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Are repetitive strain injuries covered by workers' comp?

Construction workers, bloggers and baristas have one thing in common and Washington residents are probably not going to be able to guess what it is-they perform the same function again and again while working and end up suffering from repetitive strain injuries. RSI actually refers to a wide variety of problems that are associated with repetitive tasks, vibrations, mechanical compression or awkward positions.

RSi is most commonly caused by overuse of a particular group of muscles, working in cold temperatures, forceful activities, direct pressure to particular areas and holding the same position for prolonged periods. It can also be caused by carrying heavy loads or by fatigue. Psychological stress has shown to make RSI worse.

Washington's pure comparative negligence laws

Becoming injured in an auto accident is a traumatic event for Washington residents and leaves emotional and physical scars that can take both a long time and a lot of medical treatment to recover from. Medical bills result from treatment and one way to recoup medical bills is by pursuing a personal injury lawsuit against the driver at fault for the accident. However, one reason accident victims hesitate from getting the justice they deserve is because they are also at fault in the accident and are unsure of the laws surrounding their crash.

Recovery after an auto accident is based upon fault. Therefore, if one driver behaves negligently and causes injury to another, then the negligent driver is liable for the resulting damages. With the concept of negligence comes contributory negligence-conduct that would create an unreasonable risk to oneself. This means that the accident victim also has a duty to act as a reasonable person and when they do not and are injured as a result, the victim may be liable for their own injuries even though someone else was also involved in the event. However, the victim's role in the injuries does not bar him or her from recovering in Washington, which is a pure comparative negligence state.

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Which injuries are covered by workers' compensation?

Whether one is passionately engaged in their profession or is about to switch job, one of the main reasons California residents go to work is to earn a living. When a workplace injury prevents someone from working for a period of time, workers' compensation insurance is supposed to kick in and cover lost wages, along with the expenses of medical treatment. However, only those injuries that were incurred while the employee was doing something on behalf of their employer will be covered by workers' compensation.

This means the injury must be classified as suffered during the course of one's employment. While it is likely that most injuries that take place in the workplace can be considered to be covered by workers' comp, even injuries that take place in company owned trucks and any other location where the employee was doing something related to their employment can be covered.

Report: Washington's distracted driving rate was down in 2018

Distracted driving can trigger significant motor vehicle accidents. How common this driving behavior is here in Washington state is a very important issue.

Recently, the state released a report on this issue. The report discussed the results of observational research that was conducted in Washington in June of 2018. In this research, intersections in the state were monitored to estimate the distracted driving rate of the state's drivers.

A minor crash can cause major health and financial problems

Car accidents can have devastating consequences, some of which are not immediately evident. Victims of car accidents in Olympia and other cities in western Washington sometimes decline medical attention or a trip to the doctor after a crash in which they suffered no apparent injuries. That could be a mistake because the fact that there are no open wounds or broken bones does not necessarily mean that they are uninjured, and an evaluation by a doctor might uncover hidden injuries.

If you were in a car accident, the traumatic experience could cause emotional and mental disorientation that might conceal physical damage. Once the mental fog clears, aches and pains might be the first signs of delayed accident injury symptoms.

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