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E-Cigarette Explosions & Burns an Increasing Concern, Reports Medical Journal

close up portrait of a man smoking an e-cigarette

Increasing numbers of Americans are giving up tobacco cigarettes in favor of vaporizers, e-cigarettes, e-pipes and other Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS). In 2015, more than 3 million middle and high school students admitted to using vape pens or e-cigarettes, which were linked to dozens of fires that same year. Spontaneous e-cigarette explosions can – and do — happen while the devices are being used or carried, often causing serious facial burns, damage to teeth, facial and neck fractures, lost digits, and third-degree bodily burns.

An editorial report published last month in the BMJ medical journal spotlights this emerging safety concern. The authors say that burns and other serious injuries from overheated e-cigarettes and vaporizers need a clinical, public health and regulatory response. They also call for more stringent federal regulation to ensure that ENDS are manufactured, distributed and marketed “according to standards that reduce harm and promote health.”

193 reports involving E-cig injuries

The editorial underscores an unreliable and inconsistent tracking system for reporting e-cigarette explosions, burns and injuries. The FDA encourages consumers, manufacturers and retailers to report any adverse events regarding ENDS to its “Safety Reporting Portal for Tobacco Products.”

Potential safety concerns or adverse events could include:

  • Fire, burns or other personal injuries
  • Products that are damaged or defective
  • Devices that appear contaminated
  • Poisonings
  • Allergic reactions
  • And products that taste or smell wrong

It has become evident, however, that the lion’s share of vape injuries is gleaned from media reports rather than a federal database. According to the American Burn Association, several hundred e-cigarette-related burns were reported in 2015—a stark contrast to the low figures provided by the U.S. National Fire Protection Association.

One independent website has identified at least 193 reports of e-cigarette explosions caused by incompatible charging ports or damaged or defective lithium-ion batteries. These incidents were mined from global media coverage, though they note that e-cig explosions are seriously under-reported.

Call for increased regulatory oversight

On August 8, 2016, the FDA finalized plans to regulate all tobacco products in the U.S., including e-cigarettes and other ENDS. With better manufacturing guidelines and safety measures in place, along with improved education for the public about e-cigarette risks, health regulators hope to improve consumer safety and lower risk of injury.

At this time, several personal injury lawsuits have already been filed against the manufacturers and distributers of electronic cigarettes, claiming negligence in the marketing and sale of the devices. Plaintiffs are suing for medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages and permanent disfigurement after being severely burned by malfunctioning vaporizers.

E-cigarette injury attorney

If you or a loved have been harmed while using, charging or carrying an e-cigarette, contact Edelman, Krasin & Jaye for a free case evaluation right away. Our veteran product liability attorneys vow to protect your rights, and fight for maximum compensation. Call 800.469.7429 to set up a confidential consultation today.

Trampoline Park Accidents on the Rise

emergency room signAs more trampoline parks continue to pop up across the country, reports of serious injuries at these facilities have also increased. A new study published in the journal Pediatrics found an alarming rise in trampoline park injuries between 2011 and 2014 as the indoor trampoline craze continues to explode.

Unfortunately, some people that head to these parks for an afternoon of fun come out with significant injuries that can affect their quality of life permanently.

More parks, more ER visits

The new study found an exponential rise in emergency room visits as a result of trampoline park injuries. In 2010, 581 patients sought treatment in emergency rooms due to trampoline-related injuries. By 2014, that number had climbed to nearly 7,000. Patients were likely to be children or teenagers, presenting with injuries like sprains and fractures. However, there was also a concerning number of spinal cord injuries and skull fractures in those emergency room visits as well.

The increase in injuries had a direct correlation to the growth in the trampoline park industry during that same time frame. There were just 35 trampoline parks nationwide in 2011, according to the International Association of Trampoline Parks. By 2014, more than 280 parks had appeared, with around five to six new parks opening up every month. The IATP also estimates that as many as 50 million people visit these trampoline parks every year.

