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Many workers at risk of suffering catastrophic injuries like TBI

The long-term consequences of repeated concussions suffered by NFL players have received significant media coverage. However, workers in many industries in California face similar hazards. These include firefighters, construction workers, mineworkers and public safety workers who put their lives on the line every day. The risks of suffering work-related catastrophic injuries in these industries are high.

Slip-and-fall accidents can happen to anyone, from a business executive to a construction worker. If the person's head strikes a hard object during the fall, traumatic brain injuries can result. Even with the protection of hard hats, falling objects like collapsing beams can hit firefighters while they fight fires in burning buildings. Road accidents can lead to traumatic brain injuries in commercial truck drivers and business travelers, and explosions such as those that are prevalent in grain elevators could leave a worker in a vegetative state as the result of a brain injury.

Motor vehicle accidents: Multi-vehicle crash kills tennis player

A hit-and-run crash on the 210 Freeway in California caused the death of a young tennis player. According to the California Highway Patrol's crash report, the wreck in the westbound lanes left the roadway covered in auto fluids like oil. This caused multiple motor vehicle accidents shortly after the initial collision that left one damaged car in the traffic lanes.

Reportedly, a 21-year-old female tennis player, a teammate and their coach were in an SUV that lost control and crashed along with three other vehicles. The woman was ejected from the SUV, causing critical injuries to which she succumbed later. Her teammate and the coach were both rushed to a hospital for treatment of their injuries.

Railroad workers might need help to navigate FELA injury claims

When railroad workers in California and other states suffer work-related injuries, they are typically eligible for financial assistance under the Federal Employers Liability Act. However, navigating the claims process could be challenging, and a worker's case can be adversely affected if the necessary steps are not taken. The events that occur in the immediate aftermath of an accident can determine the success of FELA injury claims.

Getting the necessary medical care is vital, but the worker must report the injury to his or her employer or supervisor as soon as possible. When filling out the injury report form, it is crucial to include as much detail about the circumstances, factors and possible causes of the accident. Also, it's important to detail the injuries that resulted, and the extent to which they affect the worker's ability to return to work.

You may experience the stages of grief after losing a limb

Many people experience at least one traumatic event in their lifetime. Some people suddenly lose a loved one, suffer at the hands of another person or suffer serious injuries in an accident. The loss of a limb is one of those traumas that will affect a person for the rest of their life.

Either the limb was severed in an accident and could not be reattached, or the the extent of injury to the limb was so severe that it had to be surgically amputated later. It is such a profound loss because of tangible physical absence, and because of the psychological and social aftermath of losing part of your body.

Motor vehicle accidents: Teenage driver loses control of van

According to the California Highway Patrol, a van occupied by 10 teenagers crashed on a recent Friday afternoon. When teenagers lose their lives in senseless motor vehicle accidents that could have been prevented, it is particularly traumatic for surviving family members. In this case, it is alleged that an unlicensed 17-year-old girl was the driver who lost control of the vehicle, for reasons yet to be determined.

According to CHP, the accident happened around 3:45 p.m. when the vehicle left the roadway, rolled over and landed on its roof in the swamp waters of White Slough near Stockton. Reports indicate that most of the occupants were not strapped in by seat belts. They were between 13 and 17 years old.

Not all commercial vehicle accidents involve collisions

Sharing the busy California highways with big rigs, 18-wheelers, semis and tractor-trailers is enough to make any driver of a car feel vulnerable. However, drivers of passenger cars may focus on defensive driving without realizing that not all commercial vehicle accidents involve collisions between two vehicles. Anytime when the cargo carried by large trucks are not properly secured, passenger vehicle occupants are at risk of being struck by lost cargo.

This danger was recently underscored by an accident that left a passenger in a car with a metal bar impaling her leg. According to a report by the California Highway Patrol, the incident occurred at about 10 a.m. on a recent Saturday morning. A CHP report indicates that both the truck and the car were traveling at highway speeds when a metal bar separated from the cargo load on the truck. It penetrated the car through the glove compartment on the passenger's side.

Amputations and other catastrophic injuries can happen in seconds

Accidents can happen in the blink of an eye, whether they involve cars, trucks, motorcycles or theme park rides. However, catastrophic injuries often occur in the railroad industry. When accidents cause injuries such as amputations, lives are changed -- for both the victims and their families. Railroad workers in California might not realize how many of their duties put them at risk of amputation injuries.

Workers in this industry can risk their limbs in incidents that involve crushing or being struck by equipment or objects in the workplace. Potentially hazardous machines include power press brakes, mechanical power presses, conveyor belts, milling machines, drill presses, portable and table saws, grinders, slitters and shears. Safety authorities prescribe strict standards to prevent contact with moving parts of machines, but noncompliance is prevalent.

Do motorcycle helmets make a difference?

There a few modes of transportation more exciting than motorcycle. Hitting the open road under the California sun whenever you want is a great way to spend your day or get to work.

If you’re like most riders, you care about your safety and the safety of your fellow motorcyclists. California has over 800,000 registered motorcycle riders, the most of any state, making motorcycle safety important for many residents.

Lawmakers consider proposal to limit truck speeds to 65mph

Sens. Johnny Isakson of Georgia and Chris Coons of Delaware introduced a new bill that could increase the safety of the nation’s roadways. The bill requires new tractor-trailer trucks have speed limiters installed and activated. Although the law would not require trucking companies retrofit their current fleet to meet this requirement it would require those with speed limiters to begin using the devices.

Factors behind truck accidents

When people drive on California highways, they may sometimes feel uncomfortable driving next to large trucks. Some people may worry about what will happen if there is a collision. Large truck collisions happen for many reasons, and to stay safe on the road, it is important to know the factors at play in these crashes. 

Sometimes truck accidents happen because the weather is bad. According to GTG Technology Group, ice, snow and rain can cause truck accidents if the trucker does not drive in an appropriate manner. Additionally, a trucker might cause a crash if he or she does not maintain the vehicle. Important safety components, such as the braking system, usually experience a lot of wear, and a collision might occur if these systems do not work. A truck accident might also happen if the cargo is not loaded properly. If people overload a truck or if the cargo is not secured correctly, the cargo might fall off the truck, and this situation can cause an accident.

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