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More workplace accidents occur in the summer

The risk of being in a work-related accident is always there, but there are some seasonal trends for workplace injuries. According to a survey from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are more occupational injuries during the summer than other seasons.

Now that you know you are more likely to sustain an injury at work during the summer, it is crucial for you to stay informed and safe. Here are some common ways you may get injured at your job in the summertime.

The way drivers use their smartphones is driving up crashes

After a long period during which the number of highway deaths declined, a recent surge in roadway fatalities baffled regulators.

Neither the increase in speeding nor drunk driving was significant enough to have caused this uptick. More significant was the increase in smartphone ownership and how motorists use these devices.

Social Security disability and workers' comp can work together

When employees receive injuries on the job, they may face financial strain. Thankfully, there are programs in place to help with paying for expenses during recovery

Social Security disability and workers' compensation are two such programs. Some people may be under the assumption that people can only use one or the other; however, that is not true. They can actually work together for many recipients.

Cyclists, be mindful of these common types of accidents

As Michigan's cold winters slowly begin to shift toward occasional milder days, some commuters feel more confident breaking out their bicycles, getting ready for spring. Inexperienced riders are often unaware of how wet roads and snowy conditions affect bikers' abilities. In addition, car and truck drivers may not yet be fully prepared to share the road with cyclists who may be forced further into the traffic lane due to muddy or icy shoulders.   

This time of year, in particular, there are a few common bicycle-motor accidents that cyclists should be mindful of.

When attorneys are beneficial for workers' comp claims

When employees are unable to work due a work-related injury or illness, outside assistance may be essential to helping them receive the workers' compensation benefits they need for themselves and their families.

Unfortunately, employers sometimes stand in the way of helping workers get the pay benefits they are entitled to under the law. 

Key elements of Michigan medical malpractice

Patients trust their doctors to act in their best interest. Unfortunately, this does not always occur and may leave them with lifelong injuries.

In such cases, a medical malpractice claim may aid patients in receiving reparations for their suffering. Particularly in Michigan, there are a few key elements to know about medical malpractice.

Driving, cell phones and the all-important cognitive load

You can sometimes tell when a driver in front of you is using a cell phone. Some tell-tale signs include driving well below the posted speed limit, hugging the right shoulder and swerving within the driving lane. But what about the driver in an oncoming car? Could that person be dividing his attention between driving and texting?

There is only so much information and activity the brain can handle at one time, which is why talking or texting on a cell phone is so dangerous for a driver.

  • $4,391,000: Judgment entered on Oakland County jury verdict, 2008. A Michigan man suffered traumatic brain injuries in a motor vehicle accident, which caused a permanent seizure disorder. View More results
  • $2,536,454: Verdict for no-fault benefits for client severely injured in motor vehicle accident. 2012.
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  • $2,360,000: Jury verdict for serious electric shock injuries sustained by client in a construction accident in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
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  • $1,400,000: Verdict for no-fault benefits due to a traumatically brain injured client, in this Washtenaw County action against Allstate Insurance Company. View More results
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