At Block O'Toole & Murphy, we focus our resources and energy on making things right for the injured as well as families who have lost a loved one due to wrongful death.
Welcome to part one of our look back on our blog's injury-related posts of 2015.
"Why should I hire a personal injury lawyer after a car accident? I have insurance." This question has so many answers that it is difficult to know where to begin. But there is one thing that everyone should remember, whether your injuries were serious or whether your car was in a fender-bender: The insurance company is not your friend.
In a previous blog we reviewed the most dangerous industries for workers, reporting that the trucking industry and transportation generally have a significant majority of work-related incidents that cause injury or death. Other dangerous industries with smaller workforces include fishing and farming. Only construction and its allied occupations are close to transportation when it comes to on-the-job dangers.
Some jobs are more dangerous than others. We have written often in this blog about the dangers of construction work. What about other dangerous occupations?
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has published guidelines on preventing back injuries in the healthcare industry. It turns out that workers in nursing homes and residential care facilities were sidelined twice as often by musculoskeletal injuries than construction workers. Why? It turns out that manual patient moving and shifting is more dangerous to the back and other muscles than high-risk construction work.
According to a recently released Public Citizen report, "The Price of Inaction: The Cost of Unsafe Construction in New York City," almost two-thirds of the 36 construction workers who died on the job in New York City in 2011 and 2012 died on sites where workers did not receive state-approved training and apprenticeship programs.