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Construction Site Wearable Technology

Aug 03

Wearable Technology On Construction Sites

Construction is a hard labor job that requires having both hands free at all times. Slippery smartphones are not always ideal, nor is anything that requires a free hand to manipulate. So, it begs the questions: What wearable technology could construction workers possibly use and use effectively? Why would they even want wearable technology? Good questions indeed, since safety should be at the forefront of any technology a construction worker uses. Here is more on this very subject.

Wearable Technology That Construction Contractors May Find Useful

As previously mentioned, phones can be hard to maneuver on site, but construction workers can utilize Bluetooth headsets, specifically the kind that sit right in the ear and only require a one-touch click to answer and hang up.

Other wearables that are useful in the field while construction is ongoing include:

  • Smart glasses
  • Smart watches with cell phone capabilities
  • Pulse oximeters built into hard hats
  • Safety vests with sensors for fire, sparks, proximity to power tools in operation (useful when you are too close to a saw), etc.

Each of these wearables serves a good purpose. The primary purpose, of course, is safety since none of these devices requires that a worker takes his or her hands off of something (or at least not take his/her hands off something for very long).

The smart watch can look up specific information, dial the project supervisor, call the boss with updates and can even be used in conjunction with a Bluetooth headset. The smart glasses can actually project building plans in real time and 3D, allowing crew members, architects and supervisors alike to see what has to be done next to the current project and verify that everything else is where it needs to be. The oximeter on the hard hat monitors pulse rate and oxygen levels in the workers’ blood to make sure they are not being exposed to high levels of carbon monoxide while they are working on a building.

Safety Concerns

Wearable technology always comes with safety concerns, but usually, those concerns are directly related to responsible use. One such example is using your phone to talk or text while driving. Not smart, and in most states it is illegal. With the devices mentioned above, the same holds true. It requires common sense and knowing that you are not going to activate smart glasses while walking around on bare I-beams five stories up from the ground. It’s not smart. If the crew using most of these devices uses them with safety in mind, they can actually prevent more accidents from occurring.

For example, using the smart glasses while standing on the ground, can enable you to see where some reinforcements are supposed to be installed and where they have been missed. Keeping the crew off these areas until the proper reinforcements have been added reduces the risk that someone will fall or fall through that area.

The same holds true for the oximeter built into the hard hat. As the building is enclosed by the outer walls and the inner walls are being primed and painted, there may be an increase in carbon monoxide and dioxide. The oximeter would alert the wearer with a beeping sound. Some designs for this smart device and alarm connection to a smart watch are currently in production. For now, they only sound within the helmet and ear piece.

Helping Your Crew Stay Safe vs. the Expense of Lawsuits

If any of this applies to your construction company, or you are concerned about the safety and welfare of your crew while they are on project sites, you may want to consider investing in these devices. If you are concerned about their use and safety, you can always have a preemptive training on the proper and expected use of wearable technology on the job.

Correct training ensures that crews know exactly what the devices are meant for, and can use them for those intended purposes. If the price of several pieces of wearable technology has you balking, consider how much it will cost in worker’s compensation claims and lawsuits without the purchase and use of these devices. That alone should be enough to encourage you to purchase these items for specific crew members to use.

Author Bio:

Tom Moverman established the Lipsig Law Firm with Harry Lipsig and his partners in 1989 and is a sponsor of the website LipsigLawyers.com.. The firm’s focus is in products liability, personal injury, construction accidents, car accidents and medical malpractice.

Six Ways to Avoid Accidents Before They Occur

Jul 10

6 Ways to Avoid Accidents Before They Occur

Accidents occur when we least expected. You will never predict when or where the accident will occur. When accidents occur, they leave behind trails of destruction, and in some cases, lives are lost. Occasionally, you will hear in the media about a grisly accident on the road that has occurred. Even though you may be less bothered by accident, your whole world will crumble if the victim is a close family member. Although car accidents happen in a matter of seconds, their impact can be checked. Here are six ways to prepare for car accidents before they occur.

