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What motorists should know if they are burned in a car crash

Louisiana motorists who suffer burns in a car crash can face a long, difficult and painful recovery. Other motorists can succumb to their burn injuries and die at the hospital. The American Burn Association reports that vehicle fire fatalities are relatively rare occurrences. In fact, of the 3,275 Americans who died from fire or smoke inhalation in 2016, only 310 of them died as the result of a vehicle fire. By far the largest number of burn fatalities, 2,745, resulted from home fires.

Columbia St. Mary's Regional Burn Center explains that burns fall into the following four categories

  1. A driver or passenger suffers a thermal burn if (s)he comes into contact with the fire itself or an excessively hot object in the car.
  2. (S)he suffers a scald burn if (s)he comes into contact with a hot liquid such as gasoline or even a hot drink.
  3. (S)he suffers an electrical burn if the car hits a power pole, bringing the line down on top of the car.
  4. (S)he suffers a chemical burn if (s)he comes into contact with a caustic substance such as one of the car’s fluids.

Do you work in a sick building?

If you cough, sneeze, feel dizzy or have watery eyes or aching muscles every time you go to work in Louisiana, your building may be causing your symptoms. Per the Environmental Protection Agency, there really is such a thing as a sick building.

Sick buildings result from one or more of the following:

  • Inadequate ventilation
  • Biological contaminants
  • Indoor chemical contaminants
  • Outdoor chemical contaminants

Tips for the TBI caregiver

Traumatic brain injury is a term that has gotten a lot more recognition in recent years thanks to the National Football League and its players who have shed light on lasting effects of head trauma. The Family Caregiver Alliance announced in 2015 that about two percent of the U.S. population lives with the effects of brain injury. In Louisiana, those who have family members or friends whom brain injuries have impacted may find the following information useful. 

Caregivers of TBI victims have a special role to play in their recovery. A brain injury can be a scary event, and depending on how severe the trauma, it can also cause a disruption in the victim's typical routine for weeks, months or years. What caregivers need to know, among other things, is to take the long view. The road to recovery may not be as quick as they hope, so thinking of the process as a marathon rather than a sprint can help those caring for the injured to be patient with the process.

When workers have the right to refuse dangerous work

Most Louisiana residents would like to know they are safe when they go to work every day. From offices across the state to highways and high-rises under construction, the workplaces are unique and pose distinct challenges for managers and employees alike. 

In 2015, the RAND Corporation conducted a survey of working conditions in the U.S. and discovered some interesting perspectives from those on the frontlines. A numer of employees reported that their "workplace is very physically and emotionally taxing, both for [the] workers themselves and their families." Part of the difficulty, they explained, relates to the time crunch they work under and the fast pace they have to keep up to complete their tasks.

Do not rely on others to keep you safe on a construction site

If you are a construction worker in Louisiana, you will face the same hazards as many other construction workers, regardless of whether your project is a single story residential building or a skyscraper in the city. Although the Occupational Safety and Health Administration prescribes strict safety regulations to prevent construction worker injuries in all the different jobs they do, not all employers comply, and accidents continue to happen

However, if you want to avoid sleeping in a hospital rather than at your home, you may want to familiarize yourself with the typical safety risks on construction sites. You should attend every possible training session; learn how to recognize hazards and what to do to protect yourself.

You might need more than physical recovery after a car accident

Are you struggling to cope with the consequences of a car accident that resulted from the negligence of someone else? You might find comfort in knowing that you might be able to collect insurance money. However, you may not realize that you will likely be of minor concern to the insurer. Insurers typically rely on statistics, which tells them that most people will settle for whatever they offer, rather than consulting with legal counsel who might be able to ensure a more comprehensive damage recovery.

If you file a personal injury lawsuit, you might recover damages for the financial, physical and emotional harm you suffered. By pursuing full monetary recovery, you can include both economic and noneconomic damages in your documented claims.

Tips for Preventing Boat Accidents

As Louisiana lakes begin to fill up with summertime boaters, it is a good idea for families to think about developing a strategy for staying safe on the water. Just like having an emergency plan for evacuating from home if there is a fire or other unexpected danger, having a plan for preventing boat accidents may save lives. 

The U.S. Coast Guard publishes stories on its "Boating Safety" website. One of the narratives describes the lessons a group of divers learned when they got separated from one another and from their boat. The narrator tells the changes the group has made for enhanced future safety. They have:

  • Created a plan for checking in with one another every 20 minutes.
  • Had their crew wear belt packs that are inflatable and less bulky than regular life vests but with similar life-saving capabilities
  • Moved their throwable cushion within visible reach to prevent it from getting buried beneath diving or other gear

Who can sue for wrongful death?

When someone you love dies because of the negligence or malicious actions of another person, it only adds to the grief you feel. You may want to find a way to ensure the person who hurt your loved one cannot hurt anyone else. In a case like this, you have rights in Louisiana to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the person. You may also file such a suit against an entity, such as a company.

The Louisiana State Legislature explains that wrongful death actions can be brought against a person or entity that caused the death of another person. However, the right to file this type of lawsuit is limited. The first right goes to the spouse of the person who died, or if you are not the spouse but are the person's child, then you also have the right to file. If you are not one of these, then you cannot file if there is a living spouse or children.

Distracted driving continues to claim Louisiana lives

Anytime you take to the roadway in Louisiana, you assume a certain level of risk, but your risk of getting into a serious accident increases exponentially if other motorists drive while distracted. Regrettably, distracted driving continues to increase across Louisiana and the nation, with distracted driving behaviors now linked to more than half of all injury-related crashes on state roads. At the Law Office of John W. Redmann, L.L.C., we understand the dangers you and your loved ones face when others drive distracted, and we have helped many who suffered injury in distracted driving-related crashes seek appropriate recourse.

Per the Shreveport Times, more than 700 people lost their lives on state roads in 2017 alone, and distracted driving was a factor in more than 50 percent of all Louisiana crashes involving injury that same year. While drivers across all age groups engage in distracted driving behaviors, the problem is particularly prevalent among teens between the ages of 15 and 19. In addition to being four times as likely as adults to get into accidents while using cellphones, research shows that teenagers experience distractions a quarter of the entire time they spend at a vehicle’s controls.

What are the most important things I should do after a car crash?

If you have a Louisiana car crash, there are several things you should do immediately afterward. Per FindLaw, the most important thing is to remain at the scene. Leaving before law enforcement officers arrive and give you permission to leave could put you at risk for charges of leaving the scene or possibly even hit-and-run.

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