San Bernardino Workers' Compensation Law Blog

Weather and on-the-job accidents

On this blog, we have addressed many of the different factors that contribute to workplace accidents, from wet floors to repetitive strain and dangerous equipment. However, our law firm also knows that weather can play a role in workplace accidents in San Bernardino, as well as other California areas. From extreme heat to heavy rainfall and other weather events, workers may need to be mindful of the potential risks associated with weather.

In colder regions, ice and snow can lead to accidents at work, from those which occur on the road to slip and fall incidents. However, weather can also wreak havoc in places that never receive snowfall. For example, heavy winds may whip up dust, interfering with a driver's ability to see the road and ultimately leading to a collision. Or, a worker may become electrocuted on a construction site because it is raining or because of a small pool of water that has formed after a period of rainfall. Moreover, workers may have a heat stroke or suffer in other ways because of severe heat.

Wrongful death and medical malpractice

When someone dies in California as the result of medical malpractice, the surviving family members often file a wrongful death suit against the doctor and/or medical facility whose negligence caused the death of their loved one. As bsfdea.com explains, the Institute of Medicine calculates that as many as 100,000 Americans die each year from preventable medical errors.

Medical errors can take many forms. Among others, they can be a misdiagnosis, a medication error or bacterial infection that the patient contracted while in a hospital, a birth injury, or abuse or neglect on the part of a nursing home.

Freak accidents and unusual work injuries

Many of the more common types of workplace injuries have been covered on this blog, such as construction workers falling or road construction accidents. However, accidents that occur on the job can take many forms and may sometimes be considered unusual or highly unlikely. For example, someone may be struck by lightning while working or suffer hearing loss due to prolonged use of a megaphone. Although some uncommon work injuries may not receive much attention, and in some cases may not even be taken seriously, our law firm knows that the consequences of these injuries can be shattering for workers in San Bernardino, California.

Aside from the aforementioned injuries, less common workplace accidents happen in countless other ways. For example, someone may lose their vision due to exposure to toxic chemicals. Or, a worker may be attacked by a vicious animal while carrying out their job duties. Ultimately, there are a wide variety of unusual workplace accidents that leave workers with different kinds of injuries, some of which may keep them from being able to continue performing their job duties.

Fatal construction accident occurs in California

Many workers are aware of the risks that come with dangerous equipment, toxic chemicals, and scaffolding. However, each construction accident is unique and some workers may become hurt after falling down while working on the side of a hill, among many other types of mishaps involving heights. In San Bernardino, California, these job site accidents can prove fatal, which often leads to an incredible amount of suffering for the loved ones a worker leaves behind.

A 56-year-old man lost his life in a construction accident that recently occurred in California. Law enforcement officials say that grading was being performed at the scene of the accident, which firefighters responded to at around 12:20 p.m. According to officials, the property had a hillside that was 300 feet high. Moreover, the worker's body reportedly had to be pulled up by fire department crews who were using ropes.

Don't ignore an on-the-job injury

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On-the-job injures are very common in the United States. In 2015, there were approximately 2.9 million work-related injuries and illnesses and deaths reported.

However, many workers do not report injuries that have occurred on the job. Some do not think their injuries are serious enough to report. Others are too embarrassed to report them. Others believe that their injuries are just "part of the job".

Back-to-school stress and workplace mishaps

We have covered many different reasons why workplace accidents occur, from slippery surfaces to dangers that are present on construction sites. However, there are many more factors that can contribute to a workplace accident that workers and employers sometimes fail to realize. At Kampf, Schiavone & Associates, we know that some people are under an incredible amount of stress due to back-to-school season. Believe it or not, this stress could cause an accident to take place on a job site in San Bernardino, California.

Aside from the stress that some employees encounter as parents, back-to-school season can cause workplace accidents in other ways as well. For example, a school bus driver may be involved in an accident, or a teacher may be hurt after returning to work from summer break. Moreover, the increase in school traffic could cause a delivery driver or someone else who is required to drive a vehicle to sustain an injury while working.

What is wrongful death?

If one of your loved ones has passed away due to the negligence of someone in California, such as a doctor, a nursing home or a distracted driver, you may have a wrongful death action. Wrongful death also can be the result of malice, such as murder. In these cases, the civil action for wrongful death is completely separate from any criminal prosecution. It is not necessary that the perpetrator be convicted of a crime for you to be successful in your wrongful death suit.

As FindLaw.com explains, in a California wrongful death suit you are suing someone for monetary compensation for the loss of your deceased loved one. Of course, no amount of money can make up for your loss, but it can provide you with needed funds, especially if your loved one was the breadwinner in your family. It also may give you a sense of justice.

Restaurant workers and on-the-job accidents

For cooks, waitresses, dishwashers and everyone else who is employed in the restaurant industry, a number of hazards are present that can cause an injury. Each day, restaurant workers are injured in different ways, some of which are very serious. Not only do these injuries frequently lead to physical pain, but they can also cause financial problems and in some cases the loss of life. At Kampf, Schiavone & Associates, we understand the risks that restaurant workers in San Bernardino face every single day.

In restaurants, slippery surfaces can lead to a workplace accident. Whether a cook is rushing around the kitchen to complete an order on time or a waitress slips while trying to bring food to a table, wet floors can be disastrous. However, there are many other dangers in these environments, including burns and sharp objects. Moreover, restaurant workers may suffer a repetitive stress injury.

Common truck driver injuries

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Truck drivers have tough jobs. They must constantly deal with traffic. They work long hours. They often have to lift and move heavy objects. They must deal with all types of drivers.

These factors and others contribute to the injuries truck drivers commonly suffer on the job. Let's take a closer look at some of them:

The shocking medical malpractice statistics

California residents who have suffered a medical malpractice injury or illness likely believe that theirs is a rare experience in what is an overall excellent health care system. Unfortunately, such is not the case. The Washington Post reports that medical errors are commonplace today and may account for as many as 251,000 deaths a year, making them the third leading cause of death in the United States.

Two researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine looked at everything from incompetent doctors to communication breakdowns when patients are transferred from one doctor to another or between and among hospital departments. Another study reported in Statnews.com found that communication errors were linked to 1,744 deaths in five years.

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