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My Child Has Cerebral Palsy. Can I Sue?

Posted by Nicole Gendics on December 28th, 2016 in birth injuries | No Comments
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When an infant is diagnosed with cerebral palsy, it can be devastating to the new parents. Cerebral palsy is a sort of umbrella term that covers a number of disorders that were caused by a lack of oxygen flow to the infant’s brain in the womb, during delivery or immediately after birth. It can also be caused by some type of injury sustained during delivery.

In some cases, it is impossible to tell when the injury occurred. In other cases, it is very clear that the lack of oxygen was the direct result of a medical mistake. When cerebral palsy, or any other birth injury, is caused by a mistake or negligence… Read More

Food Delivery Service Ordered to Pay Workers’ Comp Claims

Posted by Gary Christmas on December 26th, 2016 in In The News | No Comments
Delivery man delivering food to a woman at home

In this age of smartphones and apps, ordering food and other necessities with a few taps of a finger has become the norm. Many businesses are trying to break into the industry — some of which are cutting corners to do so. Such was the case with Postmates, a startup delivery company. They have been ordered to pay workers’ compensation premiums from the last two years for its more than 3,000 couriers in Washington state. However, Postmates is fighting the court decision.

Postmates had not paid the premiums because it viewed couriers as independent contractors, much like Uber and Lyft do. Read More

Top New Year’s Eve Parties in Charleston

Posted by Nicole Gendics on December 26th, 2016 in drunk drivers | No Comments
fireworks on new years eve

What will you be doing for New Year’s Eve? If you are still looking for the perfect party, we have a list you are going to love. We are lucky to be living in what many in the United States consider to be one of the most romantic cities in the country, thanks to its aesthetic appeal and old-world charm. We’re also lucky to be living in a city that knows how to ring in the New Year with a great celebration!

Whether you are looking for a couple’s night out or something you can enjoy with the whole family, you will find it in Charleston. Here are just a few of the things the city has planned for … Read More

2016’s Top Cited OSHA Violations

Posted by Nicole Gendics on December 23rd, 2016 in Workplace accidents | No Comments
scaffolding with railing

When it comes to OSHA and its violations, not much changes statistically from year to year. Although the agency provides a variety of statistics in its annual report, the numbers are generally the same annually. Directors within the agency suggest that the best way for an employee or employer to look at the report is not to read it word for word, but to take it and apply it to their own workplace.

For example, one of the top cited infractions is Fall Protection. Could your workplace be cited for the same? Using the information that OSHA provides not only helps employers make the best safety decisions… Read More

Indiana Records Historically Low Worker Deaths

Posted by Gary Christmas on December 21st, 2016 in In The News | No Comments
Worker in a faint after on-the-job injury

When a worker is killed on the job, workers’ compensation benefits may extend to their family. This covers expenses like funeral costs, lost wages and others, as well as noneconomic damages like pain and suffering (in some cases). Though the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) does its best to enact stringent guidelines designed to prevent any sort of worker injury or death, they cannot prevent every incident. As such, hundreds of workers are killed every year on the job.

The Indiana Department of Labor has tracked occupational deaths since 1992, with the inception of theRead More

The Most Dangerous Plastic Surgery Procedures

Posted by Nicole Gendics on December 21st, 2016 in medical malpractice | No Comments
Plastic surgery concept. Female hand marking face before operation

People go “under the knife” for all sorts of reasons. Some believe that plastic surgery will enhance their appearance, some want to lose weight, and yet others undergo reconstructive surgery after an accident or some type of trauma. No matter why people decide that cosmetic or reconstructive surgery is right for them, the procedures are not without risk.

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, more than 15 million people had cosmetic surgery in 2014. These procedures included those that were considered to be minimally-invasive. In 2013, there were over 5 million… Read More

The Link Between the ACA and Workers’ Comp

Posted by Gary Christmas on December 20th, 2016 in In The News | No Comments
Handyman fell from a ladder and sitting on the floor with backache

When the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. ACA or “Obamacare,” was first introduced, there were more than a few concerns across the board. One of the most common worries was that, since everyone was insured, hospitals and doctors’ offices would be packed to the gills with patients with little more than scrapes and bruises. This concern was especially prevalent for those who have jobs that may require the use workers’ compensation more than others, such as in construction.

New research has shown that workers’ compensation claimants are just as able to get qualityRead More

Avoid Giving These Dogs as Christmas Gifts

Posted by Nicole Gendics on December 19th, 2016 in dog and animal attacks | No Comments
rottweiler dog

It is rarely a good idea to give a pet as a Christmas gift. That said, the pet may be for your own family or for someone you know wants one. If you will be giving a pet as a gift this year, especially a dog, there are some that are best avoided. While it can be difficult to get a room full of experts to agree on which breeds are the most aggressive or have the highest levels of energy, there are some dog breeds that are known to be generally disagreeable or overly-hyper as a breed, especially around children.

Any person who is interested in adding a puppy to their family is urged to do their research. Here are some… Read More

Schools May Be Held Liable for Student Injuries

Posted by Nicole Gendics on December 9th, 2016 in child accidents | No Comments
kids in football uniforms on football field

Parents and guardians send their children to school with the assumption that not only will they learn something new, but they will be kept safe. Parents entrust not only the learning of their children to teachers and administrators, but their care as well. When a child is injured because a school staff member failed their duty in keeping that child safe, the student’s family may have an injury claim.

School injuries can occur for a number of different reasons. Most injuries that take place at school are in the guise of sports participation. While sports play may account for a number of school-related… Read More

How Chronic Pain Can Lead to Medical Malpractice

Posted by Nicole Gendics on December 7th, 2016 in medical malpractice | No Comments

When pain in any part of the body lasts longer than six months, it is considered chronic. Chronic pain can be intermittent or ongoing, mildly annoying or incapacitating, mild or severe. Some people suffer with chronic pain due to an illness or infection, and other people suffer with chronic pain due to an injury.

It may be unusual in the minds of some for chronic pain to lead to a medical malpractice lawsuit, but in certain instances it can. At times, doctors will try to control chronic pain with narcotic pain relievers. This can lead to addiction in certain people and, if handled improperly, a medical… Read More