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Handling your maritime job injury

Work-related injuries in any industry are especially stressful, often feeling as if they could endanger your job. Those in maritime industries are often especially serious medically.

The Jones Act covers many maritime workers, whether at sea or on America’s inland waterways. It ensures compensation for job-related health issues and seeks to minimize debates about who’s at fault. You have good reason to expect your employer to handle your injury appropriately.

What places should cyclists be careful with in the fall?

Autumn is one of the last good seasons for Kentucky bicycle owners to enjoy the outdoors before the winter brings down the temperatures and the daylight. Some cyclists even prefer it over summer. There are less boiling hot days, not as much chaos on the streets and there are some gorgeous views around the state as the leaves change colors.

Unfortunately, not all of those places are easy to ride through. There are unique seasonal hazards that make certain areas more dangerous in the fall than they are in the summer. It is important to recognize locations you may want to plan an alternate route for:

Pros and cons of the Jones Act for injured workers

Workers who are considered to be seamen or river workers, unfortunately, are not covered by workers' compensation when they are injured at work. This means that they are not able to go through a straightforward claims process to gain compensation for a work-related injury regardless of fault.

However, the Jones Act is a federal law that regulates aspects of maritime commerce. It also puts rules in place for how injured seamen can recover damages after being injured at work. Notably, the Jones Act makes it possible for injured seamen to sue their employers if they were injured because of negligence. The following are the pros and cons of the Jones Act for injured seamen.

Understanding the law after your motorcycle accident

Being in a motorcycle accident can affect your life profoundly. Your injuries may limit the things that you are now able to do, and the trauma of the incident may have altered the way that you now see your life. You should be entitled to compensation for the costs of medical treatment, therapy, lost wages and any negative implications that the incident had for you if you are able to show that the accident was the fault of another party.

Establishing fault after a motorcycle accident and seeking compensation can mean that injured drivers have many questions about the law. The following are answers to some commonly asked questions about gaining compensation.

Just how dangerous is riding a motorcycle?

Few things are more freeing than getting your motorcycle out on the road. On those days when the weather is just right, it’s easy to ride for long stretches.

Of course, as all motorcyclists know, there are risks. Motorcyclists are far less protected than people in other vehicles, and are more likely than car occupants to be killed or injured in the event of a crash. Some official figures also offer a sense of just how dangerous riding a motorcycle in Kentucky can be.

Distracted driving laws lower motorcyclist deaths nationwide

As a motorcyclist, you must be ultra-aware while cruising the open road due to distracted drivers texting, surfing the web, or even applying makeup while driving. While there is no law that says you can’t apply makeup, many states have banned the use of cell phones or enacted hands-free laws while driving. This has led to more alert drivers and lowered motorcyclist fatality rates.

Research conducted by Florida Atlantic University and the University of Miami shows that the fatality rates of motorcycle riders is 11% lower than states that haven’t enacted such bans or hands-free laws. The research did not identify how these laws affect the overall number of fatalities for all vehicles.

Common injuries that occur in supermarkets

When shopping in a grocery store, we are usually concentrating more on the products that we want to purchase rather than our safety, and understandably so. We have the right to expect that the premises we are shopping in will be made reasonably safe for us. However, it is an unfortunate fact that countless people become injured every year in supermarkets.

If you have suffered an injury while grocery shopping, it is a good idea to consider whether you can successfully make a personal injury claim. By making a claim, you may be able to gain back damages for the pain and suffering that you endured. The following are some of the most common accidents that occur in grocery stores.

Jones Act promotes safer conditions

In multiple ways that even those aware of the law don’t always stop to remember, The Jones Act provides protections for people who work in and around U.S. waters.

Besides its benefits for workers after an on-the-job injury or illness, its rules for finding fault also promote more careful attention to safe conditions aboard vessels, thereby potentially preventing injuries before they happen.

How to stay safe on the open road

The sun is shining, there's a nice cool breeze and you can't see a cloud for miles. It's time to hop on your motorcycle and go for a ride. If you decide to take out the bike on the open road, make sure you're feeling up for it. In all driving situations, especially on a motorcycle, being in control and aware are extremely important. If you're feeling down, ill or impaired, it's best to leave the bike at home.

Riding is a great hobby, and a way of life for some, but too often, safety is not at the forefront of their mind and that's when tragedy can strike. Follow these tips to help yourself avoid a crash that could turn your life upside down or even end it.

The difference between workers' compensation and the Jones Act

When workers are injured in the employment environment, they usually have the right to claim workers' compensation for any damages that they suffered. However, if you are an injured sea or river worker, you will probably not have the same privileges. This is because sea and river workers are subject to maritime law, which includes the Jones Act.

Employees at sea, otherwise known as seamen, are defined as workers who spend at least 30% of their work time on a vessel in navigation. These workers do not have workers' compensation protections. However, through the Jones Act, they have the right to take action against their employer for their injuries.

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