Jasper Personal Injury Law Blog

Can your employer facilitate your return to work after an injury?

The injury you suffered at your job in Alabama required you to file a claim to receive workers' compensation. Now that you are past the initial recovery process, you are feeling more confident about being able to return to your job and undertake your responsibilities. However, you are wondering if there are things that your employer can do to make this transition more comfortable for you. 

Your employer has probably had discussions with you about your injury, how it happened and what is required of you from a recovery standpoint before you will be cleared to return to work. Once you have met the expectations of your health care provider and your employer, you may be eligible to return to your job, but you may need to slowly work your way up to where you were before your accident. 

What should new motorcyclists know?

If you’ve recently begun riding a motorcycle in Alabama, you’re probably thrilled by the prospect of the open road. You should also be concerned about safety, as operating a motorcycle can be quite difficult at first. Consumer Reports offers the following tips in this case, which can help new riders get their footing.

Take a safe riding course

What should you do before filing a complaint in a nursing home?

When you send your loved one to a nursing home facility in Alabama, you are entrusting the care, safety, health and wellbeing of your family member to staff that has received training to help them provide undivided care to each resident in their establishment. Unfortunately, there may be times when you feel the need to complain about the service that has been received. However, before doing so, there are things that you can do to prevent causing unnecessary tension that may result from a false accusation. 

According to AARP, one of the best things that you can do from the day you move your loved one into the facility is to become actively involved. Visit often and get to know the other residents, as well as the nursing staff. Develop good relationships with the people who are caring for your loved one. Be an active participant in your loved one's health and in making decisions that will affect his or her experience in the nursing home. 

Tips on highway driving over the holidays

Whether going across town or all the way to another state, chances are you’ll be doing quite a bit of highway driving this holiday season. In this case, it’s important for Alabama drivers to be aware of the proper procedures, whether they’ve had ample time behind the wheel or are new to driving. Highway driving can be challenging, which is why it's up to all motorists to preserve safety. 

The AARP urges caution with lane changes and passing when driving on the highway. For instance, always signal before a lane change and look over your shoulder to check your blind spots, as opposed to only looking in your mirror. Also, only use the left lane for passing. Traveling in the passing lane will raise the ire of other drivers and may even result in a fine.

The perils of underground coal mining in Alabama

Underground mining has always been an extremely hazardous occupation, and despite technological advances, it remains dangerous. Whenever mining accidents occur, investigators usually determine the cause to be a combination of various hazards. Although safety authorities expect employers in the mining industry in Alabama to protect the health and safety of employees, you and your co-workers will remain at risk of suffering severe injuries during every underground shift you work.

The list of risks you face is endless, and along with accidents involving shuttle cars, forklifts, rock trucks and other equipment used in coal mines, you will always have to deal with the threat of a mine collapse. Such collapses do not just happen; they typically follow incidents involving fire, toxic atmospheric contaminants, gas or dust explosions, floods, or combinations of these hazards.

Veterans groups slam nursing homes for lackluster patient care

For many Alabama families, the decision to put their elderly loved one in a nursing home is one that is met with hesitation and concern. These feelings are justified in that they are turning the care of their loved one over to other people who are supposed to be qualified, committed and professional health care workers who have the best interests of their patients and residents as their number one priority. 

However, with a concerning report that was recently released about the lackluster efforts of staff members at a Massachusetts nursing home, veterans groups are pushing for changes in VA nursing homes. Many have openly expressed anger at how unfair it is that veterans have spent considerable time defending their country, but ultimately end up in facilities where their safety health and wellbeing are ignored and neglected. 

Is your elderly parent at risk of wandering?

It can be hard to watch your parents get older, especially if they develop a cognitive disorder, such as Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. When making preparations to safeguard their aging, vulnerable parents from injuries when they become reliant on caregivers, Alabama residents need to remember that wandering and getting lost or injured is one of many risks their loved ones can face.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, wandering is far from uncommon for people with Alzheimer’s and dementia. In fact, six out of every 10 patients with one of these disorders will wander from their homes or nursing facilities. If this happens to your loved one, he or she risks getting struck by a car, robbed or assaulted, or could suffer from a weather-related injury or illness. People with dementia or Alzheimer’s might not remember their address, phone number or relatives’ contact information and they could get disoriented or lost in minutes, even in a familiar place like the end of their driveway.

Using common sense to protect yourself in the workplace

Having a job is something to be proud of especially if your abilities and competencies are relied upon to help a department and company function successfully. Depending on the industry you work in, the hazards you face each day will be unique and require a degree of training, education and/or experience to safely navigate to complete your responsibilities with efficiency, effectiveness and most importantly, without compromising your safety. At The Sapp Law Firm, we have helped many people in Alabama to learn more about the value of workers' compensation. 

Most employers provide a range of resources for their employees to use in learning about the unique hazards of their job and your employer is probably no exception. It is never a bad idea to talk with your superiors or departmental managers to find out if additional training or educational opportunities are available for you to learn how to perform your job optimally. 

What is negligent entrustment?

Even with all of the efforts made to make Walker's roads safer, car accidents continue to be a constant problem. If and when you are involved in one, you might be understanding that such incidents may not be able to be avoided. Your opinion may quickly change, however, if you find out that the person that hit you had a history of reckless driving. Not only might your frustration focus on such a driver, but it also might extend to whomever allowed the driver access to a car. 

The legal principle of negligent entrustment allows you to hold a third party responsible if said party allowed a reckless or incompetent driver access to a vehicle, and then that driver subsequently causes an accident. The basis of this principle is that vehicle owners should know the driving tendencies of those they loan their vehicles to. 

Combatting tired driving after the time change

The end of daylight savings time comes in the fall, and Alabama readers know this means they must turn their clocks back an hour. People often view this as getting an extra hour of sleep, but that is not always the case. Even with the additional hour in the early morning hours, the time change can lead to disruptions in sleep schedules and other routines. 

When there is a change in a person's sleep schedule, it can lead to fatigue and sleepiness. Additionally, this time change could mean more people are commuting in hours where there is less daylight, which can lead to disorientation and the feeling of drowsiness. Even during the "fall back" time change, there is an increase of fatigue-related car accidents at this time every year.

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