The National Safety Council, NSC, has announced that June is National Safety Month. The month is dedicated to providing people with information and materials to get the safety message out to the public. The month focuses on informing people how to reduce some of the leading causes of injuries and death on the roads, in the workplace, at home, and throughout the community.
Slip and Falls
Slip and fall accidents are among the most common causes of serious injury and death. Falls can occur for a number of reasons. When someone falls, he or she may suffer injuries such as head trauma, back and neck injuries, broken bones, sprains, and contusions. The most serious of these injuries may result in a lifelong disability that requires ongoing medical treatment and daily care. The negligent party may be responsible for the injuries.
Road Worker Safety
Road workers are at high risk of injury from drivers who are not paying close enough attention to the road. Drivers should be aware of workers and obey the reduced speed limits imposed in these areas. Distracted driving and speeding are among the most common causes of accidents including those that occur to road workers. The responsible driver may be liable for injuries caused by negligence on the road.
Fatigue is a common problem for many people. In the workplace, fatigue can result in mistakes and in falls and accidents. On the roadways, fatigued drivers are as dangerous as those who are driving drunk. It is important for people to understand their fatigue and take steps to avoid taking part in dangerous activities while they are overtired.
Learning More about Safety
The National Safety Council offers a variety of programs and information to increase awareness of public safety issues. June 12 through 18, 2017 is designated as Safe + Sound Week. The week focuses on safety in the workplace and is co-sponsored by the NSC and led by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, OSHA. The campaign is designed to promote workplace safety and address hazards while on the job.
Taking Legal Action
When someone is seriously hurt or has died because of the negligence of another, legal action may be necessary. The responsible party should be required to provide compensation for the injuries and damages that they caused. For example, a slip and fall accident that occurs at a store may be caused by the negligent actions of the owner. If so, the injured party may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.
Not all accidents are compensable, but many of them are. If you or a loved one were the victim of an accident caused by negligence, your case should be reviewed by an experienced attorney. Your lawyer will review the details of the situation to determine the best way to proceed. Contact the skilled legal team at the Law Office of Patrick G. Shea to schedule a consultation today.