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Preventing slip-and-fall injuries in the medical field

Health care professionals have some of the riskiest jobs, and unfortunately, injury is all too common. Not only are they exposed to illnesses on a daily basis, but they also work long, busy shifts that can trigger overexertion and fatigue. One of the most frequent causes of medical workplace injuries are slip-and-fall incidents.

Slip-and-fall injuries are often preventable, yet they are the second most common cause of health care professional injuries. Unfortunately, slip-and-fall incidents can lead to serious injuries, such as:

Car accidents increase as cold weather creeps in

Winter weather conditions are slowly but surely replacing the warm autumn days. On Thursday, October 10th, the weather proved a problem for Denver commuters as the first unexpected icy roads of the season made driving conditions more dangerous.

Police reported 193 accidents throughout the day, which caused mile-long backups and major closures on highways and interstates in the metro area.

3 ways helmets protect you on a motorcycle ride

While all areas of the body are susceptible to injury in a motorcycle accident, your head is one of the most at-risk body parts. In a 2016 survey, 63% of Colorado motorcyclists involved in fatal accidents were not wearing helmets.

Here are just three ways helmets can greatly decrease the risk of getting injured:

Common excuses insurers have for denying hail insurance

Insurance companies in Denver have their work cut out for them when a major storm hits the city. Suddenly they start getting hundreds of calls from homeowners wanting to file a claim after the hail put dents all over their roofs. Since filing these claims typically have a limited amount of time, it's important for you to act fast so you can get coverage on your hail damages as soon as you can.

Unfortunately, some insurance companies make it harder to get that coverage than they initially promised. They typically send someone to inspect your roof to determine if you're eligible for storm compensation. If you can see that there is clear damage to your house that they are refusing to help you cover, you should know what common excuses they may use to justify their actions and what you can do in response.

How to best take pictures of an auto accident

There is much to do in the immediate aftermath of a car crash. The first thing on your mind should be to seek medical attention. Even if you do not have serious injuries, such as one Colorado pedestrian struck by a vehicle on August 1st, you should still make sure none of your underlying tissues or muscles sustained damage. 

If possible, take photographs of the scene of the accident. You will need to file a personal injury claim with your insurance agency, and having pictures and hard evidence can help expedite the process. However, a couple of blurry photos will not help. You need to know how to photograph a car crash scene effectively to help your claim. 

Pursuing fair compensation after a truck accident

Denver area residents are obviously used to seeing large trucks on the roadways in and around the city, but the sight of an accident that involves a large truck, such as a semi-truck, can be jarring. These types of accidents often involve extensive damage to all of the vehicles involved and, unfortunately, usually fatalities as well.

Truck drivers, like all other drivers on the roads, are not immune from the draw of distractions, like cellphones, eating in the vehicle and even talking to passengers as well. And, like some other drivers, truck drivers might also be intoxicated or drowsy behind the wheel. All of the things that can cause the driver of a regular passenger vehicle to get into a crash can be involved in truck accidents also, but the consequences of a truck accident can be far more devastating.

How a drunk driving accident can impact your life

These days it is pretty much common knowledge that drinking alcohol and driving can cause a devastating impact on a person's life if an accident occurs due to this reckless behavior. Drunk driving is so prevalent and has such a serious impact on American society that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention keeps statistics on just how catastrophic the impact can be.

According to the CDC, nearly 30 people die in America each day due to a car accident that involved an impaired driver. That means that one person dies in our country due to this serious problem about once per hour; more frequently than that, actually. In a recent year - 2016 - of all the traffic accidents that occurred in America, 28 percent involved drinking and driving. The facts are pretty clear: drunk driving, despite decades of public awareness campaigns, still has an expensive and deadly impact on thousands of lives each year.

Moving patients a common cause of injury in health care

Today’s health care workers hold undeniably risky positions, and numerous parts of the job description regularly expose them to illness or injury. While some of the risks today’s health care workers face stem from working near ill and violent patients and violent patient family members or loved ones, others stem from moving patients unable to move themselves.

Per Healthcare Business & Technology, the most significant injury risk faced by modern health care workers comes from moving immobile patients. Moving immobile patients places a strain on health care workers even under the best of conditions, so much so that nurses, alone, suffer about 35,000 back and musculoskeletal injuries annually bad enough to keep them out of work.

What are your employer's obligations for workers' compensation?

Many of our readers in Colorado may have the vague notion that if they are injured on-the-job they have some legal protections in place to help them get through the situation, namely workers' compensation benefits. However, what exactly are your employer's obligations when it comes to workers' compensation?

Well, for starters, in Colorado almost all employers are required to have coverage for workers' compensation. There are some very limited exceptions to this requirement. So, chances are your employer does have workers' compensation coverage, although it would behoove any employee in Colorado to verify whether that is the case for sure. Employers' workers' compensation coverages are intended to protect employees, which almost every worker who receives pay from the employer is presumed to be. The other classification is as an independent contractor, who may not be covered.

Alternate routes may increase your car accident risk

If you live in the Denver-metro area, there is a good chance you experienced some interruptions in your travel plans when a giant fissure opened up on U.S. 36 between Denver and Boulder. The sinkhole closed both lanes of the highway, forcing motorists to drive an alternate route to work, home and elsewhere. 

Taking a different path to your intended destination may be either an adventure or an annoyance. Unfortunately, though, you may have an increased risk of a car accident when driving an alternate route. Here are three reasons car collisions tend to happen in unfamiliar places. 

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