Blog Posts in June, 2014

  • Employers Can't Be Forced to Provide Contraception in Supreme Court Ruling

    On Monday, June 30, The Supreme Court ruled in an unprecedented case that some corporations are allowed to opt out of new health care requirements, specifically supplying employees with birth control, due to religious beliefs. The case marks the first time that the justice has allowed a profit-seeking business to hold religious beliefs under federal law. Under the new health care law signed by ...
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  • Recently Recalled

    Company Wolf Steel has recalled 600 units of the Napoleon Propane gas fireplaces. The pressure from the ignition of the propane gas can break the glass front which poses a laceration hazard. The recall affects the GD3200-P flush glass front, and GD3200B-P with a bay window, propane gas fireplaces. The fireplaces are black and approximately 33 inches tall and 31.25 inches wide with gold accent ...
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  • How Social Media Can Ruin Your Workers' Compensation Claim

    If you are injured at work, your employer is obligated to pay for workers’ compensation benefits, including medical care, temporary disability benefits, permanent disability benefits, supplemental job benefits, and death benefits. Nowadays, those who are injured at work have another factor to consider when filing for workers’compensation- social media. Workers’ compensation insurance carriers ...
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  • Summer Bicycle Riding- Safety Tips

    As the summer heats up, people want to get outside as much as possible to soak up the sun. Bike riding is a great way to enjoy the summer weather and stay healthy. Though bike riding is good for you, it can be potentially dangerous. In 2011, the National Highway Safety Transportation Administration reported 677 deaths related to bicycle riding. What’s more, 9 percent of those deaths were of ...
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  • OSHA Regulations and Resources

    In 2011, U.S. hospitals recorded 58,860 work-related injuries and illnesses for hospital employees-meaning that, in terms of lost-time case rates, it is more hazardous to work in a hospital than in construction or manufacturing. Hospital work involves a variety of hazardous activities, including lifting and repositioning patients, violence, needlesticks, and additional concerns. Hospitals can be a ...
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  • Tragic Death Sparks On-Set Safety Debate

    Earlier this year, the need for more safety regulations for Hollywood film crews was made even more urgent in light of a tragic accident; 27-year-old Sarah Jones was killed in a train accident, while shooting a scene for the biopic film Midnight Rider, on February 20. The film crew, shooting on an active train trestle in Doctortown, Georgia, reported 7 injured crew members, as well as the death of ...
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  • Recently Recalled Consumer Products

    On 18 June, 2014, Nokia recalled about 500 units of their Travel Charger kits for the Nokia Lumia 2520 tablets. The plastic cover on the charger exchangeable plugs can easily come loose and separate, which expose internal components that pose an electrocution hazard if touched while plugged into a live socket. Recalled products include the Travel Charger kit, which is sold separately from the ...
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  • Reporting Work-Related Injuries and Workers' Compensation

    According to new research from the University of California-Davis, farm workers have the most undercounted work-related injuries of any industry in the United States. Though it’s been known that farming is one of the most dangerous occupations out there, it seems to be even more hazardous than previously reported. A study published in the Annals of Epidemiology found that federal agencies ...
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  • Pregnant Women at Increased Risk for Car Accidents

    Pregnant women may have another thing to add to their list of “don’ts” behind sushi, hot tubs, and alcohol; a new study out of Canada has found that pregnant women are more likely to have serious car accidents. Doctors reported in the Canadian Medical Association Journal that expectant mothers in their second trimester have the same chance of getting into a car accident as a person with sleep ...
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  • Higher Education Linked to Better Recovery from Brain Injury

    Recent research by John Hopkins Medicine has found that those with more education may recover from traumatic brain injury (TBI) faster than those with lower levels of education. What’s more, the researchers reported in medical journal Neurology that a person with a college education is 7 times more likely to be “disability-free” one year after a TBI that required hospitalization, compared with a ...
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  • NTSB Requests for More Safety Regulations

    Request For More Safety Regulation in Response to Virginia Balloon Crash The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has called for more rigorous safety regulations from the Federal Aviation Administration in regards to hot-air balloon travel. The call-to-action is in response to a fatal balloon crash that occurred this past May, which resulted in three deaths. The crash happened at a Virginia ...
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  • Child Car Seat Safety

    You use a car seat for your child to ensure their safety, but did you know that 3 out of every 4 car seats are used incorrectly? To provide optimum safety and reduce risk of injury for your child, you should learn as much as you can about car seat safety. Below are common questions and issues about how to properly choose, maintain, and use child safety seats. Is your child in the right car seat? ...
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  • Recent Recalls

    On June 12, 2014 Big Lots recalled the Wilson and Fisher brand Cayman Resin Wicker Ottoman . About 14,000 units were recalled, including models will item number DA13-015-6S-2CO and SKU 810140754. The recalled units are part of a six-piece Cayman Resin Wicker set including two ottomans, two chairs, a table and a sofa. The item number can be located in the instructions included with the seating set. ...
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  • My Child Was Injured at School, Who is Liable?

