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These 3 conditions put women at higher risk of workplace injury

On-the-job injuries can be highly upsetting for workers and their families. Not only are these injuries often painful and limiting, but they can also lead to missed workdays, which can affect a person's livelihood.

Unfortunately, no one is immune to the risk of being injured on the job. And in fact, there are certain conditions that can make one person more likely to be hurt on the job than other people. For instance, a recent study found that women who experience fatigue, depression or anxiety are more likely to be hurt at work.

Helping you with a wrongful death action following a fatal crash

The loss of a loved one is a devastating event. Even if it is expected because one is elderly or ill, this is a challenging time to go through and move forward from. Thus, when a loved one is suddenly killed in a motor vehicle accident, it is hard to process this event. A loved one is taken away from you far too soon by someone acting negligently on the roadways.

Our law firm sympathizes with those who have lost loved ones in a motor vehicle accident. At Rosenthal, Levy, Simon & Ryles, our attorneys are devoted to not only helping families at this time of need, but we are also dedicated to helping them better understand this matter and what rights they have when it comes to holding a negligent motorist accountable.

3 causes of indoor fall accidents

When you fall indoors, you may suffer anything from a mild to severe injury. These accidents are unfortunately common. The National Floor Safety Institute reports that falls are the top cause of emergency room visits. When you suffer an injury on a property belonging to someone else, you may be able to hold them legally responsible. 

But what conditions cause people to slip or trip and fall inside a building? Here are some common situations that cause fall accidents indoors.

3 common fast food injuries

Whatever your particular goals are as a fast food worker, among the things that can have big impacts for you are workplace safety issues. You can face some unique hazards in a fast food restaurant. In fact, approximately 28,000 teenage fast food workers go to the emergency room for job injuries each year.

Your employer may expect you to work fast and hard for low pay. You also may work with potentially dangerous objects, and the environment may be unsafe. Common workplace dangers you can face as a fast food employee include the following.

Chain of events may have led to crash involving Venus Williams

Last year tennis superstar and South Florida resident Venus Williams was involved in a tragic car collision that claimed the life of an elderly man. The incident occurred at an intersection where Williams slowed down and was then hit by a vehicle driven by the victim's wife. The victim's family has sued Williams and claims that she was the person responsible for the crash and the victim's death; Williams' legal team now claims that the true responsible party is another individual all together.

Williams' attorneys have stated that a vehicle made an illegal turn in front of Williams and that was the reason that she had to slow down in the intersection where the crash occurred. Had the other driver not turned left illegally in front of Williams' sport utility vehicle she would not have slowed and been in the intersection when the victim and his wife entered.

OSHA has detailed standards for scaffold safety

Before you began working at a construction site, your new supervisor should have provided you with training regarding the types of hazards you would face and how to minimize them. If you are working on scaffolds, your boss has some extra responsibilities to keep you safe.

According to ConstructionConnect.com, it is not enough for the foreman to send you out on your first day with a co-worker who has been on the job for a while. Only a qualified person can provide your education on scaffold safety. OSHA defines this person as someone who has a relevant degree or certification, or who has a track record of demonstrating the knowledge and experience of a professional in the field. This expert will be able to train you in all the hazards you may face when on or near scaffolds, including:

  • Proper use of the scaffold
  • Electrocution risks
  • Fall prevention
  • How to handle materials and equipment on the scaffold
  • Scaffold load capacity

3 types of evidence to examine after a truck crash

Truck accidents are often catastrophic events. Vehicles may be demolished, roadways may be closed and victims may be fighting for their lives.

Despite the chaos that typically follows these types of crashes, there are ways to unravel the situation to figure out what happened and who is to blame. This involves finding and securing evidence. Below, we look at three types of evidence that can prove to be especially valuable when investigating a serious truck accident.

What is substantial gainful activity?

In any Social Security Disability claim an administrative law judge will consider what is known by the Social Security Administration as substantial gainful activity, or SGA for short. So what is it, and why does it matter?

A person is deemed to be disabled when he or she cannot engage in activity, or work, that would allow a sufficient living wage to be earned. Substantial gainful activity is the amount of earnings an individual is allowed to make in any one month period of a year while still remaining eligible for Social Security Disability benefits. This amount changes from year-to-year. For example, in 2017 a non-blind person could make up to $1,170 per month. In 2018, that amount increased to $1,180 per month.

Knowing how alcohol affects the body can keep drivers safe

Florida’s diverse population abounds with year-round residents, tourists and college students. After all, it is natural the great weather and laid-back lifestyle to attract people.

The West Palm Beach area offers a variety of entertainment, including sporting events and popular bars and restaurants. Unfortunately, there are also some risks associated with fun and camaraderie, one of which involves drinking and driving.

What to do after a car accident in a parking lot

Getting into a fender bender in a parking lot may not seem like a big deal. However, as many as 500 deaths occur in parking lots and garages every year. 

After you check to make sure everyone in both cars are safe, there are certain steps you need to take. You need to treat a parking lot accident the same as any other vehicle collision. Deviation from these steps can result in extremely negative consequences down the line. 

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