Reasons for injuries

Some of the common reasons why trampoline park injuries occur:

  • Jumpers landing wrong
  • Colliding with other jumpers
  • Getting injured while performing flips
  • Landing on trampoline springs or frames
  • Falling off the trampolines

In addition, injuries caused by trampoline sports at the parks, such as trampoline dodgeball or volleyball were also reported.

The researchers in this study compiled data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System between 2010 and 2014. Findings were based on samples from 100 emergency rooms across the nation. The lead researcher in the study, Dr. Kathryn Kasmire, told the Chicago Tribune that parents need to be aware of the risks at these parks, as well as the fact that safety rules can vary significantly from facility to facility.

Liability in trampoline park accidents

Most trampoline parks have participants sign a waiver before they are allowed onto the trampolines. Unfortunately, this leaves some injured victims with the mistaken assumption they cannot seek legal action against the park for their injuries. However, that is not always the case.

Waivers do not protect a trampoline park against negligence in the upkeep of the trampolines or in monitoring jumpers for safe behavior. Jumpers have a right to assume that the facility will take all necessary steps to ensure the safety of participants with full-time monitoring of the trampolines and the institution and enforcement of appropriate safety rules. If the facility does not do their part to keep guests and premises safe, legal action may indeed be an option.

If you are injured at a trampoline park, it is important to seek competent legal representation as soon as possible. An investigation will be necessary to evaluate the safety of the park, interview possible witnesses and assess the language of the waiver to determine how clear and broad it is. An experienced premises liability attorney will know precisely how to ensure your rights are protected, and just compensation is secured.

If you or someone you love is injured at a trampoline park, contact the Long Island law firm of Edelman, Krasin & Jaye as soon as possible to receive a free case evaluation. Our number is 1-800-469-7429 and we will be happy to discuss your legal options with you and answer all of your questions.

2016 Edelman, Krasin & Jaye Scholarship Award Winner

scholarship award winnerEvery year, the law firm of Edelman, Krasin & Jaye awards three scholarships to students who maintain good grades, in spite of being diagnosed with chronic illness. Chelsea Fisk is this year’s $1,000 award recipient. To qualify for the scholarship award, she had to be accepted to or enrolled in a business, law, or medical program at an accredited US college and have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. She also had to submit an essay describing her struggle with a chronic illness.

Edelman Krasin & Jaye would like to congratulate Ms. Fisk, and wish her the very best of luck in her future endeavors.

Chelsea Fisk: 2016 Scholarship award winner

“In the fall of 2013, I was someone that appeared to be, by all accounts, living the life of a highly successful high school student,” Chelsea wrote. “I was elected class president; I had just received the lead role in the school musical; I volunteered regularly in the community with organizations that I loved; I was scoring well in two of the most notoriously difficult advanced placement classes; and to top it all off, I was approaching the ACT feeling confident in myself and my studying.”

When illness struck suddenly and mysteriously, doctors thought it was a flu virus. As she fell sicker and missed days of school racked up, she knew something more was going on. Hospital tests revealed that one of her lungs had collapsed and her lower digestive tract was severely inflamed. Doctors diagnosed her with Ulcerative Colitis after two weeks in the hospital and placed her on strong medications.

The insurmountable pile of schoolwork awaited her. “It felt like the rug had been pulled out from me,” she recalled. She made a few tough choices – like dropping AP Calculus and moving to a less demanding math course. Over the years, the disease symptoms came and went. Even so, she was able to finish 13 AP courses and maintain high grades. She gained acceptance at Michigan State University, where she studies Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, as well as Theatre.

Passion discovered in the most unlikely of places

While hospitalized, Chelsea says she developed a deep interest in the work of doctors. “The hospital turned from a terrifying and painful place to a wealth of excitement, overflowing with learning and discovery. Even my disease that
seemed frightening and complex became a source of knowledge and intrigue,” she said. Chelsea hopes to one day work with sick newborns, children undergoing transplant surgery or young people with blood disorders.