    If your child has been injured at school, you may be wondering who is at fault. A child being injured at school is a common occurrence; in fact, of the 14 million child injures that happen annually throughout the country, more than one quarter of them happen in school or during a school-related activity. On the one hand, this is to be expected since children spend such a large percentage of their ...
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  • Concussion Rates in High School Athletes Have Doubled

    According to a new study recently published in The American Journal of Sports Medicine, the rate of concussions in U.S. high school athletes more than doubled between 2005 and 2012. Dr. Joseph Rosenthal, an assistant professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Ohio State University, gathered a team to study concussions and injury in high school sports. Rosenthal has a positive ...
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  • GM Ignition Switch Recall Update

    General Motors has recalled several vehicles due to a faulty ignition switch. GM reported to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that the default is a serious safety issue that affects the safe operation of airbag systems. GM urges consumers to address the issue right away, and “use only the ignition key with nothing else on the key ring,” including any other keys, key ...
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  • How Much Sleep Do You Need to Operate a Vehicle?

    How much sleep deprivation is too much? Everyone skips a few hours here and there, but too much sleep deprivation can not only wreak havoc on your own health but can be downright dangerous for those around you. Earlier this week, celebrity Tracy Morgan was severely injured in a car crash. It was recently discovered that the truck driver, whose truck hit Morgan’s bus, had not slept in 24 hours ...
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  • Car Safety Devices Reduces Risk of Injury in Small Children by One-Quarter

    A new study has found Friday, May 16 that airbags and seat belts significantly protect kidneys from injury in car accidents. Dr. Jack McAninch, a professor of urology at the University of California, confirmed the research, stating in a news release from the American urological Association, “motor vehicle accidents can cause a variety of serious personal injuries, including high-grade renal ...
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  • High Death Rates for Child Passengers of Drunk Drivers

    A child dying from a drunk driving car crash is a tragic accident-but the scenario gets even more horrific when the statistics of these scenarios are brought to light. According to Dr. Kyran Quinlan, a Chicago pediatrician, two-thirds of the time, a child killed in a drunk driving accident is a passenger of the drunk driver. “People think of a drunk driver in one car and a family in another,” Dr. ...
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  • Recent Recalled Consumer Products

    Lea Covington and Hannah Collections Recall Lea Covington and Hannah Collections has issued a recall alert for their product Lea Covington and Hannah Collection Bunk Beds. The recall affects the company’s bunk beds with bookcases. The bunk beds were sold in twin over twin and full over full sizes, both with bookcase accessories. Beds in the Covington Collection have a cherry finish, while beds in ...
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  • Rise in Injuries in Children Due to Swallowed Magnets

    On Friday, May 16 2014, new research found that the number of children who have suffered injuries from swallowing magnets as increased. The study found that the number of injured children has risen in correlation with increasing number of stronger magnet toys being released. Specifically, the study cites the introduction of small, spherical magnet sets released in 2009 as being tied to many cases. ...
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  • Swimming Pool and Spa Safety

    Swimming pools and spas are great places for families to have fun and spend time together. Still, it’s important to be aware of drowning hazards and safety precautions. Pool and spa submersions an drownings can happen quickly, before anyone has time to notice. For children, drowning can happen in the amount of time it takes to answer the telephone. To bring awareness to pool and spa safety, the ...
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  • Hidden Safety Hazards in Your Home

    Chances are, outside the home you take extensive measures to ensure safety. Whether your child is at school, camp, a friend’s house, or other activities, you are fully aware of safety hazards and take precautions to prevent accidents. 9 out of 10 poison incidents involving children happen in the home Home should be a safe haven, but did you know there are even safety hazards hidden in your own ...
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  • Cap on Medical Malpractice Benefits

    Florida Victim Challenges Retroactive Cap on Medical Malpractice Winnings Should there be limits on medical malpractice benefits? According to the Florida Supreme Court, the answer is yes. Although medical malpractice results in the deaths of 44,000 to 98,000 Americans every year, courts have recently upheld decisions lowering claims. Why did courts lower a women’s winnings after a hospital ...
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  • Smoke Detectors Can Save Your Life

    Everyone has smoke alarms in their home, but proper upkeep and correct usage can be the difference between life and death. Proper maintenance and placement is important for making sure you don’t have “nuisance alarms,” or smoke alarms that go off without a fire. To prevent nuisance alarms, make sure you clean the alarms according to the directions provided by the manufacturer. Alarms should be ...
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    HIGH SPEED REAR END COLLISION – CATASTROPHIC BRAIN INJURY

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    DELIVERY TRUCK ACCIDENT – AMPUTATION & BRAIN INJURY

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    MOTORCYCLIST STRUCK BY VAN—SEVERE LOWER LEG INJURY

    A school van turned left in front of a motorcyclist, nearly taking off his lower left leg. The accident resulted in a serious ...