Workplace injuries are typically covered by the California workers' compensation insurance system, which is a no-fault program. This means that, even if it was the worker's fault, he or she could file a workers' compensation benefits claim. However, if the gross negligence of an employer causes a severe injury or a worker's death, there might also be grounds for a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit in a civil court.
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, approximately 4.5 million reports of dog bites are filed nationwide each year, and an insurance provider reports that most dog bites occur in California. Not all dog bites are cause severe personal injury, but authorities say about one in five bites requires medical care. Victims can seek recovery of damages.
Following the recent National Work Zone Awareness week, authorities in California likely hope that this program will bring about safer work zones -- for both vehicle operators and construction workers. Reportedly, the average number of lives lost in construction zones nationwide each year exceeded 700. Statistics show that commercial motor vehicles are involved in a significant percentage work zone accidents that result in personal injury or worse.
The ASPCA says almost half of households nationwide, including California, have one or more dogs as pets -- an estimated 70 to 80 million dogs across all states. These numbers increase the chances of package deliverers, cable installers, meter readers, police officers and postal carriers being victims of dog attacks. While some such attacks lead to no more than minor personal injury, dog attacks could be deadly.
Several stunt-related accidents in recent times have raised the concern of safety officials. The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health has launched an investigation into one such an accident that caused a catastrophic personal injury to one of the showrunners on set. A stunt that went wrong caused the amputation of the victim's lower leg.
Anyone in California who has ever been the victim of a dog attack will know how traumatic such an experience can be. Along with the personal injury typically comes the emotional trauma that might cause long-term psychological harm. The first thing to do after being bitten by a dog is to determine whether the dog's rabies shots are current -- even if there is only a scratch. If this cannot be confirmed, a visit to the emergency room for a human rabies immunoglobulin shot is essential.