1. Ensure that your car meets all the safety measures

Road safety starts with you. It is your responsibility to ensure that everyone in the car adheres to all the road safety measures. First, ensure that your car is carrying only the recommended number of passengers. Do not think about carrying excess passengers or even goods. While in the vehicle, everyone should wear safety belts. Are the seats properly aligned? How is the condition of the safety belt? The safety belts should be in good condition so as to minimize the degree of an injury in case of an accident. The same should apply to airbags. They need to be in perfect condition so as to give you maximum protection. If you are traveling with children, ensure that they are seated at the back. This is because children tend to be restless. Apart from distracting you, their curiosity can make them explore some vital parts of the vehicle, and this can lead to an accident.

2. Check on the speed

It is better to arrive at your destination late and safe than failing to arrive at all. No matter how far or how late you are, do not be tempted to exceed the speed limits. According to statistics, more than 80% of the car accidents in the world are caused by speeding. When driving at extremely high speed, your control over the car goes down. You will only be enjoying the thrill of speed rather than concentrating on what is on the road. This does not mean that you will be completely safe from accidents if you drive within the recommended speed limits. By driving slowly, you will have total control over the car. Low speeds also give you adequate time to react to any incidence that may occur on the road. For example, if there is an oncoming vehicle, you will be able to slow down so as to avoid a head-on -collision. The impact of a collision will be less fatal if you drive slowly.

3. Do not drink and drive

Regardless of the brand or the amount that you take, alcohol will impair your judgment. Your ability to make rational decisions will reduce putting you at high risk of causing an accident. Alcohol can also make you excited and give you extra confidence. You will have the urge to drive at high speed and overtake all the vehicles that are ahead of you. In doing so, you may end up causing an accident. Alcohol can also cause visual impairment whereby you lose the ability to see what is on the road. In doing so, you may end up crashing other vehicles and even pedestrians. Remember that driving while drunk gives you minimal control over the vehicle. Everything that will be happening inside and outside the vehicle will be beyond your means. If you are planning to go out on a drinking spree, do not drive but instead use a cab or let someone else drive you.

4. Avoid distractions

While driving, your full attention should be on the car and not anything else. Both your mind and your body should be on the road. Both of your hands should be on the steering wheel. Of late, the most common distraction that is affecting many drivers is the mobile phone. Probably you would want to text and at the same time drive. Social is always tempting as you would always want to be updated with the trending stories even while on the road. While trying to concentrate on the phone, you will be less attentive to what is happening outside the vehicle. This will lead to an accident that would otherwise have been avoided. If you are a smoker, you can get distracted by a strong urge to smoke a cigarette. The source of distractions can also be outside the vehicle. If you are a man and you spot a cute lady outside, you may be tempted to ogle at her hence giving the vehicle less attention. Billboards and other outdoor advertisement materials can also distract you.

Check on the condition of the car

Before you turn on the engine, check on the condition of the car. The condition of the car may have a final impact on the safety levels. Do not inspect your vehicle casually but instead, check to ensure that all the parts are in a perfect condition. They should not compromise on your safety on the road. How are the tires? Are they showing any possibilities of bursting or will they be able to run for several thousands of miles? A tire burst on the road can make a vehicle to veer off the road and even overturn, therefore it’s recommended to use the best tire for your vehicle. Check on the engine so as to identify any signs of leakage. A leakage, no matter how small it is, can lead to a fire outbreak. You should also inspect the vehicle’s lighting system which includes the headlights, tail lamp, and parking lights so as to know whether they are working well.

Get a proper car insurance

Once an accident has occurred, your vehicle may be damaged, or you may get serious injuries. You will also waste lots of hours trying to resolve the issues about the accident. If you were injured in the accident, you would spend several days at a medical facility. In other words, a car accident can bring your life to a standstill. However, with proper car insurance, you will be able to resume your normal life within the shortest time possible. A comprehensive car insurance policy will cover for the damage that has occurred on the vehicle. This means that you will be able to have your vehicle back in a good condition regardless of how bad it was damaged in the accident. In the case of any legal battle that may arise as a result of the accident, the insurance policy will take care of all the costs associated with the lawsuit. The insurance will also compensate the survivors in case the accident has resulted in death.

A car accident can turn your whole life upside down. Rather than waiting to suffer from the impact of the accident, it is prudent that you take some precautionary measure which will give you some level of protection. With the tips above, you will be the safest driver on the road.

