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Back injuries and the injured worker

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) states that more than 20 percent of illnesses and injuries in the workplace are due to back injuries. That amounts to more than 1 million employees. The most common problem is a pulled or strained muscle. Unfortunately, once the muscles, tendons or ligaments are damaged, it becomes easier to reinjure the back.

According to a report by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), which is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the most common risk factors for lower back injuries are work activities associated with forceful movements, lifting and whole body vibrations. Other risk factors included heavy physical work and awkward positions.

Common anesthesia mistakes and errors

Anesthesia is an important part of the medical industry. It is used to sedate patients prior to a procedure or a surgery. It helps the patient's body relax and calm down and the patient to sleep during the procedure. When anesthesia is incorrectly administered, or not administered at all, it could be the sign of medical malpractice in Maryland.

One of the most common mistakes made with anesthesia occurs when improper training or experience is involved. Believe it or not, there are many technicians out there who do not receive the proper training for administering anesthesia. Many of these people receive on the job training that is not adequate enough to ensure that patients will not be harmed during their procedures or surgeries.

What type of workers' compensation benefits are available?

An on-the-job injury can turn your life upside down. Not only are you trying to recover from your injuries, but you may find that your family is suffering because you are not able to work and provide financially. Workers' compensation is in place to help injured workers financially by paying for medical expenses, lost wages and other benefits until an employee is able to return to work.

There are several types of benefits available for injured workers from workers' compensation. These include:

Steps to take following toxic exposure at work

Working in a profession where toxic exposure is a possibility means that you must take extra precaution to protect yourself at all times. You don't want to suffer toxic exposure when on the job, but sometimes even the most careful employees suffer such an injury. When this happens, you will want to be prepared for the exposure and how to care for it.

The first thing you should do following toxic exposure in the workplace is seek medical assistance. Activate the emergency response procedure put in place by your company when toxic exposure occurs. This might include isolating yourself from other coworkers in an effort not to expose them to the same chemicals. This could mean waiting for a hazmat team to arrive that is also trained in first aid.

Receiving compensation after a motor vehicle accident

If you are involved in any type of motor vehicle accident, the first thing you should do is learn more about your injuries and the best way to treat each and every one.

Once you have your health under control and know what type of treatment you require, it's time to turn your attention to the accident itself. What happened? Who was at fault? Was there any way the crash could have been prevented?

What are the most common causes of forklift accidents?

Forklifts are used in a number of industries to improve efficiency and ensure that particular jobs are completed in a timely and accurate manner.

Unfortunately, there are times when the use of a forklift leads to a serious accident that results in injury or even death.

Auto-pedestrian crash takes child's life

A 6-year-old boy died from injuries suffered when he was struck by a 2005 Honda Pilot. The crash happened about 5:40 p.m., on Glenarm Avenue in Baltimore.

According to the police investigation, the vehicle was eastbound on Glenarm Avenue when the child ran into the road from between two parked vehicles. The child was transported to Johns Hopkins Pediatrics. He arrived in critical condition and died the next evening.

Construction site debris can cause an accident

Do you work in the construction industry? Do you find yourself on construction sites almost every day of the week? If so, you know just how important it is for the site to remain as clean and organized as possible.

Even though workers attempt to avoid clutter and debris, there are times when this becomes a problem. From tools to building materials, debris is often scattered from one side of the job site to the next.

The challenges of a denied workers’ compensation claim

Were you a recent victim of a workplace accident? Are you unable to return to work as the result of your injuries?

If you find yourself in this position, you should not hesitate to file a workers' compensation claim. By taking this step, you hope to receive compensation in the near future.

Operation Showboat to target aggressive and distracted drivers

With Memorial Day weekend quickly approaching, the deputy secretary of the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) says that travelers around the state need to expect massive amounts of travelers when they hit the roads. According to AAA Mid-Atlantic, 834,000 residents of Maryland will travel this upcoming holiday weekend. That's an increase of 2.3 percent from last year and the highest number for Memorial Day weekend since 2005.

About 250,000 people are expected to hit the town of Ocean City, according to its mayor. He said the weather looks good this weekend, and advance reservations are strong.

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