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Keeping workers safe and protected

Workers generally have the right to a safe workplace and when that has been compromised, different protections are available to help protect them. Both federal and state laws require employers to provide their employees with a safe workplace and a safe working environment and it is important that workers are familiar with their protections and rights in the workplace.

The Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) is a federal law designed to protect workers from unsafe workplaces. This includes protections from both workplace injuries and occupational illnesses. To help keep workers safe, employers are required to provide a workplace that is free of health and safely hazards that might cause serious injuries or death; keep a record of injuries, exposures to hazardous materials and deaths in the workplace; provide any necessary safety training; and post OSHA safety training notices in the workplace.

How a claim for nursing home abuse works

Nursing home abuse and neglect can have serious consequences for victims and their families the most serious of which can be death. Fortunately, legal protections are available to help victims bring a claim for damages against a negligent nursing home for the damages they or their loved ones have suffered.

Nursing home abuse can occur in a variety of situations and can result when a nursing home negligently supervises staff; provides negligent care; negligently hires and retains staff; negligently maintains the premises; or negligently selects and maintains equipment at the facility. Nursing homes may be liable for the damages suffered by victims when they retain poorly qualified or inadequately trained staff; retain an inadequate number of staff; retain staff with a history of violence; or isolate residents.

Keeping workers safe and protected

Workers generally have the right to a safe workplace and when that has been compromised, different protections are available to help protect them. Both federal and state laws require employers to provide their employees with a safe workplace and a safe working environment and it is important that workers are familiar with their protections and rights in the workplace.

The Occupational Safety and Health Act is a federal law designed to protect workers from unsafe workplaces. This includes protections from both workplace injuries and occupational illnesses. To help keep workers safe, employers are required to provide a workplace that is free of health and safely hazards that might cause serious injuries or death; keep a record of injuries, exposures to hazardous materials and deaths in the workplace; provide any necessary safety training; and post OSHA safety training notices in the workplace.

The most common causes of trucking accidents

Trucking is an industry that generates a lot of work for Americans. However, truckers also pose a real threat to drivers. Because of their great size and weight, a truck can cause a lot more damage than a typical car in an accident.

In an accident, it is important to know who or what caused the event. Here are some common causes of trucking accidents.

How safely do you drive around commercial trucks?

You may see commercial trucks on the road every time you drive. While these large vehicles may have intimidated you when you first learned to drive, your years of driving experience may allow you to feel more comfortable driving near them. However, it can be important to avoid becoming complacent around trucks.

Truck collisions may be more common and more hazardous than you realize. In 2017, over 4,000 people in the U.S. died in large truck crashes. Typically, when a truck and a passenger vehicle collide, the occupants of the smaller vehicle receive injuries that are much more severe than what the trucker receives. The reckless actions of truck drivers cause many of these collisions. However, your safe driving habits can help minimize your risk of being hit by a truck.

What types of damages are available to car accident victims?

It is important for any victim injured in a car accident or other type of traumatic accident to be familiar with the personal injury damages that may be available to help them with the injuries and harm they have suffered. A personal injury claim for damages can help car accident victims during their recovery process receive compensation to help with their physical, financial and emotional damages.

Victims of car accidents commonly suffer a litany of unexpected damages they may not be prepared to deal with all at once. Personal injury damages that may be able to help injured victims and their families include compensation for medical expenses and future medical care costs as need. Additional damages may be available for permanent disability and disfigurement in situations when the victim has suffered those types of damages.

Legal help for victims of defective medical devices

Defective medical devices can cause significant harm and injuries to victims which is why they need to be familiar with the legal protections available to help them when they have been harmed. Personal injury legal remedies can help victims who have suffered injuries and harm because of defective medical devices.

Medical devices are regulated federally and there are a host of protections available to injured victims including the option to bring a personal injury claim to hold manufacturers of defective medical devices accountable and ensure injured victims receive the help they need with their physical, financial and emotional injuries that result from a defective medical device. Under federal law, medical devices are defined as instruments, apparatuses, machines, implants or other similar articles used for the treatment or prevention of diseases.

Knowledge of the workers' compensation process is important

Workers' compensation benefits are an essential protection for injured workers. As a result, it is also essential for workers to be familiar with the workers' compensation process which is a no-fault process that protects injured workers.

It is initially important for injured workers to seek the medical care and treatment they need following a workplace accident or injury. In some circumstances, the injured worker is required to seek medical care and treatment from a specific medical care provider so it is important for them to know when they need to do that. Additionally, injured workers must notify their employer of workplace injury they suffered and need to do so in writing.

Social Security disability basics for disabled individuals

Unfortunately, the facts are that one out of every four Americans will become disabled by the age 67 and will be unable to work to earn a living. That is where Social Security disability insurance steps in to help protect disabled individuals with their needs and expenses while they are unable to work to support themselves and their families.

There are certain criteria that disabled individuals will have to meet to receive Social Security disability (SSD) benefits. Disabled individuals will need to meet both the medical condition and work history requirements to qualify for SSD benefits. Social Security disability insurance is paid into by workers through their taxes so it is necessary to have the required number of work history credits to qualify for benefits.

Examples of insider trading

Allegations of insider trading are serious criminal allegations that accused individuals should take seriously. That is because they can result in serious criminal penalties and consequences for accused individuals.

The general definition of insider trading is buying or selling a security in breach of a trust relationship on the basis of nonpublic information about the security. Accused individuals can face allegations of providing insider trading tips; can be the recipient of a tip; or can misappropriate insider tips they receive. Insider trading is a type of securities fraud that involves a breach of fiduciary duty and insider trading in particular involves misuse of material information about the security.

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