“When faced with the debilitating symptoms of ulcerative colitis, it would have been so easy to just drop out of high school and maybe try for a G.E.D. later on,” remarks senior partner William T. Jaye. “But Chelsea’s love of learning, curiosity, and inner drive for success kicked into high gear. We believe she represents the brightest rising star and we wish her great luck with the rest of her academic years and beyond.”

Navy Considers E-Cigarette Ban Amid Safety Worries

man smoking an e-cigarette

The U.S. Navy is considering a ban on electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes, from all Navy property.

The proposal comes as there is increasing concerns over the dangers of the electronic devices. The Naval Safety Center has recorded 12 incidents of the batteries inside these devices exploding, leading to fires and injuries to the sailors using them.

Navy records 12 e-cig fire events

According to a report at the Navy Times, the 12 incidents were all recorded between October 2015 and May 2016. Seven of those incidents occurred on Navy ships and some resulted in fires that had to be put out using firefighting equipment. Eight of the explosions occurred to e-cigarettes stored in someone’s pocket and led to first and second-degree burns. Another two occurred while the e-cigarettes were in the sailor’s mouths, which caused injuries to the face and teeth.

The Navy is now trying to determine whether keeping e-cigarettes out of submarines, ships and airplanes would increase safety and reduce the potential for property damage.

Currently, the Naval Sea Systems Command has a partial ban on lithium-ion batteries, the same type of batteries that are used in e-cigarettes. The Safety Center is also recommending and extension of the ban to include e-cigarettes, keeping them away from all naval property. When the batteries inside the e-cigarette tube overheat, they can convert the device into a small and very dangerous bomb.

“It is strongly recommended that action be taken to prohibit these devices from use, transport or storage on Navy facilities, submarines, ships, vessels and aircraft,” a memo from the Safety Center reads. “In conjunction with these efforts, it is recommended that the Navy launch a dedicated safety campaign to inform service members about the potential danger of these products.”

Concerns about e-cigs growing

It is not just the Navy that has become concerned about the risks associated with e-cigarettes. Numerous e-cigarette explosions have been reported across the nation, which have caused serious burns, bone fractures and tissue damage. The U.S. Fire Administration found 25 incidents involving e-cigarettes between 2009 and 2014, which were discovered by media reports. However, the administration believes there may have been more injuries and incidents that were not reported during that time.

The report found that 80 percent of the incidents occurred while the battery was being charged, while eight percent occurred while the device was being used. The incidents results in 10 injuries, two of which were considered serious. Both of those occurred when the devices exploded in the users’ mouths.

Currently, there is no regulation of e-cigarettes, which leaves consumers unsure of whether the devices they use are up to the highest safety standards. The devices are also not required to carry any warnings about the possibility of explosions at this time. However, those who are injured by the devices may have legal recourse against the manufacturers that are failing to provide proper warning about potential risks associated with their products.

If you are injured by an e-cigarette, legal help is available. Contact Edelman, Krasin & Jaye to discuss your legal options. To speak with a New York personal injury lawyer free of charge, please call at 1-800-469-7429.

Long Island Drivers Face Memorial Day Weekend DUI Charges

auto accidents - drunk driverTwo men who fled the scene of car accidents over Memorial Day weekend were among a bevy of drivers arrested on DWI charges, reports the East Hampton Star. According to police, Jeffrey J. Fazzinga was driving his Mitsubishi on Montauk Main Street in the early morning hours when he side swiped a Dodge as it was leaving a parking lot. A breath test at police headquarters showed that Fazzinga had been driving while intoxicated. On Saturday, he was released on $250 bail.

Mark A. Schiavoni was also arrested on drunken driving charges over the weekend. He was swerving erratically on Montauk Highway on Napeague at around 5 am, when he was pulled over by police. Schiavoni, who had recently moved to Amagansett, told authorities he thought he only had a few beers before getting in his 2008 Mitsubishi. But after he failed sobriety tests, he conceded that he must have had more. Shortly after his arraignment, Schiavoni had his license suspended after telling an East Hampton Town Justice he was employed as a driver for Hamptons Free Ride.  A breathalyzer test showed a .18 reading, leading police to raise his misdemeanor charge to an aggravated level.

