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Labor Day is a holiday intended to acknowledge the American working force for their dedicated efforts. At Injury HelpLine, we’d like to thank the hard-working men and women of the U.S.A. for all they contribute to the infrastructure of our country.

A holiday that always lands on the first Monday in September, Labor Day was first celebrated on September 5, 1882, in New York City. Labor Day is embraced across America as an annual tribute to the men and women who have built this country and help to keep it running smoothly.

An element of working in construction involves taking the proper safety precautions while working due to the large amount of potential dangers on a work site.

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In honor of our working force, we’d like to display the relationship between construction and personal injury. We’ve compiled a few construction accident stats and are accompanying the numbers with an example of a recent construction accident lawsuit from one of our Injury HelpLine Attorneys.

Construction Accident Stats:

  • In 2015, slips and falls were the cause of 354 deaths and were the primary cause of death for construction workers. (Source: OSHA)
  • 39.5% percentage of construction accident deaths that occurred due to contact with objects of equipment.
  • 1 in 10 Construction Workers are Injured Every Year. (Source: OSHA)
  • Between 2002 and 2912, 19.5% of all workplace deaths were from the construction industry. (Source: EHS Today)
  • On average, in 2015, a work zone crash occurred once every 5.4 minutes. (Source: FARS/GES Data)
  • Between 1982 and 2015, 20% of the 768 deaths recorded in construction occurred in the victims first two months on the job. (Source: OSHA)
  • Construction workers between 25-34 years old are the most likely to be injured in a construction site accident (Source: OSHA)

Construction jobs are taxing on one’s body and come with the inherent dangers that accompany the building of a structure. From time to time, all of us need the assistance of the skills and knowledge these workers possess in order to live in our homes, drink clean water, use electricity, and drive on our roads. It’s all too easy to overlook the contributions that help us in our day to day lives.

Construction Accident Story: Young Man Killed by Defective Bulldozer

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Our attorney in Oklahoma reports that his firm received a call via the Injury HelpLine from a grieving woman who needed help with a substantial case. Sadly, her son was killed in an accident while on a construction site due to a defective bulldozer that he was operating at the time of the accident.

The young man involved in this construction accident was in his prime. All signs are pointing to this being a scenario that involves mechanical failure. The victim had worked on construction sites for a few years and had a responsible history when it came to operating large machinery or motorized vehicles while on a job site.

The victim of this construction accident was not only a beloved son. He was the sole provider for his wife and child who will need to be able to find a way to pay for their living expenses and the high costs that accompany such a tragic situation. Our Member Attorney is currently helping to get a large settlement for the family. The wrongful death/product liability suit against the bulldozer’s manufacturer will no doubt be a large one.

Injury HelpLine would like to send a huge “thank you” to the hard-working men and women for all they contribute to building and maintaining the infrastructure of our country.he InjuryHelpLine has been connecting injury victims with personal injury attorneys in their communities since 1984. If you’ve been hurt in a construction accident, are suffering from a TBI, or need to talk with an attorney about a specific issue, contact us today.

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Every summer, an accident occurs that stands out as the big personal injury case of the season. It catches the attention of the country and the media covers every detail as it unfolds.

In 2018, it’s quite apparent that the fatal boating accident that occurred just outside of Branson, Missouri at Table Rock Lake is gaining the most attention.

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Duck Boats are hybrid vehicles that ride on land and water. Created as vessels to transport soldiers onto land during World War 2, these kitschy boats are popular tourist activities that many people take rides on while vacationing in various cities and sizable bodies of water across the country.

“The federal lawsuit filed Sunday in U.S. District Court in Kansas City seeks $100 million in damages on behalf of two of nine members of an Indiana family who died when the tourist boat sank July 19 at Table Rock Lake near Branson. Others who died were from Illinois, Arkansas and Missouri.” – STL Today

Now, Ride The Ducks International LLC and parent company Ripley Entertainment Inc. are under intense scrutiny due to a terrifying and unfortunate boating accident that took place on July 20th, 2018.

From reports of the incident, boat operators were clearly aware of an incoming severe weather threat and tried to beat it in terms of timing by getting through the water-based portion of the tour before the storm would reach their location.

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Thunderstorm warnings were posted throughout the day but the storm was yet to impact the region so the management of the duck boat company apparently decided it would be okay to bring the boat out onto the water.

“Both suits allege that the owners and operators of the tourist boat put profits over people’s safety when they decided to put the Ride the Ducks boat on a lake despite design problems and severe weather warnings.”US News

The weather report was accurate and should have prompted the operators of the vessel to take more caution before the boating accident occurred. The boat was caught in severe hurricane conditions that seemingly came out of nowhere. 