Things You Should Not Do After A Car Accident

Jul 10

Things You Should Not Do After A Car Accident

Hopefully you will never find yourself in a car accident but unfortunately it is likely at some point during your lifetime. On average, there are 6 million car accidents in America on a yearly basis. Around 90 people die daily when something goes wrong behind the wheel. There are things that you can do when you are involved in a car accident to prevent serious injury, help others that might be involved and to make sure everything goes smoothly in terms of insurance. The majority of car accidents are not usually life threatening but they are still pretty scary and can affect your life in other ways. If you ever find yourself crashing into another car/person or being crashed into, there are some things you should definitely NOT do.

Things NOT To Do When You Are In A Car Accident

1. Leave the scene

Leaving the immediate vicinity when you are involved in an accident could have dire consequences for all involved. If nobody is injured at first glance, you might be tempted to drive away and forget the whole thing ever happened. This event can be a big dampener on your day but think of it like purchasing a car polish. It’s something that has to be done for the good of you, anyone else involved and your car itself. Even if you experience a “bump” more than an actual car accident, you should always stop and do certain things. You can get arrested if you are involved in a car accident and leave without following the proper measures. Even if you and the other person doesn’t seem to have suffered too much, some things can be hiding under the surface and it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Another reason why you need to stick around after a car accident is because you don’t know what kind of person the other driver is. They could call the police after you leave the scene and completely exaggerate what has happened in an attempt to get a big insurance payout. Sticking around really ensures that you can get the truth across.

2. Apologize or take the blame

Anything you say in the moments following a car accident could be used against you at a future date so it is really better to say as little as possible in regards to the incident itself. While you want to make sure the person in the other car is OK, do not apologize for the incident or say anything that shows you could be taking the blame for what happened. Even if the accident was your fault, this is for the police to decide so be sure to keep quiet unless you are asked direct questions by authorities. If you take the blame in any way, this could basically be used against you in a court of law and you could be left with a hefty bill.

3. Forget to document the scene

Before the police arrive at the scene of the car accident, it’s important that you do all you can to document what has happened yourself. Use whatever means you have to hand to record the scene including your phone, camera and anything else that might be useful later on. Be sure to take up close and far away photos of any vehicles involved at different angles and the road itself. If the other person protests about you taking photos of their vehicle, do it anyway because it is the right thing to do legally at that moment. When the police show up, they might mess up the area unintentionally so it’s important you have evidence of how the scene appeared right after the incident occurred. Remember that it is always better to record too much than too little in this type of situation to have your own back!

4. Forget to call police

An accident is an accident no matter how small it might seem at first, so it’s vital that you contact the police straight away. Whether you simply forget to call the police or you are avoiding doing so because you are scared, don’t let it happen! It does not matter if you are not injured, an ambulance may not be necessary – but a police car always is. Even if you feel what happened was your fault, it’s better to get the police involved now rather than later. All car accidents are recorded and by filling out a statement with the authorities, you might be saving yourself some money further down the line. When yourself and the other person involved have their say about what happened, it gives a much clearer picture and means less stress for you in the long term.

5. Avoid getting medical attention

You do not have to have a hundred cuts and bruises or a bleeding head to be “injured”. Many injuries are internal and no pain is experienced at all, concussion can be deadly and it is not visible to the naked eye. While keeping that in mind, you should get yourself checked out by medical professionals no matter how fine you feel after a car accident. Not only is this important for your health to take this measure, having your injuries documented could help in the legal side of things further down the line.

6. Forget to exchange insurance information

Your insurance company and the other person’ involved insurance company will need full details of the car accident, so it is VITAL that you swap insurance details. After a few weeks/months, the insurance companies will decide who has to pay what in regards to the accident and having all the information they need, will help them make this decision quicker. If you don’t have your details to hand immediately following the event, you will usually have 24 hours to provide all the information that is needed. In addition to insurance details, also make sure that you take the driver’s license plate number, full name, phone number and address. If the driver is not being cooperative with you face to face, they can give this information to the insurance company or the police themselves.

