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hard_hat.jpgA taped measure dropped by a construction worker who was working 50 stories up in a high rise has resulted in the death of a man who was delivering sheet rock to the construction site.

The New York Post reports that Gary Anderson, 58, was killed by the 1-pound dropped tape measure. Anderson’s hard hat was in his pickup truck.

This tragic construction accident highlights the importance of head protection when working or visiting construction sites.

Hard hats protect against injury on construction sites

Hard hats have been widely used at construction and industrial work places since 1938. The hats or helmets protect the head from injury from falling objects, debris, impact with other objects, and electric shock. Hard hats have proven to prevent or lessen head injuries from falling objects, falls and bumps against a protruding object.

Hard hats are designed to have 1.2 inch suspension between the helmet’s shell and the worker’s head so that, when struck, the blow to the head is deflected. The suspension acts as a shock absorber.

Hard hats provide important head protection and, besides protecting the skull, it protects the eyes, nose, ears, and mouth.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) the majority of fatal impact injuries on construction sites occurred to workers who were not wearing a helmet. Helmets are important safety devices for everyone who enters a construction site.

Employers are responsbile for ensuring every person on a construction site wear a safety helmet whenever there is a risk of a head injury and it is required whenever there is demolition work.

Types of hard hats

There are different types of hard hats. Class A helmets protect against impact, penetration and low-voltage electrical current. Class B helmets protect against high-volt electrical conductors. Class C helmets protect against impact and penetration only.

The life span of hard hat is typically five years depending on the wear and tear on the helmet. However, it is recommended that the suspension system be replaced every year.

Washington attorney represent construction accident victims

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in construction accidents and the family of those killed.
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An 18-year-old woman, Heather, Lee, faces charges of vehicular assault after eight people were injured in a multi-car accident on State Route 2 between Sultan and Monroe around 6:20pm last night. Lee admitted to the Washington State Patrol (WSP) that she had smoked marijuana earlier in the day prior to the chain reaction collision that injured five children, three adults, some critically.

KOMO News reports that the chain reaction car accident occurred when Lee, apparently distracted by the two children in the back seat of her Dodge Durango, slammed into a Chevy Blazer that was slowing to a stop for a Chrysler minivan that was attempting a left hand turn.

The 23-year-old female driver of the Chevy Blazer, along with three boys and two girls in her vehicle were all injured in the accident. A 10-0year-old boy appears to have suffered the most critical injuries — an injury described by KOMO as a “crushed skull.” The most severely injured were taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. The others injured were taken to area hospitals.

Also involved in the accident was a Dodge Caravan which was struck when Lee’s Durango crossed the centerline after impact with the Blazer. A 37-year-old woman in the Caravan was injured.

A vehicle following the Caravan ended up in a ditch when its driver veered off the roadway to avoid the accident.

The children in Lee’s vehicle reportedly were not injured in the accident.

Vehicular Assault

Lee faces charges of Vehicular Assault, RCW 46.61.522, which can be charged if a driver seriously injured another person while driving recklessly, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs or driving without the regard for the safety of others.

Marijuana and Driving

roach-439288-m.jpgIt’s unfortunate for the all those injured on SR 2 that Lee had smoked marijuana earlier in the day. Studies show that marijuana raises the risk of a car accident by 1.75 if the marijuana user smokes within three hours of driving. Marijuana appears to increasingly play a role in fatal car accidents.

According to the British Medical Journal:

“… cannabis impairs performance of the cognitive and motor tasks necessary for safe driving, increasing the risk of collision.

There is actually quite a lot of research on the use of cannabis and car accident risk and drugged driving is definitively a problem across the nation. With Washington state legalizing marijuana use, it only stands to reason that usage of the drug will increase . The American Journal of Epidemiology found that even before Washington state enacted their pot law, the incidence of motor vehicle accident victims increased from 4.2 percent in 199 to 12.2 percent in 2010.

There is the feeling that people will not take marijuana usage seriously until enough people lose a loved one eve. Said Dr. Guohua Li, director of the Center for Injury Epidemiology and Prevention at Columbia University Medical Center said, “The increased availability of marijuana and increased acceptance of marijuana use” are fueling the higher rate of cannabinol found in dead drivers.”

Washington Personal Injury Attorney Represents Car Accident Victims

This information is provided by the Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. Our law firm represents those who have been seriously injured in car accidents caused by the negligence of another.