Swells came onto the boat. The operators, apparently confident in their multiple years of experience, told the passengers to stay seated. No one on board was wearing a life jacket and Tia Coleman, one of two survivors from her family of eleven, was quoted saying “…The captain had told us ‘don’t worry about grabbing the life jackets — you won’t need them’ so nobody grabbed them as we listened to the captain as he told us to stay seated.”

When all was said and done, 17 of the 29 people on board drowned in the upsetting ordeal. Their ages ranged from 1-76.  For a detailed summary of the incident, click here.

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Now, a million dollar wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against the group of companies that own and operate the hybrid vessels claiming that the companies knew prior to the accident that duck boats were “entirely unfit to be used for any purpose and had previously been responsible for dozens of deaths.” This lawsuit is aiming to ban duck boats so that boating accidents like this may never happen to anyone or their loved ones ever again.

Operators and staff are trained and expected to monitor the weather and other elements that may be of harm to their passengers. A detail to note in this case is that the canopy was still intact, which was suggested to be removed from all duck boats in a 2002 NTSB safety recommendation.

There have been other duck boat incidents in the past as well but this horrendous boating accident looks as though it will put an end to this widespread tourist attraction.

Summer is a time when lakes are crowded with recreational vessels. As it was here, weather can certainly be a dangerous factor as well. Due to the large population of people on lakes and oceans, boating accidents occur in high numbers.

Beyond duck boats, when you are around a large population of people on the water, the chance of personal injury heightens. If you are a victim of a boating accident and need to speak with an attorney, contact Injury HelpLine today.

 

 

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Get out your grills! Memorial Day is the unofficial kick off to the summer season across America. With the holiday comes some staggering stats in terms of personal injury cases. Every Memorial Day weekend, traffic hits peak numbers breaking records across the country.

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The stats are staggering and need to be something we all keep in mind. Whether you’re driving to camp in the woods or having fun on a body of water, it’s a good idea to stay aware of the amount of people who will also be out and some of the safety hazards that can come with big crowds.

  • Nearly 42 million people travel over the holiday weekend. From that, 36 million will be traveling by auto – AAA
  • Memorial Day is the deadliest Holiday, mainly due to impaired driving, for traffic accidents with an average of over 312 fatal accidents over the holiday weekend. – NHTSA
  • Over 50,000 drivers will sustain injuries in car crashes over the holiday weekend. – NHTSA
  • The Holiday weekend kicks off what MADD refers to as the 100 most deadliest days on the road due to the surge in DUI’s. – MADD
  • Thursday May 24thand Friday May 25thare two of the worst days of the year to travel across all major metropolitan regions in the USA. – AAA
  • Memorial Day weekend kicks off boating season: 560 fatalities, 2,620 injuries, and close to $39 million dollars in property damage occurred due to boating accidents. – U.S. Coast Guard
  • Memorial Day is the second biggest “beer holiday”. In the two weeks around Memorial Day Weekend, Beer sales go up by 15%. – Nielsen

Injury HelpLine wishes you and your family a wonderful Memorial Day Holiday Weekend!

If you or a family member has been injured and you need to connect with a personal injury attorney in your region, contact us today.

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“Drowsy driving is a bigger traffic safety issue than federal estimates show. Drivers who don’t get enough sleep are putting everyone on the road at risk.” – David Yang, AAA

 

In a country where all of us are overworked and can’t seem to get enough rest, drowsy driving is a problem that needs to be discussed.

We’ve all been there. After a long day at the office or driving long distances during a road trip we naturally grow tired. There are many people on the road who simply don’t get enough sleep. Possible issues to note may be drivers on medication with side effects that make people sleepy, late shift workers who have been up for a long time, and even the beginning of daylight savings which creates a time of year where drivers are more tired than they usually would be.

Behind the wheel, fatigue can prove to be incredibly dangerous as it inhibits your reaction time to distractions, obstacles and other drivers on the road. Drowsy driving may seem like an issue that can go away with a cup of coffee and some loud music. Yet each year the problem persists and actually grows as an issue.

