Work in a Dental Office? 3 Types of Work Injuries to Be Aware of

7266c1eb e563 4585 8ca3 6ee086958139You may think that workers' compensation only covers highly physical jobs like construction work, but many sectors provide this coverage. In fact, only a few exemptions to workers' compensation exist, such as volunteers, business owners, and independent contractors.

If you are starting a career in a dental office, you need to be aware of work-related injuries and illnesses and how to deal with them. Workers' compensation shouldn't be denied if you are injured on the job. Here are three work-related injuries that can happen at dental practices.

1. Sharps-Related Injury

Even when you are careful, sometimes you can get a needle-stick injury or a cut by a scalpel blade. You can reduce the risk of this type of injury by:

  • Wearing personal protective equipment (PPE), such as gloves, scrubs, and masks
  • Keeping the caps on needles when not in use for anesthetic injections
  • Facing the sharp ends of needles and scalpel blades toward walls and setting them further back on counters so they aren't accidentally bumped into
  • Using hemostats to remove and replace scalpel blades on handles instead of using your hands to pull them off
  • Disposing of blades immediately after use
  • Placing any sharp items in designated sharps bins

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Myrtle Beach Bike Week and the Atlantic Beach Bikefest: Tips For Visiting Motorcyclists

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Myrtle Beach Bike Week and the Atlantic Beach Bikefest: Tips For Visiting Motorcyclists

Motorcycle occupants have more at stake than the average car occupant. Severe injury is much more common for the mostly unprotected bike rider than it is when one is surrounded by the steel and airbags of a vehicle. South Carolina currently ranks third in the country in the number of motorcycle fatalities per year for the number of registered drivers.

Motorcycle rallies draw in thousands of people that are unfamiliar with the area. Myrtle Beach Bike Week and the Atlantic Beach Bikefest traditionally bring in hundreds of thousands of people in the spring and 25,000 in the fall. The excitement and distractions increase the risk of an unexpected event. Here are a few tips to help drivers and riders stay safe so they can enjoy their visit.

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Delayed Auto Accident Injuries: Examples and Tips for Your Claim

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If you are involved in an accident, some of your injuries may show up hours or even days after the accident. Such injuries may complicate your auto accident claim if you don't know how to handle them. We have seen insurance companies use the following (sometimes faulty) logic: people with injuries quickly seek medical treatment; if no medical treatment is obtained or if there is a long delay before seeking treatment, then the injuries must not be serious; if the injuries are not serious enough to go to the doctor, then they aren’t serious enough to be worth much money in the injury claim.

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5 Dog Bite Facts You Need to Know

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Has your child been bitten or attacked by a dog? Did the injuries incur in South Carolina or while you were on vacation in Myrtle Beach? If so, then you may be entitled to compensation. Here's what you need to know to protect your child and their rights.

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5 Reasons Why Witnesses to a Car Accident Are Important

You have likely heard that having witnesses to your auto accident is important. Many people assume witnesses are important for trials, but witnesses can help you in many other ways as well. Having one or more witnesses to your accident isn't absolutely necessary, but witnesses can make a big difference.

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Beyond Drivers: Others Who May Be Liable for Your Accident

alcohol serverIn most cases of auto accidents, the driver ends up at least partially liable for the accident. However, the driver of an at-fault vehicle is not the only party who may be liable for the accident. Below are other parties who may share the liability of an auto accident with the driver.

An Alcohol Server

If an intoxicated driver causes you injury in an accident, then you might have a valid claim against the restaurant, bar, or person who served alcohol to the driver. First, dram shop laws allow you to hold an alcohol vendor liable for an accident if they sold or served alcohol to a person under the age of 21, or if they sold alcohol to a person who is already visually intoxicated.

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Options for the Passenger in a Car Accident

passenger accidentWhen you get in another person's car, you may not realize it but you're literally putting your life in their hands. Even if they're one of the best drivers you know, you still risk getting into an accident. After all, there are hundreds of other people on the roads too. So you need to be aware of your options in case you are involved in a car accident as a passenger.

File a Third Party Insurance Claim

After being involved in an injury-causing wreck, it's crucial that you write down the insurance information of all drivers involved. Then you need to make a claim with one or all of the insurance carriers, depending on who is at fault, and determine the amount of coverages available under those policies.

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