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Speed kills: road safety advocates cite truck-related concern

Not going to happen.

The worst fears collectively held by a broad coalition of road safety advocates across the country are about to realized, with a commercial truck-related rule they had hoped to see implemented before the end of the Obama administration almost certainly not being in place by that time.

Workers' compensation leaves low-wage workers behind

Workers' compensation was conceived as an umbrella solution to solve the rash of injuries that left workers unable to work and financially vulnerable. Workers' compensation also protected businesses from being over-litigated by injured workers whose only recourse was the courts. Essentially, in exchange for the guarantee of protection offered by the insurance plan, workers surrender the right to sue their employer for on the job injuries.

Construction worker electrocuted at Mt. Lebanon High School

Unfortunately, despite all of the advances in safety technology and procedures, severe accidents still occur on construction sites throughout the country. Even workers who are simply effecting repairs are occasionally injured. This post will go over one construction worker's injury and how he was injured.

An overview of danger zones around commercial trucks

Commercial trucks represent a small portion of overall traffic but an outsize portion of car accidents with fatalities. In 2014, 3,660 people were killed in an accident involving 18-wheeler tractor-trailers. The reason for these increased for a variety of reasons including the large size of trucks, their relative height which pulls passenger vehicles underneath the tires, and the high speeds on highways. But there are ways you can protect yourself and your family from these lumbering behemoths.

What laws govern self-driving Ohio trucks and cars?

Autonomous trucks are now allowed to drive down a stretch of Ohio U.S. 33, now known as the Smart Mobility Corridor. As Ohio moves into the automated future, you may be wondering what laws govern self-driving trucks and cars in an accident. While all accidents and personal injury claims depend on the details, we can explore what laws regulate self-driving trucks and cars.

Department of Labor passes new fall protection regulations

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), an office in the Department of Labor, released updates to the fall prevention rules. The new regulations cover both falls from heights and same-level falls. This post will go over the new rules and how they may help you.

Can you work part-time and collect workers' compensation?

It is a common myth that you can either receive workers' compensation or your wage but not both. That is not true. Workers? compensation can and does replace wages, but it isn't only limited to that role. This post will go over workers' compensation and how you may receive it even while you are working part-time.

Football and its connection to brain injuries

While the majority of the media's focus has been on brain injuries for professional football players, a growing body of research indicates that the majority of brain injuries related to football occur in middle and high school. A recent study by the Brain Injury Research Institute found that 20 percent of U.S. high school football players have suffered a brain injury at some point during the season. These are extraordinarily high numbers.

Pain and its connection to brain injuries

A new study from the University of Vienna has found that pain is far more complicated than initially believed. Every day people are plagued by amorphous pain that doctors cannot explain or treat (aside from prescribing pain pills which have their issues). Doctors are only recently beginning to understand the complexities of pain and how the human body interacts with it.

A review of the Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Act

The Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Act was passed in 1914. It enshrines all of the rights that employees have and the obligations that employers bear. The latest version was updated last year and implemented in February of 2016. This post will go over the Workers' Compensation Act (WCA) and how it may help you.

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