Common Workplace Injuries in Las Vegas

Common work related accidents in Las VegasIn Las Vegas, it is common to become injured at work. Some injuries can be minor, such as cuts, burns or sprains. These require barely any medical treatment and generally, do not need workers’ compensation. However, if you are more severely injured at work, you might need workers’ compensation for your loss of wages, damages or medical treatments.

Workers’ compensation in Nevada is a no-fault insurance system providing benefits to workers injured on the job. The workers’ compensation laws and insurance begins upon hiring. An employer in Nevada is assumed to be participating in the workers’ compensation program.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2014, almost 3,000,000 injuries and illnesses were reported to be sustained at work.

The 2017 Liberty Mutual Insurance Workplace Safety Index lists the most common workplace injuries as:

  • Overexertion
  • Falling either on the same level OR
  • Falling to lower level
  • Being hit by equipment or an object
  • Other types of exertions
  • Roadway crashes
  • Slipping or tripping
  • Becoming stuck in equipment
  • Being struck by an object or equipment
  • Repetitive motions

An injury at work resulting from slip and falls can result in broken bones, concussions or even traumatic brain injury. This could necessitate a lengthy hospital stay. Some injuries are not caused by an accident. These type of injuries include ones from repetitive motion or heavy lifting, which result in straining injuries like carpal tunnel, or a herniated disk. These types of injuries also limit an employee’s ability to work, which means a big loss of income.

The State of Nevada Department of Business & Industry Industrial Relations governs workers’ compensation throughout Nevada. Most importantly, if an employee is injured the job, they tell their employer in writing as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the accident.

Glen Lerner from Glen Lerner Injury Attorneys said, “It is helpful to speak with a lawyer who understands Nevada’s workers’ compensation regulations and laws before you file.”

Common Workplace Injuries in Chicago

Common work related injuries in ChicagoWorkplace injuries arise all too often in Chicago. While some injuries are minor and require little or no medical treatment, if an employee is more severely injured at work, they might need compensation for loss of wages, damages or medical treatments.

Some jobs, like working in an office, may not seem at first be the cause of an injury at work. However, workers are spending an ever-growing amount of time at work, and therefore, the number of workplace injuries is on the rise, regardless of profession.

Although some injuries that occur on the job are unavoidable, many injuries at work result directly from an employer’s negligence.

Workplace injuries impact both employees and employers. An employee risks physical, emotional and financial impairment from being hurt at work.

Employers have to pay additional costs for their employees’ medical care from the accident, employees’ pay and other costs such as loss of productivity, employee morale and hiring temporary workers while the employee is recovering from injuries.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics notes that close to 3,000,000 injuries and illnesses sustained at work were reported in 2014 by private industry employers.

According to the 2017 Liberty Mutual Insurance Workplace Safety Index, the most common workplace injuries are:

  • Overexertion
  • Falling either on the same level OR
  • Falling to lower level
  • Being hit by equipment or an object
  • Other types of exertions
  • Roadway crashes
  • Slipping or tripping
  • Becoming stuck in equipment
  • Being struck by an object or equipment
  • Repetitive motions

Workers’ compensation is a structure of benefits paid by employers to workers who are hurt on the job. The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission resolves disagreements or issues that come up between employees and employers regarding workplace injuries, which are generally resolved by settlement.

Glen Lerner from Glen Lerner Injury Attorneys observed, “Most workplace injuries occur when an employer did not take reasonable steps make sure that the work place was safe.  A lawyer who knows the Illinois workers’ compensation system can help an injured employee negotiating insurance and receive benefits to be made whole.”

Chicago Car Crashes Involving Animals

What to do if you are in an auto accident involving an animal in ChicagoThe Chicago streets and the surrounding counties are teaming with cats and dogs plus wildlife, which can cause animal-related car accidents.

Statistics have shown that the highest occurrence of accidents in the state involving an animal collision happens when deer are the most active: October to December and May to June.

