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Classifying routine events and work accidents

People get hurt in accidents every day. For many individuals, unexpected accidents can take a hefty financial toll.

If the accident occurs while a person is at work, it may be possible for the party to receive workers' compensation. However, its classification as a work accident rather than a routine event is critical.

3 things to know about workers' compensation payments

Getting injured at work can cause you to feel overwhelmed and confused as to what to do. You likely will experience much worry about your physical, occupational and financial future.

Gaining knowledge about the process can help you focus and get through this emotionally difficult time. Start with knowing these three things about workers' compensation payments.

Key aspects of North Carolina's dog bite laws

Dogs are man's best friend. However, when dogs attack, they can quickly become someone's worst nightmare.

If you or a loved one have been a victim of a dog attack, you may be able to seek restitution. Before filing a claim, there are a few important things to understand.

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
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