Posts From February, 2021

Ride-Sharing Services and Auto Accidents: What You Need to Know

Ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft are very convenient and affordable, and many people use them every day. But what happens if your driver gets in an auto accident while you’re a passenger? If you’ve been in such an accident, you need to know what to do to ensure that you receive the compensation you’re due, especially if you were injured.

The Service Has Liability Insurance

While your driver will have their own auto insurance, the ride-sharing service will also insure them through its own policy. This means if the driver’s insurance won’t pay for your injuries, the company’s insurance might. However, the service’s insurance doesn’t always apply. For example, if you are friends with an Uber driver and they are giving you a ride as a friend, Uber’s insurance won’t cover you. The driver has to be working for the service, and you have to be a paying passenger in order to be covered.

You Need to Call the Ride-Share Company as Soon as You Can

You need to call the ride-sharing company as soon as you can after the accident. In fact, call them at the site of the accident if you possibly can. Yes, your driver is likely required to call, too, but you need to make a separate call as the passenger. Be certain to get the name of the person who answers and give them your contact information.

Remember, however, that these representatives are also looking out for the service, so don’t say anything that could hurt your case. If they ask if you are injured, for example, don’t say no. Instead tell them that you need to be examined by a medical expert before you can answer. If you say no, they may try to deny compensation for any injuries you have.

These Cases Are Complicated

Ride-share cases are complicated, especially since they typically revolve around divided responsibility. This means that the driver may pay some of the damages, but the service may pay, too. Of course, both may try to avoid taking on any of the blame. One way to ensure you get the compensation you’re due is by having a medical expert who is familiar with auto accidents examine you. The team here at Maximum Orthopedics is made up of such experts. Contact us today to make an appointment.

  • Posted on: Feb 26 2021
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Workers Comp Injuries that Can Occur in an Office Setting

While it’s true that many worker’s comp injuries happen in industries such as construction or manufacturing, that doesn’t mean those who work in an office never suffer these types of accidents. There are a number of ways you can get hurt in an office setting. If you are aware of these common injuries, you can reduce your risk of injuring yourself. Here are some injuries that an occur in an office.

Slip and Fall Accidents

You can slip and fall anywhere, but there are some things in an office setting that can make it more likely. First, tile floors that have been freshly mopped are slippery. While your office’s cleaning crew is unlikely to mop areas that are in use during the day, they may have to clean the bathrooms or mop up spills. Always keep an eye out for a sign stating that the floor is wet.

Also watch for cords stretching across the floor. You should never run an extension cord or other cable across a walkway if at all possible. Even if the cable is flat on the ground, it can still result in a fall.

Items Falling from Shelves

Another common accident is being hit on the head with falling items. Your supply closet may have boxes of supplies stored on the top shelves that could fall if you bump the shelf or if you try to get the box down without a ladder. Always be careful when reaching for items above your head, and get help if you know a box is fairly heavy.

Carpal Tunnel

Most people don’t think of carpal tunnel as a worker’s comp injury, but it can be. If you work on a computer all day or do work that requires you to make repetitive motions with your arms and hands, you are at risk of developing carpal tunnel. You can prevent this by taking regular breaks and doing wrist exercises.

If you have been in a worker’s comp accident at the office and need someone to assist you with the paperwork, Maximum Orthopedics can help. Contact us today to make an appointment to discuss your case.

  • Posted on: Feb 15 2021
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