Archive for May, 2012

Accident injury report reveals startling conclusions

West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Ohio scored five or lower on a set of 10 key indicators of steps states can take to prevent injuries, according to new report examining injury deaths in the United States.

The report released by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation examines what states do in terms of injury prevention. This includes policies on seatbelt use, bike helmets and drunk driving.

At Recht Law Offices, our personal injury lawyers closely follow injury trends to assist in representing clients. The accident attorneys in West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania aggressively represent people injured due to negligence. We have seen first hand the devastating impact of serious injuries and deaths as a result of the reckless actions of individuals and businesses. Accidental injury is the fifth-leading cause of death in the United States, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

According to the new injury report, West Virginia and Pennsylvania received a 5 out of 10 score on a list of injury prevention policies. Ohio ranked last in the nation with a score of two out of 10.

Researchers found that Ohio has an annual accidental injury-death rate of 55.9 per 100,000 people; West Virginia’s rate is 88.2; Pennsylvania’s rate is 59.4. The national average is 57.9 deaths due to injury per 100,000 people.

The report, titled “The Facts Hurt,” concludes that millions of injuries could be prevented each year if more states adopted additional research-based injury prevention policies. Fewer people would be injured in car accidents in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio and elsewhere in the country if programs were fully implemented and enforced, according to the report.

Currently 29 states do not require bicycle helmets for children and 31 states do not require helmets for all motorcycle riders. The authors of the report say seat belts saved an estimated 69,000 lives in car accidents from 2006 to 2010. Furthermore, about 8,000 lives were saved by motorcycle helmets between 2005 and 2009, according to the report.

If you or a loved one was injured in a motorcycle accident, a car accident or through some other form of negligence, contact a lawyer with our firm. Call 1-800-HURTLINE to learn about your rights for an experienced personal injury attorney serving West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Recht Law Offices
3405 Main Street
Weirton, WV 26062-4505

Workplace Injury Victims in West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania Need Tough Workers’ Comp Advocacy

It can be hard to admit when you’ve been injured at work, particularly if it’s a slow-developing injury or one that’s not too common.  Injuries that are clearly very serious—such as a spinal cord injury or fall from a ladder broken back on a construction site job, brain injury from a company car accident or a bad burn from a restaurant job or working with toxic chemicals—are usually attended to immediately, often requiring an ambulance and sometimes hospitalization.

At Recht Law Offices, the Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia workers compensation lawyers know it’s all too easy for loyal, hard-working employees to be stoic and not complain about pain, especially when it’s from gradually worsening type of injury. These injuries can be equally debilitating and are often musculoskeletal, requiring longer rehabilitation than more immediately severe injuries, and can mean months of physical therapy or occupational therapy for full recovery.

Such injuries include common hospital worker injuries such as muscle strains from heavy lifting, repetitive stress injury and carpal tunnel syndrome, which are well-known office job and assembly-line injuries, and knee injuries from going up and down stairs and ladders, which is a frequent construction worker injury.

When you’ve had the same job for many years and know all your colleagues personally, or if you are a friend or relative of the owner, it can be even harder to call attention to pain from on-the-job injuries. These days, it is standard practice for companies to carry Workers Compensation insurance, which helps employees recover from injuries at work. Dealing with insurance adjusters can be difficult, however, making the process of healing more lengthy and complicated.

Work injuries should be taken very seriously, even if they seem minor at first. If treatment is not obtained quickly, the recovery process will very likely be longer than it needs to be. You deserve compensation for your work injuries, whether you suffered a major construction accident injury or a more slowly developing chronic pain from repetitive job duties.

If you or someone you love was injured at work, or if you lost a loved one, in a wrongful death job accident, you need the aggressive legal representation of Ohio, Pennsylvania or West Virginia personal injury attorney Recht Law Office. We fight for justice. Call Recht Law Offices at 1-800-HURTLINE or complete the online contact form.

Recht Law Offices
3405 Main Street
Weirton, WV 26062