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Representation of workers exposed to toxins

A previous post on this blog talked about how employers in Portland and the rest of Oregon have an obligation to protect their workers from exposure to chemicals and other toxic substances. When toxins have to be used in the course of a business's trade, then an employer has to take appropriate safety precautions and provide the equipment workers need to keep themselves from getting sick.

Because it is a no-fault system, it should in theory be easy for a worker who has been sickened by toxic chemicals while on the job to get benefits for lost wages and medical bills, the two big ticket items that Oregon's workers' compensation system is designed to cover.

How to handle an angry driver after a car accident

Oregon has strict roadway laws, but that does not stop the total number of traffic fatalities from rising. There was a sharp increase in the number of deaths on Oregon roads in 2016 compared to 2013, according to a report from Statesman Journal

There is much to take care of following a motor vehicle accident, such as filing a police report, contacting your insurance agency and taking photos of the scene. However, all this becomes much more difficult when the other driver is unreasonably angry. It is vital to maintain your calm after a car crash, but you want to make sure you handle angry drivers the right way so that you do not jeopardize your insurance claim. 

Marijuana, drugs a problem on Oregon roads

Most Oregonians know by now that marijuana is allowed under the laws of this state. No matter how one feels about this issue, it is hard to deny that this change has made an impact on traffic safety, particularly with respect to car accidents related to drugged driving. Although the long-term effects of marijuana are debatable, most people acknowledge that it can impair a person's driving ability, as can other drugs like alcohol.

Recent reports suggest that marijuana and other drug use is a continuing problem on the roads of both Oregon and the rest of the country. For instance, looking at the report itself, researchers found that over 1 in 5 drivers who agreed to take a voluntary test had drugs of some sort, including marijuana and opioids, in their systems.

Oregon employers have a duty to protect workers from toxins

Even though there are constant efforts in Oregon to improve the quality of the environment generally and, in particular, within the workplace, the reality is that many workers in the Portland area still have to work with or around chemicals that are known to be toxic and hazardous to one's health.

While one might think of this as being a problem within the world of industry and manufacturing, a variety of professions may involve working with toxins. For example, in the world of medicine, doctors, nurses and others are frequently exposed to harmful chemicals and other health hazards. Truckers and others in the transportation industry may be expected to move such chemicals from one place to another.

Memorial Day can be a dangerous time to drive

The Memorial Day holiday is a great time for Portlanders to get away to the beach or the forests and mountains in the area. Many people enjoy a three-day weekend on Memorial Day. Getting away on a mini-vacation is also a great way to start the summer.

However, driving on the Oregon roads during such a busy holiday has its risks and downsides as well. For instance, a lot of people across the country unfortunately choose to get behind the wheel after celebrating with too much alcohol or by ingesting drugs. More generally, a lot of fatal accidents happen on Memorial Day for a variety of reasons.

Man who killed bicyclist in Gresham sentenced to prison

A young man who killed a bicyclist as the bicyclist was riding alongside a street in Gresham will serve 6 years in prison in connection with the accident, a judge recently ruled.

This fatal bike accident happened last fall on a city street. According to police, the young man was traveling at 80 miles per hour at the time of the accident. The speed limit on the road where the accident happened was 35 miles per hour. The man made a sudden maneuver with his car and hit another vehicle. He then wound up on the sidewalk, where he hit the bicyclist, a 56-year-old man. The force of the impact shattered several of the bicyclist's bones.

Delayed car accident symptoms you should never ignore

Following a car crash, even a minor one, you will want to see a doctor. You may not have a lot of symptoms to talk about in the immediate aftermath, because your body produces adrenaline to help you deal with the traumatic event. 

Seeing a doctor directly after a car accident will help greatly with your insurance claim. However, you should remain aware of your body in the days and weeks after the collision. Many symptoms remain hidden for a while, and you will want to receive a thorough diagnosis in the event anything feels out of the ordinary.

What if my workplace injury is my fault?

Although the average Portland, Oregon, worker probably tries to be careful while on the job and follow the rules, like anyone else, employees do make mistakes. Moreover, it is an unfortunate reality that sometimes these mistakes leave that employee seriously and even permanently injured.

Such people may, either at the subtle urging or their employers or otherwise, think that because they were responsible for their own injuries, filing for benefits under Oregon's workers' compensation system is simply not a viable option. This, however, is not the case.

Deadly hit-and-run accidents may be at an all-time high

According to a report issued by the American Automobile Association, or AAA, deaths from hit-and-run accidents are at an all-time high. The last statistics available indicated that in 2016, 2,049 people across the country died in hit-and-runs.

This marks a disturbing 60 percent increase from just 7 years ago, in 2009. The number of deaths attributable to hit-and-runs has been increasing over 7 percent annually. Unfortunately for those in the Portland area who enjoy bicycling, bicyclists and pedestrians made up 65 percent of all hit-and-run fatalities.

How we help pedestrians killed by distracted drivers

During this year's Distracted Driving Awareness Month, our blog has tried to emphasize the dangers that distracted driving poses in particular to pedestrians who are often found on the streets and sidewalks of Portland, Oregon.

Auto-pedestrian accidents are often very serious and frequently end in the untimely and preventable death of a pedestrian. This is simply given the size and weight difference between even the smallest of cars and an unprotected person crossing or walking along the street.

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