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The dangers of portable generators

Louisiana is no stranger to bad weather, and when destructive wind and storms strike the state, sometimes the electricity may go out for prolonged periods of time. Many state residents possess a portable generator on hand for such scenarios. However, if used improperly, portable generators present serious safety risks. Understanding how portable generators operate is crucial to safeguarding a home and family from life-threatening dangers.

Safe Electricity.org points out that portable generators should never be used indoors. This includes anywhere inside your house or even in your garage. While operating, generators vent carbon monoxide, an odorless gas that can be deadly to human beings and animals. Generators need open air to disperse the carbon monoxide so that the gas is not trapped under a roof. Even partially enclosed areas can trap carbon monoxide.

3 common anesthesia errors

Going under the knife can be stressful and emotionally taxing, but it can prove even ore so if you or one of your Louisiana loved ones also has to undergo treatment using anesthesia. Regrettably, medical errors involving anesthesia are not uncommon, but the repercussions of anesthesia errors can prove gravely serious and even potentially life-threatening. At Jacqueline A. Scott & Associates, we understand that serious hardship often results from anesthesia mistakes, and we have helped many victims of anesthesia errors and their families pursue appropriate recourse.

According to Elcam Medical, most patients who suffer injury or hardship because of anesthesia do so because of similar situations and circumstances. For instance, many medical errors could likely be avoidable if anesthesiologists were able to better control the flow of intravenous fluids. If an anesthesiologist administers too little of an anesthetic, for example, it may not have its intended effect, leaving a patient able to feel pain during a procedure. On the other hand, if an anesthesiologist administers too much of an anesthetic, it can cause hypertension, respiratory issues, anxiety and other side effects.

Understanding whiplash following a car accident

Whiplash is one of the most common injuries people experience after a car accident. Every year, over one million Americans sustain whiplash-related injuries from collisions. While a majority of these injuries are minor, there are others that result in long-term chronic conditions. 

Whiplash occurs when an individual's head moves backward and then forward suddenly with great force. The ligaments and muscles in the neck extend beyond their normal range of motion, resulting in soft tissue damage. It is paramount to see a doctor after any kind of motor vehicle accident.

Maritime injuries and the law

Adventures on the water can be a ton of fun, whether they come in the form of sailing, deep-sea diving or some other activity. Those who work in Louisiana's waterways and oceanfronts know being at sea can also be a load of work that comes with its own set of hazards not typical in land-based jobs.

One of these dangers is slip-and-fall accidents, mishaps the Maritime Injury Guide says result from a number of hazardous conditions often present on sea vessels. Lack of proper housekeeping is one of those.

Medical and legal complications of car crashes

If you were to be involved in a car crash in Louisiana, you would likely realize quite rapidly that the process of obtaining recompense for your injuries is complex and full of pitfalls. At Jacqueline A. Scott & Associates, the last thing we want to see is an injured individual without the financial power to handle medical bills, pain recovery or other related expenses.

Our process begins with an organized overview of all of the problems involved in each client's case. We look for the types of things you might be unlikely to think of when it comes to an auto accident:

  • Insurance records
  • Medical professionals' conduct, including any possible malpractice
  • Delayed-onset spinal, brain or neck injuries
  • Trucking company liability

What makes product warnings effective?

By law, product manufacturers should clearly label their products if they pose any risk to Louisiana users without proper instructions included. An insufficient warning could provide the grounds for a lawsuit if the user is harmed while using the product. As Findlaw points out, though, there are no clear guidelines for how a product warning should be made. Whether a warning is insufficient is generally judged by efforts undertaken to make the warning as effective as it should be. 

First, a warning should be clear and precise as to what it wants to communicate. Risks will vary depending on the product. A warning that simply says “be cautious” does not tell you much of anything. How should you be cautious? Conversely, if the warning label says “do not handle when wet,” then a clear message has been conveyed. You know not to handle the product when it or you are wet.  

What are SHIPS?

If you work in the maritime industry in Louisiana, you may have heard of SHIPS. This stands for Safety and Health Injury Prevention Sheets, and these are a safety contribution from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for the shipyard industry. SHIPS came about because of the unique concerns and aspects of shipyards. 

These places do not usually have a safety and health specialist on hand all the time. In addition, shipyards have some special considerations that safety consultants may not have experience with or knowledge of. Due to these things, shipyards often were left with less than ideal safety oversight, opening workers up to more chances of injuries. 

The inherent dangers fracking workers face

Fracking is big business today in Louisiana and numerous other states. In recent years, new fracking technology and new oil and gas fields combined to push the United States into the top oil and gas producer in the world. If you work in one of those fields, however, your long-term health could be at risk, especially from silica exposure

Both the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health are in the process of providing hazard alerts to workers and possible solutions therefor. Workplace hazards they are most concerned about include the following:

  • Vehicle crashes
  • Falls
  • Fires and explosions
  • Confined spaces
  • Chemical exposures

What is the difference between probation and parole?

When it comes to criminal charges and penalties in Louisiana, many people are confused by certain terms. Two terms that are common to misunderstand are probation and parole. If you or someone you care about is having legal trouble, you may come across both terms. It can be helpful to understand what each means and how they are different.

According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, if you have been sentenced to serve time in prison after you are released, you may be put on parole. You may be required to report to a parole officer and follow certain conditions, such as securing employment, not using drugs and maintaining a curfew. 

What should I do when I first discover medical malpractice?

Nobody likes to think of their medical care going wrong, yet there are times when you may find something went seriously amiss with your treatment. You took a mislabeled drug. Surgery was not correctly performed. Your condition was incorrectly diagnosed. If you know or suspect medical malpractice has occurred, what should your first move be? Some Louisiana residents may want to start the claims process immediately, but your health first and foremost should be your top priority.

Naturally, if the malpractice has put you in a potentially life threatening situation, you should get medical treatment at once. Do what you must to preserve your life and your health. Assuming that you are not in any immediate risk of death or health degradation, you may feel ready to start filing a claim. However, Findlaw recommends that you actually call your medical professional first. There are a number of reasons why calling up your doctor is a smart move.

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