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America's 10 Most Dangerous Jobs

WorkersComp43_07022014You come to work, punch in your timecard and...your safety is suddenly at risk? CNN recently compiled a list of the top 10 most dangerous jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Here's what they found:

  1. Fisherman: TV shows like Deadliest Catch have certainly raised awareness about the harsh conditions that many fishermen work in. Part of this risk is due to working on the water, where Mother Nature reigns supreme. For every 100,000 fishermen, 121 will be killed on the job. Being thrown around on the boat, especially during storms, can also result in long-term injuries.
  2. Logger: The fact that loggers make the list probably isn't surprising, since most of their work involves heavy trees and chainsaws. Although most loggers are now protected in a cab, the industry is still a dangerous one.
  3. Airline Pilot: Alaska is responsible for many of the fatalities among pilots. Inexperienced pilots or those flying older planes sometimes cannot combat Alaska's challenging weather conditions and terrain.
  4. Sanitation Worker: Although this listing might surprise some, sanitation workers often interact with dangerous chemicals, machines designed to compress trash or other materials and have increased exposure to traffic and the elements due to hopping on and off trucks.
  5. Roofer: Falls post the greatest danger to roofers, but they also have an increased likelihood of injuries from fire, electric shock or heavy machinery, making this one of the most dangerous careers out there.
  6. Iron Worker: Structural collapses is one of the most common dangers iron workers face, as well as falls and electrocutions from contacts with power lines. Their fatality rate per 100,000 workers is 26.9.
  7. Farmer/Rancher: As you might guess, heavy machinery and vehicles are to blame for most fatalities in these fields. However, a significant amount of injuries and deaths are due to being kicked or thrown from horses.
  8. Truckers/Deliverymen: In 2011, 759 truckers died while on the job, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. One of the challenges for this industry is that the trucks must be in tip-top shape and drivers must receive adequate sleep and rest. In the hustle and bustle of shipping, sometimes corners are cut, putting drivers in a dangerous position.
  9. Electrical Power Line Repairmen: Falls and electrocution are the most likely suspects for these fatalities. Often the lines are worked on while "hot," so that service is not interrupted and sometimes protective apparel and equipment fails. Unpredictable placement of lines after storms is also a major hazard.
  10. Taxi Drivers: Obviously with the amount of time taxi drivers spend on the road their risk of car accident is significantly increased, taxi drivers are also at the mercy of their passengers.  According to CNN, as crime rates lower, so do fatalities among cab drivers.

See your job listed?

If you see your job on this list, you may have an increased chance of being injured at work. Make sure you know how to file a worker's compensation claim.

If you were injured on the job, or someone you love was killed in a workplace accident, you may be entitled to compensation under the law. Call the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin at 1-866-900-7078 for a free evaluation of your case.

NC Worker Killed: Heavy Rain Leads to Heavy Hearts

A torrent of rain in the NC Mountains caused a mudslide that claimed one worker's life, earlier this May.

He was a husband and the father of three young children. And he was only 32 years old.

The worker was inspecting damage done to the rails by an earlier mudslide, near Black Mountain, when a second slide came through, trapping and killing him.

His coworker, who was inside their specialized truck at the time, survived - even though the truck was derailed. He then called for help and was rescued.

WorkersComp11_06042014Safety Investigation:

As is standard policy for events such as these, the Federal Railroad Administration and the man's employer are currently investigating the events. The NC Department of Transportation is also currently looking into it.

According to the Smoky Mountain News, the report on the investigation's findings could take as much as a year to finalize - at which point the penalties can be enforced if applicable.

If a NC worker is killed while on the job, or as a result of a job, his or her family may be eligible to receive workers' compensation benefits. These could include:

  • Up to 500 weeks of compensation
  • $10,000 in funeral expenses
  • Reimbursement of medical expenses

 

But workers' compensation claims can be a difficult and confusing path to forge. That's why it may be important to have an experienced workers' compensation lawyer on your side.

At the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin, we have an entire team devoted to NC workers' compensation claims - including three North Carolina Board Certified Workers' Compensation SpecialistsContact us for a free case evaluation today.

North Carolina Motorcycle Accidents - Helmet Law Debated

A bill moving through the North Carolina legislature could affect the safety of all motorcycle riders. The legislation, House Bill 109, would make the use of a motorcycle helmet optional for adults, repealing North Carolina's current mandatory helmet law. According to News 14 Carolina, the House Transportation Committee has already approved the bill, and the bill has moved forward to the House Judiciary Committee for debate and a vote.

