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What health and injury risks do restaurant workers face?

If you are among the many residents of Louisiana who make a living working in the food service industry, you face specific job-related risks every time you show up for work. While some restaurant and food service injuries are minor and ultimately end up not requiring medical treatment, others are far more serious, and they can affect your ability to earn an income as well as your overall quality of life.

Per Restaurant Programs of America, you run the risk of suffering sprains, strains, bulging discs and repetitive motion injuries because of your food service work environment. Many of these can result from lifting or moving heavy items, which might be tables, trays, plates or what have you. As a restaurant or food service worker, you also run the risk of suffering job-related burns. If you hold a back-of-house role, you may suffer burns because of cooking equipment or splashing foods, oils or hot liquids. In front-of-house positions, you can suffer burns because of hot plates, spilled hot liquids or other servers coming around blind corners holding hot items, among related causes.

Hospital injuries: Who is responsible?

An injury occurred while you were under the care of a physician at your local hospital. You suffered damages because of your injury, and you want to recover those damages. You believe that the hospital staff and physicians neglected their duty to offer the proper care. What can you do?

It is possible to recover losses that resulted from any form of medical malpractice. At a hospital, there are so many staff and doctors, however, that determining exactly who is at fault could prove rather challenging. Depending on the nature of your injury and which of the hospital staff handled it, either the hospital, the physician or even a pharmaceutical company could be responsible.

What is a wrongful death?

If your loved one recently died in Louisiana due to someone’s misconduct or negligence, you may wish to file a wrongful death action against the person responsible. Under Article 2315.2 of the Louisiana statutes, someone dies wrongfully when his or death was someone else’s fault. You may file a wrongful death suit if you are the spouse or child of the decedent or the parent of a deceased child.

Per FindLaw, there are a number of ways in which your loved one’s death was a wrongful death, including the following:

  • An automobile crash caused by a negligent driver
  • Medical malpractice on the part of a physician and/or health care facility
  • An accident at work or exposure to hazardous substances or conditions while at work
  • Criminal behavior on someone’s part

Recognizing symptoms of brain injury

If you or someone you love in Louisiana suffers a blow to the head, the injuries may prove minor, requiring little, if any medical treatment, or they can prove catastrophic, leading you or your loved one to require a lifetime of ‘round-the-clock care. Recognizing the severity of the injury suffered can help you make important decisions about future care and treatment, as mild, moderate and severe traumatic brain injuries can impact your life in varying ways. At the Law Office of John W. Redmann, L.L.C., we understand how devastating brain injuries often are, and we have helped many clients whose quality of life suffered following a head injury caused by another’s negligence.

According to the Mayo Clinic, if you or someone you love suffers a mild TBI, be on alert for symptoms that might include brief loss of consciousness, changes in sleep patterns or confusion. Mild TBI sufferers may also experience nausea and vomiting, and they may, too, develop speech problems, exhibit strong mood swings, suffer sensitivity to light or sound, or struggle to maintain balance.

Louisiana, get ready: More auto insurance rate hikes are coming

Everyone who goes to a New Orleans restaurant, Gretna grocer or a Harvey hardware store knows that prices are rising. The price of driving to those places is on the rise, too. Louisiana drivers can expect car insurance rates to continue to climb this year, according to a Times-Picayune report.

Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon said a number of factors conspire to drive car insurance rates up, including the low price of gasoline. Because gas is cheap, people can afford to drive more. Increased traffic results in more motor vehicle accidents that result in injuries and sometimes fatalities.

What should you know about your rights to a safe workplace?

Whether you are a construction worker scaling walls and crossing rooftops or an administrative assistant grabbing phones and typing memos, you want to know your workplace is safe. While the Occupational Safety and Health Administration does not guarantee no accidents will happen on a given job, its leaders do assure Louisiana employees they have rights when it comes to workplace safety.

What should the Louisiana workforce know about those rights? OSHA says your first right is "to a safe workplace." This means employers are responsible to do everything in their power to ensure the environment does not pose unnecessary risks. If the site is hazardous because of the nature or location of the work, supervisors must provide appropriate protective gear so employees can safeguard themselves. 

The underlying dangers behind many motorcycle myths

While the cold, wet weather may make it difficult to imagine taking your motorcycle out on the streets of New Orleans, it's never too early in the year to begin thinking about safety. This is especially true given that spring is in the not-too-distant future and the sudden appearance of motorcyclists on the roads seems to take drivers by surprise every year.

One of the problems with motorcycle safety, unfortunately, is all the myths that still surround it. If you're an experienced motorcyclist, you likely already know the truths behind the misconceptions, but for beginners or more casual bikers, it can be difficult to separate fact from fiction. Given that automobile drivers already make it difficult enough to stay safe on motorcycles, it's time to learn the actual truth behind these false — but long-lived — motorcycle safety myths.

Collision course: Prior preparation can prevent problems

No matter how careful of a driver you are, accidents happen. In fact, on the streets of New Orleans and the surrounding suburbs, they unfortunately happen quite a bit. When and if a collision does occur, you're likely to be shocked, upset and a bit frazzled, along with being uncertain of what to do first and how to best to handle the immediate aftermath.

So what do you do? Well, for starters, planning now on the off-chance that you may eventually need to employ these techniques later can go a long way toward helping you stay calm in an extremely stressful situation. No one expects to have an accident, of course, and hopefully you'll never have to take these measures. But the more prepared you are, the more smoothly things may go in the unlucky event that you are involved in a crash.

You can stay safe in a factory--with the help of your employer

Working in a factory in Louisiana can be dangerous, especially if your employer disregards the prescribed safety regulations. If you earn your income in a hazardous environment, you might be wise to gather knowledge about the potential dangers you will face. Learning more about the necessary safety precautions may keep you out of the hospital.

Risk assessment is the logical place to start because there will always be something that can go wrong. If you can identify potential hazards, you can take the necessary precautions to avoid injuries.

What should you know if injured in a motorcycle accident?

Many Louisiana motorists enjoy the freedom of the open air from their motorcycles, yet there are people who do not know how to safely share the road. If you drive a motorcycle, you know that you may be at an increased risk for accidents, and bikers may also face a risk for serious injuries. Even when wearing a helmet and other protective gear, a simple motorcycle accident could still result in serious injuries for you.

As a motorcycle rider, you would be wise to be aware of your rights in case of an accident. In the event that another driver violates your right to share the road or causes your accident, you could have the right to pursue financial compensation through a personal injury claim.

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