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  • Worker Safety in Hospitals

    | 4-Oct-2016

    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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  • Hearing Loss: America's Most Common Work-Related Injury

    | 14-Sep-2016

    Hearing loss is the most common work-related injury in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). According to researchers, roughly 22 million Americans are exposed to damaging levels of occupational noise each year. While exact numbers of affected workers are hard to come by, an estimated $242 million is spent annually on workers’ comp benefits for ...
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  • Client Hit by Ambulance Driver Defeats Immunity & Gets Compensated

    | 30-Aug-2016

    It is with great pleasure that we can announce today that our client has finally received compensation for her automobile accident which occurred in 2013. This was a hotly contested case in which the defense refused to play ball throughout. Our client was stopped at a red light in Fairfax County when an ambulance transporting a drunk person approached her from behind. This ambulance driver ...
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  • OSHA's Fatal Four

    | 22-Aug-2016

    Since 1971, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has partnered with employers, health and safety professionals, and other advocates as a means of creating safe and functional workplaces. Over the years, injury and death rates in the workplace have decreased tremendously. Nonetheless, many workplace injuries and fatalities occur every day. In fact, OSHA reports that there are ...
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  • Workplace Fatalities on the Rise in Virginia, Officials Urge Vigilance

    | 10-Aug-2016

    A rise in workplace deaths has sparked concern across Virginia, and state officials are urging residents and employers to take greater vigilance when it comes to work safety. The announcement came earlier this month from the Virginia Occupational Safety and Health (VOSH) program after a review of mid-year statistics. Their findings: there have been 29 preventable work-related deaths due to injury ...
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  • Four Things to Do After a Work Injury

    | 1-Aug-2016

    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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  • Work Injuries Increase During Summer

    | 22-Jul-2016

    According to reports recorded by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employees sustain more injuries during June, July, and August than any other months of the year. In fact, statistics show that roughly 3,300 employees sustain injuries each June day. Unfortunately, the majority of these accidents occur due to lack of supervision and enforcement of OSHA safety standards and procedures. According to ...
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  • When you have been in injured in an auto accident, and are looking to pursue compensation for any damages incurred, you should know the process can 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 accident, as the case ...
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  • Information Regarding Workers Compensation for Occupational Diseases

    | 20-Jun-2016

    When a person becomes ill due to an unsafe work condition, the consequences can be severe. Along with accumulated hours of missed work, a person can suffer serious pains, costly medical expenses, mental anguish, and much more. For this reason, a person who develops an occupational disease should contact experienced legal representation right away. A skilled lawyer can help that person obtain the ...
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  • Your Rights Under Virginia Workers' Compensation

    | 10-Jun-2016

    Workers’ compensation laws can be complicated. As a result, employees may neither fully understand workers’ rights nor their employer’s responsibilities. One of the most important things to remember is that Virginia workers’ compensation is designed to protect those injured while on the job. In fact, worker’s compensation, in the state of Virginia, is designed to: ...
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  • What Is Virginia's Statute of Limitations?

    | 1-Jun-2016

    The statute of limitations is the deadline for filing a lawsuit. Typically, this means that after an accident or injury, victims and families will only have a limited amount of time to formulate and file their claim. Failing to file a claim within the statute of limitations will prevent victims from pursuing compensation for their injuries and damages. In Virginia, the following statute of ...
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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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  • 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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