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Facing the aftermath of a dog attack

Dogs can be loving and irreplaceable members of the family. They provide companionship and comfort as well as other services. When a dog receives kind attention and loving discipline, it can be an asset. However, dogs whose owners do not take the time or effort to teach, train and restrain their pets may create a situation that places you and others in danger.

Nearly five million people in Washington and across the U.S. are victims of dog bites each year, with millions seeking emergency treatment and over 27,000 suffering injuries so severe they result in disfiguring scars or the need for reconstructive surgery. If a dog has bitten you or your child, you will want to know your rights and your options for pursuing the compensation you need and deserve.

What are the most common workplace injuries?

For the most part, employees in Washington and other states across the nation work in environments that are safe. Unfortunately, some work environments are dangerous because certain jobs are high-risk. While employers put forth efforts to ensure that employees are properly trained and protected from known dangers, this does not always occur. An employee could suffer an injury whether it is due to an accident or the conditions in the workplace.

What are the most common workplace injuries? While this list can be exhaustive, this post will focus on the top 20. These injuries can range from significant injuries to lesser ones that may not impact a worker physically but rather mentally and emotionally. Based on a recent survey by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 882,730 nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses that resulted in days away from work in the private sector in 2017.

Increased rate of fatal pedestrian crashes in Washington

Winter weather can make for a beautiful holiday season, but it can also create hazardous road conditions. For residents and travelers in Washington and other states in the north, snow can create slick driving conditions. This is why drivers are urged to reduce their speeds and drive with caution; however, some motorists fail to do so.

The negligence of a speeding or reckless driver could be the cause of a serious or fatal crash. Additionally, it is not just other vehicles that could be struck but cyclists and motorists traveling near the roadway as well.

Helping you recover benefits following a workplace injury

While there are certain industries that are inherently dangerous, these are not the only occupations in Washington and other states that could result in injuries or harms in the workplace. In fact, whether an individual works in construction, in a factory, an office setting or drives for their job, employees could suffer a sudden injury in a workplace accident, causing them to require medical attention and time away from work to recover.

When a worker is injured on-the-job, this can be a shocking event. Not only is the employee unexpectedly dealing with pain and suffering arising from this injury, but he or she is also faced with financial damages related to the related medical bills and lost wages. At Putnam Lieb Potvin Dailey, our skilled attorneys are sensitive to these matters. With decades of experience, our law firm is dedicated to helping our clients understand their rights and take action following a workplace accident.

A quick look at slip-and-fall premises liability claims

A slip-and-fall accident can leave you with serious harm. These injuries can affect your back, neck, ankles, legs and even your brain. These injuries, in turn, can leave you with physical and emotional pain and suffering, as well as severe financial losses in the form of unexpected medical expenses and lost wages. All of these losses can leave you overwhelmed and stressed about your future. Fortunately, though, you might be able to recover compensation for your damages, which can go a long way toward helping you obtain the medical treatment you need to reach a full recovery while retaining financial stability.

However, before liability can be imposed and compensation can be recovered, you have to prove certain legal elements. In a premises liability case, a lot depends on your status when entering the property of another, which is one element that must be proven. In the context of a store, customers are considered invitees, which means that property owners owe the highest standard of care. That standard of care is one of reasonableness. Property owners must take reasonable steps to ensure that hazardous property conditions are identified and remedied in a timely fashion.

A look at the workers' compensation appellate process

Far too many individuals in Washington are injured on the job. These injuries can span the severity spectrum, from repetitive motion injuries caused from excessive typing to scaffolding falls at construction sites. Regardless of an injury's severity, if it was suffered on the job then it may qualify an individual for workers' compensation benefits. Although securing workers' compensation benefits may sound easy enough, it can actually be a quite complicated process. For example, an employer or its workers' compensation insurer may challenge that the injury was suffered or exacerbated while performing work duties. This means that many workers' compensation claims are initially denied.

A denial shouldn't paralyze an injured worker into inaction, though. Instead, these individuals need to pursue the appellate process as competently as possible so as to increase the likelihood that they will be awarded the benefits they need and deserve. This process starts with filing a letter of protest with the Department of Labor and Industries. Here, an injured worker can lay out the reasons why he or she disagrees with the denial, which will be considered by another person than that who adjudicated the initial claim.

4 tips for staying safe on your holiday road trip

You may be among the many Washington residents who are planning to hit the road this holiday season to visit family and friends or to just take a holiday trip. Road trips are common this time of year, and with so many people on the road and in a hurry to get to their destinations, it is important to keep safety a top priority.

You certainly do not want anything to ruin your holiday season, especially a car accident. Unfortunately, if you are on the road, you are at risk of being involved in an accident. Of course, you can always do your part to reduce the chances of causing a crash.

How many workplace injuries take place annually?

It will likely come as a shock to most Olympia residents that a worker is injured on the job every seven seconds across the country. This amounts to 4,600,000 worker injuries a year. What is even more staggering to know is that most of these injuries are preventable, had proper precautions been taken in the workplace and training and equipment been provided to workers.

Workers work hard to complete their tasks at work and make a name for themselves. In return, they expect their employers to be as invested in their well being as they are. Unfortunately, this is not always the case, and hardworking workers are injured as a result. A worker's safety is ultimately his or her employer's responsibility, and this should not be shirked at any cost.

Accident sends two to the hospital

When on the road, it is the responsibility of all drivers to adhere to traffic rules. When a driver fails to do so, he or she puts the lives of everyone around in danger.

The repercussions of injuries or fatalities sustained in an auto accident do not end there though, as family members and loved ones also suffer when their loved ones are involved in a crash. If the injured party is the breadwinner, then the whole family's financial wellbeing is threatened because someone was not paying attention to the road.

How is negligence proven in a personal injury case?

When an Olympia resident suffers injuries caused by someone else's actions, many people are quick to say that one person or the other is at fault. However, the word fault has a different legal meaning than it does an ordinary meaning. While someone may have been at fault, proving that in a personal injury case in a court of law needs more than a simple statement allocating fault. It needs a showing of proof that one person acted negligently.

Negligence is a legal construct that revolves around a failure to behave with the standard of care that an ordinary person would have done in similar circumstances. When determining if someone's actions are lacking reasonable care, typically factors such as the likelihood that the actions or omissions will result in harm, the possible severity of the harm and the burden of taking steps to reduce or eliminate the harm.

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