Cincinnati Personal Injury Law Blog

Ohio's workplace injury rates

As someone who works in the construction industry or who has a spouse or other family member employed in a construction-related job, you know that these occupations can be dangerous. The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation provides some insight into how prevalent an injury may be for people who work in construction or even in other fields. The 2016 Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses show that statewide, 3.2 out of every 100,000 employees identified as full time in the construction industry experienced either a work-related injury or illness. Across all industries, that number was also 3.2 out of every 100,000 employees.

Injuries were involved in 96 percent of the 114,600 injury or illness cases in Ohio. Among the top factors involved with workplace injuries were falls, trips and slips and contact with objects. Both of these factors were associated with at least 26 percent of the injuries statewide. These are two factors often referred to as the focus four topics for the construction industry. Ground surfaces, walkways or floors were noted in more than 19 percent of injury cases.

Speeding teen driver kills one, injures two

Ohio residents know that vehicle accidents can be caused by drivers of any age for a variety of reasons. Elderly drivers, for example, may have difficulties seeing or responding quickly. Young drivers may be more apt to drive fast or otherwise dangerously in part due to their youth that may make them feel invicible and immortal. Unfortunately even though this may be understandable, it is nonetheless a serious problem that continues to leave too many innocent people injured or even dead.

One recent example can be seen in the tragic accident involving a vehicle with four teenagers inside. The group was reported to be on their way to their high school prom when the vehicle hit a telephone pole. Reports indicate that the car was driving at an excessive speed although the exact speed is unknown. The driver lost control and was unable to correct course. Two of the passengers were injured and required treatment at a local hospital.

2 common construction site violations that often lead to death

Many people are probably aware that the construction industry has one of the highest rates of injury and fatality out of all other industries. Construction accidents in the Hamilton area that result in serious injury and death are publicized more often than incidents that do not. According to ISHN, the first year of employment is the most dangerous for construction workers; 60 percent of construction site accidents happen during their first year on the job. 

Many of those incidents are not caused by inexperience. A large majority of construction site accidents occur because of safety violations. OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) requires all employers to follow their safety guidelines to help prevent accident and worker injury. When employers violate those guidelines, their workers pay the price. Below are a few common construction workplace safety violations. 

Risks associated with working on or near scaffolding

Working on a construction site brings with it inevitable dangers. However, you and your employer can minimize these dangers by following proper safety protocols at job sites. Unfortunately, many construction employers fail to take steps to adequately protect workers. This is particularly true when workers must rely upon scaffolding structures and work-related injuries, including those to the back, head and spinal cord, are still quite common.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration reports that enhancing safety standards for construction workers who use scaffolding could help reduce the 4,500 or so injuries and about 60 fatalities linked to scaffolds each year. Many construction workers, building erectors, dismantlers, and others rely on scaffolds or elevated short-term work platforms to perform job duties every day, but they pose specific industry risks for employees. 

Hit-and-run crash sends two to trauma center

Being hit by a reckless driver is certainly one of the last things people in Ohio ever expect or want to happen to them when they set out on their days. Being hit by a reckless driver who fails to even stop after causing an accident can only make matters worse. In some cases, people are fortunate that such errant drivers are eventually located by law enforcement officers so that some attempt at holding them accountable for their actions may remain.

Such is the case of an incident that occurred shortly before 6:00 in the morning recently along a stretch of State Route 57, also referred to as Wadsworth Road. Reports indicate that a male driver who is 23 years old chose to illegally pass another vehicle. His actions set off a string of events that left two women in separate vehicles injured and requiring air transport to local trauma centers.

Even a minor car crash could cause a serious head injury

You are the victim in a rear-end collision, the most common form of car crash in our country. Aside from being a bit shaken, you believe that you didn't suffer any major injuries and you generally feel fine. You exchange insurance information with the other motorist and drive away.

As you're driving, you noticed that your vision seems a little blurry, and you start to feel drowsy. Rather than going on home, your immediate destination should be the doctor’s office.

Can medication physically harm you?

As a resident of Louisiana who relies on different medications for different health-related issues, you’re constantly placing your faith in the pharmaceutical industry. You trust that the things they provide you with are safe to use. Unfortunately, that may not always be the case, and you could end up seriously injured because of your trust.

As stated by WebMD, every medication you will ever take will come with some sort of side effect. Some may be extremely benign or hard to notice. Some could potentially be life-threatening. Of course, there’s also the risk of an allergic reaction any time you take a new medication.

Has your child suffered a traumatic brain injury?

If your children have played football or soccer, you know the feeling you get when they get a blow to the head and fall to the ground. If they do not get up pretty quickly, your heart just stops and your breath catches in your throat. Parents in Ohio and around the U.S. have this experience routinely as they sit on the sidelines and cheer on their kids.

What they worry about - what worry about - is traumatic brain injury. How do you know if your son or daughter is suffering from the effects of a TBI?

All about car accidents and amputations

Sometimes car accidents are more than just fender benders and cause much more severe injuries. If you are in a catastrophic auto crash, you may suffer from the loss of a limb. An amputation injury has serious implications for the rest of your life.

There are dramatic physical, emotional and financial consequences of such an injury. Here is a look at how amputations occur and what your life may look like after you lose a limb or more.

How could your scarring impact your life?

After getting into a severe accident, you may find yourself dealing with the long-term effects for many years to come. Scarring is a big possibility. Fortunately, Mezibov Butler is here to help guide you through the financial aspects of these accidents, allowing you to get the compensation you deserve.

When you get into a serious car accident, scarring is likely. You may have suffered from lacerations and cuts because of glass. Cars can ignite due to the gasoline and other flammables, leaving you dealing with burn scars. You may have even lost a limb to your accident.

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