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Work Safety

Best Practices to Avoid Work Accidents

Milford Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at Rhoades & Morrow Advocate for Injured WorkersWorkplace accidents cause physical harm, pain, and suffering to workers. They cost workers their livelihood and can directly affect workplace morale. By taking the right precautions, workers can avoid debilitating injuries.

Safety gear can reduce the risk of workplace accidents; however, the employer must also provide training along with the gear to ensure its proper use on worksites. Equipment and tools should have safety guards that are installed and in working order. Examples of personal protective equipment include hard hats and steel toe boots and gloves to protect from burn injuries, scrapes, and chemical exposure. Safety goggles protect the face and eyes from flying particles, dust, and debris. Ear muffs or earplugs can help prevent occupational hearing loss, also.

Heat Exhaustion

In extreme heat, workers can suffer from heat stress injuries like heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke, which can be fatal. In hot weather conditions, workers should take breaks regularly in shaded or air-conditioned areas and drink small amounts of water frequently. They should also be educated on recognizing the symptoms of heat-related illnesses. In extreme cold, workers are susceptible to frostbite and should dress in layers and protect their hands, feet, head, and face from exposure. Any wet items of clothing should be replaced immediately with dry ones and employers should provide on-site heating devices where possible.

Well-Maintained Work Areas

Many accidents can be prevented simply by better housekeeping. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) provides guidelines for good housekeeping in the industry. Slip and falls are often due to debris and spills left behind on a worksite and can create fire hazards. Employers who have high standards of housekeeping are vigilant about their surroundings and will have a clean workplace, free of hazards. Workers can contribute to workplace safety by reporting any problems or hazards promptly so that they can be eliminated.

Workplace Car Accidents

Millions of U.S. workers are full time motor vehicle operators, and many more use company or personal vehicles for sales and deliveries to meet with clients, along with many other tasks. OSHA reports that workplace driving accidents cost an average of $60 billion every year. Safety for these workers can be improved by maintaining company vehicles properly and checking the brakes, lights, and signals before use. Workers should also use safety belts, not use cell phones while driving, and reduce their speed.

Milford Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at Rhoades & Morrow Advocate for Injured Workers

If you have been injured in a work-related accident, call the experienced Milford Workers’ Compensation lawyers at Rhoades & Morrow for help filing a claim. Let the Rhoades & Morrow team put their experience to work for you so that you can focus on your recovery. Contact us online or call  302-422-6705 to schedule a consultation at our Milford, Delaware office. We represent clients both upstate and downstate.

 

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Whiplash and Back Injuries in Accidents

Wilmington Personal Injury Lawyers at Rhoades & Morrow Advocate for Victims of Car AccidentsThe beginning signs of whiplash may not always be obvious. Although many times whiplash starts as neck soreness or stiffness, other symptoms can also be a sign of a soft-tissue injury to your neck and body. Sometimes it can start as dizziness, headache, blurred vision, shoulder or arm pain, tingling sensations, cognitive difficulties, sleep disturbance, or fatigue.

After an accident, it is important to seek medical attention, not only for your own health and well-being, but also to document the nature of your injuries. Certain injuries are not immediately apparent and establishing a relationship with a doctor who is aware of your accident is important. Additionally, if the injuries are left untreated, they could worsen.

Additionally, people may have the incorrect idea that whiplash cannot occur because of low-speed car accidents. These types of injuries can occur at low speeds and the injury may vary in severity depending on the position of the person’s head at the time of the accident. If the person’s head was turned to the side or back, the injury could be much more complex than if the driver was looking forward.

Whiplash is also known in the medical and legal fields as a hyperextension and hyperflexion injury because of the movement of the neck, also known as a myofascial injury or a cervical strain or sprain. Although these types of injuries are usually associated with auto accidents, they can also be a result of other incidents such as sports accidents, intentional assaults, skiing or snowboarding accidents, repetitive stress injuries at work, child abuse, or slip and fall accidents in homes or public places.

Whiplash Injuries Can Affect the Spine

These injuries could be complicated since they often affect the body’s connective tissue, muscles, ligaments, and tendons. If the neck is injured during impact or trauma, the same type of injury can also occur in the mid or lower back and result in muscle sprains or spasms. These types of back injuries could be even more complex than those involving the neck, since the entire spine could have been subjected to trauma.

Wilmington Personal Injury Lawyers at Rhoades & Morrow Advocate for Victims of Car Accidents

The Wilmington personal injury lawyers at Rhoades & Morrow can assist you if you have suffered whiplash because of an accident or any other type of personal injury. We are easily accessible in Delaware with three locations in Willington, Bear, or Milford, Delaware. We also serve Dover, Lewes, Georgetown, Hockessin, and all communities in the counties of New Castle, Kent, and Sussex. You may reach us at 302-427-9500 or contact us online.

