your life. If you find yourself unable to work, your employer should provide some form of reimbursement.

Laws regarding workers' compensation vary from state to state. In North Carolina, a permanent partial injury is severe enough to grant you significant benefits.

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