Other Memorial Day weekend DUI arrests

Memorial Day weekend saw a host of other drunk driving arraignments, as Sag Harbor Village police made multiple arrests on misdemeanor D.W.I. charges. One of the arrests was Ingrida Vanzodas, who was caught speeding on Bay Street, and blowing through a stop sign at the intersection of Route 114 and Main Street. The Churchville, Pa. woman was released after posting $500 bail.

In a separate incident, a Sag Harbor man was caught after trying to flee a sobriety checkpoint on the Flanders Road close to Hampton Bays on Saturday night. Pablo G. Carchipulla, age 31, was charged with D.W.I. after failing roadside sobriety tests, and was also charged with driving without a license – a felony crime. When authorities began to impound the suspect’s vehicle, his passenger, Geovany Plaza, suddenly got behind the wheel and attempted to flee. Police say the 27-year-old drove over medians without headlights onto Sunrise Highway, with law officers in hot pursuit.

Plaza was also found to be intoxicated at the time, and because he had a previous drunk driving conviction, his DWI charge is now at the felony level. Both suspects were arraigned in Southampton Town Justice Court and posted bail.

Fortunately, none of the incidents resulted in serious injury or death, which is often the case when motorists drink and drive.

Legal recourse for drunk driving victims

Statistics show that Suffolk County has one of the highest rates of drunk driving fatalities in New York State, just ahead of Queens County, Nassau County and Kings County. Here at Edelman, Krasin & Jaye, we believe that drunk drivers should be held liable for the pain and suffering their poor decisions and actions cause.

We help victims on Long Island receive legal compensation for their injuries, or the tragic loss of a loved one. Our highly credentialed car accident lawyers work diligently to maximize the payout our clients secure for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, and other losses.

Schedule a free case review with our attorneys by calling 1-800-469-7429.

Lowe’s Slip and Fall Case Results in $16.4M Jury Award

New York car accident lawyer speaking to juryJurors in a Las Vegas courtroom recently handed down a multi-million dollar verdict in favor of the plaintiff in a slip and fall case. Lowe’s Home Centers, LLC was ordered to pay Kelly Hendrickson $16.4 million for her injuries. The decision came following an 11-day trial that highlighted the severity of Hendrickson’s injuries and the alleged problems associated with the defendants’ safety policies.

It took the jury just six hours of deliberations to agree on the slip and fall verdict. $1.9 million of the award is for the plaintiff’s medical expenses and the rest is for her pain and suffering.

Plaintiff falls on wet concrete, fractures skull

The case stemmed from a 2013 incident at a Lowe’s franchise in Las Vegas. The then-38-year-old mother of three stopped by the garden center, where she spent some time looking at palm trees. She even snapped a few pictures and sent them to her husband. At that point, Hendrickson fell on wet concrete and struck her head. During the trial, Hendrickson testified that the last thing she remembered was “looking up at the palm trees” before she lost consciousness. When she awoke, Hendrickson had excruciating pain in her head. “My head was just killing me. It was the worst pain I’ve ever felt, and I just, was so confused.”

Upon awakening, Hendrickson says that she began yelling for help, but that no one could hear her. “I just remember thinking, ‘Am I going to die?’ I guess I just realized at that moment that I hit my head, on the concrete, and what that could do to a person. It just, it scared me to death.” Hendrickson further testified that she began to panic thinking about what might happen to her family if she died there on the concrete.

When Hendrickson finally did receive medical attention, it was determined that she had fractured her skull. Among her other permanent injuries, she has lost her senses of smell and taste.

History of falls at Lowe’s stores

During the trial, Hendrickson’s counsel argued that Lowe’s was negligent in failing to adequately warn her of the wet concrete. Although a store employee had placed a caution cone in the area, Hendrickson claimed that it was obstructed from view.

