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Four Tips for Dealing with or Avoiding Personal Injuries at Your Business

Personal injuries can happen to your employees in all sorts of ways.  Accidents can either result from a catastrophic incident, like a workplace accident, or can be the result of repeated harmful actions, like a worker stooping over to pick something up without bending your knees. 

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In the latter case, there is often one distinct time that the employee remembers bending over, like to pick up a pen that fell off her desk, that she may think caused this injury.  But the real cause was her repeated improper movements that damaged joints and vertebrae over the years.

Here are some tips to remember for not only avoiding personal injuries in your business, but also for dealing with the consequences of them once they have occurred.

1. Watch your Weight

There are many bad consequences associated with you or your employees being overweight.  There is the added strain on the heart that can result in circulation problems, high blood pressure and stroke.  Body chemistry imbalances that can lead to diabetes.  Gall bladder diseases and gallstones, which often go together with rapid weight gain.  But another harmful effect of obesity that isn’t as high on the list as others is the danger from Osteoarthritis.

Being overweight puts additional stress on your joints, because they are bending and stretching under unnatural strain.  This condition, called Osteoarthritis, will cause the protective cartilage on the ends of your bones, which cushion and lubricate their movement, to wear down over time.

But the effects of Osteoarthritis can be reversed if an employee loses the access weight that is the prime cause of it – if that weight loss occurs before too much cartilage is destroyed.  The process can actually reverse itself and the body will replace cartilage if there is still enough to promote the re-growth of this important tissue.

2. Look Where You’re Going

It may seem like a simple suggestion but because of, mostly, our smartphones, you and your employees don’t pay much attention to where you’re all going these days.  Multi-tasking while walking down the street is so commonplace that you don’t even much notice that you’re doing it.  Then a simple little trip over a sidewalk crack can lead to terrible circumstances for an employee and your business.

But if the employee doesn’t feel immediate ill effects from the trip, he or she will probably carry on with nary a thought about what just happened.

The next morning this worker wakes up with a swollen and painful knee.  But it still bends pretty well, so he or she bears the pain and comes into work anyway.  After all, the little trip suffered yesterday certainly isn’t worth make a big deal out of, is it?

But a personal injury doesn’t have to be catastrophic to merit arbitration under the law.  Steven Schwartzapfel, a lawyer experienced in personal injury cases at explains, “Your injury doesn’t have to be catastrophic in order to cause you real hardship. Even moderate injuries can disrupt your life and carry considerable costs.”

That employee should have made an appointment with an orthopedist and got that painful knee checked as soon as possible.  If there’s damage it needs to fixed – before the condition gets worse, and more expensive for the company’s insurance.

3. Be Careful with Social Media

If you’ve been injured in some way and are filing a personal injury claim, you’ve got to be careful about what you post on social media.  It doesn’t matter if it’s Instagram, Twitter or Facebook – be aware that anything that you post becomes permanently available. 

And it doesn’t matter if you delete it, even immediately, or more thoroughly later from your profile.  That information can be retrieved, even if you have the privacy settings on your accounts set at the highest levels.  Computer experts can recover absolutely anything that you’ve ever posted, and that information could be used against you. 

Always be mindful that attorneys and insurers will certainly examine a plaintiff, or a respondent’s, social media accounts to defend, or bolster, insurance claims.  So, the safe way to deal with social media is to always assume that whatever is posted, no matter how briefly or by whom, can be seen by the general public, especially if that information is relevant to some legal matter, such as a lawsuit.

4. Trucking Accidents

If you have a trucking company, remind your drivers that no matter how carefully they drive, statistics show that they will be involved in an accident sometime in their careers.  The main thing to remember is that insurance adjusters, even from your insurance company, want to settle all claims from car accidents as quickly – and cheaply – as possible.  They care about their bottomline, not their customers. That’s why it’s important to seek legal counsel for your company and its drivers, first and foremost, no matter how small are trivial they may think that any accident they are involved in actually is.

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