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Workplace Slip and Fall Accidents – Always a Liability of the Employer

Some people who would hear about a severe injury sustained from a simple case of slip and fall may refuse to believe that such thing is possible and may even think that such is a total non-sense. How will falling on your butt cause so much harm? It can definitely cause people to find the situation funny, but for it to cause a serious injury? Impossible!

To the more than two million victims of slip and fall accidents every year, however, this is far from being a joke. For it can result to fractures, causing severe pains, even impairment. The Consumer Product Safety Commission or CPSC knows this to be a fact, saying that most slip and falls are workplace accidents, causing the victims to miss work, the number of days depends on the severity of the injury sustained.

According to the CPSC, a slip and fall accident is the most common cause of injury in the workplace and hip fracture is the injury typically sustained by victims, whose ages usually fall between 15 and 24. The commission says further that the most common reasons why such accidents happen are exposed wires, slick or slippery floors, inadequate lighting, uneven steps or floors, unnoticeable slight elevations on floors, spills or wet floors, absence of warning signs or guardrails where these ought to be present and other forms of hazards that can cause a person to slip or trip.

Though the accident is usually blamed on the victims themselves, for failing to take notice of possible dangers or take extra care when walking, it is still the owner of the firm or establishment (if the accident happens outside the office) who has the greater responsibility over the cause of the accident.

It can be a case of negligence on the part of the owner or employer (and his/her representatives in the persons of managers and supervisors) in seeing to it that the workplace is always safe from possible accidents that could easily be avoided. Such negligence is also the usual cause of additional costs for the firm, which has to compensate the injured employee for medical treatment and wage loss if the accident causes the employee to miss work.

Oral Health Treatment – What Can Make it Go Wrong?

With more Americans becoming conscious of the vast importance of oral health and clean, white teeth, dentists are doing everything they can to live up to the challenge. Thus, aside from the usual tooth extractions they have always performed, they now also offer many other treatments and services, like  crowns and bridges, veneers, braces and orthodontia, teeth whitening (which is the number one obsession among Americans), and now, Neuromuscular dentistry, the latest development in oral healthcare. But, mind you, improvements in dental clinics are not confined solely on the number and quality performance of the latest services; these also include hiring professional and friendly staff and transforming their clinics into a more comfortable and conducive place to make patients feel more important and relaxed.

Like other medical professionals, dentists are obliged to observe standards of care to ensure quality treatment to all patients. Failure to observe these standards can result to patient harm or injury that can lead to a malpractice lawsuit against them and their staff. Dentists, therefore, ought to make sure that their patients know and understand the treatment to be performed and the possible immediate or long-tem effects of such treatment.

For it is a sad fact that complaints regarding dental malpractice have risen in the recent years, revealing how a number of dentists have not been careful in how they look after their patients. Though Prosthodontics, which refers to tooth replacement and which may involve extraction, as well as denture and bridge treatment, is the most common area of dentistry that is complained about, according to the American Dental Association (ADA).

Some of the other mistakes that can be committed by dentists, which injure patients, and result in malpractice lawsuits, include:

  • Insufficient or delayed treatment of oral problem
  • Wrong diagnosis of oral problem
  • Extractions and/or infection that lead/s to fracture of the jaw;
  • Failure to use correct dental equipment, leading to infection;
  • Damaging lingual nerve, whether temporary or permanent;
  • Causing infection due to marred dental bridges , root canals or implants; and,
  • Wrong dosage of anesthesia (this can actually lead to complications or death)

With regard to the possible injuries patients may suffer from due to such malpractice of negligence of the dentist, these can include: periodontal (gum) disease or advanced oral cancer; debilitating and increasing pain; injury to the nerves of the tongue, lips, jaw, chin or face; numbness; uncontrolled bleeding; teeth or gum injury due to faulty bridge or crown; stroke; and, heart attack.

New York City Train Derails, Killing Four

A commuter train traveling from Poughkeepsie to Manhattan derailed early yesterday morning, killing four passengers and injuring at least 65 more.

At the time of the accident, the train had initiated a sharp turn on tracks that run along the intersection of the Hudson and Harlem rivers. Trains travel at speeds of 70 mph on the straightaway leading up to this turn, but typically slow down to 30 mph to safely make it past the curve. The derailed train’s conductor claimed the brakes became unresponsive as the vehicle approached the turn, possibly being what caused the train to careen off the tracks.

The train line serves some 26,000 people on an average day. Thousands of New Yorkers have had their commutes disrupted by this train accident, which officials say will take about a week to clear up.

This is not the first time a train has malfunctioned along that stretch of track. In July of this year, a freight train derailed in the same area.

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