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Claiming workers' compensation after vision loss

Being involved in an accident at work could lead to injuries that affect you for the rest of your life. Vision loss can sadly be an extremely pervasive injury that affects all aspects of an injured person's life, including the ability to earn an income. Your workers' compensation payout should, therefore, reflect the financial toll that this has taken on your life.

It's important that you do not waste time in notifying your employer of your injury, and that you take action to make your claim within the given timeframe. The following are some of the types of damages you may be able to claim as a result of losing your sight in a work injury.

What are the deadliest professions?

Earlier this year, researchers with the website 24/7 Wall St. took tried to identify the deadliest professions in the United States. They found that workers in these roles are all at an increased risk for certain injuring or fatal accidents in the workplace. You're unlikely to be surprised to learn what constitutes some of the most dangerous professions in Georgia and the rest of the country.

The top five most dangerous professions in the U.S. are:

  • Fishing-related and logging
  • Roofing
  • Sanitation
  • Flight engineering
  • Aircraft piloting.

What three forms does distracted driving take?

No matter what specific distraction a driver is dealing with -- eating, drinking, talking on the phone, etc -- odds are that it falls into one of three main categories. As we'll see, some of them fall into multiple categories at the same time.

According to safe driving experts, those three types are:

  • Cognitive (Mental)
  • Visual
  • Physical

What you should know about workers' compensation in Georgia

Different states have varying laws when it comes to workers' compensation. This is why it is important that you understand the specific laws in the state that you are employed in.

If you have recently suffered an injury in a Georgia workplace, you should prioritize getting medical attention if you deem it necessary. After you have done this, you should notify your employer in writing. This will pave the way for you to potentially claim workers' compensation.

A vicious dog can cause lifelong injuries to your small child

The behavior and personality of a dog often reflects the environment in which it grew up or currently lives. Sometimes, nice people adopt dogs that had very cruel previous owners. Other times, people don't notice the warning signs of a dog that may have a tendency toward irrational or violent behavior.

Unfortunately, small children can often wind up severely hurt when they interact with pets that people think are safe. It only takes a second for a dog to decide to bite, and children, being shorter, present more opportunity for a dog to cause catastrophic injuries.

How to move through post-accident shock

Many people deal with shock, stress and even PTSD -- post-traumatic stress disorder -- in the wake of a car accident. Few things that you get involved in will be as harrowing as a car accident. While people in some professions may face greater challenges -- soldiers who see combat, for instance -- a car accident is the height of stress for the average American, especially when it results in serious injuries or even death.

If this happens to you, the following tips may help you handle the stress and work your way through some of the emotional and mental challenges you will face:

  • Stay hydrated. Use water to remove toxins from your body and give you energy.
  • In moments of severe stress, like a panic attack, focus on slow, controlled breathing.
  • Take up relaxing hobbies, such as yoga.
  • Tell someone else how you feel. Stressful situations often grow to be even worse in our own minds, but saying things out loud helps you work through them.
  • Make sure you get enough sleep. Many people accidentally don't get enough rest without even realizing it, thanks to their busy schedules, and that's very hard on the body.
  • Consider talking to a doctor or a medical professional. You don't have to do this on your own. A therapist can give you different techniques and possibly even medications that you can use.

Building owner hit with $125 million verdict for wrongful death

Property owners take note: If a recent verdict is any indication, Georgia jurors are very sympathetic toward the victims of negligent landlords. That seems to be the message of a $125 million wrongful death verdict against the owners of the Ralston Towers, which primarily houses low income and disabled tenants on government assistance.

The case was filed by a 62-year-old man's surviving adult daughter after he died in the 98-degree heat of a Ralston room. The air conditioning, which the deceased depended on to manage his medical condition, wasn't working.

Your risk of having a crash with a log truck in Georgia is high

In 2017, the Forest Resources Association (FRA) met to discuss log truck safety. At the time, only five companies were underwriting insurance policies for these types of vehicles. Many who attended this meeting left with a renewed interest in what industry leaders are doing to make these truck operators safer.

At that meeting, wood suppliers, consumers and insurers all highlighted their common interest in devising a plan to achieve a reduction in losses caused by log trucks. They noted that they'd noted that large trucking companies appeared to have better safety track records than smaller ones. They all noted a desire to delve into why that's the case.

Eye injuries acquired at work could lead to compensation

Most workers in Georgia are entitled to workers' compensation if they suffer damages as a result of being injured at work. However, not all manage to successfully make a claim. This is often because they are not fully aware of their rights to make a workers' compensation claim, or because they did not take action quickly enough. This is why it is important that you do not delay taking the time to understand your rights as an injured worker in Georgia.

Eye injuries are a common cause of injury at work, especially in the construction and mining industries. However, eye injuries may not be noticed initially and can worsen over time. As soon as you notice that you are having problems with your eye, you should make sure to report this to your employer if you believe that it is related to a work injury.

Managing soft-tissue injuries that occurred at work

If you have an active job, your body will be subject to the physical stresses and strains associated with the tasks that you carry out. When you work many hours per week on the same tasks, there is not much opportunity for your body to recover, and this is why injuries can occur over time.

In a general context, it has been estimated that 30% to 50% of all injuries due to exercise activity are caused by soft-tissue lesions that lead to muscle injuries. These muscle injuries can last a long time and can be debilitating. This leads to injured workers needing to take significant amounts of time off work in order to recover.

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