Company Settles Construction Death Case for $2.5 Million

Berkeley Redevelopers, a New Jersey construction company, has agreed to pay $2.5 million to the estate of Raymond Crosby, an equipment mechanic, crushed to death during the demolition of a former Woolworth store. The construction company failed to obtain a building evaluation by a demolition engineer to properly tear down the building the suit alleged. The construction death resulted when Crosby, an employee of Edgewood Properties, was cutting notches into a steel support beam, at the Beachwood Shopping Center in Berkeley Township, when the roof fell on top of him. Crosby had no prior experience with demolitions. He was sent to the site to repair a [...]

By | 2018-10-04T21:05:19+00:00 October 4th, 2018|Personal Injury|0 Comments

California Workplace Injury Suit Filed Against Tesla by Burned Worker

An electrical explosion at the Fremont California Tesla plant caused severe burns and suffering, according to a workplace injury lawsuit filed by Son Nguyen, the injured factory worker. The suit alleges that the company was focused primarily on increasing productivity rather than employee safety. Mr. Nguyen was a contractor at the plant on June 5, 2017, when an arc flash explosion thrust him 15 to 20 feet back, engulfing him in flames. He claims that the company refused to shut power to the equipment he was working on, because they did not want halt production for even a brief period. Nguyen says he is in constant [...]

By | 2018-08-09T19:24:57+00:00 August 9th, 2018|Personal Injury|0 Comments

Electrocution: A Common Hazard at Home or at Work

Electric Power -- when it fails we realize how much we take it for granted. It is a modern convenience that we expect as part of our everyday life. Throw a switch or push in a plug and power is there when we need it. Although it is relatively safe in its contained state, the transmission and storage of electricity can be extremely dangerous. In the U.S., an average of 400 people die from electrocution annually and an additional 4400 are injured. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), electrocution is the second leading cause of death in the construction industry, exceeded only by [...]

By | 2018-07-30T18:09:26+00:00 July 30th, 2018|Personal Injury|0 Comments

Do I Have a Case for California Premise Liability?

If you were injured on the property of another, you may be considering filing a lawsuit seeking compensation for your injuries. In California, it is your right to recover damages from a negligent property owner, provided you could satisfy the requirements of California law. If you are invited onto the property (invitee), a property owner has a duty of care to you. However a court may consider if you contributed to your own injury by being under the influence of drugs or alcohol, for instance. If you were intoxicated and fell, a court may rule that your condition was the main contributing factor to your injuries, [...]

By | 2018-09-05T14:53:28+00:00 April 28th, 2018|Personal Injury|0 Comments

Preventing California Workplace Injuries

April 28, 2018 marks the 47th annual Workers Memorial Day, an international day of remembrance for workers who were injured or lost their lives on the job. It is also the day OSHA was established in 1971. Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for maintaining safe and healthful workplaces. It is the role of OSHA to ensure safe conditions by providing training, education and assistance as well as enforcing standards. In California, agricultural and construction far outpace all other industries in the rate of injuries and fatalities. In a report released on Workers Memorial Day by Worksafe last year, there [...]

By | 2018-05-24T11:44:04+00:00 April 11th, 2018|Personal Injury|0 Comments

Study Shows Severe Burn Injury Patients Have a Greater Survival Rate

Surviving a severe burn injury is a lot more likely today, thanks to major advances in treatments made over the past thirty years, according to a study published in the Journal of American College of Surgeons. Since improvements in burn care transpired in the 1980s, the study was the first to have analyzed the progress made on the affects to burn injury patients. “Mortality has decreased three to fivefold since the 1980s ostensibly from the substantial advances in burn care that occurred between 1980 and 1989,” according to a statement in Medical News by the lead study author David N. Herndon, chief of staff and director [...]

By | 2018-05-24T11:41:01+00:00 March 23rd, 2018|Personal Injury|0 Comments

OHSA: Fall Protection Training Added to Top Ten Violations List

While Fall Protection General Requirements remained at the top of the Occupational Health and Safety (OSHA) list of top ten violations, a new addition moved into the number nine spot on the list – Fall Protection Training Requirements. This entry preceded a new study released in January from data from the NIOSH Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) program, which showed that almost half of all construction related fatalities involved falls. Of those workers killed, 54 percent had no access to a personal fall arrest system (PFAS) or had one and failed to use it. The new entry to the OSHA top ten list, entitled Fall [...]

By | 2018-05-24T11:38:07+00:00 March 4th, 2018|Personal Injury|0 Comments

Workers Compensation and Third Party Liability

When the topic of workers compensation is brought up, most people think of the construction industry, factory work, or some other inherently dangerous occupation. In reality, a serious job related injury could occur to persons working in the most acquiescent of environments. Any employee who is injured on the job should be covered by workers compensation, provided by his or her employer. As the name implies, workers compensation provides the replacement of lost wages for injured workers who are unable to perform their jobs. In addition it provides their employers protection against a lawsuit resulting from the injury. What it does not provide is long-term financial [...]

By | 2018-05-24T11:37:22+00:00 February 28th, 2018|Personal Injury|0 Comments

Railroad Crossings and Truck Accident Prevention

Railroad accidents between a truck and a train were once more thrust into the forefront of the media after a train carrying members of the Republican congress struck a semi- truck at a railroad crossing. The crash resulted in the death of one truck occupant, injury to another and minor injuries to several passengers and crew of the train. In the South Carolina crash it was determined that the truck went around a crossing gate that was in the lowered position. Residents in the area said that the gate often became stuck in the closed position tempting impatient drivers to go around it. Safety Measures for [...]

By | 2018-05-24T11:31:44+00:00 February 8th, 2018|Personal Injury|0 Comments

Despite Available Safety Technology, Another Fatal Train Derailment

As Federal investigators look for the cause of the Amtrak derailment in Washington, that left three dead and dozens hospitalized, the question still remains – with the available technology, why are train derailments still occurring with such frequency? The brand new train traveled its maiden voyage on upgraded tracks 50 miles south of Seattle and suddenly left the tracks careening off an overpass onto I-5. Investigators confirmed that the train was traveling 80 mph while attempting to handle a curve with a 30-mph speed limit. The black box recovered from the rear push engine indicated that there was no attempt at manual braking by the operator, [...]

By | 2018-05-24T18:50:19+00:00 December 19th, 2017|Personal Injury|0 Comments

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