7. Lose your temper

In such a heated situation, it can be easy to lose your cool with the other driver especially if they were at fault or have caused you/your vehicle injury, but please don’t do this. Getting angry isn’t going to help the situation and definitely not your case if claims need to be made due to this incident. If you do feel yourself getting hot under the collar with the other driver, simply stay in your vehicle and wait for the police to arrive. You never know what type of person you are dealing with so confronting them over whatever fault you think they are at, could be dangerous for you. A car accident is already a bad situation to find yourself in so the last thing you want is to make it even worse.

Now that you know the ins and outs of what should and shouldn’t be done in the event of a car accident, you should find yourself in a more knowledgeable situation should the event ever arise. Being smart and doing the right thing at such a stressful moment isn’t always easy but it’s really important that you do so for your own benefit.

E-cigarette Explosions and Lawsuits

Jul 09

E-cigarette Explosions and Lawsuits

According to the Statistical Brain Research Institute and the Tobacco Vapor Electronic Cigarette Association, e-cigarettes are now a $2.8 billion industry. Not only has the value of the e-cigarette industry risen in the past 9 years, but it is reported that, as of 2015, 6.7% of adults and 12% of high school students have tried smoking e-cigarettes.
However, as stated on LipsigLawyers.com, e-cigarettes are drawing in former smokers and with the lure of a safer experience. But over time, we have learned that smoking e-cigarettes is not only internally harmful, but they can also explode and injure the smoker and those around them. In fact, the U.S. Fire Administration reported that 25 e-cigarettes have caused fires since 2009. Due to this, many lawsuits, including the ones below, have been filed against companies associated with e-cigarettes.
What Is Leading To Lawsuits Being Filed?
Jennifer Ries’ Case
According to the Los Angeles Times, Jennifer Ries was injured after her e-cigarette exploded when she plugged it into her car charger. Ries claims that not long after she plugged the e-cigarette in, the device began leaking liquid that smelled like nail polish remover. Eventually, the e-cigarette ignited setting Ries’ dress and car-seat on fire. Luckily, Ries’ husband poured a drink on her in order to stop the flames from spreading.
Although the fire did not spread, her husband was too late, as Jennifer Ries had been burnt by the explosion. In response, Ries then sued the device’s distributor, VapCigs, the device’s wholesaler, Cartons 2 Go and the store from which she bought the e-cigarette. Her lawsuit claims that the companies were irresponsible for selling a dangerous product and not properly informing the consumer about the product’s risks. She won the lawsuit and the defendants were forced to pay Jennifer Ries’ $1.9 million.
Joseph Cavins’ Case
Another such incident occurred in Santa Ana, California when an e-cigarette exploded injuring Joseph Cavins’ eye and his cheekbone. Unfortunately, the wounds were so severe that doctors eventually had to remove Cavins’ eye.
Due to the injuries, Cavins’ and his lawyers are suing four California e-cigarette retailers and distributors: The Vapor Loft, VapeItUp, Lan & Mike International Trading dba Vapor DNA and Vaping American Products. Like in Ries’ case, Cavins’ blames the defendants and states that the companies were irresponsible by making a product out of subpar materials and not explicitly warning the consumer about any possibility that the e-cigarette may spontaneously combust.
E-Cigarette Explosion in San Diego
In 2005, according to a San Diego NBC affiliate, a San Diego man was rushed to the hospital after his e-cigarette exploded inside of a liquor store. The explosion was so powerful that the debris not only injured the e-cigarette smoker but also broke glass within the store. As a result, the man whose e-cigarette exploded burned him to such an extent that he eventually had to be treated in the local burn unit.
The above incident and others have strengthened various class action lawsuits that have been filed by a variety of law firms against e-cigarette distributors and manufacturers. Like the previously mentioned personal injury lawsuits, these class-action lawsuits claim that the companies associated with e-cigarettes do not properly warn those who use their products. Overall, it seems like due to the dangers associated with e-cigarettes, lawsuits like these will not be going away anytime soon.
Author Bio:
Tom Moverman established the Lipsig Lawyers Firm with Harry Lipsig and his partners in 1989; The firm’s focus is in products liability, personal injury, construction accidents, car accidents and medical malpractice.

