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Santa Ana California Workers' Compensation Law Blog

Occupational hazards faced by nurses

If you count yourself among the many people across California who make a living working as a nurse, you probably understand all too well that your job places you at risk for aches, pains and numerous other career-specific hazards. Nursing can be one of the most rewarding professions out there, giving you a chance to make a measurable impact on the lives of others. However, it is also an inherently dangerous way to earn a living, with the U.S. National Library of Medicine’s National Institutes of Health noting that many nurses report higher-than-typical rates of injury and illness.

Just what types of specific hazards do you face as a nurse?

How do you safely handle a food recall?

Food poisoning isn't nearly as much of a concern as it once was before refrigeration became common -- but it's still a problem. It kills around 3,000 people every year and puts another 100,000 in the hospital.

The recent outbreak of food poisoning due to E. coli bacteria on salad greens has hit the U.S. pretty hard -- and many people have had leafy greens in their fridge recently that were subject to mass recalls.

3 ways you may get hurt as a hotel cleaner

If you are a cleaner in the hospitality injury, your main responsibility is customer satisfaction. Cleaning hotel rooms is hard work, and it may cause injuries. As a maid, you can suffer injuries over time or due to sudden trauma.

Repetitive injuries, acute trauma, stress and chemical exposure are all possible on-the-job injuries. Here are some of the most common hazards you face as a hotel cleaner.

Disfigurement and workers' compensation

An injury on the job can sometimes come with a permanent reminder of the event -- like a scar or other disfigurement. In some cases, those disfigurements are eligible for payment through workers' compensation, even if there are no other lasting effects from the injury.

There are some important things to keep in mind regarding disfigurement claims and workers' comp:

Use these tips to stay out of truck accidents

There are around 475,000 accidents involving trucks every year at this point. Is there anything you can do to increase your odds of being safe if you're on the road with a big rig?

Obviously, if you're out there on the road, you need to do your part to stay safe. Don't drive while you're distracted and be cautious about trying to pass a truck when you don't have an assured clear distance. Make certain you don't tailgate and pay attention to a truck's posted blind spots. If a truck is trying to merge, do your best to make room. Most of all, stay alert -- if you see a truck weaving or a driver seems to be dozing off, call the police immediately.

Old tires: An accident waiting to happen

New tires for a car can be a big expense -- so some drivers put the purchase off as long as possible.

Unfortunately, that can be an even bigger mistake -- one that leads right to an avoidable accident on the road. Old, worn-out tires present hazards much more serious than just an inconvenient flat. In fact, bad tires are thought to be the underlying cause of more than one-quarter of all car accidents. Here's why they're so dangerous:

SoCal Edison sued for wrongful death over mudslides

Did SoCal Edison's failure to keep its equipment updated and in repair lead to the deadly Thomas Fire? It was the largest wildfire in the state's history, and it destroyed vast parts of both Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.

If SoCal Edison is responsible for the wildfire, does that also mean it's responsible for the lethal mudslides that followed in January when rains hit the burn areas? The fire destroyed the vegetation that would normally have kept mudslides from occurring.

6 driving habits many people don't realize are distractions

Everyone knows that distracted driving is hazardous, but people often don't recognize exactly how many of their behaviors are actually a problem. A recent study shows that Americans basically double their risk of an accident through distractions.

The problem with a lot of habitual behaviors is that they're just that, habits. Many people do them so unconsciously or so often that they don't see them as dangerous.