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What is an OSHA investigation?

When a workplace accident has resulted in death or injury, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration may be involved in investigating the incident. If you have been involved in a workplace accident, you may wonder what an OSHA investigation entails and what an employer investigation might look like? Employers are encouraged to investigate workplace accidents. OSHA notes that nearly all workplace fatalities, injuries and illnesses are preventable and uses the term incident to refer to preventable workplace accidents.

OSHA accident investigations provide an opportunity for employers to identify hazards and shortcomings in their workplaces and in their safety and health programs. Doing so allows employers to implement corrective actions to prevent future incidents and create safer workplaces for their workers. Employers have an obligation to create a safe workplace free of hazards and investigations into incidents can help them fulfill that obligation.

Helping you recover workers' comp following a work accident

Although accidents do happen, most workers in Connecticut and elsewhere do not expect to suffer tremendously because of a workplace accident. However, employees across the nation are victims of workplace injuries each and every day. While some of these injuries are minor and require little to no medical attention, others are severe and even debilitating. Thus, when an accident occurs in the work environment, injured workers not only need to understand the seriousness of their situation but also their rights and options when it comes to recovering compensation.

A workplace accident could result in an employee missing an extensive number of workdays. This is often due to the medical treatment he or she is required to obtain and the pain and suffering he or she is currently battling with. At the Law Office of James L. O'Rouke, our experienced legal team understands how challenging it can be to deal with the aftermath of a workplace accident. Thus, we are dedicated to helping injured workers in the Stratford area understand their rights and navigate their legal options.

A review of Connecticut's wrongful death statute

A wrongful death is one that occurs due to the negligent conduct of another party. A person who causes another person to die because their negligent or reckless actions may be held civilly liable for the harm they cause. They may also be charged with a crime if their actions support charges and potential criminal sanctions.

Civil actions such as wrongful death are brought by individuals who administer the estates of the deceased victims. They can be brought for the benefit of the victims' family members and through them wrongful death actions can, when successful, provide the victims' families with compensation for the losses they experience without the victims in their lives.

Fatal work accidents increase among older workers

When we venture to work each day, most of us don't think that we won't return home at the end of the day. However, in cases where an employee is faced with risks and dangers in the work environment, this could mean serious and even fatal work accidents. Although employers, federal regulations, and safety organizations put forth extensive efforts to reduce fatal incidents in the workplace, these unfortunate events still occur in workplaces across the nation.

Based on current statistics, older workers, meaning those 55-years-old and older, are more prone to being a victim of a fatal work accident. Even though the overall rate of workplace fatalities has decreased over the years, the rate for workers in this age category has been increasing. This statistic is shocking, which led researchers to take a deeper look at possible causes and contributions.

How can you prove car accident liability?

Nowadays, it is fairly common to encounter an accident scene while traveling on both minor and major roadways. Whether it is a fender-bender in rush hour traffic, a T-bone crash at an intersection, a head-on collision caused by a wrong way driver, or a multi-vehicle collision caused by a distracted driver, all car accidents likely have something in common: they were caused by a negligent driver who failed to uphold their duty to drive safely.

Following a car wreck, many victims are faced with a tremendous amount of shock, confusion and pain. It may not be clear how the crash occurred, but a victim is likely to presume it was not his or her fault. Thus, it is important to remember everything that happened leading up to the crash, assessing the details that could help prove fault.

A look at car accident statistics in Connecticut

Roadways in Connecticut and elsewhere are traveled by a wide variety of motor vehicles. Whether a motorist is traveling to work, for work, to school, to a store or any other destination, every driver is required to follow the rules of the road. Failure to do so is not only deemed negligent but could also be the cause and reason for a motor vehicle accident. Distracted driving is just one of the many reasons for motor vehicle crashes; however, it continues to be a growing concern over other causes.

According to recent reports, fatalities and injuries due to distracted driving in Connecticut continue to rise despite the efforts made by law enforcement in Connecticut. Since 2011, the number of crashes occurring in the state continues to increase. In 2011, 78,433 crashes occurred, while in 2016 there was a reported 116,177 crashes in 2016.

Pedestrians and laws concerning right of way

Walking along the street on a sidewalk s generally a nice, enjoyable, and safe activity for Connecticut residents. Unfortunately, this can all change when a pedestrian seeks to cross the road. Whether it is in a controlled or uncontrolled crosswalk, pedestrians are afforded the right-of-way at certain times. When motorists fail to stop or yield to a pedestrian, a serious or fatal pedestrian accident can result

Based on current statistics, from 2006 to 2012, pedestrian deaths in traffic-related incidents rose to its highest level. This rate increased by 6.4 percent, resulting in 4,743 pedestrian fatalities in 2012. Even more so, pedestrian injuries rose by 10 percent during this timeframe. When looking at total traffic deaths, pedestrians now make up 14 percent, which is up from the recorded 11 percent in 2011.

How can a victim prove a drunk driver was liable in a crash?

Encountering a drunk driver is not something Connecticut drivers think about every time they get behind the wheel of a vehicle. Unfortunately, though, some motorists believe that they are fine to operate a vehicle after they have consumed alcoholic beverages. Whether a person is over the limit or not, this alcohol use could greatly impair his or her ability to safely operate an automobile. Thus, even if it is not clear if alcohol is a factor, victims of a car crash should consider this a possible cause and a reason to try to hold a negligent driver liable.

How can a victim prove a drunk driver was liable in a crash? Many are under the assumption that a drunk driver who hits them is automatically considered completely at fault. The truth of the matter is that automobile collisions can be complex, making it difficult to discern the actual cause or causes. Thus, it is important to assess the facts involved in the crash, helping one understand what directly led to the incident.

Helping hold drunk drivers accountable following an accident

Unexpected life events can happen at any time. While some of these events are positive and exciting, others are tragic and devastating. While motorists in Connecticut seek to protect themselves from harm by following the rules of the road, this defensive driving does not always protect them from the negligence of another. No one expects to encounter a drunk driver, and they certainly do not expect to suddenly be involved in a drunk driving crash.

The aftermath of a drunk driving accident can be catastrophic and life-altering. It is not only the physical injuries that impact a victim, but also the mental and emotional harm which together can create a tragic situation. At the Law Offices of James L. O'Rourke, our legal team is experienced with the sensitive nature of these types of accidents. Thus, we are dedicated to helping victims in the Fairfield area navigate a personal injury claims.

High costs for medical care associated with bike accidents

As a previous post on our blog discussed, bicyclists on and near the roadways face a wide variety of dangers. While riding a bike is a fun hobby, a great source of exercise, and an excellent way to get around efficiently, biking can also be hazardous when other motorists act negligently. An automobile-bicycle accident can be a tragic event, seriously injuring or killing a bicyclist. In fact, these types of collisions can leave victims with extensive damages that can be physical, emotional, and financial in nature.

The usage of bikes across the nation has skyrocketed. While this is generally considered a good thing, it has its downfalls. According to a study by UC San Francisco, non-fatal bicycle accidents account for $789 million in medical costs each year. When looking at a 17-year span, both non-fatal and fatal medical costs amount to $237 billion. In 2013 alone, the costs associated with bike accidents exceeded $24.4 billion. To put this number in perspective, this is almost double the cost associated with occupational illnesses occurring during the same time period.

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