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What is the law on scaffolding injuries on construction sites?

Injuries relating to scaffolding are extremely common on construction sites, and therefore scaffolding use is highly regulated. This blog summarizes the regulations on construction site scaffolding, and what to do if you have had an injury or think that a workplace has not been compliant with these regulations.

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405 Freeway: The site of twin-engine plane crash last month

The morning of Friday, June 30, was anything but ordinary for those traveling through Irvine on the 405 freeway. That was the day that the pilot of a twin-engine Cessa 310R with right engine failure crash-landed amidst traffic right on the congested 405.

Two Coto De Caza residents, the 62-year-old pilot and his 55-year-old wife, were the plane's only passengers. The two had started their flight around 9:30 a.m. from John Wayne Airport. Shortly thereafter, the right engine went out. Although the pilot — who had just registered the plane two days prior under his limited-liability corporation — attempted to gain altitude so that he could return to the airport, gravity won.

Do longer residents' shifts help or harm patients?

For decades, the number of hours that medical residents are required to work in one shift has been a source of debate and controversy. A study conducted by Harvard University found that residents made more than one-third more serious medical areas when they work a 24 or more hour shift.

One doctor who studies physician training says that after 24 hours, residents are "coming up against their limits of their capacity to function and all they can think about is sleep." He also points out that "interns have just graduated medical school. They are the least experienced, the least knowledgeable members of the medical team caring for patients."

California couple lucky to be alive after construction error

It's one of those things that your hear or read so often that almost every homeowner knows the rule by heart: "Call before you dig."

The idea is to remind homeowners not to start digging around on their property while doing a home-improvement project without having the gas company come out and mark the ground so that the underground gas lines are safe.

Don't let too much time pass before filing a malpractice case

The laws governing the statute of limitations for filing a medical malpractice case are in place so that there won't be an unfinished legal matter hanging indefinitely over someone's head. These laws allow the people involved in such cases to be able to move on with their lives.

In California, the statute of limitations for a medical malpractice lawsuit is one year after the plaintiff learns about the alleged malpractice or three years after the injury occurred -- whichever occurs first. This doesn't mean that your medical malpractice suit must be finished within this time, only that it must be filed within this timeframe.

The true cost of falls

More than 420,000 people die around the world each year because of falls. Car accidents are the leading cause of death in the U.S. and falls are the second leading cause of death.

Falls account for 32,000 deaths each year, which is more than four times the number of people who die from fires or drowning combined. Three times more people die from falling than by being murdered by a firearm.

Could the new iPhone "do not disturb" feature make roads safer?

Distracted driving is a rampant problem nationwide, with cellphone use contributing to approximately 1 in 4 crashes, according to the National Safety Council. Despite ongoing public safety campaigns designed to curb the problem, however, 33 percent of Americans still report that they've engaged in texting while driving within the last month. Clearly, something's not working.

Housing project partially collapses, injuring 12 workers

A little more than five hours from Pasadena, California, a dozen construction workers are very fortunate to be alive. In Oakland, a large housing project partially collapsed, sending the workers tumbling into wet concrete.

An Oakland battalion chief said that it was about 9:30 a.m., last Friday when the workers were pouring concrete. The deputy chief of the department said the workers were all extricated safely after they fell 10 to 15 feet in the wet cement. Some workers were hanging from scaffolding.

Young children's brain injury symptoms

When adults suffer brain injuries, they can typically communicate the symptoms to medical professionals or other adults. They know they don't feel right, they know something is wrong, and they know they need treatment.

When young children suffer these injuries, though, they may not understand what has happened or they may not be able to communicate at all. As such, it's important for parents to know what signs and symptoms to watch out for. According to the professionals at the Mayo Clinic, some of them include:

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