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Fireworks Safety This Fourth of July

Wilmington Personal Injury Lawyers discuss Fireworks Safety This Fourth of JulyThe Fourth of July is a favorite holiday for many Americans because of the extravagant pyrotechnics that many communities display. Many people also choose to celebrate with their own personal fireworks, which are legal in all but three states. Each state has their own list of permitted consumer fireworks, but legal fireworks can cause injuries when not used correctly as well. According to the Amputee-Coalition, over 600 people will end up in emergency rooms on the Fourth of July due to fireworks-related injuries. If you plan to set off fireworks at home this July, make sure you carefully supervise any children and follow these tips to ensure your holiday is a safe one.

Buying your fireworks from a licensed dealer is the single most important factor in eliminating injuries. Homemade fireworks are illegal for a reason, as their composition is unknown, they meet no safety standards, and are unpredictable. Often, the people manufacturing them have no knowledge of pyrotechnics. The outside is coated with a dangerous explosive dust that can cause the firework to detonate from heat and friction.

Illegal explosives may be identified by some or all of the following characteristics:

  • The firework may be one to six inches long and an inch or more in diameter.
  • The color may be red, silver, or brown and look like a roll of coins with a fuse.
  • The firework is made of a cardboard tube filled with explosives and wrapped in brown paper.
  • The fireworks were sold from the back of a vehicle or on the street.

Adhere to local laws regarding the use of fireworks and read all the instructions before igniting anything. Only use fireworks in the presence of responsible adult supervision. Fireworks should be lit one at a time. Be sure to move quickly away after ignition. Keep a safe distance from fireworks displays and choose a large, clear, and outdoor area for using fireworks. Refrain from using metal or glass containers.

Use safety glasses and have water nearby in case of emergencies, both in a bucket and by a hose connected to a water source. It is best to keep pets and other animals away from all noise.

Never point fireworks at people or hold sparklers close to your face, hair, or clothing. Fireworks that fail to ignite should be left for 20 minutes and then soaked in water before disposal. Spent fireworks should also be soaked before being disposed in a metal trash can that does not contain combustible materials. You should never mix alcohol, drugs, and fireworks.

The Wilmington Personal Injury Law Firm of Rhoades & Morrow Wishes Everyone a Safe and Happy Fourth of July

Fireworks are the highlight of the most important American holiday, so be sure you celebrate safely. If you or someone you love is injured in an accident involving the negligence of another party, contact an experienced Wilmington personal injury lawyer from Rhoades & Morrow. We put our clients first and have been helping the citizens of Delaware with personal injury claims since 1990. Call 302-427-9500 to schedule a free initial consultation or contact us online.

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Common Summertime Accidents

Milford Wrongful Death Lawyers Discuss Common Summertime AccidentsSummer is the time for outdoor fun. Children leave their classrooms behind for the unstructured fun of the playground, pool, and road trips. However, according to the National Safe Kids Campaign, serious accidents increase significantly during the four-month period between May and September. Avoid these common summertime accidents for a memorable and safe summer break for the entire family.

Playground Accidents

The National Program for Playground Safety conducted a seven year National Playground Study and found that 218,851 children during that period went to the ER for injuries on playground equipment due to falls from slides, monkey bars, and rock walls. This causes broken bones, head injuries, and asphyxiations.

Many playground accidents happen because of defective, broken, or otherwise unsafe public playground equipment. Stay away from playgrounds that appear neglected or in disrepair. Children should only use equipment designed for their age group and are never to be left unattended on the playground. Children should also never wear hooded sweatshirts, jewelry or anything else that can become caught on playground equipment and choke them.

Car Accidents

Car accident rates, especially for teen drivers, increase drastically between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Teen drivers are statistically more likely to drive distracted, making this the leading cause of car accidents. Distracted driving does not only mean driving while texting. Eating, adjusting the radio, putting on make-up, and turning to talk to a passenger involve taking the driver’s eyes off the road. A teen driver that takes their eyes off the road lacks the reaction time to avoid a car accident.

It is best to limit driving hours and distance for inexperienced drivers and to make sure the family car is properly serviced before each trip. Teaching your young driver how to handle an emergency on the road can help prevent future accidents.

Pool accidents

Everyone associates summertime fun with the water, whether it is the pool, the lake, or the ocean, water activities provide relief from the hot summer months. The water presents its own risks though, especially for children. Accidental drowning claims 1,000 young lives every year. Residential swimming pool drownings are the second leading cause of fatal injury for people ages 5 to 24. Enjoying the water can be fun and safe if you follow a few safety tips.

  • Always supervise children in the water at all times, regardless of how much experience they have as swimmers.
  • All children can benefit from swimming lessons.
  • Young children and less experienced swimmers should always be within arm’s reach of an adult for “touch supervision.”
  • Flotation devices should be Coast Guard approved and fit properly.
  • Vests and water wings are insufficient protection against drowning.

