Forklift Accidents-More Common than you Think
Thousands of people are injured in forklift accidents each year. Although forklift accidents are typically occur in warehouses, they can also happen at home improvement centers, nurseries or wholesale grocery distribution centers that are open to the public. This means that workers who move and handle these goods and members of the general public can be injured in forklift accidents.
A number of environmental factors can contribute to forklift accidents. An area that is too dark or noisy, may be distracting for operators. Whenever possible, aisles should be blocked off to pedestrian traffic with the use of safety cones or warning tape. It can also be helpful if the forklift is equipped with flashing lights to alert shoppers to its presence, as well as a backup alarm that warns people that the truck is moving backwards.
In some cases, drivers are simply operating their equipment too fast for conditions. This is often because employees face pressure from management to unload trucks quickly or deliver goods from one area to another within a certain timeframe. Working under such rigid time constraints is stressful, and can cause forklift drivers to lose their focus, thereby resulting in an accident.
Forklift accidents can result in severe injuries or even death. If you or someone you know has been injured by a forklift, a personal injury attorney can analyze the facts in order to see if there might be a remedy available under the law.
Although trucking companies may try to ensure driver safety, trucking accidents are nonetheless commonplace in and around Las Vegas. Commercial Driving while fatigued or under the influence of alcohol or drugs often results in collisions with passenger automobiles, thereby causing devastating injuries or even death. The investigations into such accidents are often complex because there are unique rules that govern trucker safety while on the road.
Accidents between truck drivers and other motorists do not always result solely from negligence on the part of the trucker. Automobile operators sometimes follow too closely or pull out in front of a trucker, thereby resulting in an accident. Even though a trucker is not solely at fault, an investigation must nonetheless take place and could result in a temporary suspension of that individual’s commercial driver’s license.
Truck drivers also stand to lose a great deal financially if accident victims are awarded a cash settlement to compensate for their injuries.
Talking with a personal injury attorney is one way to find out what legal rights injured drivers may have against commercial drivers in trucking accident cases in the Las Vegas area.
If you have a personal injury claim or lawsuit pending, you may want to think about what you are posting on any social networking profiles. Attorneys are turning to outlets such as Facebook and Twitter in ever-increasing numbers when it comes to finding incriminating evidence to use against opposing parties. What seems like an innocent blurb could end up costing you thousands of dollars-or even worse, the dismissal of your lawsuit altogether.
The purpose of any civil action is to make a plaintiff whole again. If you have been injured but post about participating in activities that require a great deal of physical stamina, this could cause a judge to question the severity of your impairments. Simply making a “tweet” about shooting a game of basketball or going waterskiing with friends could affect the value of your claim.
Posting about activities isn’t all that can get you into trouble. Making comments about what you’ll do with the windfall you receive from a settlement can also raise doubt and suspicion. Don’t think you’re safe just because your profile is private. Information posted on social media can be subpoenaed, and may be ruled admissible in a court of law. Your best course of action is to remember that the things you post online could be made public for anyone to see, so be careful what you say.
Remember if you have a personal injury case to call us before settling with or talking to an insurance company.
Mediator assigned for former doorman:
A former doorman in Las Vegas has been assigned a mediator in his suit against the National Football League. The Nevada Supreme Court assigned a mediator to hear Tommy Urbanski’s appeal against the NFL on charges the league negligently caused him to receive a paralyzing gunshot wound in 2007.
This wound occurred after NFL player Adam “Pacman” Jones began throwing cash at dancers inside Minxx, a strip club where Urbanski was then employed. The cash-throwing incident led to a great deal of confusion in the club, eventually resulting in Arvin Edwards firing shots that injured Urbanski and two others.
In his lawsuit, Urbanski claims that the NFL was negligent in its efforts to control Pacman Jones because the player had previously had several run-ins with the law. A circuit court judge had dismissed the NFL as a defendant in civil proceedings, which prompted the appeal to the Nevada Supreme Court. Urbanski has already been awarded $13 million in damages from Jones. This judgment is also being appealed in the Nevada Supreme Court.
Should Urbanski be successful in his endeavors to collect damages from the NFL, it could open the door for other employers to be sued for the behavior of their employees as well.
Avoiding Workplace Injury in Construction Trades
Construction trades are labor intensive, and many injuries can happen in the context of job-related activity. It’s important to maintain an awareness of your circumstances at all times on the job. It’s equally important to recognize the need for various types of safety gear. OSHA standards prescribe a variety of equipment for different settings, and following these guidelines is essential in protecting yourself from injury and health consequences.
Know your trade and its hazards. Every trade has different dangers, and a construction site carries a lot of common risks that affect all workers. Heavy traffic, for example, on an active site can lead to unintended injuries. Faulty equipment can lead to falling materials, affecting anyone in the path. Trade specific injuries may range from carbon monoxide poisoning to silica inhalation. Knowing the tools and materials of your trade, you should also know the protective measures and equipment related to your job.
Ultimately, you have legal rights and Edward M Bernstein and Associates can help protect your rights if you have sustained a job injury. Give Edward M Bernstein and Associates a call to discuss your case, the consultation is free!
Report Your Workplace Injuries in Order to Create a Record of the Incident
A workplace injury can be devastating to a family. Any injury can create problems, but the ramifications of being hurt at work can create difficulties in supporting a family. It’s tempting to avoid reporting an injury that happens on the job. Sometimes it may seem as if the incident is minor, not worthy of bringing to the attention of superiors. In other cases, a negative work environment may create a sense of fear. There may be a sense that reporting a work injury may lead to a loss of employment.
