According to a new report released by the United States Department of Labor, the number of construction workers killed on construction sites rose 5 percent in 2012, from 738 to 775. The Department of Labor has deemed the construction industry the “deadliest industry in the United States.” Falls, slips, and trips remain a construction worker’s worst enemy: in 2012, 280 construction workers died from a workplace fall, slip, or trip, which represented over a third of all construction related deaths. The remaining categories of construction deaths are transportation incidents (216), traumatic contact with on-site objects or equipment (135), and exposure to harmful substances or environments (102). Looking for a workers compensation attorney?
From our vast experience in construction cases, we know employees in the construction industry work from great heights every day, and falls are very common. Therefore, it is critical to make sure your employer provides the safety equipment you need to protect yourself from falls, by tying-off or using a horizontal lifeline, if working from heights greater than seven feet. In addition, you must always report an unsafe work environment if your employer does not provide you with a safe environment to work from heights.
Construction Worker Death
Maybe in the back of your mind you know that you should have a written Last Will and Testament in place. Perhaps you see a tragic news story about the death of a parent with young kids and you think about what would happen to your own kids in that situation. But then, days and weeks get away from you and this task on a long to-do list never gets done. If this sounds familiar, let me encourage you to move the drafting of your will up ahead of cleaning out your closets, trimming the hedges or a whole host of other tasks that fight for our free time. And as a licensed Texas attorney in the legal areas of wills, trusts and estates, I will share a few reasons why.
You’re a single parent with full custody or conservatorship of your child. If something happens to you and your desired guardianship is not spelled out, does the child’s other parent, who has made little effort to be in his life before now, get custody? If you own a home, do you want that property to be sold upon your death? Have there been plans discussed for a child or grandchild to live in that home after your death. If this plan isn’t known to the entire family, that move-in date might never happen. Or, do you have advanced medical directives on file with your medical doctor?
You have a heart attack while running at the gym. It’s not pleasant to think about, but it happens. Would your wife know how to access your life insurance papers and your retirement account? Is she aware of every source of debt in your household, if any, or have you always handled all of the home finances? By not cataloguing all of these details, you are making an emotionally taxing time for your spouse even more difficult.
Will and Testament
A police officer was injured and a handcuffed female passenger in the police car was killed in a two vehicle accident early this morning in downtown Houston. The crash happened at the intersection of Chartres Street and Texas Street at around 3:35 a.m. when a red-colored Chevy Cobalt compact car driven by a 21-year old woman crashed into the side of the police car. The officer suffered minor injuries and was taken via EMS to the emergency room to be checked out. The woman who was handcuffed and detained in the police car was thrown out of the vehicle and died at the scene.
H.P.D. Sergeant Ignacia Izaguire told Channel 11 News that police department policy requires detainees be belted while they are being transported (which makes sense, because if they are handcuffed they can’t fasten their own seat belt). An investigation will be conducted to determine if that policy was followed by the 15-year veteran officer who was driving the police car.
Photo credit: KHOU
Photo credit: KHOU
Police Car Crash
Car accidents are expensive. While property loss can be tens-of-thousands of dollars, costs mount even more quickly if the accident causes injury. For example, brain injuries – which are especially common in auto accidents – can necessitate rehabilitation that isn’t necessarily covered by health insurance. The USA Today reports costs at $600-$800 per day. Unfortunately, as the Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association reports, one American is treated in an emergency room for car accident injuries every 10 seconds. This means many people are incurring high medical bills each day because of auto accidents.
our Boston uninsured accident lawyers know that an accident victim’s own personal injury protection (PIP) coverage can provide limited coverage for medical bills, no matter who was to blame for the accident. Massachusetts is one of 12 states which requires no-fault insurance, and the policy you’re required to buy when you register your car can cover up to $8,000 in medical costs if you have no health insurance when involved in an accident.
However, if your costs and losses exceed the no-fault limits and/or if you were seriously hurt in an accident caused by another party, it is important to understand who covers costs when a liable party has no insurance.