Homeowners have a responsibility to safely maintain their pool area. Fences should adhere to Consumer Product Safety Commission standards. Gates should be self-latching and out of reach from children. Ladders should be removed from aboveground pools when not in use to prevent children from sneaking in without supervision. Every adult using a pool with children should be prepared to act in the event of an emergency.

Milford Wrongful Death Lawyers at Rhoades & Morrow Protect Victims Injured in Summertime Accidents

If you have been injured or lost a loved one due to another’s carelessness, let a Milford wrongful death lawyer at Rhoades & Morrow fight for the compensation you deserve. Call our Wilmington, Delaware office at 302-427-9500 or contact us online. Rhoades & Morrow handles all personal injury and work injury cases throughout Delaware, including Wilmington, Hockessin, Newark, Glasgow, Bear, Middletown, Smyrna, Dover, Milford, Lewes, Georgetown, and Seaford, as well as any other community in New Castle County, Kent County, and Sussex County.

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Wilmington Bicycle Accident Lawyers: Summer Bicycle Safety

Wilmington Bicycle Accident Lawyers Discuss Summer Bicycle SafetyWith warm weather comes the enjoyment of your favorite outdoor activities. Bicycle riding is one of the most enjoyable outdoor activities for the young and old. Unfortunately, this healthy and fun activity can sometimes lead to injury. However, most bicycle accidents and injuries can be avoided by following some simple tips. First and foremost, always make sure to wear a properly fitted bicycle helmet. In addition, bicycle riders should ride on the right in the same direction as other vehicles and obey all traffic signs, signals and lane markings. Lastly, bicycle riders should not wear earplugs or a headset so that they can hear traffic and avoid dangerous conditions. You can find these bicycle safety tips and others through The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website located here.

Sometimes, even when the basic rules of bicycle safety are followed, one can be injured in a bicycle accident. As attorneys, who have represented clients involved in bicycle accidents, we often see two main types of bicycle accidents. First, and by far the most common, is a bicycle accident involving a car, truck or bus. Oftentimes because of the bias against bicycle riders, it is assumed that the bicycle rider was at fault. However, in many instances, the bicycle rider followed the rules of the road while the automobile driver was at fault. If you are involved in this type of accident, it is important that you immediacy call the police and ensure that the police have the proper details of the accident.

Another type of bicycle accident, is the hit and run bicycle accident. Regrettably, sometimes automobile drivers, who strike a bicycle rider, leave the scene of the accident. If this occurs, it is important to immediacy call the police and record the name of any witnesses, who may stop to render aid. In addition, it is important that you immediately report the accident to your own automobile insurance carrier.

Wilmington Bicycle Accident Lawyers at Rhoades & Morrow Advocate for Accident Victims in Delaware

With summer upon us, it is important for bicycle riders to know safe riding rules. If everyone bikes and drives safe, bicycle accidents and injuries can be avoided.

If you would like a free consultation to discuss an automobile accident, truck accident, motorcycle or bicycle accident claim, call Rhoades & Morrow to speak with a Wilmington accident lawyer. Call our offices at 302-427-9500 or contact us online to learn more. Rhoades & Morrow handles all personal injury and work injury cases throughout Delaware, including Wilmington, Hockessin, Newark, Glasgow, Bear, Middletown, Smyrna, Dover, Milford, Lewes, Georgetown, and Seaford, as well communities in New Castle County, Kent County, and Sussex County.

 

(The contents of this article are intended to convey general information only and not to provide legal advice or opinions. As legal advice must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each case, nothing provided herein should be used as a substitute for advice of competent counsel)

 

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Wilmington Car Accident Lawyers: Do I Have Enough Coverage?

Wilmington Car Accident Lawyers Do I Have Enough Coverage?As attorneys who represent individuals injured in automobile accidents, truck accidents and motorcycle accidents, we are often disappointed to find that, while our clients have “full coverage” on their automobiles, (that is, they have every type of coverage), the limits of their coverage are far too low to protect them while they are disabled and incurring large medical expenses after an auto accident. In Delaware, you can protect yourself and your family with good car insurance coverage in the event of injury.

Protecting Yourself in the Event of a Car Accident in Wilmington

One way to protect yourself and your family is by having sufficient Personal Injury Protection (“PIP”) coverage. PIP benefits are what we would describe as “no fault” benefits. Under the PIP coverage in your policy, all wages lost and all medical bills incurred by you or your family members during the first two years following an auto accident will be paid by your insurance company regardless of fault, provided, (and this is where the problems lie) that your coverage is sufficient enough to meet your needs.

