Archive for February, 2020

Workplace Injuries: A Recap

The Bureau of Labor Statistics released a lengthy report on employer reported workplace injuries and illnesses on November 7, 2019. This report compiled all the information across various industries in the United States for the 2018 year. It also compared this information with data from the previous year.

The purpose of this report is to compare rates of injury, length of hospitalization, and loss of work due to injury on the job. When looking at the available data from 2018, there is very little change in most areas from the data for the 2017 year. As a note, this is the first year that data on the total recorded cases did not decline since 2012. For workers and employers, this information can be enlightening and help to highlight the need for best practices in safety in the workplace.

Industries Included in the Report

This blog post serves as a quick recap of the report, but you can look at the full release for more specific data.

When people hear about workplace injuries, they often immediately think of manual labor, such as construction. While those industries may have a higher percentage of serious injuries when safety protocols are not followed precisely, the truth is that any employee can be injured during employment hours. Some of the industries this report studied included agriculture, construction, manufacturing, retail, finance, real estate, and enterprise management.

It is possible to sustain an injury on any type of job site in any profession. In some of these cases, it may be due to the environment. In other cases, it may be a simple accident. There are protocols to help diminish workplace accidents, such as making sure the job space is clean, without tripping or falling hazards. The report seeks to gather data on all types of injuries to compare to previous years because declining incidents indicates that the current protocols to improve safety have made a positive impact.

Pertinent Information Studied

Some of the information that’s assessed in the course of the study includes the percentage of injuries that resulted in medical treatment, length of hospital stay, and the median number of days out of work following an injury. You’ll notice that the private industry and retail industry data on slip and fall injuries are very similar.

The report also breaks down the number of workers whose injuries resulted in days away from work, organized by their occupation.

For employers, this information can be exceptionally helpful in determining where better safety protocol needs to be prioritized in their organization. For workers, it can shed light on the possible injuries that their occupation sees a higher rate of and give them some ideas to prevent safety issues.

Another thing that workers should take away from this type of report is that an injury is not just the incident itself. An injury at work can result in incurred medical costs, costs associated with recovery, and loss of income due to days out of work. One incident can be financially devastating to an employee because the cost of the injury itself is compounded by the time without pay.

If you’ve been injured on the job, it’s important to research your next steps as soon as possible. A good workplace injury attorney can help you assess the accident and determine if there are legal steps you need to take to protect your rights and recoup any lost wages or medical fees.

Are You Looking for a Workplace Injury Attorney?

If you’re one of the many workers who have been injured on the job and you have questions about your legal rights, contact Ryan Montgomery today. As your workplace injury attorney, we can assess your case and make sure that your best interests are protected.

Grass Clippings Tossed In The Road Are Deadly To Motorcyclists

As a motorcyclist, you understand that traction is your best friend. It is why you avoid riding your motorcycle if there is ever a deep freeze or heavy rain. Maintaining this traction is critical to your overall safety. And yet there are instances where traction can be taken away from you, yet at no fault of your own. Sometimes it is poor road conditions. Other times it is directly caused by property owners tossing their grass clippings into the street.

The Dangers Of Grass Clippings

It may not seem like much, but grass clippings can be deadly. Blades of grass are especially smooth. There is no texture to the grass, which means there is very little traction. If you’ve ever had grass clippings stuck to your sidewalk before you know just how slick they can be. Ideally, when someone mows their yard they will collect the grass clippings and dispose of them properly. However, there are times when the owners may dump their clippings into the roadway. The city will, from time to time, come through different neighborhoods and collect grass clippings and raked leaves. The problem though is any grass clippings left in the street will eventually begin to catch the wind and disburse over the road. Even if a property owner does not deliberately dump their clippings into the road, if they choose not to bag the clippings and instead blow the clippings into the road (either with the mower attachment or with an air blower) it puts you in danger.

If your tire strikes the slick grass and you lose traction you may end up slipping from the motorcycle, leaving you potentially seriously injured and your motorcycle damaged. This is of no fault of your own. You didn’t put the grass there. You’re riding your motorcycle expecting a certain level of traction from the pavement, yet the grass took all of this away, resulting in your injury.

This Is Not Your Fault

It doesn’t matter if you suffered minor or more serious injuries, none of this is your fault. Motorcyclists are some of the most responsible vehicle operators on the road. You know how important it is to take extra precautions while riding on your motorcycle. Yet despite this, there isn’t much you can do about grass on the pavement. You won’t be able to easily see the grass, especially when taking a turn. Because this is not your fault you should not be financially responsible for the injury. so if you have been injured due to grass clippings you need to seek out an injury attorney.