Huntsville Workers Compensation Lawyer

May 06

Workers Compensation Injuries

When you get hurt at work in Alabama, you should expect your employer to take care of your injury. You should not have to worry about getting medical treatment or getting fired. If you have been injured at work, your employer is not always on your side. If you have been injured at work, you may need to talk to a workers compensation lawyer.

We are experienced workers compensation attorneys. Call now. 256-534-3435.

Criminal Defense Attorney Huntsville AL

Apr 20
Big Spring Park

Huntsville Alabama

Criminal Defense Attorneys

Being charged with a criminal offense in Huntsville, Alabama can be a traumatic event. We understand what you are going through, and we can help. Our attorneys have handled thousands of criminal cases, from misdemeanors to felonies. With over 50 years of criminal law experience, you can count on us to protect your rights, your reputation, and your freedom. Many law offices assign client cases to young associates. Randy W. Ferguson will personally handle all aspects of your case from start to finish. You will not arrive in court and have an attorney you have never met, or who is unfamiliar with your case. We never use inexperienced associates to handle your case. We are not a high volume law firm who values money over our clients well being. When you call our office, you will talk to your attorney, not a secretary or paralegal. Our record of dismissals, not guilty verdicts, and favorable plea agreements makes us the go to firm for people charged in Huntsville, Alabama.

Whether your charge is possession of a controlled substance, theft or a domestic violence, we can help. We thoroughly review the evidence in your case and develop a defense to fight your charge. A criminal conviction can carry a harsh punishment including incarceration, fines, probation and even forfeitures. Many cases have to be taken to trial, but others may be resolved by negotiation, pretrial intervention programs or alternative sentencing programs.

Our criminal defense attorneys handle misdemeanor, felony, DUI and juvenile cases throughout Madison County. If you’ve been accused of a misdemeanor or a serious felony in Madison County, our goal is always the complete dismissal of all charges. If this isn’t possible, we often negotiate solutions for our clients that allow them to avoid jail and even probation. Call 256-350-7200 now. We are here to help.

Criminal Defense Attorney Decatur AL

Apr 20
Morgan County Courthouse

Morgan County Courthouse

Criminal Defense Attorneys

Being charged with a criminal offense in Decatur, Alabama can be a traumatic event. We understand what you are going through, and we can help. Our attorneys have handled thousands of criminal cases, from misdemeanors to felonies. With over 50 years of criminal law experience, you can count on us to protect your rights, your reputation, and your freedom. Many law offices assign client cases to young associates. Randy W. Ferguson will personally handle all aspects of your case from start to finish. You will not arrive in court and have an attorney you have never met, or who is unfamiliar with your case. We never use inexperienced associates to handle your case. We are not a high volume law firm who values money over our clients well being. When you call our office, you will talk to your attorney, not a secretary or paralegal. Our record of dismissals, not guilty verdicts, and favorable plea agreements makes us the go to firm for people charged in Decatur, Alabama.

Whether your charge is possession of a controlled substance, theft or a domestic violence, we can help. We thoroughly review the evidence in your case and develop a defense to fight your charge. A criminal conviction can carry a harsh punishment including incarceration, fines, probation and even forfeitures. Many cases have to be taken to trial, but others may be resolved by negotiation, pretrial intervention programs or alternative sentencing programs.

Our criminal defense attorneys handle misdemeanor, felony, DUI and juvenile cases throughout Morgan County. If you’ve been accused of a misdemeanor or a serious felony in Morgan County, our goal is always the complete dismissal of all charges. If this isn’t possible, we often negotiate solutions for our clients that allow them to avoid jail and even probation. Call 256-350-7200 now. We are here to help.

College Loans and Bankruptcy in Alabama

Apr 11

Are College Loans the Worst Debt?

Do you know the difference between “good” debt and “bad” debt? Have you ever been told that you have to get a college degree to get a good job? Have you ever been told college graduates make more money? If you have answered yes to any of the above questions, you are not alone. Most people think a college education is a good thing. Have you ever been told that the college education you get may ruin you financially for the rest of your life? Probably not. Of all the debt you can incur in your lifetime, the worst debt of all is probably college loans, particularly if they don’t lead to a degree or gainful employment.

Why is College Debt so Bad?