Contact The Farber Law Group at 1-800-244-9087 or attorney@hgfarber.com to schedule a free and confidential case evaluation. Our Bellevue office is here to assist you.
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Yesterday was the year anniversary of the death of Maurecio Bell, who died in an escalator accident after he fell and his clothing got tangled on the University Street Station escalator in Seattle.escalator

Since then, The Washington state Department of Labor and Industries estimates that more than 60 people have suffered injuries related to riding on an escalator in Washington.

Escalators seem such a ubiquitous part of American life whether one is shopping at Bellevue Square or catching a flight at SeaTac airport. It’s hard to imagine that can pose a hazard, especially to small children.

Nissan motor company has issued a recall of 1 million motor vehicles because the front passenger-side air bags may not deploy in a motor vehicle accident.

According to the Recall notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the 2013 model year vehicles are part of the recall:
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The problem involves the Occupant Classification System (OCS) software erroneously classifying the front passenger seat as empty when there may actually be a person sitting in the seat.

Owners of the recalled vehicles will be notified in mid-April and they can bring their vehicle in to have the OCS reprogrammed.

airbag.jpgAirbags

Airbags have been standard in all passenger vehicles since 1998 and the save lives by cushioning the driver and front passengers from coming into contact with the windshield, dashboard or steering wheel which may prevent serious injuries.

Airbags and lap/shoulder safety belts are effective to protect occupants in the case of a car crash and are 75% effective in preventing traumatic brain injury or preventing serious chest injuries.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been seriously injured in motor vehicle accidents and the family of those killed.
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bellevue bicycle accident lawyerThe popularity of bicycle commuting has been on the rise in the Pacific Northwest. Bicycling for pleasure also remains one of the most enjoyable outdoor activities, especially in the summer. Bicycle commuters cite avoiding traffic, health and saving money are the top reasons they choose to commute to work on bicycle. However, Herbert Farber, a Bellevue injury attorney wants to remind bicyclists that they should be sure to wear a helmet, choose a safe traffic route and follow rules of the road so as not to be involved in a car-bicycle accident. However, many bicycle accidents are not the cyclist’s fault but the fault of a negligent driver.

Take for example a serious car-bicycle accident that recently occurred in Seattle. On June 25, Brandon Blake was seriously injured when he struck an SUV that made a left turn in front of him on Dexter in Seattle. Blake suffered a head injury, broken ribs, a bruised lung, fractured ribs and facial fractures in the accident. Fortunately, he is expected to fully recover but faces multiple surgeries.

The intersection where Blake was injured was but a block away from where Mike Wang was hit and killed only two years ago.

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is studying changes to Dexter to make it safer for bicyclists but the fact of the matter that driver inattention and failure to obey existing traffic laws such as failure to yield pose dangers to bicyclists.

Bicyclists in Seattle, Bellevue and other metropolitan areas are advised to always keep these safety tips in mind to avoid an accident.

  • Always wear a helmet. Helmets can reduce ahead or brain injury by 85 or 85% according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
  • Ensure your brakes are in good working condition.
  • Be aware of motorists’ blind spot and make sure you are seen.
  • Ride with the flow of traffic.
  • Use hand signals.
  • Wear bright colored clothing.
  • Use reflective lighting and clothing after dark.

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People age 75 and an older are at risk of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) due to a fall. TBIs are caused when there is a blow or jolt to the head. The number one cause of a TBI in the elderly are falls. As people age, they are at a greater risk of falling and the risk is greater with women than for men.

In the elderly, 75% of those who have fallen will fall again within the next six months.

Environmental hazards in the home are a leading cause of falls among the elderly. Throw rugs and poor lighting along with objects of everyday living can provide hazards which can make an elderly person more susceptible to falls.

traumatic brain injury seattleConcussions are a common type of traumatic brain injury. The word concussion is commonly used when speaking of a sports injury but the word concussion is used routinely to describe any mild injury to the brain.

While a concussion may not seem severe, a new study by the New York University (NYU) Langone School of Medicine has found that it can result in structural damage to the brain. Often the symptoms of a concussion can be subtle and not easily recognized but it can cause problems with thinking, physical problems and emotional symptoms. Symptoms can include loss of consciousness, irritability, cognitive changes and problems with sleeping.

It is believed that concussions are under-reported and that 1.7 million people suffer a concussion in a given year. Common causes of concussions include severe whiplash due to car accidents, bicycle accidents, falls, and blows to the head. A brain injury can occur by acceleration alone without a blow to the head.

