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For workers in Oregon and elsewhere, it can be extremely detrimental to miss work. While individuals can get sick and injured at work, requiring days off to recover, many of them suffer serious injuries that require extended leaves and ongoing medical care. This can be financially disruptive. The inability to work means the inability to make an income; thus, causing financial problems. An injured worker's financial stability can be even further shaken when medical bills begin to pile up. In these matters, workers' compensation can be an extremely valuable benefit.

In one's efforts to secure these benefits, it is often important to have a legal team to guide one through the process. The attorneys at Schoenfeld & Schoenfeld, P.C., are dedicated at obtaining the best possible outcome for their clients. Suffering an on-the-job injury can be life-altering, and our law firm is here to guide individuals in the Portland area through a system that is ever changing.

Woman dies in fatal early morning crash in Portland

Whether it is during rush hour traffic or the late hours of the night, there are constantly risks associated with driving. For the most part, drivers are able to get from one destination to another with little to no issue. However, accidents are always a real possibility, especially when drivers are negligent because they are distracted, reckless, or intoxicated, which may have been the case in a recent wreck here in Portland.

According to recent reports, a fatal two-vehicle crash happened near the intersection of South Division Street and Southeast 112th Avenue in the early morning hours. A female victim was transported to the hospital in serious condition. She later died from her injuries.

Lies to watch out for after a car accident

You should take a car accident of any size seriously. Even though traffic may begin to resume freely shortly after the crash, which occurred recently near West Salem, you may have to contend with the side effects for months or even years to come. 

You should see a doctor and contact your auto insurance company soon after the auto accident. At this time, you only need to tell the insurance representative the basic facts. You do not have to admit blame or speculate about what led to the crash. It is vital to recognize that your insurance company does not always have your best interests at heart. You should be wary of the following statements agencies often tell to get out of paying you as much compensation as you should receive. 

What are major risk factors contributing to bicycle accidents?

Residents in Oregon and elsewhere often enjoy other means of transportation than motor vehicles. Whether a bicycle is used as a main source of transportation, for exercise, or mere enjoyment, they and their riders can be observed throughout the state. While it is commonplace to ride bikes, this activity does not come without any risks. Bicyclists often share the road with motor vehicles, and if a driver is not attentive or cautious around a bicyclist, then a serious and even fatal bicycle accident may occur.

What are major risks of bicycle accidents? In Portland and other cities across the nation, over 1,000 cyclists are killed each year and nearly 500,000 are injured in accidents involving motor vehicles. There are many factors to consider when looking at these numbers. This first is the age of the victim. With regard to fatal accidents, the highest rate is among adults aged 50 to 59 years. The highest rate of nonfatal bicycle accidents is among children between the ages of five and 14 and adolescents between the ages of 15 and 19. Roughly one-third of all injuries caused by an accident involving a bicycle are accounted for by these two age groups.

Parents and distracted driving behaviors

Life can get busy, and our best mechanism to handle a full schedule is to multitask. While this can be an effective way to get through a busy day, it is not always the safe bet in all situations. Take driving, for example. This is an environment where multitasking does not thrive but rather creates dangers. When a driver is not completely focused on driving, this could create the risk of an accident occurring.

Based on current statistics, about nine people are killed each day by a distracted driver. It was also reported that around 1,000 individuals are injured in accidents involving a distracted driver. With the rise in motor vehicle fatalities across the nation, it is believed that modern technology, such as cellphones, are to blame.

Helping you recover workers' compensation benefits

No matter the type of industry an individual works in, there are always some risks associated with a job. This is true even if an employee works in an office and sits at a desk. However, for some workers, the risks of injuries are much greater. Due to the dangers associated with certain positions, workers are at a greater risk of being harmed while carrying out their duties at work.

When injured at work, an employee may initially feel compelled to quickly heal so they can get right back to work. While some injuries require little to no down time, others require a lengthy recovery time. In these matters, it can be confusing and overwhelming, as an injured employee may not fully understand what they can do to address the growing medical bills and the missed pay while they are out of work. At our law firm, we understand the intricacies of workers' compensation law. We are dedicated to serving our clients and answering any questions they might have.

Negligent drivers can be the cause of a bicycle accident

Motorists in Portland and other cities across the nation share the road with various types of vehicles. In addition to motor vehicles, drivers also share the road with pedestrians and cyclists. During the warmer months, more residents and visitors travel by bike. While this is an excellent way to get around and to enjoy the outdoors, this can also present some risks. When a motorist is not attentive or is negligent, a collision with a cyclist could occur, resulting in serious injuries and even death.

When bicycle accidents occur, it is likely due to the negligence of a motorist. The negligence in question could be distractions, such as texting, speeding, being under the influence of alcohol or even falling asleep behind the wheel. A driver has the duty to exercise ordinary care, and when drivers fail to do so and cause accidents, then they could be held accountable for a bicycle accident.

A review of the Workers' Compensation system

Workplace accidents are unfortunately common all across the nation. Here in Oregon workers from diverse industries are exposed to hazardous work conditions that result in injuries, illnesses, and lost wages. When workers suffer harm on the job, they may elect to seek compensation for their losses from their employers.

The Workers' Compensation system came about to help streamline the process of getting compensation to individuals who suffer harm at work. It is a form of insurance that employers carry. When a worker makes a claim for compensation, it is reviewed and fulfilled so that the worker may still support themselves and their loved ones during their period of recuperation.

Third-party liability in a construction accident

Working in construction in Oregon exposes you to many personal injury risks, from electrocution to serious falls. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, construction is the deadliest industry in the country.

If you or a loved one suffered a construction injury on the job, your case could involve the liability of a third party. A third party refers to someone other than your employer. Third-party liability could give you the opportunity to file a civil lawsuit in Oregon.

What is dooring and how can it be prevented?

Vehicles and bikes occupy the same roadways throughout Oregon and particularly in cities like Portland. When individuals follow the rules of the road and take precautions to keep themselves and others safe, accidents between bike accidents can often be avoided. Although there are many ways that vehicle-bike collisions can happen, one manner is particularly common and very dangerous. That manner is dooring, and this post will explain just what it is.

Dooring happens when a bike rider is hurt by a car door. This often happens when a bicyclist is passing a parked car and the vehicle's driver opens their door into the path of the bicyclist. Even though the vehicle is not moving, the bike rider may suffer serious injuries or even death when they collide with the door of the parked car.

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