College recruiters and the universities they work for need students to stay in business. Without students, there are no colleges. Colleges entice you to visit their campuses hoping you will be so impressed that you decide to enroll. Little do the colleges care about how you will pay for tuition and expenses, or what kind of financial shape you will be in when you fail to graduate, or graduate with a degree that qualifies you to work at a fast food restaurant. College debt can be worth it in many cases, especially if you find a decent paying job. But in almost every case, student loans are nondeductible and non-dischargeable in bankruptcy. Student loans can stay with you for decades and even into retirement.

Facts About Student Loans

Their are over 75 million millennials who have college loans. That does not include all of the parents who have mistakenly co-signed loans with their children. The majority of people struggling to pay back their college loans owe less than $16,400. Those loans are preventing them buying homes, cars and settling down. When they get behind on those student loans, their credit is ruined, and future loans are unattainable. When you default on your loans, you are saddled with fees, penalties and rapidly accumulating interest. Not surprisingly, lower-income borrowers and students of color were more likely to default on their loans.

How to Avoid College Debt

The best way to avoid college debt involves a careful planning strategy. Sometimes working a year or two before starting college is a good idea. Always apply for grants and scholarships. Millions of dollars in grants and scholarships go unclaimed each year. Consider starting out your college education at a local community college. They are less expensive, do not require housing and offer the same classes as larger universities. Consider working part time to help with the costs of college. Many local colleges have work study and co-op programs. Further, vocational training programs often are shorter and less expensive to attend. Lastly, do the math. Know how much college will cost, your loan payments will be, and how much you will need to make to survive.

Is going to college the right decision for you? Remember, student loans can rarely be discharged in a bankruptcy. Will your college debt be ultimately good or bad? If you are already having financial problems, we are here to help. If you have bankruptcy questions, call us now. Call 256-534-3435 or 256-350-7200.

Drowsy Driving: A Small Problem With Major Consequences

Jan 12

Drowsy Driving: A Small Problem With Major Consequences

Drowsy driving occurs more frequently than you might realize and it can cause a great deal of damage. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there are an estimated 83,000 accidents per year occur because of drowsy driving. In 2014 alone, this organization reported that there were around 856 fatalities in accidents connected to drowsy driving.

These accidents can cause property damage as well as serious injury. A severe injury may leave a victim with steep medical bills and lost wages. If you were the victim of someone else’s negligence and drowsy driving, you may be able to collect compensation through a personal injury claim.

What Constitutes Drowsy Driving?

Drowsy driving isn’t necessarily a complete and total loss of control while driving. Sometimes it manifests as slowed reaction time or poor judgment. Commercial truck drivers are especially at-risk when it comes to drowsy driving. The fatigue that may result from operating a vehicle continuously for hours on end could result in a serious accident.

Alcohol, certain prescription medications, and other drugs may also play a role in drowsy driving. Even if a driver is prescribed a medication legally, a medication that causes drowsiness could very well cause an accident.

Who Is At Fault?

The drowsy driver may be held liable for causing an accident, particularly if it’s possible to prove that this driver was at fault during the collision. You may be able to receive compensation if you were partially responsible, but this is not guaranteed. If you are concerned about where the fault lies in your own case, a personal injury lawyer DC trusts may be able to review the details of your case with you.

Types of Compensation in Personal Injury Claims

You may be able to collect two different kinds of compensation in a successful personal injury claim.

Compensatory damages are the first type. These consist of tangible losses connected to the accident and to your injuries. Compensatory damages may cover losses from missed wages, medication expenses, vehicle repairs, ongoing therapy, and other financial losses.
The second type of compensation you might receive are called punitive damages. These damages are often awarded to justify the pain and suffering of the accident victim, while also acknowledging that the liable driver caused a great deal of damage.

Contact a Personal Injury Attorney Today

It may be in your best interest to hire a personal injury attorney if you want to pursue a personal injury case. Your attorney may be able to reach a settlement with the other party, and this could be in your benefit. Not only will this allow you to avoid a court trial, but it may allow you to receive your funds quickly and get your life back on track.

Many law firms offer free initial consultations where you may discuss the details of your case. If you’ve been the victim of another driver’s negligence, it may be time to contact your local car accident attorney today.

Thanks to our friends and contributors from Cohen & Cohen, P.C. for their insight into the dangers of drowsy driving.