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Life-saving technology on large trucks

Passenger vehicles practically drive themselves these days, with automatic braking and parallel parking systems, cruise control, and warnings and alerts for almost any danger on the Texas roadways. But what about large trucks? 

According to Forbes magazine, the deaths in large truck crashes have increased over time, with more than 4,000 people dying in these collisions in 2015 alone, and more than 116,000 more injured. If trucking companies were to install some of these safety systems on their fleets, it could drop the number of crashes by roughly 63,000 per year, one study estimates.

Spreading safety awareness in the roofing industry

In the wake of hurricanes Harvey and Irma, countless Texans are in need of new homes -- but the task, of course, is easier said than done. For various reasons, including the high demand for contractors, there is now a massive shortage for construction workers in the industry.

This high demand certainly raises the stakes when it comes to supplying families and business with the shelter they need to get back to their normal lives. Roofing is already known as a dangerous job on its own, but in these recent crucial circumstances, that danger can become all the more prominent when workers feel rushed or pressured to complete projects quickly. Looking at the statistics and becoming more knowledgeable about the risks alone can prevent dangers down the road.

I may have carpal tunnel syndrome. Is this a work injury?

If you think you have carpal tunnel syndrome, depending on your job, it could certainly be work related. Carpal tunnel syndrome tends to cause one or both hands to become weak or numb.

You may also be feeling tingling or even pain. Ultimately, you may have trouble using your hands in a functional manner if not properly treated.

When your health is at risk on an oil field

On the oil fields in Texas, literally every part of your body is vulnerable. While oil and gas extraction companies can lower the risks by following safety standards set by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the health hazards associated with your job cannot be entirely eliminated. We at The Law Offices of Miller & Bicklein, P.C., understand the responsibilities your employer has to protect your health.

OSHA lists a few major hazards that you may face on the oil field. Inhalation of hydrogen sulfide and silica can both be fatal, but even in small doses, if the right precautions are not taken, these substances may cause permanent, life-shortening damage to your health. Exposure to diesel exhaust may also cause long-term health problems. The threats from these and many other material exposures should be minimized through the following:

  • Respiratory protection
  • Eye and face protection
  • Hazardous communication materials
  • Training on how to handle hazardous materials 

How to deal with the threats of fire on the Texas oil fields

If you are making a living on the Texas oil fields, you will be only too aware of the dangers of your job. Working on and around drilling rigs and other heavy equipment poses multiple safety hazards and a constant risk of severe injuries or even death. Challenging working conditions, defective equipment or negligence of co-workers or supervisors could leave you suffering the consequences of a workplace accident and mounting medical bills.

Flammable materials, gases and chemicals will be your constant companions if you work in the gas and oil industry. As you move about refining, extraction and other sites, fire protection must be the primary concern. Fire hazard management forms a key part of employee safety in this industry.

Job training may be a workers' compensation benefit

Workplace injuries could leave employees sitting at home wondering if they will ever be able to rejoin the Texas company where they have spent their career thus far. Losing the ability to do that job can be devastating, and the isolation during recovery may be depressing. 

In fact, a study published in BMC Public Health reported that people with a work-related injury had a higher risk of depression than people with a nonwork-related injury, or people with no injury at all. Factors that may contribute to mental health problems include the following:

  • Disability
  • Lower income
  • Treatment costs
  • Inability to work

What is the role of a traffic accident investigator?

After a crash, you may feel you were not at fault. Taking pictures and speaking to witnesses may help your case, but gathering evidence at the crash site is often a job for a professional. Responding to traffic accidents is one of the duties of law enforcement officers in Texas. Their help is essential in aiding you and other victims and securing the scene, which includes moving the wreck or rerouting traffic to ensure the ongoing safety of both motorists and emergency personnel.

Law enforcement is also responsible for preserving evidence at the scene. According to the Wise County Sheriff's Office, authorities must investigate and report on accidents involving injuries, death or damages of $1,000 or more. That includes securing and examining evidence, gathering information from witnesses and victims and determining the cause. They also assign fault.

What rights do I have if I suffer an injury on the job?

If you experience an injury while working in Texas, there is a good chance you have plenty of rights under Texas’ Workers’ Compensation program. This can be so even if you were somewhat negligent and largely caused your own injury.

As noted by the Texas Workforce Commission, if your injury falls under the workers’ compensation program, you may be able to receive compensation or reimbursement, including the following:

  • Medical care for your injury without cost to you
  • Reimbursement of travel expenses getting to and from a medical appointment
  • Wage replacement while you are unable to work
  • Benefits to your family should you die as a result of a work-related accident

Both sudden and subtle health problems may be job related

Whether you can point to a specific moment when you were injured at your Texas workplace, or you gradually began to suspect that something was wrong, you may be eligible for assistance in paying for the medical expenses caused by the health problem. We at The Law Offices of Miller & Bicklein, P.C., often provide representation to workers whose employers did not protect their rights to a safe workplace.

Although people can sustain a head trauma in almost any situation, workers in some industries, such as oil and gas extraction and construction, are particularly at risk. A sudden blow to the head or a violent force that causes your brain to bump up against the skull can cause bruising and other damage to delicate brain tissues. This is known as a traumatic brain injury, and even a mild concussion can result in long-lasting damage. Federal regulations require many employers to provide hardhats to their workers.

The long recovery from a limb amputation

You will likely never forget the accident and the horrifying results. Whether the amputation occurred at the scene of the incident or the extensive injuries gave doctors no choice but to surgically remove the limb, you are undoubtedly struggling with many emotions and fears about your future.

Recovery from surgery is only the beginning of the road ahead. You may be comforted to hear that many people who experience the amputation of a limb are able to adjust and even excel in many areas. However, at this point, you are likely having difficulty just dealing with the confusion and questions about what to expect.

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