Unfortunately, this law would increase the risk of serious head injuries to motorcycle riders and passengers in the event of an accident. Our Durham motorcycle accident lawyers know that helmets can significantly reduce the chances of death or serious injury. North Carolina's current helmet laws mandate helmet use and have made the state one of the safest in terms of motorcycle death and accidents. Opponents of House Bill 109 believe that this new law would jeopardize the safety of all riders. Supporters contend riding free is a right and wearing a helmet is a choice. Experienced injury attorneys understand victims are due compensation regardless of helmet use when someone's negligence causes a serious or fatal collision.

Accident7_07032014New Motorcycle Helmet Law Considered

House Bill 109 proposes some very important changes to the current law. If the bill passes, the mandatory motorcycle helmet requirement will be repealed. Instead, helmet use will be optional if:

  • The rider is 21 years of age or older.
  • The rider has had a motorcycle license or an endorsement for a period of at least twelve months.
  • The rider has successfully completed a course in motorcycle safety.
  • The rider has insurance that provides at least $10,000 in coverage for medical benefits after a motorcycle accident.

 

Under these new requirements, a good portion of adult riders who are currently required to wear helmets would now have the choice.

The Risks of the New NC Helmet Law

Those who support changing the rules on helmet use believe that the issue is a matter of personal freedom. They believe that no adult should be required to wear a helmet if he or she does not want to. Those who want the helmet laws changed also argue that helmet mandates divert attention from other proven safety strategies such as awareness and education.

Opponents, however, are concerned that the risk of death will increase if the mandatory helmet law is repealed. Opponents argue that the current law is working well, and there is plenty of evidence to support the claim. The CDC, for example, indicates that North Carolina leads in the United States in terms of both money saved and lives saved as a result of the helmet law.

Further, opponents of the change to the helmet laws indicate that states that have relaxed their helmet laws have seen an increase in both deaths and brain injuries. This increases the Medicaid costs for the state, and of course also results in more people coping with serious injuries.

With the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) reporting that the number of motorcycle accident fatalities has been on the rise nationwide for 14 of the past 15 years, there are strong arguments to be made that nothing should be done to reduce motorcycle safety. The GHSA data also shows that just this past year a nine percent increase in the number of fatalities was reported.

Regardless of what the law is, we want all riders to be safe.  But unfortunately, accidents happen all the time through no fault of your own.

If you've been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin for a free and confidential case evaluation. Call 1-866-900-7078.

The Numbers on Workers’ Deaths in NC are in…but they’re wrong?

WorkersComp50_07022014The NC Department of Labor (NC DOL) reported that 35 employees were killed on the job last year, but the National Council on Occupational Safety and Health (NCOSH) says that number isn't accurate.

In their late-April report, "North Carolina Workers Dying for a Job," NCOSH says that they estimate that number to be closer to 129 - more than 3 times what NC DOL reported.

A report by WRAL says that the difference in the reported numbers is mainly because the state doesn't count deaths due to motor vehicle accidents, workplace violence or the self-employed.

The federal audit & the outcome

The U.S. Labor Department audited North Carolina in 2010, and found that that the state "downplayed serious safety problems, issued weak fines to violators and failed to properly handle whistleblower complaints" according to the Charlotte Observer.

While the numbers are down from the previous year (53 reported by the NC DOL and 148 reported by the NCOSH for 2011), the NCOSH still does not believe the standards are strict enough.

"Clearly the absolute number of deaths has gone down...," said NCOSH Executive Director Tom O'Connor, who wrote the report. "But there are still way too many people dying in easily preventable deaths"

Was your loved one killed at work?

If you were injured on the job, or a family member was killed at work, you may qualify for a workers' compensation claim.

Call the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin at 1-866-900-7078 for a free evaluation of your case and to find out how one of our North Carolina workers' compensation lawyers may be able to help you.

Bicycling – Great for the body…until a car comes along.

The high cost of gasoline and a desire for a healthier lifestyle are driving (no pun intended) many to seek out alternative ways to get to their destination. One of the more popular methods has become bicycling, particularly in urban and suburban areas.

Unfortunately, as more cyclists are hitting the road, we're also seeing an increase in cyclists getting hit by cars and trucks - and maybe not getting up. Bicyclist deaths jumped 8.7 percent in 2011, despite the fact that traffic fatalities overall dropped their lowest since 1949.

Accident4_06262014One of the greatest challenges cyclists face is that not all roads are bicycle-friendly, causing tension between motorists and bicyclists as they have to fight for road space. Also, bicyclists aren't required to follow traffic signals the same way cars do, so drivers sometimes fail to see a cyclist or predict when they're going to turn. And many drivers are not familiar with bicycle hand signals and behaviors. All of these factors are combined can create dangerous conditions for drivers and cyclists.

The Minneapolis solution

Some cities, like Minneapolis, are taking the lead in redeveloping roads to make them "bike-friendly" but this trend hasn't quite caught on nationwide. Minneapolis recently reported that, from 2007-2012, the number of bicyclists on their roads has increased by 56% and their fatality numbers have dropped.

