Injured at Work? Worker’s Compensation Sites for All 50 States!

Work_risks Injured at work? An interesting, informative site will give you a good start.  All 50 States' and D.C.'s Home Pages and Workers' Compensation Agencies.  This site has Workers' Compensation Sites for every state in the union as well as related state specific links. 

Additionally, there is a great website for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (powered by the CDC) which provides a wealth of information for the prevention of illness and injuries at work.  Literally a ton of very valuable and potentially life saving information.

lowell@steigerlaw.com

www.steigerlaw.com

Warning! Refinishing Your Bathtub Could Kill You

Bathtub refinishing 002    How scary is this?  Beautifying your bathtub could lead to death.

    It turns out that 13 bathtub refinishers have died in the last 12 years as a result of methylene chloride stripping agents.  According to an article in Health Day, "All of the deaths occurred in residential bathrooms with inadequate ventilation. The victims either did not use protective respiratory equipment or the equipment they used did not protect against methylene chloride vapor, according to the report in the Feb. 24 edition of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, published by the CDC."

CDC Report Links Death to These Products

    The Centers for Disease Control Report lists the following products in relation to the death of 13 people since 2000

  • 5F5 Paint and Varnish Remover
  • Benco #B4 Industrial Paint Remover
  • Dayco Marine-Strip Heavy Duty Paint Remover
  • Eldorado Paint Remover – 4028
  • Klean-Strip Aircraft Remover
  • Klean-Strip Premium Stripper
  • Recochem Paint and Varnish Remover
  • Rust-Oleum Aircraft Remover
  • SEM XXX Finish Stripper
  • Tal-Strip II Aircraft Coating Remover

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Failure to Warn

    Here's the problem: According to the Health Day article, "Ten different products were associated with the deaths, with six marketed for use in the aircraft industry and the others for use on wood, metal, glass and masonry. Bathtub refinishing was not mentioned on any of the product labels."

Warning sign 003    So, if the bathtub refinishers didn't know that the product posed a danger, how could they have prevented their own demise?  Bottom line is this: A manufacturer has a duty to properly label their products and to warn potential users victims of the known dangers.  How simple would it have been to just say "Warning: Must Be Used in a Well-Ventilated Area"? 

    And, now, 13 people are dead.Methylene chloride 002

    This is potentially a huge products liability problem for the manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers and retailers of these products.  The bathtub refinishers have left behind families who may have the right to compensation for the loss of their loved one.

    You or your family's rights may fall into several arenas: Product liability including wrongful death and/or Workers Compensation (also including wrongful death).

Related Links

UPI: Chemicals Kill Bathtub Refinishers

National Institute of Health: Poisoning caused by paint stripping agents containing dichloromethane

Kentucky Labor Board: Chemical Exposure to Methylene Chloride Results in 13 Worker Deaths

My Blog: Product Liability Articles

Justice For Your Injuries or Loss of a Loved One

JusticeIf you have lost a family member or have been injured by chemicals used to strip bathtubs,  you may have a right to compensation. 

If you have a family member or close friend that has been injured or died and suspect that it is as a result of the paint stripping agents discussed in this artiel, tell them to contact me to evaluate your concerns and provide you with the utmost in legal guidance.

Contact Attorney Lowell Steiger to Discuss Your Legal Rights

Your Consultation is FREE

(323) 852-1100

(877) 487-8221

e-mail lowell@steigerlaw.com

 


Workers’ Compensation? Personal Injury? or Both? Maximize Your Compensation

  

    Through California's Worker's Compensation Laws injured employees are able to recover from the limited benefits of their employer's insurance.  But what happens in cases where an employee has sustained an on-the-job injury caused by someone other than the employer? Simply put, in addition to filing a workers’ compensation claim, the injured employee may sue this third party (i.e., other person or entity) in tort law. Third party cases may fall into categories such as traffic accidents, slip & fall incidents, defective products, defective equipment or the exposure to toxic substances and any number of other situations.

    If a worker suffers a significant injury, it is highly probable that they will not receive sufficient funds from a workers' compensation claim because workers’ compensation claims are not based upon fault whereas tort claims are based on fault and include monetary compensation for pain and suffering.  Therefore, pursuing claims against a negligent third party is critical to ensure maximum compensation for injuries or death.

           Every on-the-job injury should be evaluated by an experienced attorney to determine if a third party claim exists.

