Are you Earthquake Ready?
About 500 earthquakes large enough to be felt occur in the state of California every year. Due to our seismic activity, Californians working in office buildings and large companies participate in earthquake drills at least once a year. We often consider the structural damage the buildings may incur during and after quake. As a result, we take every precaution to protect our buildings and their contents in case of a large earthquake. However, we frequently overlook the potential of bodily injury and how we can protect ourselves before, during, and after a large seismic activity.
Because large earthquakes do not often come with advance warnings, Californians have been taught the drop, cover and hold on drill for personal protection during any seismic activity. This method assumes we are familiar with our surroundings and know where to duck and find cover until the quake is over. However, since we may not always be in a familiar setting when the earth shakes, it is prudent to be aware of our surroundings when we are out and about.
For your personal safety, you should make the utmost effort to protect your body from any object that may shift during a quake, no matter where you may be. The biggest risk of personal injury is being exposed and vulnerable to unsecured structures nearby. Should you be caught underneath a large object that has fallen on you, immediately call for help. If you are unable to safely walk away from your position, it is advisable to wait for assistance to remove the object. Do not over exert yourself trying to push the object off as you could incur more injuries. Seek medical attention if injuries require it and keep good documentation of any care you receive.
If you are injured in a business building during an earthquake, you are entitled to seek personal injury remuneration from that business’s insurance. However, directly dealing with insurance can be a tricky maneuver due to the unfamiliar legal roadblocks the insurance companies are sure to place in your path. If you are someone who is dealing with this difficulty, you need to seek the help of an experienced personal injury lawyer. You will be guided on what to document and how to proceed in claiming recompense for your bodily injuries.