Dr. Yvonee Lui, neuroradiology section chief and assistant professor of radiology at NYU, followed 19 patients for a year after a mild traumatic brain injury. Using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), Lui mapped a patient’s injury a month after the initial injury and a year later. By looking at the images, Lui said that researchers found that the anterior cingulate cortex of the brain which regulates many autonomic functions in the body such as blood pressure and heart rate as well as cognitive functions had structural damage.

Researchers also found that the precuneus lobe of the brain which is involved with memory, spatial processing and other aspects of consciousness were also affected by a single concussion.

Other studies have shown that a person who has suffered a single concussion is more susceptible to another concussion. Athletes who have had multiple concussions from playing sports like football, volleyball or soccer, can suffer even more changes to their brains because of repeated concussions.
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The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) has launched its 2013 Brain Awareness campaign. The BIAA is the oldest and largest brain injury advocacy organization and advances brain injury prevention, research, treatment and education about brain injury in hopes of improving the quality of life for people who have suffered a brain injury.

Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) affect 7 million people every year and an injury can change a person’s ability to do many things. In an instant, a brain injury can change a person’s life and change the life of their family. An accident leading to a brain injury can happen at any time and in any place.

A brain injury occurs when there is a blow to the head, a jolt to the head or if an object penetrates the skull. While not every blow to the head or jolt causes a TBI, medical care should be sought if any the symptoms listed below appear. If the person is on blood thinner medication, then one should err on the side of caution and seek medical care regardless of whether symptoms present immediately.

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is the leading cause of disability and death in Americans between the ages of 1 and 44 years of age. Whether the brain injury is caused by a car accident, a sports-related concussion, or a fall, a brain injury can change the trajectory of a person’s life.

While a brain injury is not something one can see, it can cause a whole slew of deficits including:
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  • short term memory loss
  • visual sensitivity
  • balance problems
  • paralysis
  • sensory changes
  • cognitive and problem-solving deficits
  • visual problems
  • sensory problems including the sense of smell and taste

After a brain injury, the injured person sometimes becomes like a different person. While the family grieves for the loss of the person that they knew, they also try to support the brain injured person. Often, even a person with a mild brain injury can suffer headaches, depression and sleep walking. Sometimes victims withdraw from society as they are unable to cope with sensory overload.
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A suspected drunk driver has been arrested after he struck two pedestrians in the Covington Wal-Mart parking lot on Black Friday.

Police believe that the 71-year-old driver of an SUV was driving under the influence of alcohol when he struck a man and a woman both in their 40s. Both of the injured suffered serious injuries and were taken to the Level I trauma center at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

According to a report in the Everett Herald, the woman suffered a pelvis injury after she was pinned under the SUV. Both the man and the woman suffered head injuries.

The unidentified driver faces charges of Vehicular Assault by DUI, vehicle code RCW 46.61.522. If convicted, the driver faces 6 months to 1 year in prison.

Legal Help for Victims of Drunk Drivers

The Farber Law Group provides legal representation for people who have been seriously injured in a Washington drunk driving accident.

Drunk driving accidents are not like other accidents in that they could have been prevented had the driver not chosen to drink and drive.
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You may be seeking information after a loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury. A traumatic brain injury is a serious injury and can leave a loved one permanently disabled or with other permanent changes which can affect their thinking, sensation, emotions, or language.

Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs when there is a change in brain function or there is brain pathology due to an external force. Accidents and events that can cause a person to suffer a TBI include:

  • Motor vehicle accidents including car, truck and motorcycle accidents
  • Work related accidents including falls or being struck in the head
  • Birth injuries in which the brain is deprived of oxygen
  • Medical errors which result in an anoxic or hypoxic brain injury in which the brain is deprived of oxygen or the lack of an adequate supply of oxygen

Approximately 35% of traumatic brain injuries are attributed to workplace accidents every year while auto accidents account for about 17.3%.

Motor Vehicle Accidents and Traumatic Brain Injury

It is relatively easy to suffer a traumatic brain injury due to a motor vehicle accident. Even when a car is traveling at relatively low rates of speed, if the car is struck, a person’s brain can be propelled into the skull and the brain tissue can be damaged causing blood vessels to tear. When blood vessels tear, they can cause a bleed into the brain of swelling.

Bleeding in the brain can cause tissue to die off. Sometimes people who have sustained a head injury in a car accident will seem ok immediately after the accident but they suffer complications a short time after or subtle changes start occurring even days after.

Treatment of Traumatic Brain Injury

The treatment for a traumatic brain injury can vary depending upon the size of the hemorrhage (bleeding) and the amount of brain swelling. Some patients require treatment to alleviate the swelling and to prevent bleeding. Some patients recover completely while others suffer lifelong complications or even death.
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