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.
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
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
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
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 fightingforyou.com
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
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
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.
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.