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How can you reduce job-made wooden ladder falls?

The best way to reduce the possibility of a severe injury on the job is to be conscious of the risk -- and then take carefully considered measures to reduce that risk.

Falling, whether it comes from missing a step, lost footing or just tripping over something, accounts for 16 percent of workplace injuries -- often leading to contusions, fractures, sprains and strains. A worker who experiences a sprained or strained muscle can expect to be off the job for an average of 57 work days. If a worker breaks a bone, the time missed from work goes up to 78 work days.

Deceased construction workers' families still waiting on payment

Winning a wrongful death claim is supposed to be the last step of a process that's already long and traumatic enough for the families of those who have died in a construction accident. However, sometimes wealthy defendants use every trick they can to avoid paying up -- which drags out the suffering for the victims' families even longer.

That's what the families of two men killed in a crane collapse in 2008 are enduring at the hands of the self-described "Crane King," James Lomma.

Did a hospital's inadequate security compound your woes?

If you go to a hospital emergency room, the odds are good that you're already having a crisis -- one that can only be compounded if the hospital itself turns out to be a place of danger instead of a place of safety and healing.

Unfortunately, many hospitals emergency rooms are far from safe, and the security may not be up to the task of protecting either the staff or patients.

Are drug and alcohol use behind many construction accidents?

How high is the crane operator doing the demolition of the building next to yours? How drunk is person driving the forklift around the site you work at? Is the supervisor too high to notice errors in the building process as the newest apartment complex being built?

These are all valid questions, especially given that construction safety is a necessity but the construction industry as a whole has a dismal track record when it comes to drug and alcohol abuse:

Could more training reduce construction accidents in New York?

Are non-union workers a threat to the safety of themselves and others? The unionized construction workers in New York think so.

There's often tension between union and non-union employees, especially in construction. But while most of the tension focuses on things like wages and benefits, the issue now being addressed by the unionized workers is something much more basic: personal safety.

Should you plead guilty to the ticket after a fender-bender?

"Fender-bender" type accidents happen all the time. Usually there's little obvious damage done: Maybe a fender is crushed and a headlight gets broken. Everybody on the scene usually seems fine and no ambulances are called. One of the drivers will probably end up with a ticket, based on the best judgment of the officer who responds to the scene about who caused the accident to happen.

If you're the one with the ticket, should you just go ahead and plead guilty, get your fine, and be done with it?

Following your doctor's orders makes a difference

After a car accident, why do some insurance companies seem like they make a fair offer to some people and not others? Two people could have nearly identical injuries, and the same insurance company will offer one person a reasonable settlement that includes an appropriate amount for their pain and suffering while offering the other person just enough to repair their car.

It likely has a lot to do with what happened after the accident, instead of the accident itself.

Restaurant slip and fall accidents can often be prevented

When you head out to a restaurant for dinner, you're generally looking for a good time—but a sudden slip and fall can quickly turn a good time into a disaster. Restaurants are, unfortunately, fairly dangerous places where it can be easy to lose your footing.

Here are some of the most common reasons that slip and fall accidents happen in restaurants:

Shopper-on-shopper violence: Can you hold the store liable?

From the day after Thanksgiving until sometime in February when all the post-holiday returns have been made, the shopping centers and malls throughout the U.S. are generally busier than they are at any other time of the year. Unfortunately, the increased number of customers can lead to increased tensions between those customers—and that can erupt in violence.

When a business fails to pay attention to trends like shopper-on-shopper violence and doesn't take any steps to curb what's likely to be a problem, that can be a form of negligence known as inadequate security.

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