Product Liability Cases: Who/What is Responsible?

Product liability cases may come about after injury you receive from a purchased product. Typically, when buying a product, you expect it to work as advertised. However, when things don’t quite go to plan, and you face injury, you might wonder if you have a case. But, for what exactly? You know something went wrong, and are hurt as a result…

Product Liability Cases: What Qualifies? 

Defective design

Defect in design is one of the most common types of product liability issues. Maybe your car has a high center of gravity. Therefore, during a minor accident, your car flips and you face an injury. Product liability comes in all forms and fashions. However, these can be fatal if the company does not make you aware, and give you the chance to return the product.  

Defective manufacturing

Defective manufacturing is not directly related to the product design in product liability cases. But, instead, it relates to how the product was put together. Maybe the screws for a bike are loose, and you fall into traffic. Or, they missed padding inside of a helmet. The issue with a product can vary. But, in this case, it was not due to the design. Instead it is due to how the bike was put together.

Defective marketing

You might not consider it, but marketing can also play a role in the danger of a product. Maybe the team behind this product failed to apply warning labels, or give you the proper safety measures. Most any product should come with warnings. For example, failing to label a cup of extremely hot coffee, which results in a burn constitutes product liability. 

Understanding Benefits

In the event of product liability injuries, it is important to know what your benefits could be. Depending on your injury in the product liability case, you might end up with some pretty hefty medical bills. In that case, your way of life might change as you recover. Every case is different, as is the injury. Therefore, compensation for that injury might be completely necessary to your healing. 

Work Injury Aftermath

You’ve recently been injured at work. Now, you’re stressed about multiple things on your plate. Furthermore, you’re not sure what you can do with your time now. When you’re off of work during the work injury aftermath, there is some freedom in figuring out what to do with your time.

Work Injury Aftermath: Making Use of Down Time

Babysit

Depending on your personality, babysitting can sound either fun or awful. Either way, it’s something that can make you cash as you face the work injury aftermath and doesn’t exert too much energy. If you have a good relationship with your neighbors, let them know you are available to look after their kids. That way, if they need you to babysit, you can earn some money. On top of that, you have something to do with your time and you can build a better neighbor relationship. If none of your neighbors need a babysitter, you can always search for people nearby that are looking for one.

Tutoring

It may have been a little while since you were in school. However, this shouldn’t hold you back. If there was a topic that you were really good at, you should use it! This is another good way to spend your time when recovering from work injury aftermath. It can also make you some money, depending on where you tutor. In addition to that, you don’t have to move around too much to tutor! Try to figure out the best location and time that works for you. That way, when you’re looking for tutor positions, this can center your search.

Read a New Book

People often say that they’re too busy to read a new book or watch a show because of work. Even though this is a hard situation to be in, you can use this to relax. By the same token, relax can help the time go faster while you heal through the work injury aftermath. It can be fun to read a new book or watch a new show so, have fun with it!

Start a New Hobby

Similarly, starting a new hobby could’ve been put off because of work. If you want to try painting or knitting or anything else that doesn’t hurt your work injury, try it. You may surprise yourself with how good you are at it. If you can’t start your new hobby because of lack of money, look up alternatives. If you have any alternatives in the house, nothing is stopping you from trying something new!

Work injury aftermath is hard to go through. However, you don’t have to sit at home and not have fun or make money. There are many ways that can improve the time that you need to take off. 

Carpal Tunnel Prevention

Many workplaces make use of computers, especially in offices. However, all that typing and clicking can eventually lead to carpal tunnel. This could seriously get in the way of you doing your job effectively. However, there are some ways that you can help protect yourself…

Carpal Tunnel: Repetitive Stress Injuries

Use less pressure

Often times, when we get used to doing something, we never give it a second thought. One of these areas can be how much force we use. For instance, you could grip a tool too hard when you don’t need to. Or, in this case, you use too much force when typing when gentle keystrokes are all you need.

Using too much pressure and force when typing isn’t the best thing for your hands and wrists. Doing so will add a lot of unnecessary strain on them which could lead to carpal tunnel. Plus, it’ll keep your hands tense, further complicating things. Instead, try to ease off the pressure and keep your hands more relaxed while you work.

Take a break

It’s always important to give yourself a break when you need it. This is pretty easy to see if you work at a job that requires a lot of physical activity. If you don’t take a break, your job quality can suffer, and your chance of injury can go up. However, for people who work desk jobs, this can be harder to realize.

While a desk job might not be a strenuous as other jobs, it still presents hazards like carpal tunnel. That’s why it’s still important to take the occasional break. A quick 10-15 minute break every hour, for example, is a good idea. Plus, you’ll also be giving not just your hands a break, but other areas like your eyes one as well.

Do some stretches

Part of preventing carpal tunnel is keeping your hands nice and loose. A great way to do this is by doing stretches. As it turns out, there’s plenty of different hand and wrist stretches you can do at the comfort of your own desk. 

One of the nice things about these stretches is that they compliment your breaks quite well. These stretches are quick, easy, and can be done at nearly any time. Doing them will help you keep your hands loose for the rest of your working day.

Cut Prevention

Cuts are some of the most common injuries in the workplace. Now, you might not think a simple cut is all that bad. However, depending on the location and depth, cuts can cause some serious damage. Not to mention, potential infection. As a result, it’s important to practice proper cut prevention techniques. That way, you can remain safe while on the job…

Cut Prevention: Avoiding Workplace Injuries

Good tool safety

Cuts are most commonly caused by sharp tools, objects, or blades. For example, you could be working with a pair of scissors, knives, a saw, sheet metal… There are plenty of hazards in every workplace that has the potential to cause injury. Therefore, it’s important to observe the workplace, acknowledge hazards, and practice proper tool safety in order to achieve injury and cut prevention.