The problem with not reporting your workplace injury is that there is no documentation of the incident. It’s imperative that you complete the needed reports in order to assure that if serious problems result from the injury, your rights to compensation will be protected.
Give Edward M Bernstein and Associates a call if you have a workplace injury, the consultation is free!
Work Accident Causes the Death of Mr Thomas Turner of Henderson, NV.
We at the Law Offices of Edward M Bernstein and Associates were sad to hear about a construction accident causing the death of Thomas Turner, age 44, of Henderson, NV. When Mr Turner was given the job to work with Vegas Tunnel Constructors, there was certainly relief or joy in the family given how hard the Las Vegas area has been hit by the current economic environment. You can read the full story about the unfortunate event here
The sad news in circumstances like this are there are still family members to feed and bills to pay for those left behind. We are not aware of the specific circumstances of this case, but it does give us a sober reminder to protect those we love if they are dependent on our income.
What are some measures you and your family can take so that you can weather a terrible tragedy like this?
- Have the needed life insurance for your family so they can get the education they need to get a good paying job or pay off substantial debts and be able to make it through the period of grief that is certain to come in this kind of terrible event.
- Make sure you know the details of what happened and don’t allow your family to be given vague answers to your questions. Sometimes a construction accident attorney, like Edward M Bernstein and Associates, will be able to help you get the information you need if the employers don’t fully cooperate.
- Always try and make sure you save 5% to 10% of your income so that over time, you have a family nest-egg for tragedies or sickness that may come up.
- Don’t be afraid to consult an personal injury attorney in Las Vegas if you feel there is something fishy in your case. The consultations are free, so you do not have to pursue the case by meeting, you simply discover your legal rights.
During a difficult time, our thoughts and prayers go out to the Turner family and we hope our readers and clients take the necessary steps to keep themselves safe in this dangerous world.
With all of the bad news being reported these days I was pleased to hear some positive news regarding safety and the construction industry. Construction fatalities declined by almost 10 percent between 2009 and 2010 and by almost 40 percent during the past five years. The reduction in serious accidents can be attributed to an industry wide commitment to making safety a priority coupled with improved employee training. According to Associated General Contractors of America director Kevin Cannon employers have began providing workers with information they need to recognize hazards on the job site, and some gather crews at the beginning of each workday to conduct “tool box talks” and deliver information to keep workers safe. While the goal of course is to have zero construction deaths the industry has made great strides towards reaching that goal. If you or someone you love was love was injured on the job (construction or otherwise) give my office a call at (702)240-0000.
-Edward M Bernstein and Associates
Analysis shows construction deaths slowing in U.S.
Las Vegas Review Journal
By Hubble Smith
August 26, 2011
Construction fatalities declined by nearly 10 percent between 2009 and 2010 and by almost 40 percent during the past five years, according to an analysis of new federal data released Thursday by the Associated General Contractors of America.
Read the rest of the article HERE
Every day my office receives calls from people who suffered a head injury after a slip-and-fall, car crash, or work-related accident. So I found it very interesting when I read a new study that says head injuries may raise the risk of death for years after the initial injury.
Researchers found people who suffered a head injury were nearly three times more likely to die from any cause within 13 years after the injury than other healthy adults, regardless of the severity of the initial injury. The study found more than 40% of people admitted to hospital after a head injury were dead 13 years later.
“In the long-term, the study showed people with head injuries were nearly three times as likely to die of circulatory, respiratory, digestive, psychiatric, and external causes than their peers in the community. “The reason for greater vulnerability in younger adults is unclear, but requires further consideration, especially given the particularly higher risk of head injury in younger adults,” write the researchers.”
-Edward M Bernstein and Associates
Head Injury Risks Linger
Increased Risk of Death After Head Injury May Persist for Years
By Jennifer Warner
WebMD Health News
Reviewed by Laura J. Martin, MD
Jan. 31, 2011 — Head injuries may raise the risk of death for years after the initial injury, according to a new study.
Find this article at: http://www.webmd.com/news/20110131/head-injury-risks-linger
According to the Las Vegas Sun, a man who worked at a local truck stop died on Sunday afternoon after a semi-truck fell on him as he was working underneath it. Police say the man may have been changing the tire when the semi-truck fell on him. The Sun also says a heavy rescue team responded because the man was pinned by the truck.
The Sun says the Clark County Coroner’s Office will release the man’s identity after notifying his family. Our thoughts and condolences go out to the family.
Unfortunately, work accidents happen. That’s why worker’s compensation laws require your employer to carry workers compensation insurance in the event of an accident. However, your employer may not inform you of all of your rights. The insurance company is strictly concerned with minimizing the cost of your claim. If you or someone you love has been injured in a work-related accident, my office can help:
-Get you all the benefits you are legally entitled to.
-Gather all necessary information required to file your worker’s compensation claim.
-Review any and all prior actions taken by the worker’s compensation insurance company and their company’s doctor.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a work-related accident, call us at 702-240-0000 or go to www.edbernstein.com.
-Edward M Bernstein and Associates
Worker dies after semi-truck falls on him in northeast valley
By Jackie Valley (contact)
Sunday, Dec. 5, 2010 | 6:19 p.m.
Metro Police said a man was killed Sunday afternoon when a semi-truck fell on him as he was working underneath it at the Maverick Truck Stop in the northeast valley.
Find this article at: Las Vegas Sun