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November 2017 Archives

Fatal accident on helicopter kills 2 contractors in Louisiana

Accidents can occur in any circumstance in Louisiana and lead to a fatality. People who are simply minding their own business driving, riding a bicycle or walking can be in a crash and killed. A medical error can result in a person's untimely death. Or accidents can happen at work. Regardless of how the fatal accident came about, there are fundamental issues that will inevitably arise. People will need to understand how a fatal accident can affect them and consider a wrongful death legal filing.

Is it time to strap in and discuss seat belt use with your teen?

As a parent, you may have looked forward to many milestones that your children have reached and will continue to reach throughout their lives. One such event that may have caused you some apprehension is when your teenager and his or her friends became old enough to drive. Though this time in your child's life can offer much excitement, you certainly know that inexperienced drivers can face and pose many dangers on the roads.

Distracted driver campaign seeks to reduce its frequency

These days, many Louisianans are aware of the fact that they might encounter a distracted driver when out on the road. The number of ways in which a person can be distracted has exploded due to advancements in technology. Whereas radios, eating and dealing with passengers were the main distractions in years past, the list has expanded to texting and driving, emailing, watching films, sports and more. Legislators, law enforcement, safety advocates and insurers are seeking ways to tamp down on the practice. With that, a new campaign was initiated by Travelers to reduce distracted driving.

Drowsy driving car accidents a risk after Daylight Saving Time

Louisianans who look forward to Daylight Saving Time to get that precious "extra" hour of sleep will often think that it is not a risk in any way except to their sleep patterns, which can be adapted relatively quickly. However, research indicates that the time immediately after Daylight Saving Time can place one in a significant risk to being involved in a car accident because of a drowsy driver. Understanding this risk can help motorists be more watchful, but it will not prevent some crashes that can cause injuries and fatalities.

Missed diabetes diagnosis can lead to worsened condition

Many people in Louisiana and across the nation are diagnosed with diabetes. The dangers of the condition are well-known, and people can find themselves disabled, debilitated and eventually lose their lives because of diabetes. However, for many, the condition is controllable if they receive the proper diagnosis. If they do not, it can result in a worsened condition and long-term -- even fatal -- problems. It has recently come to light that diabetes is not limited to the two common classifications, Type 1 and Type 2. There is a Type 3c that is frequently misdiagnosed as Type 2.

Depressed nurses can lead to medical malpractice

When a Louisianan goes for treatment at a medical center, one of the last things that he or she is expecting is to be negatively affected by the state of mind of one of the caregivers. However, if a person is not paying strict attention to what he or she is doing or is feeling emotionally or physically under the weather, it stands to reason that they might not be as focused on the task at hand. This is an issue that is drawing more attention as research is showing the nurses who are depressed are more prone to making mistakes.

The right approach after workplace injuries on oil rigs

Working in the oil industry and on oil rigs is a common way for Louisiana residents to earn a living. While they are proud of the work and take care to do it safely, there is no denying how dangerous it can be. This was evidenced with a recent incident in which there was an explosion leading to injuries and fatality. People who work on tankers, oil rigs and platforms are notoriously vulnerable to suffering workplace injuries. A concern that many should have is what they would do if they are hurt and unable to work for a time, if not forever. This is when it is vital to think about workers' compensation benefits.

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