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  • OSHA's Final Rule May Greatly Decrease Number of Workplace Injuries

    | 25-May-2016

    According to recent reports, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has stated they have created and finalized new federal requirements which will make illness and injury data more available to the public. In August, information regarding illness and injury data, which is collected by employers by law, will be submitted to OSHA so that the agency can make this information available to ...
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  • Fatigued Workers are More Prone to Commit Serious Errors

    | 2-May-2016

    According to an article titled, “Many Grouchy, Error-Prone Workers Just Need More Sleep,” nearly one-third of American citizens are sleep deprived on a regular basis. As a result, many employees suffer from productivity loss, mistakes, and harmful accidents in the workplace. In fact, a report by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation states that about 33% of American obtain less than seven ...
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  • Will a New Technology Called a Textalyzer Prevent Distracted Driving Accidents?

    | 15-Apr-2016

    Recently, a new technology called the “textalyzer” was introduced by an Israeli firm, Cellebrite. This new development allows law enforcement officers to determine whether drivers used their cellular wireless devices directly prior to car accidents. To ensure that drivers’ privacy rights are not violated, Cellebrite does not allow others to view the messages, photos, or private ...
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  • Sleep Apnea Sufferers May Be Twice as Likely To Sustain Workplace Injuries

    | 6-Apr-2016

    According to an article published by The Huffington Post, individuals who suffer from chronic, untreated sleep disorders are twice as likely to suffer workplace injuries than those without sleep disorders. Additionally, people diagnosed with sleep apnea, a sleep condition which consists of disrupted sleep due to intermittent pauses in breath, are three times as likely to sustain fatigue-related ...
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  • OSHA Takes Action After Noticing Fingertip Amputations Increased in Workplaces

    | 21-Mar-2016

    On Thursday, March 17, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration released a notice that addressed an increasing yet disturbing trend occurring in various workplaces. Since OSHA instated a federal regulation that requires employers to report every severe injury that occurs in the workplace, employers have, inevitably, reported many more incidents. As a result, the Labor Department was ...
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  • Types of Benefits Covered Under the Virginia Workers' Compensation Act

    | 11-Mar-2016

    When a worker becomes injured, they are permitted to file a claim with the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission. If their claim is accepted, the Commission will safeguard their rights under state laws. For more information regarding how to file a claim, check out this page. To help you understand in detail, our Virginia workers’ compensation lawyers have listed the various types ...
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  • How Common Are Electrocution Accidents on Construction Sites?

    | 16-Feb-2016

    On almost every construction site, there are many electronically powered tools used by multiple employees. Whether a person is working on a crane, using power tools, or fixing wires in a building, electrocutions can happen at any given moment if employees are not safe and employers do not enforce safe work habits. According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration of the United ...
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  • 4 Mistakes to Avoid After an Auto Accident

    | 11-Feb-2016

    After a car accident occurs, it can be easy to make simple mistakes. This is because your adrenaline may be spiked and you may be unsure about what you are supposed to do. However, there are a few things you should do in order to protect your future, safety, and health. To help you understand what to do after you are involved in a vehicle collision, our Virginia car accident lawyers have listed 4 ...
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  • What Made the NTSB's 2016 Most Wanted List?

    | 20-Jan-2016

    Recently, the National Transportation Safety Board released the 2016 Most Wanted List. This list encompasses the 10 mores critical changes that need to be made in order to reduce the number of transportation accidents that occur every year. To help you understand which changes may occur in the near future, our Virginia personal injury lawyers have summarized the list below: There needs to be a way ...
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  • 8 Safety Tips for Driving in the Snow

    | 6-Jan-2016

    The coldest winter months are finally here. As a result, you can expect to see more fog, rain, and especially snowfall. While these white winters can be beautiful, they can also be extremely dangerous if drivers are not careful when getting behind the wheel. To avoid a car accident this winter, consider the eight safety tips our Virginia car accident lawyers have listed below: Do not use your ...
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  • Three Foundations Win $2.5 Million to Conduct New Truck Driver Safety Study

    | 22-Dec-2015

    Recently, Virginia Tech, SmartDrive, and subcontractors from Washington State University were awarded a $2.5 million contract from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration of the United States Department of Transportation. With this money, the group will study a flexible hours-of-safety provision, which permits big-rig truck drivers to split their mandatory sleep period into shorter ...
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  • Can Seasonal Workers Qualify for Workers' Compensation Benefits?