The plaintiff’s counsel further argued that Lowe’s allegedly has a poor track record of customer safety, given that there have been at least 23 falls among just 13 area stores over the past five years.

Are you entitled to seek compensation?

You shouldn’t be forced to pay for medical expenses that were the result of someone else’s negligence. You might also be entitled to request damages for your pain and suffering, and perhaps punitive damages, depending on the circumstances.

Your first step is to contact a qualified slip and fall lawyer at Edelman, Krasin & Jaye. We are a personal injury law firm serving Long Island and the surrounding areas. During your case review, we’ll examine the incident and your losses, and explain your options. These might include filing a premises liability lawsuit against the retail establishment where you sustained your injuries. Not all lawsuits are resolved through a trial; some are resolved via settlement talks.

Call Edelman, Krasin & Jaye today at 1.800.469.7429 to schedule your free case review.

Allen Rosner Selected as Rising Star by Super Lawyers

AllenJRosnerEdelman, Krasin & Jaye is proud to announce that Allen Rosner has been selected as a 2015-2016 Rising Star by Super Lawyers magazine. This industry rating process recognizes superb young attorneys across 70 practice areas who are either under 40 years old or have been in practice for under 10 years. The honor is only bestowed on no more than 2.5% of the lawyers in a state, who are selected based upon first-hand observation by their colleagues and their resumes of professional achievements.

To be designated a Super Lawyer or Rising Star, an attorney must go through a multi-phase selection process. First, he or she must stand out to peers or the Super Lawyers research department as someone who can provide the public with outstanding service. The researchers next evaluate candidates on 12 indicators of recognition and achievement including scholarly writings, law firm experience, bar association and other professional activities, and community service. Candidates are then ranked by a “blue ribbon” panel from within their practice areas. The lawyers with the highest rankings in each practice area are then compared to lawyers practicing in firms of similar sizes and the top lawyers are honored.

Mr. Rosner joins the firm’s Paul B. Edelman, who was also recognized by Super Lawyers.

Rosner dedicated to serving his clients

Mr. Allen Rosner is a trial attorney who upholds the professional values promoted by Super Lawyers. He represents victims in personal injury claims that include medical malpractice, auto accidents, lead poisoning, premises liability, and other tort-or negligence-based lawsuits. He prides himself on maintaining close communication with each client, tuning into his or her needs to put a personal touch on their case. Mr. Rosner also uses his accounting background to represent clients in commercial claims, including breach of contract actions.

Whether it means trying a case or settling beforehand, Mr. Rosner puts each client’s needs at the forefront. He always reaches for maximum compensation to put the client on their best footing.

As part of his commitment to the community, Mr. Rosner has participated in the Cardozo Law School Mentoring Program as well as the Executive Board of the Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Section of the New York State Bar. He is also a member of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association and the New York State Bar Association.

Mr. Rosner graduated cum laude from St. John’s University School of Law, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the New York Litigator Law Journal. He also has an Accounting degree from the University of Rhode Island, where he graduated summa cum laude.

About Edelman Krasin & Jaye

Edelman, Krasin & Jaye is a New York personal injury firm with over fifty years of experience representing victims throughout the state. With offices in Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn and Long Island, Edelman Krasin & Jaye protects the rights of New Yorkers in personal injury lawsuits, class actions, class actions, labor law disputes, and pharmaceutical mass torts.

Vape Pen Explodes, Causing Third Degree Burns

close up portrait of a man smoking an e-cigarette

Recent reports show that carrying around an e-cig can be more dangerous than lighting a real cigarette. A Phoenix man suffered second and third degree burns after his vape pen suddenly exploded in his pocket. Twenty-two year old Otis Stovall told Fox News he was unloading a truck at his work when the incident happened. He’s now publicly speaking out against e-cigarettes, a product which he claims has left him with deep burns down his leg. Stovall says that like many people trying to quit lighting up, he turned to vaping instead. He had no idea that it might cost him serious pain and weeks of recovery.