Always try to be careful when handling any sharp tools. For example, make sure to keep them away from your body when using them. You’ll also want to keep them properly put up whenever you’re not using them. Make sure to use good quality tools as well. Your chances of injury go up when you use broken or dull tools instead of safer, sharper ones.

Take your time

People tend to make more mistakes when they rush through things. For instance, you probably know that if you try to rush through your work, it won’t be as good as when you take your time. This same principle applies when using sharp objects. As a result, patience is key when practicing cut prevention techniques.

Try to take things slow when you’re using sharp objects. Rushing could increase the chances of you accidentally cutting your fingers or hands. Also, follow any special instructions that are related to what you’re doing. Trying to do your own thing, even for something you might see as “simple”, could prove to be dangerous.

Use safety gear

Proper safety gear goes a long way for proper cut prevention. This kind of gear is very useful for preventing cuts and other potential injuries. However, it’s important to make sure you pick the right gear for the job.

For example, good cutting gear can include goggles, cut-resistant gloves, and long-sleeved shirts. Goggles will help protect your eyes from the sharp tools in the event that they slip or break. The gloves will, of course, help keep your hands cut-free. Long-sleeves also cover your arms, keeping them shielded from the sharp tools. 

Pre-Shift Stretching

When getting ready for your bartending shift, you might pull out your makeup, uniform, and those trusty non-slip shoes. While being uniformed is absolutely a requirement of the job, there are also a few other steps you might consider taking to keep your body in check. Bartending can be a pretty physically demanding job to have; you’re on your feet, moving around, and maybe lifting heavy objects from time to time. Not to mention, the hours can be pretty long. For these reasons, among many others, we highly suggest a pre-shift stretching session to help limber you up and ward off some of those unwanted lower back pains that come later in the evening. 

Pre-Shift Stretching: Bartending Essentials 

Preparing for physical activity 

It’s just work. Therefore, many of us prepare for it by throwing on clothes and walking out the door. However, your job is pretty physical. From lifting kegs, to mopping floors, and tending to twenty patrons at a time. In short: you’re the savior of every bar-goers Friday or Saturday night. Bartending is athletic performance, and a pre-shift stretching session will help you prepare for such. Loosen those muscles, get them warm, and improve your range of motion before you take on that 14-hour shift. 

Tend to those problem areas 

If you’ve ever bartended a day in your life, you can probably point out the areas which hurt most at the end of it all. From the soles of your feet, to your lower back, hips, neck, and so forth… When you do your pre-shift stretching, target those areas specifically with certain stretches and yoga poses. While targeting those specific areas is important, a full body stretch is never a bad idea. 

Mind your body when it needs rest 

We live in a society that pushes the idea of pushing your limits. Not to mention, a majority of bar and restaurant culture operates on the idea that being able to work your shift is more important than mental and physical health. In times of crisis, such as a winter storm or an injury of some sort, you might feel guilty (or even incapable) when it comes to calling out or getting your shift picked up. Pre-shift stretching won’t necessarily keep you from getting a cold, especially after a long few days behind the bar. However, the idea we are stressing here is self-care. Minding the needs of your mind and body is important in any profession. 

Self-care in any profession… 

If you find yourself injured on the job for any reason, please feel free to give us a call. We can discuss your case, your healing process, and any benefit you might be entitled to. Your body, and healing process, is important to long-term health. Don’t let it go unnoticed. 

Trip Planning for Truckers

Trip planning is a crucial skill for all truck drivers. Properly planning ahead can make your trip much more smoother. That way, you can be prepared for anything which might come your way…

Trip Planning: Prepare For Your Drive

Check your route

Your trip planning, of course, will probably begin with you plotting out your route. Now, you’ll want to make sure you plan the best route you can. This means using multiple resources to check the road ahead, even if you have a “favorite”. A new one might give you a time advantage that you would’ve never known about otherwise.

A GPS will be your best friend in this situation. These can help you plot out the best route before you begin driving. Plus, apps like Google Maps or Waze let you turn your smartphone into a quick and efficient GPS. These apps also have a nice advantage, as they will update in real-time and alert you to accidents, detours, or faster routes. 

Plan for breaks

It’s also important to make room for brakes in your trip planning. Some drivers think that they can just push through their drives and don’t need to take breaks. However, this can lead to increased fatigue and burnout, which can impact the trucker’s driving ability. This kind of risk isn’t worth any potential time-saving you think you might get.

A generally rule of thumb is to plan for both longer and shorter breaks. Longer breaks can be ones where you take some time to stop and get something to eat. Shorter breaks can be for when you stop for fuel, to use the bathroom, or to just stretch. Make sure you plan these breaks in safe places, and have backups in mind just in case.

Watch the weather

The weather might get overlooked when you do your initial trip planning. After all, if you’re in your truck, then it won’t matter if the sky is clear, right? However, the biggest thing is to look for when the weather is being not-so-pleasant.

Inclement weather like heavy rain or snow can really get in the way of your trip. You can expect not only a tougher time driving, but also a lot more traffic than usual. Plus, some roads might be in so poor shape that you can’t drive on them. As a result, it always helps to double-check before you head out and have a backup just in case.