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What are some common AC defects?

As warm weather approaches Louisiana, you are probably getting ready to fire up your air conditioner to keep your home cool and livable. AC units need to be installed and used properly to avoid dangerous situations. However, even if you use them properly, issues may still arise. The AC unit could have defects or there could be issues with the installation. Knowing what to look for when you do your annual inspection can help you avoid injuries from a bad unit. 

Inspection Certification Associates explains an annual safety inspection should be done by someone who understands the inner working of an AC unit so he or she can properly inspect its components and ensure they are working properly before you use the unit for the season. Damaged components may allow the unit to still operate, but could lead to serious problems, such as a fire, after time. An inspection should make sure all components are present and working properly. 

Workers' compensation and medical expenses under the LHWCA

It is no secret that there are risks associated with working at Louisiana docks. In fact, some of the first worker's protests in America were carried out by shipbuilders back in the 1600s. A long history of collective efforts has led to the current formal protections under the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act.

This progress should not lead to complacency, as courts do not always rule in favor of injured workers. A Fifth Circuit decision in 2017 overturned a previous Western District of Louisiana decision, restricting compensation available to LHWCA employees in certain cases. Qualifying employees include, but are not limited to:

  • Stevedores
  • Shipbuilding and maritime repair workers
  • Cargo handlers

What happens when you violate probation or parole in Louisiana?

Criminal convictions can lead to lifelong consequences in employment, housing and family relationships due to a criminal record and prison time. The judicial system, however, provides ways to lessen these negative effects.

Two of these opportunities are probation and parole. Probation usually occurs instead of incarceration and typically requires community service, payments of fees and fines, adherence to rules, and completion of treatment programs. Usually, regular reports to a supervisor are mandatory, but in some low-level cases, this step may not be necessary. Another form of probation is a split sentence, which involves a short prison term. Parole is similar but refers to releasing prisoners early to finish their sentences in the community.

What are the boating laws in Louisiana?

If you want to enjoy the many waterways in Louisiana, then you need to understand the boating laws. According to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, there are some restrictions and requirements in place to ensure you are safe when boating. This starts with a requirement for everyone operating a motorboat of at least 10 horsepower who was born after the first day in 1984 to take and successfully complete a boating education course. You must also carry proof that you passed the course with you when you are boating.

There are also lighting requirements. These depend on the type of vessel you are operating. The size, what you are doing onboard and where you are boating dictate lighting requirements. It is your responsibility to ensure you meet all requirements before heading out on the water.

How can I file a HIPPA complaint?

When you receive medical care in Louisiana, you have probably been asked to sign a document related to HIPPA. HIPPA is a law that protects your medical information. It set requirements for how such information is shared and stored. If you feel there has been a violation of HIPPA, you have the right to report it.

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services explains any complaint you file in regards to HIPPA rights violations must be done within 180 days from when you became aware of it. You must also file it using fax, mail, online or email and the name of the entity involved must be given. You should explain what happened and why you believe your rights were violated.

What is a plea bargain?

If you are facing a criminal charge in Lousiana, you may hear about something called plea bargaining. Most criminal cases involve this step in the legal proceedings. Understanding what it is and how it works can be quite beneficial to you and the final outcome of your case.

The American Bar Association explains that a plea bargain is an offer usually extended by the prosecution but also can be extended by the defense. Typically, you will be offered specific sentencing terms in return for your guilty plea. Usually, the offer also will reduce your charges or reduce the severity of the charges in some way. This is a process, though. You do have the right to try to negotiate the terms. The process usually takes place between just you and the prosecutor, but in some cases, others may have input as well. 

What kind of damages can I receive for a car accident?

When it comes to motor vehicle collisions in the Bossier City area, many people do not realize the pain, suffering and loss that are involved until they experience them. Car accidents can have a significant impact on your life and change it in ways that you may not have thought of. For example, serious injuries could cause you to miss work and fall behind on your household finances, as well as burying you under medical expenses.

You may be able to seek compensation from the negligent party to help cover your damages. Here is a brief overview of the types of compensation motor vehicle crash victims often include in their claims. 

Getting the facts on FDA recalls

Under federal law, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is empowered to require private companies to issue recalls in the event a product is discovered to be defective or harmful to the public. Such recalls, according to the FDA, are issued under one of three different classifications. The severity of the product’s potential harm is classified in ascending order by three different levels. Each classification gives the Louisiana public a general idea of how defective and dangerous the product is.

To start with, products that are not likely to result in any serious health reaction are classified under a Class III recall. These products are recalled because they are in violation of manufacturing laws or FDA labeling requirements. For example, a can of soup may not be properly labeled, or may not have a labeling in English. Class III recalls may also be issued when a container possesses a minor physical defect.

Do you have to contact law enforcement after an accident?

In the moments following a car accident in Lousiana, you will probably be mainly concerned with ensuring everyone is okay and assessing how bad your vehicle was damaged. You might be tempted to avoid calling law enforcement and just work things out between you and the other driver, especially if there was just minor damage. However, it is almost always in the best interest of everyone involved to call law enforcement and report the accident.

Calling law enforcement means there will be a legal record of the accident that could be useful later. Moreover, according to the Lousiana State Legislature, in some car accident scenarios, you must report to law enforcement or you could face penalties. 

What are some safety risks on a cruise ship?

Cruises are very popular vacation options for people in Louisiana. There are cruises designed for almost everyone, from families to singles. It is easy to find a cruise ship that offers an experience you would enjoy. As with any travel option, though, sailing on a cruise ship does not come without risks. 

You may have heard horror stories about people falling from a ship and being lost at sea. According to USA Today, going overboard is not something that occurs often on cruise ships. It also is fairly easy to avoid this type of accident by not being too close or hanging over guardrails. 

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