“I just looked down and saw that pieces of my skin were missing,” he told reporters after being treated at the Arizona Burn Center. After hearing an explosion, he looked down and saw “… flames spurting out of my pocket so I just immediately started hitting it but I didn’t know what was happening.”

The vaporizer had spontaneously exploded, taking with it large chunks of Stovall’s skin. Authorities at the Burn Center confirmed that this is the second e-cig explosion injury they have treated this year.

E-cig blows up, leaving victim with severe burns

Stovall’s mother cautioned about the dangers of vaping, given the life-altering injuries her son has suffered. The thermal injury was so great that Stovall must have skin grafting surgery – an operation that entails a lengthy recovery of several weeks or months. The 22-year old victim warns others to steer clear of vaporizers, saying, “If you’re going to quit smoking cigarettes, just quit smoking cigarettes. Don’t go to anything else.”

Vape explosions lead to litigation

There have been scores of other cases of e-cigs exploding in other parts of the country. The problem in many of these accidents is the lithium-ion battery, which can overheat and explode if they get too much voltage.

In 2013, Jennifer Ries’ vaporizer blew up while plugged in her car’s charger. Flames burst out of the device, leaving her with second degree burns on her hand, leg and buttocks. Her injuries would have been worse had her husband not poured ice coffee on her leg to douse the flames. The accident completely transformed her life, leaving her with physical and emotional scars.

Ries filed a claim against the e-cig distributor and wholesaler, in addition to the store where she purchased the unit in California. Her product liability lawsuit charged that the manufacturer and wholesaler distributed a product without sufficient warnings about known hazards. A Superior Court jury agreed with her allegations and awarded her $1.9 million in damages.

Content with her verdict, Ries says that she hopes her lawsuit and award will bring more attention to the very real dangers of e-cigs, which need more government regulation.

Filing an e-cig injury lawsuit

Vaporizers have been available for purchase in the United States since 2007, and have been linked to more than 50 injury reports, according to FDA data. Individuals who have suffered burns or other types of harm from an e-cigarette malfunction may be entitled to substantial compensation that accounts for all medical bills, lost income, emotional suffering and diminished capacity to earn.

To learn more about your options for legal recourse, we invite you to contact the personal injury attorneys at Edelman, Krasin & Jaye for a free case review. You can reach our offices, anytime night or day by dialing 800-469-7429.

Safety Rules Not Followed in Fatal Amtrak Crash in Chester

RR crossing freight trainAn Amtrak crash that killed two and injured 30 appears to be the result of failure to follow basic safety rules. An investigation has revealed both Amtrak’s internal rules and federal rules were broken by Amtrak employees on April 3, the day of the fatal event.

Two employees who had been working on the track in Chester, Pennsylvania, died after they were hit by an Amtrak train traveling on the same track.

The crash occurred around 8:00 Sunday morning, near Booth Street in Chester. Two workers were on the tracks with a backhoe when the train, traveling from New York to Savannah, Georgia, struck them. According to investigators, concerns focused on how the personnel working on the tracks were not following proper safety precautions. reported that sources with knowledge of the crash said a communication lapse between work shifts may have contributed to the crash.

Amtrak train victims identified

The two workers, veterans of Amtrak, were identified as Joseph Carter, 61, of Wilmington, Delaware, and Peter John Adamovich, 59, of Lincoln University, Pennsylvania. Carter was identified in an autopsy report as the backhoe operator and Adamovich was his supervisor. Thirty of the 341 passengers on the train were also taken to nearby hospitals with what was described as “non-life threatening injuries.” reports that there are “multiple federal and agency rules and regulations” created to prevent incidences of trains traveling on the same tracks where workers are performing maintenance or repairs. However, the Federal Railroad Administration gave the first official confirmation that those rules and regulations were not properly followed in this particular crash. The president and CEO of Amtrak, Joseph Boardman, did not dispute the directive given by the FRA and stated the company would create a new internal compliance program to ensure these breaches are not repeated.

