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San Jose work injury lawyersEach year, some 1.7 million Americans suffer from a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Many of them are sustained in work accidents and work-related traffic or machinery accidents, so workers’ compensation may be an option. Sadly, though, the compensation may not be enough to make up for the lifelong complications that a victim may experience. For example, a recent study has found that TBI may increase the risk of early-age dementia. Learn more about this risk and what it could mean for your work injury case.

Degenerative Brain Disease and Traumatic Brain Injury

The link between traumatic brain injury and neurodegenerative brain diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, dementia, Parkinson’s, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) has long been known. However, there are few comprehensive studies on the degeneration in working adults, which can be crucial when it comes to determining the compensation they may be entitled to in a work injury case. For example, does the risk of a degenerative brain disease hit later in life, or are victims at risk for early symptoms? According to the study, the latter appears to be true.

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San Jose wrongful death lawyersGoodwill is one of the largest, most widely known non-profit organizations in the United States. After the death of a 26-year-old dock worker, they are also under investigation for allegedly failing to provide a safe working environment. Learn what the investigation could mean for you or someone you love who has been injured while working at a Goodwill store, and discover where to find assistance with your workers’ compensation or wrongful death claim.

Death of an Allegedly Untrained Worker

It was in September of last year that the young employee, just one month on the job, stuck his head between two pieces of heavy machinery – a trash compactor and an empty bin – to check their alignment. A fellow former employee alleges that the accident could have been prevented if only the store had provided training. Unfortunately, the young man’s death may not have been the only preventable one. There are also numerous injuries that have allegedly been linked to the non-profit organization. Cal-OSHA is now investigating them.

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San Jose workplace injury lawyersNurses are the backbone of the healthcare industry. They ensure medication is administered, take vitals, perform critical tests, and have the most contact with patients. They also happen to have some of the highest injury rates in America. What is surprising is how those injuries are happening. It is not because of falls or being overly fatigued (which many are). Instead, it is due to workplace violence; more specifically, it is violence at the hands of their patients. Learn more about this type of workplace injury, including what to do if one happens to you or a loved one.

Nursing’s “Dirty Little Secret”

In an article from the Boston Globe, a 73-year-old nurse calls the violence against healthcare workers “the dirty little secret of nursing.” An advocate for reducing violence against nurses and the co-founder of Stop Healthcare Violence, a nonprofit aimed at making the workplace safer for nurses, the woman claims to have witnessed several acts of violence against fellow nurses, and even a few doctors. She recounted an incident where she, herself, was punched in the nose as a nursing assistant.

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San Jose workplace accident lawyersYou may have seen posters or notices posted around your warehouse that encourage workplace safety. Or, perhaps you have noticed books of disclosures about the dangers of particular chemicals that you use to do your job. Either way, you are undoubtedly familiar with the idea of regulatory oversight—which means that certain entities are responsible for ensuring that all rules are properly followed so that the safety of workers is not compromised. At the state level in California, much of that responsibility falls under the Department of Industrial Relations and, in particular, on the Division of Occupational Safety and Health—more commonly known as Cal/OSHA

A Multi-Purpose Name

Unlike many other government agencies, there is not an obvious correlation between the full name of the division and the commonly-used nickname. For example, the California Department of Transportation is typically called Caltrans for understandable reasons. So, how did we get Cal/OSHA from the "Division of Occupational Safety and Health?" Despite not being as obvious, the nickname actually works quite well on several levels.

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San Jose workplace injury attorneyWhen you think about being injured at work, you are likely to picture a slip and fall injury, falling from a ladder, or perhaps being hit by a piece of construction equipment. Workplace injuries, however, take many forms, and not all of them are as obvious as a laceration, a broken bone, or a lost limb. In fact, the most common type of workplace injury in the United States is not one that you can see. Hearing loss affects millions of American workers, despite being extremely preventable in most situations

Unexpected Dangers

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that about 22 million workers per year are exposed to levels of noise in the workplace that are deemed hazardous. When high levels of noise are part of worker’s job, federal regulations require the use of hearing protection, but it turns out that the really loud workplaces are not the source of the problem. In high-noise workplaces, workers tend to use hearing protection as requires, but the use of hearing protection drops substantially in moderate-noise environments.

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