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May 2016 Archives

Does workers' compensation law also protect against retaliation?

Alabama’s approach to safety is two-fold. Workers’ compensation policies promote workplace safety because employers do not want their insurance premiums to rise. At the same time, the Workers’ Compensation Division of the Alabama Department of Labor confirms its commitment to proactive safety in the workplace through compliance inspections. If accidents do happen, the agency may provide resources for ensuring proper payment of benefits.

Is speeding a major cause of car accidents?

The fact that a certain New York pedestrian crossing earned the nickname, the “Boulevard of Death,” suggests that remedial safety measures were overdue. The particular crossing in question is located in New York, in the borough of Queens. Over 185 people have been killed on that stretch of road in the past 25 years.

Should you talk with an attorney after a workplace accident?

Certain industries may be more physically demanding than others. Yet even an office worker may need to be mindful of workplace injuries, such as repetitive stress injury, tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, or lower back or neck issues. According to data from the U.S. Department of Labor, around three million workplace injuries occur every year. Accordingly, it is important for employees in any industry to understand the procedures that they should follow after suffering an on-the-job injury.

Should distracted driving be punished similar to drunk driving?

If you wouldn’t feel safe getting into a car with a drunk driver, shouldn’t the same caution be exercised in the presence of a distracted driver? Unfortunately, many readers might answer that question in the negative. Indeed, a recent article questions whether texting, web surfing and talking on one’s cell phone behind the wheel are more socially acceptable than drunk driving, despite research documenting the extent to which those activities similarly impair a driver’s responses and ability to drive safely.

Premises liability and accidents in retail stores

It started with a stroll through the flower department at a local Lowe's. The customer was walking past the palm tree area when the pleasant stroll became a nightmare. The customer slipped in a puddle of water and fell abruptly onto the concrete floor. The accident resulted in more than just a bruised ego or sore tailbone. The injuries were so severe that the victim permanently lost her sense of taste and smell.

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