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Fatal workplace accident kills Connecticut landscaper

Connecticut workers who are employed in physical jobs with heavy equipment must make certain they take every precaution and ensure that they and others are safe as they go about their duties. This is especially true when there are different companies working on the same project. Accidents can lead to severe injuries and death. When there is a fatal workplace accident, the victim's family will have a right to answers as to how and why it happened. They will also have the right to seek compensation in a wrongful death legal filing for lost wages, pain and suffering and more.

A man working as a landscaper at a business complex died after suffering head injuries when he was hit by a plow that was clearing snow. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is inspecting both the landscaping company and the company that was plowing the snow to determine if there were any issues with safety precautions and other requirements. The pharmaceutical company that is located at the complex is also cooperating with the OSHA investigation. Neither of the companies doing the work commented on the incident as the investigation commences.

What is discretionary wage differential in workers' compensation?

For Connecticut workers who are injured on the job, there are many issues that are covered by workers' compensation benefits. That includes the worker being paid, getting medical treatment and more. However, some workers will maximize their benefits, be able to get back to work in a different job than the one they had before, but are unable to find employment or to find employment that does not pay the same amount as the previous job. In such a case, it is possible to get Discretionary Wage Differential benefits. This is also known as "308" benefits.

Workers are not guaranteed to receive Discretionary Wage Differential. Once the worker has received the maximum of the Permanent Partial Disability he or she is entitled to and is unable to find a new job or finds a job in which the wages are less than the previous job, a hearing can be requested to seek Discretionary Wage Differential. There is a limit to the amount the person can get with this option.

Research shows danger of encountering a distracted driver rising

When out and about in Connecticut whether it is as a driver, a bicyclist, a pedestrian or in any other capacity, there are inherent dangers that must be considered. One that has become increasingly problematic is encountering a distracted driver. While legislators and law enforcement are seeking ways to reduce the danger of people being in a car accident due to a distracted driver, it still happens with troubling regularity.

AAA's latest information says that this has become the biggest problem on the road. The Traffic Safety Culture Index from AAA says that distracted drivers are more dangerous than drunk drivers, drugged drivers and aggressive drivers. AAA began using this index 10 years ago. It focuses on behaviors and attitudes behind the wheel. A survey showed that 88 percent of drivers who took part think that distracted driving is increasing.

Printing press worker injured on the job when caught in machine

Connecticut workers who are around machinery will be in constant danger of being injured on the job. Cuts, bruises, broken bones, a crush injury, head injuries and more can come about with these incidents. Many might associate these occurrences with factories or construction work. However, it can also happen in a variety of other ways. Regardless of how a worker is hurt, it is critical to understand the importance of workers' compensation and its value to an injured worker and his or her family.

A newspaper worker was injured when his arm was caught in between press rollers. Emergency services workers were called at shortly after 5 p.m. to assist him. The machine was turned off so a roller could be taken out and the man freed. Hand tools were utilized to extricate him. After he was freed, he was taken to the hospital. His condition is unknown. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the accident.

What if there is retaliation for a workers' compensation filing?

When a Connecticut worker is injured on the job, workers' compensation benefits can provide for medical care, lost time on the job and more. If the worker is covered by workers' compensation, there should not be an issue with the employer retaliating against the worker for exercising his or her rights to receive benefits. Unfortunately, it sometimes happens. People who are confronted with discharge or discrimination because they have filed for workers' compensation should know their rights and take steps to protect themselves with help from an attorney.

The Workers' Compensation Act shields workers from being discharged or facing discrimination if it has happened because they filed for workers' compensation benefits. If a worker has been penalized in this way, there are options to seek justice. The worker can file a civil claim in the relevant location of the employer's principal office. He or she can also inform the Workers' Compensation Commission saying that the law was violated.

New study shows high number of pedestrian accidents

Pedestrians in Connecticut should be cautious when they are crossing streets, walking on sidewalks, jogging or doing anything where there are vehicles. It is unfortunate that even the most careful people will still suffer serious injuries and death in a pedestrian accident. Research is common to analyze these accidents to determine their cause and find strategies to reduce their frequency. This research can be important for those who have been in a pedestrian accident or the families of those who died in a fatal pedestrian accident as it can be beneficial toward a legal filing.

