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Work-Related Accident and Injury Statistics

• Each year, over 4 million people suffer a work-related injury or illness.
• Of these 4 million, about one-half are serious injuries that require employees to miss work or need ongoing medical care.
• Of these 4 million, 94% are physical injuries and 6% are work-related illnesses. Work-related illnesses include repetitive stress injuries like carpel tunnel syndrome and
environmental illnesses, such as asbestos-related lung disease.personal injury attorneys

• Strains and sprains are the most frequent cause of non-fatal work-related injuries.
• 33% of work-related injuries involve the shoulders, trunk, and back.
• Car crashes are the leading cause of work-related deaths.
• The construction industry accounts for 1 in 5 work-related deaths and 1 in 10 non-fatal work-related injuries.
• The average number of days missed due to work-related injuries is 7 days. However, one-quarter of all injuries require more than 30 days away from work.
• Most accidents at work are preventable. Technical issues such as defective or damaged equipment cause only 4%.

How Workers’ Compensation Can Help You

Workers’ compensation is mandatory insurance that provides payment for medical care to employees who are injured at work or who develop an illness related to their work. Workers’ compensation covers both obvious physical injuries, such as a fall from a ladder, as well as injuries incurred over a long period of time, such as repetitive stress injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome and back problems. It also may cover lost wages as a result of a disability.

An employee can receive workers’ compensation benefits REGARDLESS of who is at fault (the employer, the employee, a coworker, a customer, etc.). In exchange for using this benefit, the injured employee gives up the right to sue his or her employer for negligence. Each state has its own laws and program specifics dealing with workers’ compensation. Many states also have a statute of limitations on workers’ compensation, which is a time limit within which the employee may file a claim for benefits. accident lawyers - personal injury law

Your Work Injury Rights

As an employee, you have the right to work in a safe and hazard-free environment. Even under the best of circumstances, however, accidents do happen. If you are injured at work or as a result of your work, you have the right to:

• Medical care for your injury: This includes emergency room and hospital bills, doctors’ visits, and medication needs.
• Payments to compensate for lost wages. Lost wages may be past or future, and may be the result of temporary or permanent disabilities from your injury.
• NOT be fired for reporting a workplace injury or filing a workers’ compensation claim. If your employer has threatened you with loss of work if you file a claim, consult a lawyer as soon as possible.
Hire a lawyer to represent YOU in any settlement discussions or decisions. The workers’ compensation carriers have lawyers to help them settle your case in their best interest. Consider obtaining your own lawyer to protect your workers’ compensation rights.

Criminal defense

If you or a family member has been charged with a crime it is imperative you seek legal representation to protect your rights and defend your future.

Conviction of a crime comes with real, long-term consequences. Just one criminal charge or conviction can turn your and your family’s life upside down. How much is one year, five years, or ten years worth to you and your loved ones? And the consequences do not end after you have paid your fines and/or served jail time. Your future may also suffer as a result. A conviction for a crime may limit your future choices such as attending school, obtaining a loan, and your future career choices. A criminal conviction is also hard to shake and comes with a lifetime of social judgment.

McDowell & Associates will properly investigate the facts surrounding your case, research potential legal defenses and develop a comprehensive defense strategy. Once all the facts are gathered, the attorneys at McDowell & Associates will aggressively represent you in negotiations with prosecutors – many times resulting in charges being dismissed or dramatically reduced. Should trial be necessary, McDowell & Associates will devise a strategy that preserves your rights while forcing the prosecutor to prove each and every element of the charges filed against you.

Don’t wait! The Prosecutors are building their case. You need to start taking proactive steps to develop a strong defense.

If you have been arrested call McDowell & Associates 213-401-2322 or 702-900-2798.

We represent clients in all types of criminal matters including:

Theft Offenses

Burglary – armed or unarmed
Larceny – the taking of another’s property i.e. shoplifting
Robbery – taking of another’s property by force.
Identity Theft.
Drug Offenses

Drug laws in California are increasingly prosecuted aggressively, with harsher consequences.

Sex Crimes

  • California sex offenses carry harsh penalties including fines, jail time and the requirement that you register as a sex offender for life.
  • Lewd Acts
  • Indecent exposure
  • Public solicitation
  • Domestic Violence

If you or a family member has been involved and arrested for misdemeanor or felony Domestic Violence it is imperative that you retain aggressive legal counsel who will fight for your rights. Domestic violence isn’t just physical; the charge also includes threats, emotional abuse, harassment, the stalking of a spouse of loved one. Domestic violence doesn’t just include spouses; it covers children, former partners, roommates, and parents.

Disorderly Conduct

  • Loitering
  • Begging
  • Peeping or using optical instruments (can also be charged as a sex crime)
  • Squatting
  • Public Drunkenness
  • Prostitution

It may be considered “the world’s oldest profession” but it is still a crime that is prosecuted heavily throughout California. And even though it is “only a misdemeanor offense” the consequences of a conviction are far reaching.


It might sound like a silly offense, but prosecutions of sexting as a sex offense are on the rise in California. Unfortunately, sexting is popular amongst teenagers and middle school children who do not realize the serious consequences that can result. Like any sex crime, the penalties for sexting are harsh, and can affect you or your child’s future for years.

DUI Defense Services

A conviction for a driving under the influence (DUI) offense can have a devastating impact on you and your family. Often referred to as driving while intoxicated (DWI), a DUI conviction can hurt your employment prospects and may leave you with a criminal record that could haunt you for years.

California and Nevada laws are very strict with drunk drivers, and the penalties can be quite severe. If you are facing charges for a DUI offense, don’t think that you have no choice but to accept the conviction and live with the consequences. You have the right to fight, and the assistance of the experienced Los Angeles DUI Defense Attorneys at McDowell & Associates can give you a chance to win.

Providing Comprehensive DUI Defense Services

The Los Angeles DUI defense lawyers at McDowell & Associates represent people charged with a drunk driving offenses in not only the Los Angeles area but all of Southern California and Las Vegas areas. We have helped countless clients to completely avoid or minimize the impact of DUI charges either through dismissal, litigation or negotiation. We have been successful in previous cases challenging the validity of the stop, the accuracy of field sobriety or blood alcohol concentration tests and many others.

We provide comprehensive DUI defense services, including:

  • First-offense DUI
  • Felony DUI/repeat offense
  • DUI hit-and-run accidents
  • DUI driver’s license suspension
  • DUI plea negotiations
  • Minor in possession of alcohol
  • Blood test evidence
  • Roadside DUI checkpoints
  • Defense for those accused of a DUI in Las Vegas