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Top driving dangers for summer in Louisiana

Summer is fully underway, meaning an increase in vacations abroad, road trips across the state, visits to the beach and parties in the backyard. There is so much to do in summer, most of which requires driving to get to.

Driving is already hazardous enough, but summer brings unique challenges to the road. Knowing what these dangers are can help you prevent an accident or pinpoint the cause if you do get into a crash.

Caregiver negligence can lead to personal injuries

Caregivers have a special duty of care to their charges, whether these charges are children or adults. For instance, nursing home caregivers are typically responsible for making sure that residents eat nutritious food on an ongoing basis and get around safely.

Similarly, the nanny or babysitter of a child has the responsibility of taking appropriate safety precautions and asking for parents' permission when deviating from the norm. Unfortunately, these rules sometimes go out of the window when the caregiver is driving the child around. It is easy for people to have a different mindset in their car than in a home.

Louisiana’s workers’ compensation costs among highest in nation

A recent study revealed that Louisiana has some of the highest workers’ compensation costs in the nation, but this does not appear to be translating into better care for the state’s injured workers. Per the Greater Baton Rouge Business Report, the recent study, conducted by the Workers Compensation Research Institute, showed that workers’ compensation costs per claims involving more than seven days of lost work time were higher in Louisiana than in 17 other states. Additionally, the average cost per claim has risen steadily since 2012, at a rate of somewhere between 4 and 10 percent each year.

Just what is contributing to Louisiana’s uncharacteristically high workers’ compensation costs?

What causes neglectful injuries?

Injuries can happen anywhere. When you are driving, on the clock at work or shopping at the store, you are vulnerable to an event that could leave you seriously physically harmed. Though this is scary, such possibilities rarely come to fruition unless negligence occurs. Defined as the failure to properly care or take caution, neglect is one of the most common causes of serious accidents and injuries.

What leads up to this point, though, and causes the negligence that is so often at the root of such incidents? There is a myriad of potential answers to this question, but there are a few common reasons why individual negligence can cause injury. The following are three examples to look out for. 

Electrical shock may contribute to boating injuries and drowning

As someone who works in the fishing and boating industry, you understand many of the dangers you face on a daily basis. A storm could blow you overboard, heavy machinery on your ship could strike you or you could slip on a wet deck. The marine life you are fishing or handling may even harm you. Naturally, you take precautions to avoid becoming another statistic in the dangerous maritime profession. You and other boaters in Louisiana should also understand the lesser-known risks of electrocution from docks or electrical equipment on board.

The Electric Shock Drowning Prevention Association cautions that electricity in the water surrounding boats and docks is an invisible risk – meaning most people are unaware of the danger before an accident occurs. Additionally, you may not consider electric shock much of a risk at sea, since freshwater is a much better conductor of electricity than saltwater. However, electric current leaking from your boat or a dock in the sea can still pose dangers to you or your crew. These may include the following:

  • Electrocution from current leaking from your boat as you are in the water performing maintenance on the hull
  • A shock as you contact water on or near the dock that is in contact with an electrical charge
  • A shock from a ladder or other metal surface that is in contact with electricity

Car accidents can cause traumatic brain injury

Traumatic brain injury typically occurs due to an impact to the head. Car crashes number among the leading causes of TBI because of the high likelihood that such an impact will occur. People who do not hit their head may still end up with TBI if they abruptly crash to a stop, as in such a situation the brain can bump against the inside of the skull.

TBI can have a wide range of consequences that affect a victim's health, finances and general well-being.  

Important aspects for cycling safety

As the weather warms up, many cyclists are preparing to hit the roads. In order to remain safe and avoid bicycle accidents, it is important that they use proper safety measures.

There are a few key aspects for cyclists to keep in mind that may help them to stay safe while cycling

Important considerations for injured maritime workers

Workplace injuries are quite common and can occur at virtually any place of employment. For those people who work at sea, addressing workplace injury is a different process.

In when endeavoring to make a successful claim, it can be beneficial to understand what the process entails. There are a few important considerations for injured maritime workers to think about.

What to do after a bicycle accident in Louisiana

Although Louisiana has become a bicycle-friendly state, accidents still happen as motorists and cyclists adjust to changes. Steps you can take as a cyclist to reduce the likelihood of a collision with a motor vehicle include wearing bright clothing, using lights and reflectors on the bike and avoiding riding at night. 

However, there is only so much you can do on your part. Drivers can be distracted, rushed or careless and end up hurting you. Sometimes the weather is at fault. Whatever the cause, an accident is a real risk to prepare for. Become familiar now with what you should do after a bicycle accident in Louisiana for the best physical and financial recovery. 

Watch out for these sources of injuries for cruise ship guests

A popular form of vacation is going on a cruise, from Disney-themed trips to tours around Europe or the Caribbean. With a wide variety of on-boat entertainment and land excursions, guests stay busy having a good time. Unfortunately, despite safety regulations, the potential for illness and injury still exists.

You can help your experience be a fun and safe one by becoming familiar with common dangers so you can take preventive measures to avoid them and know when you may have reason to open a lawsuit. 

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