    | 1-Dec-2015

    The holiday season brings about hectic and busy circumstances for many businesses and companies. As a result, many businesses are forced to hire seasonal workers. Below are some occupations that commonly seek additional seasonal help: Chefs Grocery store employees Department store employees Security guards Drivers Decoration services Snow movers Of course, like any other employees, seasonal ...
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  • 3 of the Most Dangerous Occupations in America You Never Would Have Guessed

    | 21-Nov-2015

    In 2010, 4,547 fatal accidents occurred in the workplace. In 2012, this increased to 4,693 casualties, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. While it is sad that these numbers are so high, you may be surprised to learn what occupations are the most dangerous. To provide you with some insight, we have listed the three of the most dangerous jobs in America that you may have never guessed: 1. ...
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  • Worker Safety in Hospitals

    | 6-Nov-2015

    When most people think of hospitals, they imagine a place where people can be treated for injuries and illnesses. However, many people fail to realize the hazards that hospital workers face every day. In fact, in 2011, United States hospitals reported nearly 253,700 hospital employees sustained work-related illnesses and injuries. Studies show that this is nearly double the rate for the entirety ...
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  • One early morning in October 2012, an employee of Bumble Bee Foods was carrying pallets of canned tuna into a 35-foot-long oven. While the man was still inside the oven, other employees shut the door without noticing the man was missing. He died in the pressure cooker due to extreme temperatures which reached about 270 degrees. As a result, Bumble Bee Foods was ordered to pay $6 million for ...
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  • Work-Related Fatalities Rise Between 2013 to 2014

    | 30-Sep-2015

    Making a living shouldn’t cost a life no matter what industry a person chooses to work. Unfortunately, the amount of work-related fatalities continues to increase as each year goes by. Recently, the Census of Fatal Occupation Injuries revealed that fatal work injuries increased by two percent from 2013 to 2014. The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that while 4,585 fatal ...
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  • Workplace Safety Standards Highlighted by Recent Disasters in China

    | 9-Sep-2015

    Still reeling in the wake of a series of devastating explosions at the busy Tianjin port last month, China has suffered another deadly blast this past Monday. This explosion, which is the second chemical blast in a month, occurred in the city of Dongying in northeastern Shandong province and is responsible for the deaths of at least five people. These disasters are just two of many similar ...
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  • How to Prevent Repetitive Strain Injuries in the Workplace

    | 31-Aug-2015

    Repetitive strain injuries in the workplace might be more common than you think. In fact, the United Sates Department of Labor and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration records that these types of injuries are the most common and costly types of occupational health problems in the nation. The two organizations state that these types of injuries total more than $20 billion a year in ...
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  • Four Things to Do After a Work Injury

    | 3-Aug-2015

    If you are like most employees, you may not have had to deal with workers’ compensation before. The following tips can help you know what to do if you become injured at work. Seek medical attention. Do not delay in getting care. If needed, go to the emergency room, or ask your employer if you are required to see a certain doctor or if they will allow you to choose your own doctor. If you are ...
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  • OSHA's Fatal Four

    | 21-Jul-2015

    Since 1971, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has partnered with employers, health and safety professionals, and other advocates as a means of creating safe and functional workplaces. Since then, injury and death rates resulting in the workplace have decreased tremendously. Nonetheless, many injuries and fatalities occur in the workplace every day. In fact, OSHA reports that there ...
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  • Understanding Uber, Lyft Insurance Claims in Virginia

    | 10-Jul-2015

    Uber became legal earlier this year in February, and this begs the question about how to cover the costs should the driver get into an accident. Is the driver covered under his or her own insurance or is Uber on the hook for injuries? Legislators have already implemented regulations to govern Uber, and the company must comply to continue legally operating in the state. These regulations include ...
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  • Avoiding Preventable Accidents During Fourth of July Weekend

    | 30-Jun-2015

    The Fourth of July is nearly here and for many across Virginia, that means time for vacation, celebration, and parties. At The Barrera Law Firm, PLLC, we would like to wish everyone a safe and enjoyable Independence Day. We would also like to remind local residents about avoiding preventable accidents this holiday weekend. As with many other holidays throughout the year, Fourth of July ...
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  • Insurance Settlements: Why You Should Never Take the First Offer

    | 9-Jun-2015

    When you have been in injured, in cases such as an auto accident, and are looking to pursue compensation for any damages incurred, you should know that process can often be exhaustive and lengthy. You may feel compelled to end negotiations as quickly as possible and take the first offer given. However, this is not ideal. By doing this, you will not be able to pursue further compensation for the ...
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  • Amtrak May Fall Short of Providing Enough Compensation to Derailment Victims

    | 1-Jun-2015

    In 1997, Congress passed the Amtrak Reform and Accountability Act, which capped the amount of compensation available to those injured while riding on Amtrak trains. Only $200 million will be offered per incident. That means that the May 2015 Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia will, by law, only be able to pay out the $200 million to divide among the over 200 injured and at least eight who were ...
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  • What Is Virginia's Statute of Limitations?

    | 8-May-2015

    What does statute of limitations? It is a provision in the law, which each state governs on its own. It that allows individuals a certain amount of time to file a personal injury lawsuit. The time limit is to prevent lawsuits from being filed many years later on down the line, when the memories of the incident have faded and the evidence has not been preserved and are no longer fresh. In Virginia, ...
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