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Harrisburg Workers' Compensation Law Blog

Long-term dangers of construction work

Hazards in the construction industry take many forms. Safety education often focuses on sudden, catastrophic accidents – such as falls, explosions, trench collapses and vehicle accidents. However, another category of injuries takes place over time. Long-term damage to the body is common in construction work. Because these injuries don’t arise from a single tragic event, but rather develop slowly over years or decades of work, they’re more likely to go overlooked. Nonetheless, they can have a big impact on sufferers’ lives.

The following are among the most prominent long-term injuries.

Cerebral palsy: Making sense of a devastating diagnosis

A diagnosis of cerebral palsy is devastating for parents and children alike. It can mean a lifetime of intensive medical care and therapy. It can mean day-to-day struggles with basic mobility and cognitive development. It can even mean long-term residence in a professional care facility.

Whether you've had lingering suspicions about cerebral palsy, or the diagnosis came as a complete shock, coming to grips with it can take time. What's more, no two cases are alike. It's important to keep an open mind and learn as much as you can about what this condition might mean for your child - and what options you have for seeking compensation.

Understanding whiplash: How it happens and how it can affect you

Whiplash is perhaps one of the most misunderstood injuries. Those who haven't experienced it may be quick to dismiss your symptoms or accuse you of malingering. Yet whiplash is a very real - and sometimes very serious - injury.

The term "whiplash" refers to a strain or sprain of the soft tissue in the neck. It happens when the neck gets forcibly jerked or "whipped" about.

Knowing what to do when you witness a workplace accident

Someone got hurt on the job, and although you weren't able to stop the accident from happening, you had a front-row seat. Whether you like it or not, you're now a workplace accident witness. Do you know what your next move ought to be?

Applying for disability benefits? Prepare for these 3 hurdles.

When you live with a disability, it's only natural to seek assistance. Unfortunately, the process isn't always easy, and programs that should help individuals in your circumstances might fall short.

Could you benefit from Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI)? Here's what you should understand about some of the potential challenges that you might face along the way.

Drug overdose a leading cause of death

Drug abuse is rampant in our country - so much so, in fact, that it's a leading cause of death. Accidental overdoses claim far more lives than most people realize. It surpasses car accidents, falls and accidental injuries in terms of overall death toll. In 2014 alone, for example, more than 42,000 people across the country were killed by drugs.

And those numbers appear to be rising. Fatal drug overdose rates climbed from 6.1 deaths per 100,000 in 1999 to 16.3 per 100,000 in 2015.

With Spring in the air, the chance of distraction is on the roads

Drivers of all ages tend to get excited to hit the roadways at this time of year. Once winter is well behind us, there is nothing quite like the car windows rolled down, music blaring and cruising the roadways while the spring sun sets. 

For teens, there can be even more thrill. School is almost over. Classes are winding down. Prom is just days away. All of this excitement combined can make for danger behind the wheel. Traffic safety studies suggest teens don't need any added reasons to be distracted while driving.

Labor and delivery complications: What can go wrong

Childbirth is one of life's most exciting milestones. Of course, it's also a major medical event. Even with normal pregnancies, complications can arise at any time during labor and delivery, requiring swift intervention to protect both mother and baby.

Obstetrics has one of the highest rates of malpractice among all medical specialties. With two lives at stake, mistakes can have devastating consequences.

Pedestrian deaths skyrocket for second straight year

The last two years were the worst in recorded history for pedestrian deaths, according to a recent report. Nearly 6,000 pedestrians were killed by cars in 2016 - up from nearly 5,400 in 2015. Last year's spike was the largest in the four decades since national traffic reporting became available, followed closely by the spike in 2015.

How does Pennsylvania compare to other states? We ranked in the middle of the pack, with a fatality rate lower than the national average. Nonetheless, pedestrian deaths still remain a major concern.

Why safety training is so critical for construction workers

The existence of OSHA regulations isn't the only reason that construction companies need to adhere to rigorous safety training standards. When it comes to reducing risks on the job, the best strategies aren't always obvious. It's up to employers to teach their workers the right ways to protect themselves and others. More than just another regulatory hoop to jump through, safety training is a matter of life and death for countless construction professionals.

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