    The personal injury component of a workers’ compensation claim is oftentimes overlooked.  Here are just a few examples of such cases that my office has successfully handled (all clients were on-the-job but we also sued a third party on their behalf):

  •        Male bus driver rear-ended by automobile.  He suffered a knee injury which required arthroscopic surgery. Significant confidential settlement.
  •        Female building maintenance person who slipped due to wet carpets when exiting the elevator of her office building.  At the time of the incident, a carpet cleaning company (third party) was cleaning the carpet and failed to post signs warning of the dangerous condition.  Serious knee injuries. Large 6-figure settlement against the carpet cleaning company.
  •        U.S. Postal Worker who was in Los Angeles on business suffered severe burns to his left foot due to the hotel’s providing scalding hot water to the shower.  The client almost lost his leg due to complications.  Significant settlement against the hotel.
  •        Male law firm investigator was rear-ended while in the field. He suffered injuries sufficient to require him to undergo neck and back surgeries. Policy limit settlement against the driver of the offending vehicle.
  •        Female Cal-Trans worker was in a lift changing a street light when an the top of an 18-wheeler grazed the bottom of her bucket, throwing her several feet out of the bucket. She hung in the air by her safety belts.  The worker suffered severe physical and emotional injuries as a result. Significant 6-figure settlement against the trucking company.

    The attorney handling the third party portion of the claim must work closely with the workers’ compensation attorney as well as with the workers’ compensation insurance carrier because of the unique legal issues presented in these situations.

    If you have suffered a work related injury and have reason to believe that a third-party may bear some liability, please call or e-mail me to discuss your legal rights.

Work Injuries Resulting From Negligent Third Party (Someone Other Than Your Employer)

On_the_job_injury Through California’s Worker’s Compensation Laws injured employees are able to recover from the limited benefits of their employer’s insurance.  But what happens in cases where an employee has sustained an on-the-job injury caused by someone other than the employer? Simply put, in addition to filing a workers’ compensation claim, the injured employee may sue this third party (i.e., other person or entity) in tort law. Third party cases may fall into categories such as traffic accidents, slip & fall incidents, defective products, defective equipment or the exposure to toxic substances and any number of other situations.

If a worker suffers a significant injury, it is highly probable that they will not receive sufficient funds from a workers’ compensation claim because workers’ compensation claims are not based upon fault whereas tort claims are based on fault and include monetary compensation for pain and suffering.  Therefore, pursuing claims against a negligent third party is critical to ensure maximum compensation for injuries or death.

           Every on-the-job injury should be evaluated by an experienced attorney to determine if a third party claim exists.

The personal injury component of a workers’ compensation claim is oftentimes overlooked.  Here are just a few examples of such cases that my office has successfully handled (all clients were on-the-job but we also sued a third party on their behalf):

·         Male bus driver rear-ended by automobile.  He suffered a knee injury which required arthroscopic surgery. Significant confidential settlement.

·         Female building maintenance person who slipped due to wet carpets when exiting the elevator of her office building.  At the time of the incident, a carpet cleaning company (third party) was cleaning the carpet and failed to post signs warning of the dangerous condition.  Serious knee injuries. Large 6-figure settlement against the carpet cleaning company.

·         U.S. Postal Worker who was in Los Angeles on business suffered severe burns to his left foot due to the hotel’s providing scalding hot water to the shower.  The client almost lost his leg due to complications.  Significant settlement against the hotel.

·         Male law firm investigator was rear-ended while in the field. He suffered injuries sufficient to require him to undergo neck and back surgeries. Policy limit settlement against the driver of the offending vehicle.

·         Female Cal-Trans worker was in a lift changing a street light when an the top of an 18-wheeler grazed the bottom of her bucket, throwing her several feet out of the bucket. She hung in the air by her safety belts.  The worker suffered severe physical and emotional injuries as a result. Significant 6-figure settlement against the trucking company.

The attorney handling the third party portion of the claim must work closely with the workers’ compensation attorney as well as with the workers’ compensation insurance carrier because of the unique legal issues presented in these situations.

If you have suffered a work related injury and have reason to believe that a third-party may bear some liability, please call or e-mail me to discuss your legal rights.

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Injured at Work? Worker’s Compensation Sites for All 50 States!

Work_risks Injured at work? An interesting, informative site will give you a good start.  All 50 States' and D.C.'s Home Pages and Workers' Compensation Agencies.  This site has Workers' Compensation Sites for every state in the union as well as related state specific links. 

Additionally, there is a great website for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (powered by the CDC) which provides a wealth of information for the prevention of illness and injuries at work.  Literally a ton of very valuable and potentially life saving information.

lowell@steigerlaw.com

www.steigerlaw.com