Hurt on a bike?

Bikers are likely to be severely hurt during an accident, since they are traveling with little protection. If you have been the victim in a bicycling accident, you may be entitled to compensation for lost wages and costly medical bills.

Go with a North Carolina personal injury law firm committed to fighting for results. Contact the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin at 1-866-900-7078.

Slip and Falls - Watch out for that banana…

One of the most common types of accidents is descriptively referred to as a "slip and fall." As the title suggests, these are accidents that occur when a surface, or object, causes someone to lose their footing. 

Injury5_06132014When you've been the victim of a slip and fall accident at work, lost wages, long-term injuries and lost days at work are just a few of the impacts from your accident. These impacts can drastically and suddenly alter your quality of life.

Statistics on slip and falls (according to the National Floor Safety Institute)

  • Although deaths resulting from slip and fall accidents are equally spread between men and women, women are much more likely to experience a slip and fall accident.
  • Most emergency room visits every year are the result of a fall of some sort, and over 1 million ER visits every single year are the result of slip and falls.
  • Similarly, slip and fall accidents actually make up the biggest chunk of workers' compensation claims.
  • Slip and falls are the most common occupational injury for younger workers (ages 15-24).

 

After the fall

Serious injuries such as fractures or concussions could result from a slip and fall accident at work. And many times the symptoms will not appear immediately.

Many people feel like they have to return to work quickly in order to recoup their wages and get back on track financially, but if you've hurt yourself at work, you should consider a workers' compensation claim.

Don't risk making your injury worse by going back to work too soon or by not evaluating a long-term treatment plan for your pain. A NC workers' compensation attorney may be able to get you the help you need. Call the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin at 1-866-900-7078.

NC-VA Pileup Nearly 100 Cars Deep

In late March/early April, reports circulated across several major news sources about a pileup of nearly 95 vehicles at the mountainous of the North Carolina-Virginia border. Casualties included a Duke University student and a resident of Iron Station, North Carolina. In addition to these deaths, 25 people were reported injured.

Traffic3_06082014The accident was prompted by a heavy fog, but according to authorities in a report by CBS, most of the drivers were simply driving too fast for the conditions. Authorities further determined that there were 17 separate crashes that contributed to the wreckage.

CBS further reported that there have been at least six such pileups in the same area since 1997, but the 95 car pile-up on March 31st, was the deadliest.

1% fault could = no compensation in NC

Whenever someone is involved in car crash in NC, it may be important to hire a personal injury attorney because "fault" can play a substantial part in their ability to recover compensation. Under North Carolina's "Contributory Negligence" law, if you're found to be even 1% at fault in an accident, you could be barred from any recovery.

If you, or someone you love, have been injured in a car accident, time is not on your side - call the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin today at 1-866-900-7078.

We've helped over 20,000 injured North Carolinians with their claims and we may be able to help you too. Let us put our team of 19 NC car accident attorneys and over 100 professional staff to work for you. Click here to see what our clients have to say.

Contact Information

Raleigh Law Office

5848-100 Faringdon Place
Raleigh, NC 27609
Phone: 919-834-1184
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Durham Law Office

280 South Mangum Street, Suite 400
Durham, NC 27701
Phone: 919-688-4991
Fax: 800-716-7881

Fayetteville Law Office

517 Owen Drive
Fayetteville, NC 28304
Phone: 910-488-0611
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Charlotte Law Office

201 McCullough Drive, Suite 220
Charlotte, NC 28262
Phone: 704-599-1078
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

New Bern Law Office

1505 South Glenburnie Rd, Unit P
New Bern, NC 28562
Phone: 252-634-9010
Toll Free: 1-866-780-3422

Greenville Law Office

702 G Cromwell Dr.
Greenville, NC 27858
Phone: 252-355-5205
Toll Free: 1-866-780-3227

Greensboro Law Office

300 N. Greene Street, Suite 850
Greensboro, North Carolina 27401
Phone: 336-665-7072
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Goldsboro Law Office

214 South William Street, Suite 3
Goldsboro, NC 27530
Phone: (919)-731-2581
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Henderson Law Office

514 Dabney Drive, Suite 200
Henderson, NC 27536
Phone: 252-492-4600
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Roanoke Rapids Law Office

709 Julian R. Allsbrook Highway
Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870
Phone: 252-537-9670
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Rocky Mount Law Office

3202 Sunset Avenue, Suite B
Rocky Mount, NC 27804
Phone: 252-937-4730
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Sanford Law Office

703-B South Horner Boulevard
Sanford, NC 27330
Phone: 919-775-1564
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Wilson Law Office

2315 Airport Blvd Suite A
Wilson, North Carolina 27896
Phone: 252-246-9090
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Winston-Salem Law Office

301 N. Main Street, Suite 2409-C
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078