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Be aware of your slip-and-fall risks this winter

Winters in New York can be brutal, to say the least. Whether you get to your destination by driving or walking, you might face a serious fall once the temperatures drop. Wet floors and icy pavement can be expected this season, but it is frightening to realize falls often occur when you least expect them. Therefore, it is important to be prepared for a fall and know your risks before you slip.

EHS Today reports that slip-and-fall claims are responsible for a significant portion of all workers’ compensation claims. However, you do not have to be working to be at risk for a fall. Grocery shopping, walking the dog or even going down the street to check your mail could all end in a trip to the emergency room this winter.

When accidents cause traumatic brain injury

Traumatic brain injury ranks among the more serious consequences that may result from an accident such as a car crash or a fall. A strong impact to the head, even in the absence of a penetrating wound or skull fracture, can cause damage to the brain. In a car accident, the abrupt stop while traveling fast can generate trauma even in the absence of a specific impact to the head.

TBI symptoms can vary greatly in their effects and severity. Evaluating the worth of a case when TBI is involved can be a complex matter and necessitate medical experts, as the health and financial ramifications can be extensive.

Why seniors are more likely to slip and fall

If you identify as a senior, you have a higher chance of suffering injury because of a slip-and-fall accident than the rest of the general population. In fact, falls are the single biggest reason seniors go to the hospital each year, and AgingCare.com also reports that falls are the leading cause of injury and death among people within your age group.

What risk factors do you face as you age that make you more likely to take a tumble? Such issues might include:

New York's "serious injury" threshold for no-fault car accidents

New York is one of many states with no-fault insurance laws. These regulations mean you first seek compensation from your own insurance for medical expenses and lost income, unless you sustain a “serious injury.” If your injury passes a certain threshold, you can file a lawsuit or liability claim against the negligent driver.

How can you know if your injuries meet this lawsuit threshold? For answers to this question, keep reading below.

3 important steps in filing a workers’ compensation claim

Workers who suffer injuries on the job may be hesitant to file a claim against their employers, whether because they think their injuries are not compensable or they fear retaliation from the company. On the other hand, there are those who want their financial awards right away and file without preparation.

If you are in the second category, you may benefit from knowing these three important steps in filing a workers’ comp claim. Doing them will increase your chances of a quick and successful outcome.

New York car accidents: Types of damages

New Yorkers who sustain car accidents know they will suffer financial loss as a result. However, it can be hard for many people to come up with an accurate estimate, especially at an early stage in the case.

Understanding some basics about damages calculations can help you field eager insurance representatives calling soon after the accident and trying to push a settlement. Often, people who do not know the value of their case accept lowball offers and then find themselves struggling with medical expenses and job loss later on. An experienced lawyer can assist you further by strategizing a path towards fair compensation.

The underestimated dangers of drowsy driving

While the majority of people know that extreme sleep deprivation can make driving unsafe, most still do not consider drowsiness to be a major problem. People who are vigilant about not getting behind the wheel after even one drink often think nothing of setting out when feeling a bit sleepy.

According to experts, even losing as little as one or two hours from a regular night's sleep (seven to eight hours for most adults) can produce dangerous effects, including decreased attention span, mental fog and delayed reaction times. All of these can prevent a driver from avoiding road hazards in time to prevent an accident.

Spring driving dangers you should be aware of

Spring is a busy time for almost all parents. Dance recitals, track meets, soccer practice and end of year activities abound, and it is likely that you will spend a lot of time in the car with kids talking and distracting. Unfortunately, the more you are on the road, the higher chances you have of being in an accident. As snow and ice melt and sun and rain begin, there are a few spring driving dangers you should watch for.

 

Know the risk: 3 types of workplace injuries

No matter if you work in a factory, on a construction site or behind a computer all day, you may face certain risks on the job. However, know that no matter what your job is, you have the right to go to work without sustaining serious injury or illness. No one should ever think that he or she deserves an injury because of the type of employment.

Follow these steps after any type of auto accident

An accident is more than just an accident; it often ends up being a financial transaction between you and the other driver. After a collision, you may have to deal with the person for everything from vehicle repairs to medical treatments for injuries you sustained during the crash. If you have not handled the accident appropriately, it may hurt your chances of proving that it was not your fault.