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Claiming workers' compensation for stress as a nurse

Many jobs carry a certain level of stress. While some professions have the potential to be more stressful than others, the way that managers structure their employees' working environment can play a big part in minimizing stress. The experience of stress is normal to some degree, but when a person is dealing with high levels of stress, it can affect their health and make it difficult for them to lead normal lives.

If you are dealing with high amounts of stress due to your occupation as a nurse, it may be necessary for you to seek medical attention and to take time off work to recover. Doing these things, however, will impact you financially, and this is why it is important to seek workers' compensation.

Dog bite injuries can lead to serious infection

We think of dogs as lovable, happy animals, so it can be difficult to picture them causing serious injury. However, an estimated 4.7 million Americans are bitten by dogs every year, and approximately half of them are reportedly small children.

In the best-case scenario, a dog bite doesn't break the skin, and only requires you to wash the injured area, apply antibiotic cream and cover the area with a bandage. However, when a dog bite breaks the skin, there is a possibility that bacteria from the dog's mouth will enter the person's body through the wound, causing infection, including capnocytophaga infection, sepsis, rabies or tetanus. Washing the wound immediately may help you avoid getting an infection.

Nearly half of adults drive while drowsy

Americans are working harder than ever before, trying to juggle families, multiple jobs and countless errands. As a result, many people are getting too little sleep, and engaging in drowsy driving as a result. Drowsy driving typically refers to driving while exhibiting common signs of sleep-deprivation, including yawning, head dropping, having trouble remembering the last few miles driven and making careless driving mistakes (e.g. missing road signs, failing to maintain speed, swerving from lane to lane).

In September 2019, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine surveyed just over 2,000 U.S. adults about their driving habits. The results showed that 45% of the adults surveyed admitted to driving while drowsy. A study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has estimated there were 300,000 accidents in 2018, and that 10 percent of all accidents were caused by a drowsy driver. The AAA apparently came to this conclusion by conducting a study of over 3,500 drivers and monitoring their behaviors via in-vehicle cameras and other equipment.

A truck accident injury can be life-changing

No one ever thinks they will be the one to be involved in a serious accident. Accidents that involve bodily harm always seems like something that happens to other people. But, these instances oftentimes happen so suddenly, so unexpectedly, that the injured victim and loved ones aren't even sure how to react.

The truth is that a person's health should be top priority after suffering injuries in a truck accident, but this can reach far beyond just immediate emergency medical care. Oftentimes rehabilitation is needed after being in such a serious accident, like a truck accident. Beyond that, a person may not be able to perform the work they once used to do prior to the truck accident. It can really affect every aspect of a person's life as your health, or lack thereof, accompanies you everywhere.

Workplace burns: Know what to do if you're burned at work

In your workplace, you may not think that there are many situations in which you'd get burned, but the truth is that burns can happen anywhere and to anyone. That's why burn prevention is such an important topic to teach to employees and to review at all levels of management.

  • To start with, you need to know that there are many different kinds of burns. A few common kinds include:
  • Electrical, which is caused by electrocution
  • Thermal, which is caused by heat from liquids
  • Open flames
  • Explosions or hot objects
  • Chemical burns, which are caused by coming into contact with strong alkaloids, acids, caustic or corrosive materials

Sun exposure can also lead to burns.

Seeking help when filing a personal injury claim

Even the most minor of Peoria car accidents can result in serious injuries and damages. Many accident victims take months or years to fully recover from the injuries they suffer. In some cases, they may experience permanent disabilities requiring a lifetime of treatment and care. In addition, accident victims can suffer emotionally, and experience mental anguish and emotional trauma for years after the physical wounds have healed. Treatment for these physical and mental conditions often costs thousands of dollars, but with many accident victims unable to work, families may find themselves struggling to make ends meet after an accident.

Fortunately, the attorneys at Goldfine & Bowles can help you file a personal injury claim to recover financial compensation following your auto accident. In addition to monetary damages, you can take comfort in knowing that the party or parties responsible for your accident are being held accountable for their negligence.

Hit-and-run leaves one dead; family files wrongful death lawsuit

Many car accidents in the Peoria area result in serious injuries or even death. In addition to dealing with their emotional pain, families often are forced to deal with the financial struggles that come with losing a loved one. The family of a 35-year-old Illinois woman who was killed in a hit-and-run accident is now filing a wrongful death lawsuit to recover damages from the driver responsible for the collision.

The 19-year-old driver allegedly struck the woman with the front end of his vehicle as she walked to a gas station near a friend's house at around midnight. The driver then apparently failed to seek emergency help and failed to offer assistance himself, and instead fled the scene of the crash. The woman reportedly died from her injuries and was found a few hours later.

Filing a personal injury claim following a dog bite

Even the most mild-mannered dog may be capable of biting a person, depending on the circumstances. If you have been bitten by a dog, it may be in your best interest to consider filing a lawsuit against the owner of the dog responsible for your injuries. You may be able to negotiate a settlement with the liable dog owner before having to go to court. However, in some cases, a deal may not be reached and you will need to take your claim to civil court.

Generally, with regard to dog bites and animal-related injuries, Illinois is a strict liability state. This means that even if the dog had never bitten anyone before, and the owner had no idea that the dog had dangerous propensities, the owner will still be legally liable for your injuries. Other parties may also be liable for your injuries, including the kennel where the dog was staying at the time of the attack, property owners, landlords and the parents of a minor who owns a dog.

Who is at fault for slip-and-fall injuries?

Every day, Peoria residents step onto property owned by others for a variety of reasons. They may be visiting a friend at an apartment complex, shopping at the grocery store or even just walking on a local sidewalk. Property owners, store owners, landlords and even the government may be responsible for ensuring that their property is reasonably safe for invitees. If an invitee slips and falls on someone else's property due to a dangerous condition, one or more of these parties may be held liable for the invitee's injuries.

Slip and falls on a commercial property may be caused by a spill on the floor, uneven or worn-down flooring or a slippery surface. Generally, if a slip and fall occurs at a restaurant, store or other business property, the owner of the business may be held legally responsible for any injuries that occur on the property. To hold the business liable, victims must prove that the property owner knew or should have known of the dangerous condition, but failed to take reasonable action to remedy it. In other words, the case may depend on whether a reasonable person in charge of the property would have been aware of the dangerous condition and repaired it. Additionally, if an employee of the business was negligent, the business itself and/or the business owner may be held vicariously liable for the employee's negligence under the doctrine of "respondeat superior."

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