Time To Contact A Personal Injury Attorney

Ryan Montgomery, Attorney At Law, is here to assist you with your legal case. The cost of medical bills, the time you take off of work, and the reduced quality of life can add up quickly. You didn’t ask for this injury, so it is important to hold the individual accountable who is at fault. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident due to grass clippings or another person’s carelessness, make sure to contact Ryan Montgomery today.

Why South Carolina Semi Truck Accident Victims Need Legal Representation

If you’ve been injured or had your property damaged in a semi truck accident, you should understand the importance of acquiring legal representation. Not only should you speak with an attorney, you should ensure that your lawyer has experience with trucking accidents. For now, take just a moment to learn why trucking accidents have become such a serious problem in South Carolina and how the right attorney can make a tremendous difference.

South Carolina Trucking Accidents

Explore the reasons why it’s important to contact an attorney with experience in semi accidents:

Trucking Accidents Tend to be Serious

Average cars weigh about 4,000 pounds. In contrast, the average loaded semi truck weighs almost 10 times as much as a typical passenger car, and a payload can easily double that weight. In South Carolina, these large rigs can’t weigh more than 80,000 pounds fully loaded, but that’s still 20 times the weight of the average sedan. In addition, 18-wheelers are longer, wider, and much more difficult to control.

Typically, trained, rested drivers with properly loaded and maintained vehicles help avoid accidents. However, when they do occur, they’re much more likely to result in serious injuries and property damage. Also, trucking companies don’t always adhere to the best safety practices or even comply with legal rules. An experienced trucking attorney will understand the factors that contribute to these kinds of serious accidents and know how to investigate them.

Trucking Accidents Are Complex

Trucking accidents aren’t just different because of the size and weight of the semi. Explore some reasons that properly investigating a semi truck accident takes more experience and effort than exploring a typical car accident:

How to Find the Best Lawyer for a Semi Truck Accident

If you’ve been involved in a trucking accident, you have a lot at stake. Not only is Ryan Montgomery an experienced and successful trucking attorney, he takes cases on contingency. This means that you won’t incur any responsibility for legal bills until you’ve already received a settlement, and the fees will only amount to a transparent portion of the settlement. Contact us right away to explain your semi truck accident.

Tort Law and Why You Need a Personal Injury Attorney

In the United States, tort law is the type of law that covers personal injury. What you may not realize is that personal injury can be comprised of many types of scenarios. It can include car accidents, workplace accidents, injuries that occur in someone’s home.

Tort law might include injury to person, reputation, or property. What’s essential for the civil case to proceed is that the damage was the result of another party’s negligence or action. According to the Torts Claims Act, even governmental bodies can be held accountable for damages inflicted on a person through the government or their employees.

Some Statistics on Personal Injury and Tort Cases

According to the CDC, there were 29.2 million emergency room visits as the result of unintended injuries in 2016. The mortality rate for the year 2017 is even more sobering, with unintentional injury ranking as the third highest cause of death. These injuries include automobile accident, poisoning, and accidental falls.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 2.8 million nonfatal injuries reported by private industry in 2018. The BLS also released a report indicating that there were 5,250 fatalities stemming from work related injuries in 2018.

Of the tort cases in the United States, there are some standards which have remained over the last decade. According to the Center for Justice Democracy, the percentage of civil cases and tort cases that were resolved through jury trial remained low. Medical malpractice and product liability cases were only a small percentage of the tort caseload across all states in the country in 2017, which is similar to previous years.

However, civil cases were 18% lower in 2017 than they were in 2007.

What You Need to Know in the Event of a Personal Injury

Personal injury law is not as straightforward as it might appear. While you can pursue legal remedies without an attorney, having a reliable, experienced attorney is always in your best interest. Some states and areas have a set length of time from the injury date (or the date you became aware of the injury) to pursue legal remedy. It’s important to contact a lawyer as soon as possible so that you don’t miss the window to file your case.

Personal injury and tort law does not just cover workers compensation or automobile accidents. Civil law protects your rights from any number of injuries that you might sustain through someone else’s action or failure to act. In cases where the damages will be paid by an insurance carrier, you should know that they have a team of lawyers protecting their interests, which means that the settlement amount they offer may not be entirely fair.

A seasoned lawyer with experience in your type of injury case can help you prepare and understand every step in the system. They can also counsel you on the type of settlement or resolution you’re most likely to receive.

Every case is unique. This is why it is important to hire an attorney or firm with experience in your exact type of injury. They are more likely to have experience with similar cases and scenarios that can inform the way they present your case and move forward to better benefit you.

Are You Looking for the Best Personal Injury Attorney to Represent You?

If you’ve been involved in an accident or sustained an injury due to someone else’s action or negligence, contact Ryan Montgomery Attorney at Law, LLC. As your personal injury attorney, we can assess your case and determine the best course of action to protect your rights and property.