The NHTSA (https://www.cdc.gov/features/dsdrowsydriving/index.html) Estimates that, in 2013, Drowsy Driving was responsible for the following (Note: These figures are underestimated. Chances are there are many MORE injuries that occur due to drowsy drivers being on the road):

  • 72,000 crashes
  • 44,000 injuries
  • 800 deaths
  • Drowsy Driving claimed 846 lives in 2014

Some facts on drowsy driving:

Individuals who snored or usually slept 6 or fewer hours per day were more likely to report falling asleep while driving. (Source. Iii)

Many drowsy-driving crashes involve a single vehicle, with no one beyond the driver, running off the road at a high rate of speed with no evidence of braking. (Source: https://www.iii.org/fact-statistic/facts-statistics-drowsy-driving )

In 2015, drowsiness or sleepiness was a factor for 2.6 percent of drivers and motorcycle operators involved in fatal crashes, as shown in the chart below. (Source: iii)

What you can do to prevent drowsy driving:

  • Develop proper sleeping habits. Get at least 7-8 hours of sleep
  • Avoid taking any medications that may make you drowsy before you drive
  • If you need to rest, pull over at a rest stop and take a break!
  • Bring a friend with you! People are less likely to fall asleep when there is company in the car.

Drive safe out there! If you are injured due to someone else’s negligence on the road or elsewhere and need to talk with an attorney, contact us (http://www.injuryhelpline.com) today.

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Bon Voyage! With summer upon us, many people are headed off on maritime journeys to exotic locales from various ports around the country.

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While we all daydream about cocktails by the pool, buffets and leisure time, slip and fall accidents on cruise ships are one of the most common ongoing problems plaguing the industry.

Assume most accidents on a cruise ship come from people falling overboard? Think again. In fact, slip and falls are reported more than food poisoning.

Think of all the wet areas on the top deck by a pool or different small sections on a vessel that may not be regularly tended to by the staff on the ship. There are many areas of a ship that go unnoticed by the staff since the large areas are usually dense with the population of travelers and therefore require more attention. Add that to the literal up and down potential of rough waters accompanied with alcohol to make a person sway back and forth even more and you have the perfect recipe for a spill that may ruin a vacation.

Cruise Ship Slip and Fall Statistics:

Over the course of a 3 year study conducted by NCBI, there were 663 injuries as a result of slip and fall injuries on cruise ships that were publically recorded.

62.7% were women were reported aboard; 12.5% were classified as serious.

Accident Victim Median Age: 72 (range: 1-97)

Injuries suffered on board of ship: 65.3%

Most common accident locations aboard: Cabins 20.1%, Bathrooms 13.4%, excursions 29.6%, and while on tour buses 16.1%

Slips/trips/falls: 44.8% of injuries aboard a cruise ship and 69.4% ashore while on excursions

Most injured body part: 43% lower extremity

Most common injury type: 41.6% open wounds

While vacations are all about fun and forgetting about your worries, make sure you stay safe while on that cruise this summer!

If injured while on your journey, be sure to contact The Injury HelpLine. We’ll connect you with a local attorney who can help you with your case.

 

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This may be one of the most well known and most talked about personal injury cases of the last few decades.

 

Everyone knows the story about the woman who burned her legs due to hot coffee from one of the biggest fast food chains in the world. Let’s just say that the caution warnings on coffee cups are not simply a preventative measure that was taken before an incident ever occurred.

In this particular case, the victim spilled coffee on her leg and groin area after placing an order in a drive-through. The burns were severe and required skin grafting.

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According to the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the fast-food chain acknowledged that it had known about the potential hazard of serious burns from its scalding hot coffee for more than a decade . The risk was brought to the chains attention through numerous other claims and suits.”

Once the lawsuit was underway, it was discovered that the temperature of the cup of coffee was, in fact, burning hot and unsafe to serve to customers. The victim, whose physician ended up testifying that her burns were some of the worst scald burns he had ever seen, originally sought damages for $20,000, the cost of her treatment, and was only offered a skimpy $800.00 by the fast-food behemoth.

This was unacceptable to the burn victim and her attorney. The victim ended up taking the entire chain to court and was awarded $2.7 million in punitive damages.

Personal Injury cases are widespread and help people who have been in various situations where harm has been inflicted and injuries affect one’s quality of life. Here at Injury HelpLine, our team has been helping victims connect with attorneys since 1984. We’ve seen a lot, to say the least.

If you’ve been injured in an accident in your car, at work, or in a public space contact The InjuryHelpLine today. Injuries take time to heal and you need to take care of your finances and keep your life on track while you recover. We’ll help set you up with a personal injury attorney that can help you navigate your way to a settlement.

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April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. It only seems right to address this issue on The Injury HelpLine. We receive multiple calls a year that could have been prevented had a driver simply kept their eyes on the road.