According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, in 2017 there were close to 6,000 fatalities involving pedestrians in the U.S. These are based on projections from the available statistics. It is believed that these accidents could be connected to the rising use of smartphones and people driving under the influence of marijuana. An estimated 16 percent of fatalities on the road involve pedestrians. That is a rise of five percent from several years ago.

Fatal pedestrian accident kills man in Connecticut

Crossing the street in Connecticut should be a safe and simple activity with very little danger to the pedestrian. This would be true if all vehicles adhered to the rules of the road regarding speed, right of way, stopping at traffic lights and other basic requirements under the law. Unfortunately, pedestrians are notoriously vulnerable to the recklessness of vehicles and, even if they are crossing in the intersection, can be hit, injured and killed. After pedestrian accidents, the aftermath can be problematic in myriad ways. Those who have been injured in a pedestrian accident or lost a loved one in a fatal pedestrian accident must know their rights to seek compensation in a legal filing.

A man was hit by a car and dragged, leading to his death. The accident occurred at around 8:45 p.m. at an intersection. After he was dragged, the man needed to be removed from underneath the vehicle, a small sedan. Emergency personnel took the man to the hospital where he later died. The investigation into the circumstances of the incident is ongoing, but the four people inside the car fled on foot. The driver later came back to the scene. Law enforcement has not yet determined if charges will be filed in the case.

How does workers' compensation address disfigurement and scars?

For Connecticut workers who are injured on the job, some of the injuries they suffer will go beyond broken bones, torn ligaments, back injuries and similar issues. Some will be disfigured or scarred and have the aftereffects of the accident or condition marked on their body for all to see. While people who have been injured or have a condition from their work will be eligible for workers' compensation benefits, many might not be aware that there could be extra compensation awarded if there are scars or disfigurement. Knowing how this is awarded and certain facts regarding the dates at which the injuries occurred is imperative to applying for and getting additional benefits.

Workers who suffered injuries or became ill prior to July 31, 1993 could receive additional benefits if there is significant disfigurement or scarring and it is permanent. This can be from the injury itself or surgery to repair the injury. Spinal or inguinal hernia surgery is not covered under this rule. If the injuries or illness came about after July 1, 1993 there are only certain scars or disfigurements that can result in additional benefits. They are if the scar or disfigurement is on the face, head or neck; or if it is on another location on the body in which it will cause a handicap to the person in getting work or continuing to work.

Despite reduction in fatalities, car accidents still problematic

Statistics can be useful to determine whether strategies government agencies, law enforcement and car manufacturers take to reduce auto accident fatalities are working. For Connecticut drivers, it is important to keep track of these numbers to know what to look out for when out on the road. When the annual statistics for fatal auto accidents are released, even a reduction must be put into context. Such is the case with the latest numbers from the National Safety Council (NSC) for 2017.

According to the NSC, there was a slight reduction in fatal auto accidents for 2017 when compared with 2016. In 2017, there were 40,100 fatalities on the road across the nation. That is a reduction of slightly less than 1 percent when compared to what the numbers were for 2016 when there were 40,327 fatalities. Although any reduction is a positive, the NSC states that it is unsure if this is indicative of a downward trend following two consecutive years of an increase in fatalities.

Study shows significant danger of drowsy driving car accidents

Many factors can come into play when there is a car collision in Connecticut. Drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians are certainly aware of the risks they face when out on the road. With distracted drivers, drivers under the influence and those who operate their vehicles in a reckless manner, there are multiple ways in which a crash can happen. One issue that research indicates is underreported is drowsy driving. A study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety brings to light just how common this issue has become.

An estimated 35 percent of drivers in the U.S. get the seven hours of sleep that is recommended. With that comes the dangers of drivers getting behind the wheel drowsy. In its study, AAA says that the number of accidents because of drowsy drivers is not the 1 to 2 percent estimated by the U.S. government, but is closer to eight times.

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