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Injuries in the workplace are more common than you might think

If you live in Upper Marlboro and have suffered an injury while in the workplace, you know firsthand how greatly it can upend your life. Loss of income, medical bills and lifestyle changes are just some of the problems that you may have encountered. At Wilson & Parlett, we know how important the ability to work and support your family is to you.

You may take some small comfort in knowing, however, that workplace injuries are shockingly common. In fact, according to CBS News, 4.7 million Americans are injured at work every year. That translates to someone being hurt every seven seconds. While you may think that most of the injured have dangerous occupations, the truth is that injuries are common among every type of job. Some of the most common causes of injuries include

  • Tools
  • Tripping
  • Lifting a heavy object
  • Slipping
  • Falling

Lack of trucking regulation a road hazard

Many drivers across Maryland use the highways daily to commute, run errands or visit family members. With so many behind the wheel regularly, the risk of a collision is a reality that many fear. With a shortage of truck drivers across the country, the risk of a serious crash with a semi-truck could be of even greater concern.

As the Huffington Post explains, when the economy slowed in 2009, so did fatal accidents involving large trucks. But as the economic outlook improved, traffic deaths involving commercial trucks worsened, and a driver shortage has some believing that the laws regulating the trucking industry are lacking. Exhaustion behind the wheel is regulated by forcing drivers to limit the number of hours they drive each day, but many fear that undiagnosed sleep apnea in commercial truck drivers puts everyone at risk. A condition that constricts the airways during sleep, sleep apnea can cause extreme fatigue in those who are undiagnosed. Although the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration recommends that all drivers be screened and treated, if necessary, for sleep apnea before getting behind the wheel, it is not a requirement.

Never events in Maryland hospitals: part 2

In a recent blog post, we noted that patient safety is sometimes threatened or compromised in Maryland hospitals because of never events. At the law offices of Wilson & Parlett, our team often assists clients who have been harmed by medical mistakes or negligence in health care facilities.

According to the Maryland Office of Health Care Quality, any preventable incident that results in serious patient harm must be reported to the OHCQ before the fifth day after the event is discovered. The most recent report notes that in the fiscal year 2015, there were 252 patients in the state who sustained harm in hospitals. Half of the reported incidents for that year were falls and bedsores. The percentages of the total adverse events over a three-year period were as follows:

  •          Falls – 31 percent
  •          Delays in treatment – 26 percent
  •          Surgical events – 20 percent
  •          Airway events – 5 percent
  •          Medication errors – 4 percent

Never events in Maryland hospitals: part 1

There are certain types of incidents that patients should never experience while in a Maryland hospital. According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, that is why these are called never events, and patient safety experts have determined that these mistakes and the harm they cause are preventable.

There are approximately 4,000 of these cases happening during surgery in the U.S. each year. They also occur because of the following:

  •          Medication errors or contamination
  •          Falls
  •          Lost test results or failure to follow up on tests
  •          Product device malfunctions
  •          Bedsores acquired while in a health care facility
  •          Unsafe blood transfusions

What are the most common truck accident causes?

Whenever a traffic accident takes place, those involved may face serious ramifications. Unfortunately, the outcome of an accident can be even more perilous if a large truck was involved. In Upper Marlboro, and on roads all over the state of Maryland, accidents that involve a large truck are often more dangerous for a handful of reasons. Not only do truckers often need more time to slow down, but their trucks are massive and can be far more damaging when colliding with other vehicles.

According to information presented by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, there are many different reasons why large truck collisions occur. However, some of the most common include brake issues, the use of prescription drugs, speeding truckers, traffic congestion, fatigue, and even the use of drugs that are sold over-the-counter. Furthermore, large truck wrecks frequently happen because a driver is not familiar with the location or had to stop prior to the collision, such as a crosswalk that was coming up.

Is a fall a sign of nursing home neglect?

If your loved one is over the age of 65, he or she may be at a much higher risk of injury from a fall than you are, and may be more likely to, as well. The threat of falling is often a factor when people decide to move into a nursing home in Maryland. However, if staff do not take certain precautions, the facility could be just as dangerous as the home environment, even though your family member should be getting round-the-clock care that reduces that risk.

According to RN Journal, about 1,800 nursing home residents die from injuries sustained in falls each year. Many of these are caused by the same problems that lead to falls at home, such as the following:

  •          Poor balance
  •          Weak muscles
  •          Failing eyesight
  •          Medications
  •          Dementia

The dangers of elderly drivers

Driving requires profound concentration, good eyesight and quick reflexes. As people age, however, one’s ability to pay complete attention to the road declines somewhat. In some cases, people are no longer able to stop quickly for emergency situations, such as bad weather conditions, reckless drivers, objects in the road and other hazards.

In 2015, there were more than 40 million drivers over the age of 65 who were licensed to drive in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The problem lies in the fact that more than 236,000 elderly people were treated in emergency rooms and over 5,700 people died in car accidents in 2014. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reported that drivers over the age of 65 are twice as likely to be killed in car accidents than drivers who are 55 to 64 years old.

How can underrail guards save lives?

 

Although you may be familiar with driving alongside massive tractor trailers on a daily basis, you may not be aware of the dangers these vehicles present to drivers. One of the most unnerving types of large truck accidents involves vehicles that go underneath the side of the truck, sheering off the top of the car or even decapitating the occupants of the vehicle. These types of devastating accidents are more common than one may think. In fact, more than 200 people are killed in underride crashes every year in the United States.

Companies under pressure more likely for workplace injuries

Workplace accidents are rather common across a wide-range of industries in Maryland and across the United States. While employer negligence and unsafe work conditions are often the cause of these on-the-job accidents, researchers are evaluating whether there are trends in the prevalence of workplace injuries in companies that are struggling to meet earnings expectations.

The study, published in the Journal of Accounting and Economics, collected data from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration regarding injuries. Researchers then matched this data to the company’s earnings data to see whether there was a correlation. The results showed that workplace injury rates are 5 to 15 percent higher in companies that are on track to just meet or barely exceeded financial expectations. In fact, one in every 24 workers are injured in firms that work hard to meet predicted forecasts.

How to spot the signs of a traumatic brain injury

Whether you have been in a catastrophic collision or a minor fender bender, you may suffer from serious injuries as a result of a car accident. One of the most common accident injuries is traumatic brain damage. In fact, traumatic brain damage is involved in approximately 30 percent of all injury deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. At least 153 people lose their lives to brain injuries every day. Motor vehicle accidents are the third leading cause of traffic accident fatalities in the United States. While some signs of brain injury are obvious, there are others that are not. Many people may not know that they have a brain injury until days, weeks or even months after the accident occurs.

It is crucial that you are able to spot the signs of traumatic brain injury, as immediate medical attention can greatly increase your chance of recovery. The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association lists certain warning signs that may indicate you have a certain degree of brain damage. These include the following:

  • Persistent headaches, nausea and vomiting.
  • Dizziness, muscle tingling and seizures.
  • Difficulties concentrating or focusing.
  • Decrease in ability to hear, smell, see or communicate with others.
  • Agitation or changes in ability to sleep.

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