News 25 Texas Earnhardt Jr. Highlights Risk of TBI in Dallas Car Accidents 536

November 28th, 2012

The issue of traumatic brain injuries in auto accidents made national news after Dale Earnhardt Jr. announced he would sit out a pair of races after back-to-back concussions at crashes in Kansas and Talladega.

Our Lawyers understand such injuries are far from uncommon

“You know your body and how your mind works, and I knew something was just not quite right. I decided to just try to push through and work through it,” Earnardt Jr. said according to USAToday. Earnhardt Jr. was little more than a rookie, and driving just in front of his late father in the 2001 Daytona 500, when Dale Earnhardt Sr. was killed after slamming into the Turn 4 wall on the last lap. Cause of death was a basilar skull fracture, caused when his head, propelled by the velocity of the collision, snapped forward in the accident.

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NASCAR has since made many safety improvements, including a next-generation car that moves the driver toward the center, a head-and-neck restraint device and soft wall technology. However, the risk of concussions and other traumatic brain injuries has not abated.

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Halloween night season is the deadliest season with regard to pedestrian injuries in Southern Ca.

November 11th, 2012

Halloween party months are the deadliest term with regard to pedestrian accidents in Southern Los angeles.

Halloween season is the deadliest time of the year for pedestrian accidents in Santa Ana and elsewhere in Southern California.

Injury attorneys in Rancho Santa Margarita and throughout Southern California understand that children are most at risk. In fact, children are more than twice as likely to be killed in a pedestrian accident during Halloween than at any other time of the year. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports more than 4,200 people were killed in pedestrian accidents in 2010 — another 70,000 were seriously injured. California pedestrian accidents claimed 599 lives that year. No other state reported more than 500 deaths.

These cases frequently result in very serious or fatal injury. Motorists are urged to use extra caution, particularly when traveling in residential neighborhoods after dark. Speeding is another risk factor — higher speed shortens the time you have to react and increases the force of collision.

Here are some LAPD Halloween Safety Tips:

-Trick-or-treat before dusk and never let a child go alone.
-Examine treats.
-Never invite children into your home or allow your child to enter a stranger’s home.
-Set a curfew and use proper supervision of children.
-An adult escort and flashlight should accompany small groups of children.
-Keep pets inside and away from children.
-Costumes should be easily visible.
-Comfortable shoes and costumes that don’t obstruct vision are critical.
-Children should always use sidewalks.
-Children should be taught to look in both directions and make eye contact with a driver before crossing the street.

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Adjusters can be end up being very intimidating, in fact, and try to “low-ball” injured employees, getting them to agree to a settlement that won’t cover all their occupational injury costs such as surgery, physical therapy, medication or ergonomic equipment that they need to fully heal.

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Deaths on the job are down in 2011, compared to previous year, report shows

November 1st, 2012

The government recently had some good news about on-the-job fatalities in the United States: Nationwide, the number of workplace deaths declined to the lowest level over the past two decades.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a preliminary total of 4,609 fatal work injuries were recorded nationally in 2011, which is a drop from the previous year, when there were 4,690 deadly work injuries. The decline in workplace fatalities has continued for the past 17 years, according to the Houston Chronicle, which reported on the fatal workplace accident statistics.
As Los Angeles workers compensation lawyers, we know how devastating fatal workplace injuries can be on families. Our mission has been to help injured employees obtain the workers comp benefits they need after an on-the-job accident. We also assist families who have lost loved ones in workplace accidents.

In California, fatal workplace accidents unfortunately are not unusual and may require the help of an experienced workplace injury attorney in Los Angeles. California is ranked as one of the deadliest states in the nation when it comes to workplace injuries. California recorded 360 fatalities in 2011, second to Texas, which recorded 433 fatalities. California was one of the few states that saw the number of occupational fatalities rise, from 326 in 2010 to 360 a year later.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that transportation incidents accounted for more than 40 percent of all fatal work injuries in 2011 in the United States. In California, there were 118 fatal transportation incidents. Nationwide, 15 percent of all deadly workplace accidents involved contact with objects and equipment. Fifty workers died this way in California. The third most common fatal accident in the United States involved falls, which comprised 14 percent of fatal accidents in 2011. In California, 60 people died in 2011 from slips, trips or falls.

The report also noted that fatalities disproportionately involved men. And the most dangerous professions? That would be fishers and fishing workers, who experienced a fatality rate of 121.2 workers per 100,000 workers. By comparison, the average fatality rate for all jobs is 3.5 workers per 100,000 full-time workers. Logging workers had the second deadliest job, with a fatality rate of 102.4 per 100,000. Pilots and flight engineers have the third most dangerous job, with 57 fatalities per 100,000.
Out of the top 10 most dangerous jobs, truckers and traveling sales workers recorded the most fatalities in 2011. There were 795 deaths of workers in those occupations in 2011.

If you were injured on the job and need a workers comp attorney serving Santa Ana, Rancho Santa Margarita, Los Angeles and other communities throughout South California, contact California Law Associates. Call 714-542-3377 today for your free consultation. We can assist you if you were injured on the job or if you lost a loved one in a fatal workplace accident.

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Los Angeles, CA 90010 22342
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