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Posted by on Mar 7, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Jet Ski Accidents and How to Avoid Them

Jet skis and other personal watercrafts are becoming more common. It also means that more people are more prone to jet ski accidents. These kinds of accidents can result into serious injuries, especially in the head, neck, back, and leg areas. It is worse when these accidents occur because of negligent parties, such as reckless jet skiers and small boat operators.

According to the website of the Bruner Law Firm in Panama City, these victims may be able to get compensation. Even though this proves that the law is on the side of innocent parties, everybody should still make the effort in avoiding jet ski and other water-related accidents.

Common Causes of Jet Ski Accidents
Driver inexperience: One of the most common causes of jet ski accidents is the inexperience of jet ski operators. It is true that jet skis are easy to maneuver, but it doesn’t mean that they do not require training and knowledge of safety procedures.

Driver recklessness: Everybody wants to have fun in the water, and some have fun by doing reckless things with their jet skis, such as speeding, riding too close to the wake of another watercraft, and riding under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Third-party objects: Jet skiers should consider the fact that they are not alone in the water, so they should stay in a considerable distance away from other watercraft operators, swimmers, and anybody else in the water. They should also consider objects in the water, such as rocks and corals, as they may cause accidents as well.

Tips to Avoid Jet Ski Accidents
Get proper training: Jet ski operators should make the effort of learning the proper maneuver techniques for jet skis and knowing the limitations of the watercrafts.

Wear protective gear: Accidents may happen in any moment, so it is better to be always prepared. Wear the appropriate jet ski attire, such as life jackets.

Avoid reckless behaviors: Experienced operators tend to do reckless behaviors because they believe too much on their skills. But recklessness put them more on danger of accidents. In fact, even the others around them become vulnerable.

Be mindful of your surroundings: Watch out for other persons and objects in the water, particularly swimmers as they are more vulnerable compared to watercraft operators because of their lack of protections. Also, consider the condition of the water and the weather.

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Posted by on Oct 15, 2016 in Car Accidents | 0 comments

How Deadly are Head-on Collision Accidents?

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and, as explained by car accident lawyers from the law firm Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck, P.A., car crashes, especially head-on collisions, are one of the most serious forms of auto accidents. It often results in life-altering injuries or even wrongful death.

Causes of head-on collisions include: a driver drifting into oncoming traffic; inattention or driving while distracted; driving at excessive speed; making a dangerous passing maneuver; a driver who, knowingly or unknowingly, drives the wrong way on a highway or residential road; driving while intoxicated; or, falling asleep at the wheel. These, as well as many other possible causes of head-on collisions, are often due to negligence or reckless road behavior, which can easily be corrected.

Of the more than five million motor vehicle crashes in the U.S. annually, only about 2% account for head-on collisions; however, these answer for more than 10% of the 32,000+ driving fatalities. Non-fatal head-on collision accidents can most likely result to severe injuries, like spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, catastrophic injuries, broken bones, and paralysis.

The awareness of many drivers about the possible severe consequences of head-on collisions is the major reason why they avoid this type of crashes. Some local governments, on their part, have installed in large highways stretches of steel wire cable to avoid head-on collisions from ever occurring at freeway speeds.

The driver, whose negligence or recklessness caused the head-on collision accident, should be held liable for the consequences of his/her carelessness. However, one major concern regarding this type of accident is the difficulty in determining who really is at fault since the impact can send both vehicles in positions that are different than during the time of impact. Often, it would necessitate an accident reconstruction specialist to determine who was at fault based on the skid marks on the road. The challenge in determining fault and in claiming compensation during litigation (if ever a lawsuit is filed) plus the need to deal with your car insurance provider are the reasons why it may be necessary to have a highly-competent car accident lawyer fighting for your defense and your rights.

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Posted by on Jun 20, 2016 in Medical Malpractice | 0 comments

5 Most Common Birth Injuries

For most parents, the greatest happiness they can ever have is the coming of a baby. Months before the arrival of their bundle of joy, they make all the necessary preparations in anticipation of the coming of their baby. But all that excitement and happiness can quickly vanish once you are informed that your baby will not be normal due to the negligence of the medical professional who assisted in the delivery of your child.

Figures compiled by Right Diagnosis revealed that approximately 28,000 American babies are born with birth injuries each year. This translates to 2,333 babies per month, 538 per week, 76 daily, and 3 babies per hour who are born with birth defects. Nearly half of these statistics could have been prevented if the medical professional had not been negligent in the performance of their duties. According to the website of Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC, the costs associated with birth injuries can be substantial on your part.

