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Research links inexperience and construction site injuries

UT's Construction Industry Research and Policy Center studied workers' compensation claims filed by construction workers in Tennessee. The results indicated that inexperienced workers who are new to the industry are at a higher risk of suffering construction site injuries. The CIRPC executive director says the research confirmed previous observations that new workers filed a significant percentage of benefits claims.

The director says the information that was obtained from the state-regulated workers' compensation insurance system was studied along with data provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The knowledge gained showed that the experience of job types of injured workers in the jobs they did when they were injured was not linked to the causes of the injuries. Regardless of their tasks at the time of injury, most claims by inexperienced workers involved muscle injuries.

Amputations are common catastrophic occupational injuries

Soldiers are often the victims of amputation injuries suffered in combat, but workers can also be victims. Along with car accidents, industrial and agricultural accidents in Tennessee and nationwide are frequent causes of amputations. These are regarded as catastrophic occupational injuries with exceptionally traumatic and emotionally disturbing consequences.

Although occupational amputations sometimes result from motor vehicle accidents, industrial and agricultural accidents often cause workers to lose fingers or even their hands when they come into contact with moving or rotating parts of machines. Losing an entire or part of an arm is also common. Injuries that leave a body part partially attached by bits of muscle, tissue or bone are known as partial amputations, and complete amputation injuries involve body parts that are severed.

State trooper loses parents in crash caused by drugged driver

Operation Daydreamer is a statewide program in Tennessee that endeavors to stop drugged driving. One state trooper has made it his mission to share his story to create awareness of this problem. When he heard the dispatcher's voice calling troopers to a fatal crash, he had no idea that his parents were among the deceased.

He says his parents died in the crash that was caused by a driver who was under the influence of Xanax. According to a Tennessee Highway Patrol spokesperson, the program's name comes from the dazed look on the faces of drivers who are impaired by drugs. Since it was initiated last October, 71 impaired drivers had been arrested.

4 apps for new moms to identify signs of birth injuries

Pregnancy, birth of children and motherhood are all extraordinary milestones in your life. But the transformations do not stop there. Your baby will experience a variety of turning points, from giggling for the first time to learning how to speak. It is helpful to ensure your baby is growing and developing in a healthy manner.

If your child misses developmental milestones or appears to have health issues, it may be an indication of birth injuries or complications. Thankfully, as a mom, you have many tools at your disposal to keep track of everything. Apart from seeing your doctor regularly to receive medical advice, you can read up on some helpful information with these innovative mobile apps

Fatal tugboat accident a potential wrongful death claim

The family of a Tennessee man who was one of two workers who died when the tugboat on which they worked sank, questions the seaworthiness of the vessel. This follows a report issued by the National Transportation Safety Board. The family might file a wrongful death lawsuit, pending a coast guard report.

The NTSB says unsecured or open hatches that allowed water to flow into the voids likely caused the tugboat's sinking. The agency confirms the claims of the surviving family members that the negligence of the company that owns the boat contributed to the tragedy that claimed two lives. Reportedly, the body of one of the two deceased workers was never recovered.

Both mothers and babies can suffer birth injuries

It is only natural for pregnant mothers to experience anxiety as the time approaches to give birth. The fact that thousands of preventable birth injuries are reported in Tennessee and other states each year does nothing to ease a would-be mother's mind. They might not even consider the fact that, in many cases, the lack of proper care during childbirth cause life-altering or even fatal injuries to mothers.

Some suggest that women's safety is put on the line by the complacency of medical staff in hospitals. Shortcuts and skipping of standards of practice, such as tracking blood loss and monitoring high blood pressure, often lead to strokes and other life-threatening conditions. During or after childbirth, mothers can suffer blood clots, organ failure and infections if negligent care is provided.

Wrongful death: Does tire blowout point to someone's negligence?

On a recent Thursday, crews were sent to clean up a crash scene at which a truck that was hauling contaminated soil rolled over. The accident was a tragedy that followed a tire blowout that might have been preventable, but it claimed the life of a 35-year-old truck driver. In such incidents, there are typically questions about the condition of the tire that blew and whether anybody's negligence might be to blame -- in which case a wrongful death claim might follow.

According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the trucker lost control of the vehicle when the tire blew. The truck ran off the interstate and rolled over. Rescue workers reported that the dump truck ultimately came to a halt approximately 100 feet down the embankment. The driver was trapped inside the cab of the truck.

Trench-related construction site accidents are preventable

Although the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has strict safety standards with which construction company owners must comply, trench-related fatalities are frequently reported. These construction site accidents happen nationwide, including in Tennessee. Trenches are known for the risk of cave-ins, but that is not the only danger.

Shoring or sloping a trench or providing a trench box to prevent the walls from collapsing is crucial, but so is protecting workers from exposure to toxic gases while they work in deep trenches. An example of an employer's failure in this regard is a report of OSHA proposing a fine of more than $422,000 after a worker in another state was overwhelmed by hydrogen sulfide fumes that caused his death. It is a toxic and highly flammable gas that is frequently present in confined spaces like sewers and trenches.

The top errors doctors make in the emergency room

With any luck, you may require a trip to the emergency room once or twice in your lifetime. The trips may wind up costing you more than hours of waiting and thousands of dollars – they could end up costing you permanent injury, illness or even death.

Medical mistakes happen at every level, including in the ER. Here are the most common mishaps that may occur in the emergency room.

Catastrophic injuries lawsuit needs skilled legal counsel

According to reports by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the primary cause of fatalities and severe injuries nationwide, including Tennessee, is road accidents. Many victims of catastrophic injuries do not recognize the enormity of the long-term financial consequences. Those who fail to seek the support and guidance of an experienced personal injury attorney might accept inadequate offers made by insurance providers.

An attorney can work toward a comprehensive settlement that will include future health care expenses and other costs such as the services of experts to testify if litigation follows. When the severity of injuries is classified as catastrophic, long-term therapy and rehabilitation are typically par for the course of recovery. The need for physiotherapy, massage therapy, chiropractic treatment, medical aids or devices, and even home modifications might form part of the financial consequences that are often not immediately apparent.

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