 

The increase in auto accidents due to distracted driving has risen dramatically over the past few years. Lawmakers are now putting more regulations into action and there are even apps being created that lock your phone while you drive. When the signs on the freeway and PSA’s on TV aren’t enough to stop people from looking at their phones, what will get people to simply pay attention to the road?

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Here are a few statistics to keep in mind while your hands are on the wheel (and your phone is in your pocket):

  • According to a AAA poll, 94% of teen drivers acknowledge the dangers of texting and driving, but 35% admitted to doing it anyway. (source: AAA)
  • There are now nearly 4,000 distracted driving-related deaths each year. (source: Huffington Post)
  • 9% of drivers between the ages of 15-19 involved in fatal crashes were distracted at the time of the accident. (Source: TeenSafe)
  • 10% of all fatal crashes and 15% of all injury crashes were caused by distracted drivers. (NHTSA)
  • 9 people in the U.S. are killed each day as a result of crashes involving a distracted driver. (DMV)
  • You are 3 times more likely to get into an accident when distracted driving by manipulating a mobile device (Virginia Tech Transportation Institute).
  • At any moment during the daylight hours, about 660,000 drivers are handling cell phones or other electronic devices while driving in the U.S. (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration).
  • Over 80% of drivers admit to blatantly hazardous behavior while driving, such as changing clothes, steering with a foot, painting nails, or even shaving. (Teen Safety)

For parents of teens, check out this link from TeenSafe on how to talk with your teen about distracted driving.

If you’ve been injured in a recent accident due to the negligence of another driver on the road, don’t hesitate to give us a call or fill out the online form. We can connect you with an attorney in your region that can help you get back on your feet financially while you get the physical rest needed in order to recover.

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January: a peak time for winter sports head injuries

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According to monthly snowfall data from observation sites across the United States, January is the snowiest month of the year. It’s no wonder January is also a peak time for winter sports, such as skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, hockey and snowmobiling.

Unfortunately winter sports can greatly increase the risk of dangerous head injuries, particularly when they are not practiced safely and with proper equipment. We discuss the dangers of severe head injuries and offer tips on how to stay safe while taking part in your favorite winter sport.

What’s a TBI and why should you take it seriously?

Sometimes a head injury causes damage to the brain; this is known as a traumatic brain injury (TBI). TBI is a contributing factor to a third (30%) of all injury-related deaths in the United States. TBI survivors frequently require prolonged hospital care and long rehabilitation. They often suffer long-term physical, cognitive, and psychological disorders.

January was recently declared National Winter Sports Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Awareness Month to highlight the dangers of traumatic brain injuries and the importance of precautionary measures when engaging in winter sports.

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New Year’s Resolutions: a tool to help rebuild your life

New Year’s Resolutions: a tool to help rebuild your lifeLife is different after a serious accident. This realization becomes all the more poignant as we reflect on the losses we have suffered, while having to face the many challenges the New Year will bring.

New Year’s resolutions can help clear the path and show the way forward. We have prepared a list of goals for 2018 to help you cope with your new reality.

8 New Year’s Resolutions for life after the Accident

Get help – now

People often underestimate the long road to physical recovery. There is only one way to speed up your recovery process, and that is to get more rest. In-home care assistance can be a valuable asset at this time. If you can’t afford paid help, this is the time to reach out to your network of family, friends and neighbors.

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Parties and Alcohol go hand in hand

December is the season for celebrations. Sadly, parties and alcohol are often intertwined. Before you get behind the wheel after having had a few drinks consider the following sobering statistics:

  • Alcohol kills: According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 10,497 people were killed as a result of alcohol-impaired driving crashes in 2016 alone. During that year, alcohol impaired-driving fatalities accounted for 28 percent of all motor vehicle traffic fatalities in the United States.
  • Drunk Drivers are often young drivers: The percentage of drivers in fatal crashes who were alcohol impaired was highest for 25 to 34 year old drivers, at 27 percent, followed by 21 to 24 year old drivers, at 26 percent.

Drunk Driving: a Holiday Problem

How to Prevent Drunk Driving

Are you planning to attend a New Year’s Eve celebration? If so, ask yourself the following questions:

How will I get back home?

Here are some possible solutions for your trip back home:

  • Select a reliable sober friend to be your designated driver. 
  • Save the phone number of a local taxi service on your phone. Hire a taxi when it’s time to go home.
  • Consider taking public transportation if available.
  • Download the Uber or Lyft app to schedule your trip back home. Uber has partnered with MADD to campaign against drunk driving. Check out their latest joint safety campaign here.
  • Don’t go back home. Instead, book a hotel room or arrange to stay at a friend’s house.

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