While not all birth injuries are due to medical malpractice and negligence, a huge majority of them could have been prevented with diligent medical care. Here is a list of the most common birth injuries due to medical negligence:

  1. Brachial Palsy

This is a condition that occurs when the bundle of nerves responsible for arm and hand movement is injured. It often results from shoulder dystocia, a condition that occurs when the shoulder of an infant is trapped in the pelvic bone of the mother during delivery. Pulling too hard or incorrectly can cause damage to the brachial plexus.

  1. Facial Paralysis

Facial paralysis results from having too much pressure on the infant’s face causing nerve damage. This commonly happens when the doctor uses forceps or a vacuum to pull the baby out. Symptoms of facial paralysis include inability to close the eyes on the affected side of the face and total lack of movement on the affected side. For mild cases, the injury may clear up within a few weeks. However, severe cases may cause total paralysis on the affected side.

  1. Brain Injuries

Brain injuries in the infant may cause several medical disorders such as cerebral palsy and chronic seizures. These disorders can happen due to oxygen deprivation. It usually occurs when the physician fails to correctly monitor an infant immediately after birth from umbilical cord issues keeping the baby in the birth canal for too long. According to experts, even mild oxygen deprivation can have serious consequences.

  1. Fractures

A fractured clavicle is the most common fracture during delivery. It usually happens when the delivering physician pulls the infant too hard while in the breech position. In addition, it also happens when the shoulder is forcefully pulled during an extended difficult delivery. Fortunately, fractures can easily heal within 10 days.

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Posted by on Feb 12, 2016 in Workplace Accidents | 0 comments

Workplace Accidents

The United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration is endlessly thinking of ways to ensure that workers find it easy to report accidents that have happened to them at their workplace. This endeavor comes in the package of a new online form.

Filling out an online form that details the accident that have transpired in your workplace due to the lack of safety measures at your work site – may it be a plant, a farm, a construction area, or an office – is the third line of defense in these types of situations, behind calling OSHA national and local offices or visiting an OSHA office near one’s place of residence or work. Reporting of an accident is not only a prerogative for an employee hurt in a workplace accident, it is also a requirement for employers to do within 24 hours – especially in the most severe of workplace accidents such as a death, an amputation, or a loss of an eye.

The online form paints a detailed description of the incident via the following identifiers: business name; name of the injured or deceased employee; time and location of the accident; description of what happened in the accident; the number of fatalities and injuries; the object or substance that caused the fatality or injuries; whether the accident caused fatality; hospitalization; amputation or loss of an eye; name and phone number of an emergency contact person.

According to attorneys at the Abel Law Firm, one recent workplace fatality happened at Woodville, Wisconsin-based St. Croix Castings, Inc., maker of medium- to small-volume aluminum castings in sand and permanent molds on Friday, January 22 at around 2:27 p.m., with Woodville Police Chief Lori Hetfeld calling the incident “n industrial accident”.

The deceased was identified as 41-year-old Baldwin resident Brian Dennis Omann. Woodville police, the St. Croix County Medical Examiner’s Office, and the OSHA are investigating the situation.

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Posted by on Sep 28, 2015 in Defective Products | 0 comments

Understanding the Volkswagen Diesel Scandal

Many people across the United States and even around the world are aware that a serious scandal has erupted with the Volkswagen automotive company. However, the details behind the scandal are still unclear to some.

Volkswagen’s clean diesel vehicles were specifically marketed as environmentally friendly vehicles that put less pollution into the air. The company was required to go through emission tests to prove their vehicle’s environmentally friendly impact, which they passed. However, although the vehicles passed official tests, discrepancies began to show up in real-world tests. For example, a test conducted by researchers at West Virginia University found that VW’s emission levels were 35 times more than the reported amounts. Only after this data became public and the Environmental Protection Agency threatened to halt sales of their 2016 clean diesel vehicles did VW admit to their cheating scandal. So what exactly did Volkswagen do? In over 11 million cars worldwide, VW installed an illegal device in the vehicles that could detect when an emission tests were being performed known as “defeat devices.” When the device was activated, it would give emission levels that were up to 40 times less than the actual amount that was emitted while driving. Not only were the devices illegal, but VW had blatantly violated the Clean Air Act with their vehicles putting illegal amounts of dangerous pollutants into the air.

Affected models include 2009-2015 TDI Volkswagen Golfs, Jettas, Jetta SportWagens, Beetles, and Audi A3s with a 2.0-liter turbodiesel engine, according to the website of the Driscoll Firm. However, even more affected cars continue to come into light. The Volkswagen scandal continues to negatively impact the largest automobile maker in the world, with stock plummeting 30 percent and lawsuits piling up. In addition to massive fines facing the company, many suspect the reputation of Volkswagen has been irrevocably damaged. No official recall has been announced yet.

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