Many times on this blog when we discuss workplace accidents, we often discuss those involving unsafe working conditions, including improperly maintained machinery, failed implementation of safety measures, and poor employee safety training. While these situations are quite serious and deserve adequate attention, there are other types of accidents that could leave one injured on the job. They are accidents caused by someone outside of the business that leave an employee injured.
This blog often discusses serious car wrecks that leave individuals with a serious injury or dead. While these accidents are certainly worth discussing and those involved in such crashes should act on their legal rights, even seemingly minor accidents can give rise to significant harm and legal action. It is important for Massachusetts residents to know what they can do when they are injured in a car accident.
Receiving proper and adequate medical treatment is dependent upon many factors. Doctors must conduct thorough examinations, consult a patient's personal and familial medical history, and accurately diagnose a patient's condition. When a doctor fails in any of these areas, serious injuries or death may result. Massachusetts residents who are harmed by a doctor error should act on their legal rights.
Massachusetts' pedestrians have the right of way when they cross the street within a crosswalk. With this in mind, motorists must be on the lookout for these individuals, as they are particularly vulnerable to serious injuries should an accident occur. Not having the protection of helmets, seatbelts or airbags, these pedestrians often end up with brain injuries or worse, dead.
Massachusetts's workers often put their health on the line to perform their job duties. They may be exposed to heights, speeding traffic, dangerous chemicals or pollutants, and fierce fires. Though employers are required to take steps to keep their workers safe, sometimes safety procedures are improperly implements, equipment not maintained adequately, and employees are not fully trained. Any of these mistakes can lead to a serious work-related injury.
Unfortunately, not even the safest drivers are immune from the dangers imposed by a drunk or otherwise negligent driver. These errant motorists place all at risk through their behavior, and can leave several injured or killed in their wake. When this happens, those affected should take note of their legal rights.
There is good news and bad news for Massachusetts motorists. The good news is traffic fatalities dropped in 2012. The bad news is numbers have climbed nationwide and still too many are killed each year in Massachusetts' accidents.
Construction work is dangerous work. Employees may be injured or killed by errant machinery, collapsing scaffolds, and moving cars. Such an accident can cause serious injuries and may require a lengthy recovery period. Some workers will never recover from their injuries. Depending on the situation, an individual who suffers a work-related injury may be entitled to compensation for his damages.
Many Massachusetts residents hate to hear they need surgery. An operation might make the patient fearful that she has a serious medical condition, and the mere thought of being cut open by a doctor may make her queasy. Most of the time, these operations go through without a hitch, resulting in a successful surgery that may leave the patient healthier. Other times, though, a doctor makes a devastating mistake that can have life-altering effects.
Driving in Massachusetts can be dangerous. Individuals who text and drive, drink and drive, or disobey traffic laws can place other motorists at risk of serious harm or even death. Fortunately, laws implemented in 2006 and 2007 and directed at teenagers have had a positive effect by reducing the number of accidents involving teen drivers. In fact, the number of Massachusetts accidents involving 16- and 17-year-old drivers dropped from 12,673 in 2006 to 6,400 last year.