Under Delaware law, you must have at minimum $15,000.00 in PIP coverage. Although $15,000.00 is the minimum, for a reasonable increase in your premium, you can have PIP coverage in the amount higher than the state minimum. Having a higher PIP limit can help you and your family in the event of injury.

Another way to protect yourself and your family is by having sufficient Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage. Uninsured Motorist (“UM”) Coverage is designed to compensate you for the negligence of another driver, who has injured you, but who has no insurance to compensate you for your pain, suffering and injury. Underinsured Motorist (“UIM”) Coverage is designed to protect you if the negligent driver has some insurance but that insurance is not enough to fully compensate you. Again, for a reasonable

You can protect yourself by simply contacting your insurance agent and requesting that he or she review your coverage with you so that you can be sure that, not only you are protected if you unfortunately caused an injury, but you are also protected if you are the victim of another person’s negligence. It’s not too late!

Wilmington Car Accident Lawyers at Rhoades & Morrow Advocate for Clients Across Delaware

If you would like a free consultation to discuss an automobile accident, truck accident, or motorcycle accident claim, call the Wilmington car accident lawyers at Rhoades & Morrow at 302-427-9500 or contact us online to learn more. Rhoades & Morrow handles all personal injury and work injury cases throughout Delaware, including Wilmington, Hockessin, Newark, Glasgow, Bear, Middletown, Smyrna, Dover, Milford, Lewes, Georgetown, and Seaford, as well as any other community in New Castle County, Kent County, and Sussex County.

(The contents of this article are intended to convey general information only and not to provide legal advice or opinions. As legal advice must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each case, nothing provided herein should be used as a substitute for advice of competent counsel)

 

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Wilmington Car Accident Lawyers: Teens Benefit From More Sleep

Wilmington Car Accident Lawyers: Teens Benefit From Later School StartResearch suggests that teens who start school later experience numerous significant physical and emotional benefits. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends that teens should not start the school day before 8:30 a.m. for optimum mental and physical well-being. Numerous other researchers recommend the later start day so as to avoid car accidents.

Changes During the Teen Years

Teens are known for sleeping – a lot. But they may be getting a bad rap. Teens are not being lazy or irresponsible by sleeping in often. Teens experience biological shifts in their sleeping patterns during adolescence, making them more likely to stay up later and sleep in longer. The demands of school, jobs, sports, and social connections also keep teens from getting the valuable sleep their changing minds and bodies need.

Significant physical and emotional changes take place during the teen years, all fueled and sustained by sleep. Teens aged 13 – 18 need eight to 10 hours of sleep every night, but most are not getting nearly enough. The National Sleep Foundation reports that only 15 percent of teens report getting at least eight and a half hours of sleep on school nights.

How Sleep Deficits Impact Teens

According to a recent National Sleep Foundation poll, around one in four high school students say they have fallen asleep in class. If they cannot stay awake, how can they excel? Lack of sleep directly affects a person’s ability to concentrate, react, and make decisions. Teens are not prepared to perform their best in the classroom and the sports field without enough sleep. Emotionally, sleep-deprived teens are more prone to emotional issues like sadness and depression.

Lack of Sleep and Safety

There are serious safety concerns for teens who do not sleep enough. Drowsy driving is one of the leading causes of car accidents, and is considered just as dangerous as driving intoxicated. Drowsy driving causes thousands of car accidents in Delaware every year. Half of teens surveyed by the National Sleep Foundation said they have driven drowsy in the past year. Fifteen percent said they drive drowsy once a week.

Any person that is not well-rested is more prone to accidents and injuries. When you add in inexperienced teen drivers, the risk of motor vehicle accidents increases greatly. One study on the subject cited a 16.5 percent decrease in car accidents among teens that started school an hour later than the national average.

Teens are also more prone to making dangerous choices both because of changes in the brain in how they process risks and rewards, and because of the overwhelming peer pressure to which they are exposed. Without enough sleep, teens are more inclined to make poor choices.

Based on all of the information available about how crucial sleep is to a teen’s health and well-being, many experts recommend starting the school day later. Starting the day before 8:30 a.m. prevents teens from getting all of the sleep they need to function at their best, which could result in car accidents while these new drivers make their commute to school.

Wilmington Car Accident Lawyers at Rhoades & Morrow Advocate for Victims of Drowsy Driving Accidents

Drowsy drivers cause countless accidents on roads across the country every year. If you or a loved one has been injured by another’s negligence, contact the Wilmington car accident lawyers at the law firm of Rhoades & Morrow at 302-427-9500. You can also complete our simple online contact form. Bear wrongful death lawyers at Rhoades & Morrow handle all personal injury and work injury cases throughout Delaware, including Wilmington, Hockessin, Newark, Glasgow, Bear, Middletown, Smyrna, Dover, Milford, Lewes, Georgetown, and Seaford, as well as any other community in New Castle County, Kent County, and Sussex County.

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