Some tips for drivers to help avoid accidents with animals are:

  1. Be alert when driving. Most wildlife including deer have their highest level of their activity at dawn and early mornings as well as at right before dusk. Watch for road signs regarding the presence deer and scan the roadsides to look for the glow of animals’ eyes reflecting the headlights.
  2. Drive slower and be prepared to stop quickly if you observe deer and other animals.
  3. Be ready for the unexpected, Deer in the road will often loop back or run back towards your vehicle if they are startled.
  4. Do not tailgate, which could or aggravate accidents. You must leave enough space between vehicles.
  5. Be careful around animals’ surroundings. For example, deer often gravitate to water as well as the edges of fields, forests, and fences.
  6. High beams can help a driver see animals perhaps a few seconds earlier at nighttime and you could possibly avoid an accident.
  7. Alert the animals. When you see deer or other animals on the road, honk your horn in staccato bursts, slow down if no cars are behind you and flash your headlights.
  8. Do not swerve if you see an animal because this could make an accident worse by hitting other cars in the traffic pattern. This is challenging, as it is instinctual to swerve and avoid an animal.

Glen Lerner from Glen Lerner Injury Attorneys noted, “If you, unfortunately, have hit an animal, turn on your emergency flashing lights and put flares around the animal to warn other drivers. Never try and touch a hurt animal.”

Car Crashes Caused by Animals in Las Vegas

Car crashes involving deer and other animals in Las VegasAnimals can startle a driver by suddenly appearing in the middle of the road and animals running into the road are among the top causes of car crashes.

Hitting a dog or other animal while you are driving can be traumatic. While you may feel guilty about hurting an animal, the animal may also cause an accident as you swerve to avoid hitting it.

Unfortunately, these types of crashes happen frequently in Las Vegas. Some tips to follow to avoid crashes with animals include:

  • Stay at the scene and try to find assistance for the animal and try and track down the owners if it is domesticated. Nevada may also charge a driver with animal cruelty if you hit a dog with your car and do not try to offer assistance.
  • Be cautious when approaching the dog or animal, as they may be hurt and aggressive due to pain. If you cannot get near the animal to help, phone Las Vegas Animal Control or 911 for help.
  • If it is a dog, get it to a veterinary hospital, as the vet may assist in locating the owner if there is a microchip. It is important to note that you may be held liable for medical expenses if you brought the dog to the vet and an owner cannot be located.
  • Take photos of the accident and obtain relevant and necessary documents including the vet’s medical records.
  • If you have experienced injuries due to the animal accident or if your vehicle has sustained damages, you may file a claim through the pet owner’s homeowner’s insurance policy. In these matters, the dog owner would be at fault, since they must ensure their dogs are always restrained. If the owner cannot be located, your own insurance may pay under comprehensive coverage.

Glen Lerner from Glen Lerner Injury Attorneys concluded, “Drivers must stay alert. Animal related accidents have been steadily rising in Las Vegas. Fall is peak time for unexpected animal collisions on the road with the earlier change to dusk.”

What to Do After an Out-of-State Car Accident in Chicago

What to know if you are an out of state resident who has been involved in an auto accident in las vegasFor Chicago residents, having a car accident when out of Illinois can be rough. Your plans are jumbled and you might have to fix your car too.

The first call to make after getting into a car accident out-of-state is to the police.

You must file a police report, even if no one is hurt. Exchange all key information with the other driver, especially details about the accident. You should not admit that the accident was your fault and try to stay as calm as possible throughout the whole ordeal.

After the damage has been assessed and written up by law enforcement, phone your insurance company and provide them with the details of your accident. Most companies have claims adjuster networks nationwide and can send someone to you to quickly view the damage.

Most car insurance companies offer policies that extend nationwide, including the US territories and sometimes even Canada. You should confirm your policy’s territory limits especially if you plan to drive to Mexico or further south, as other countries may not be covered.

Before you plan an out of state trip, you should investigate what your policy covers specifically in terms of out-of-state:

  • Towing back to your residence
  • Car repairs for serious damage
  • Car rentals while away from your residence

Your biggest expense may be getting your vehicle back to your Chicago residence. Towing is expensive, and most likely, your insurance company will pay for only a fraction of the cost.

Glen Lerner from Glen Lerner Injury Attorneys concluded, “If you were injured out of Nevada, call one of our personal injury attorneys to discuss. We can assist in figuring out tricky jurisdiction issues, since every state has different laws that give an injured person a certain amount of time in which to file a claim.”