In the meantime, the FRA ordered Amtrak to require all of the maintenance workers and supervisors to review safety regulations that applied directly to their jobs. Amtrak must also review safety rules involving communication between rail workers and dispatchers. Finally, the company was instructed to perform similar reviews with all “safety sensitive” employees.

Multiple accidents within 12 hours

While train and railroad crossing accidents are relatively rare, three such accidents occurred within about 12 hours of each other on April 3. CNN reported that in addition to the Chester crash, a train struck an individual in Buck County, Pennsylvania, and another train struck a vehicle at an intersection in Somonauk, Illinois. This accident was also less than a year after another fatal train accident in Pennsylvania that took the lives of eight.

If you or someone you love is injured in a train accident, compensation may be available to help you pay for medical bills and make up for lost wages while you recover from the injuries. However, determining liability can be a complex issue as there could be many factors that contributed to the accident. Experienced legal representation is essential to ensuring your rights are protected.

Don’t try to navigate the complicated legal process alone. Contact Edelman, Krasin and Jaye at 1-800-469-7429 for a free case review with Long Island personal injury attorneys who can answer your questions.

OSHA Evaluates Impact of New 2015 Injury Reporting Program

construction-accidentThe Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has released an evaluation of the impact that their 2015 severe injury reporting guideline has had on workplace safety. The newest requirement, that severe injury be reported to the administration within 24 hours, took effect on January 1, 2015, and seems to have had a positive impact on accident prevention.

The analysis of the new requirement’s effectiveness notes that prior to 2015, the administration often lacked sufficient data about accidents in the workplace to respond effectively. For instance, only after a workplace fatality would be reported would it become clear that an extensive history of serious accidents led up to the death of a worker.

Now employers are required to report any serious injuries, including amputations, hospitalizations, or loss of an eye within 24 hours. The new requirement supplements existing laws mandating that workplace fatalities be reported within eight hours.

The OSHA report details how the reporting of serious injuries allows for cooperation between the administration and the employee to prevent further injury or death, effectively reducing both workplace calamities.

New data helps to prevent workplace injuries

The data reported from more than 10,000 injuries last year provides the administration with tools to help understand where and when injuries occur and to prevent further thousands of injuries from taking place, according to the OSHA report. The two specific goals of the program were to monitor injuries in the workplace so as to target compliance and enforcement efforts more effectively, and to work with employers to prevent similar accidents from occurring.

Many of the kinds of hazards that lead to injuries reported are “well-understood and easily prevented,” according to OSHA’s evaluation. The OSHA program encourages employers to evaluate their own areas of safety weakness and to implement effective means of accident prevention.

The data came only from states with federally administered OSHA involvement. Even so, the number of injuries reported was significant: 7,636 hospitalizations and 2,644 amputations. 26% of hospitalizations and 57% of amputations were reported from manufacturing settings. The second most dangerous area was construction, where 19% of hospitalizations and 10% of amputations were reported.

Options for those injured on the job

For employees who have been injured on the job, worker’s compensation may be available to help with expenses incurred due to the injury. Workman’s comp is not related to whether a company is liable for the injury that occurred and is rewarded regardless of “fault.” However, such compensation is rarely sufficient to cover all of the losses that a worker encounters, including medical bills, long-term rehabilitation costs, loss of income, and loss of earning potential. And it will frequently be sufficient to help support a family of a worker who loses his life.

In cases where injuries occur due to negligence, it may not be possible to sue an employer directly where workman’s comp is available. However, it may be possible to bring a personal injury lawsuit against subcontractors employed by a company who are responsible for training or design issues, for other companies responsible for manufacturing, maintaining, or repairing equipment, or for other parties who may bear some responsibility for an on-the-job injury or fatality.

Edelman, Krasin & Jaye offer seasoned legal advice to individuals who have been injured on the job, whether on a construction site or other place of employment. Discuss your case with a construction accident lawyer free of charge by calling 1-800-469-7429.