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February 2015 Archives

Common causes and symptoms of whiplash

People in South Carolina could be interested in the causes, symptoms and treatment options for an injury known as whiplash. An injury that has taken on a somewhat negative association over the years, it is now sometimes referred to as a hyper-extension injury, cervical strain or cervical sprain. Whiplash is an injury to the neck caused by a sudden violent jolt in one direction followed by one in the other direction. It most often afflicts passengers and drivers in motor vehicles when they become involved in a rear-end collision, but it can also occur during a workplace injury, a sports injury or in a fall.

An overview of motorcycle crashes and risks

Statistics can help South Carolina motorists in understanding the risks for motorcyclists as they operate on the state's roads. Although both deaths and injuries in motorcycle accidents throughout the nation declined by more than 5 percent between 2012 and 2013, the risk of death for a motorcyclist involved in a wreck is more than 20 times higher than for an individual riding in a passenger car, using the metric of vehicle miles traveled. With the number of motorcyclists on the nation's roads increasing annually, safety is a huge concern.

Toxicology results pending in crash that killed four

South Carolina authorities said alcohol may have played a role in a wrong-way crash that claimed the lives of four people on Interstate 85 in Spartanburg County on Feb. 11. The accident occurred at approximately 11 p.m. near Exit 68.

Vibration and the workplace

South Carolina employees and employers alike should be aware of the risks and dangers associated with excessive amounts of vibration in the workplace. It is the employer's responsibility to respect and protect the health of their workers, and it is the duty of the employee to remain well informed about developing hazards in their workplace and to report them promptly to the proper authorities.

How does South Carolina define an occupational disease?

An occupational disease is defined as a disease that a person acquires via excessive hazards that are particular to the workplace where he or she is employed. For the disease to be recognized as an occupational disease, it must be distinctly associated with the particular employment, occupation, process or trade whereby the employee was consistently exposed over time within ordinary working circumstances related to that particular employment, occupation, process or trade. Employees who file for workers' compensation benefits because of an occupational disease must establish that the disease was naturally acquired as a direct result of being exposed to those hazards particularly associated with the infected worker's employment.

Can employees who work from home receive workers compensation?

Individuals in South Carolina who work from home may wonder how workers' compensation laws apply to them. As the numbers of workers who telecommute either full-time or part-time has grown over the years, this is becoming an area of increasing concern with a number of challenges for companies that do not have the same amount of control over the worker's home office environment as they do in the workplace.

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