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Common Cruise Ship Accidents and How to Avoid Them

Unfortunately, cruise ship safety is sometimes lacking. Some vacationers spend more time in the sick bay than on the pool deck. A recent study found that 12.5% of cruise ship incidents reported were serious, leading to onshore hospitalization. To make sure you’re not one of them, read on to learn the most common cruise ship accidents and how to avoid them. Slips, Trips, and Falls This category of common accidents makes it to the top of our list – and for good reason. A cruise ship is by its very nature an unstable surface for walking. Although their impressive size means that they are usually very stable, they are susceptible to weather conditions that can lead to instability. However, slips, trips, and falls often occur due to negligence. This could be wet floor surfaces not being properly marked, or floor coverings not being properly maintained. Our advice – avoid areas that have just been cleaned, watch your step and beware of abandoned luggage in the corridor – a common culprit in accidents on cruise ships. Swimming Pool Cruise Accidents While tragic incidents are thankfully rare, cruise ship swimming pools are not immune to danger. In fact, following a recent spate of drownings and near-drownings, some major cruise lines have taken the much-needed precaution of stationing lifeguards by their pools and offering life vests for less confident swimmers. Our advice – make sure your cruise ship offers these kinds of safety features. This is especially important if enjoying your cruise with your children, or if you are not a confident swimmer. Dangers Below Deck Not only vacationers but also cruise ship crew can be at...

How Many People Are Drunk Driving on Halloween?

Halloween is meant to be a fun time for parents and children to hit the streets in their spookiest attire. Unfortunately for responsible trick-or-treaters, many people take the holiday as an opportunity to put others in danger. Drunk driving is a reality every holiday, but it’s arguably never more pertinent to pedestrians than on holidays such as Halloween. We’re here to give you a brief rundown on Halloween drunk drivers and how to handle them. Halloween Drunk Drivers One of the reasons that drunk drivers are so dangerous on Halloween is that so many people, mostly children, are walking the streets. Not only are they walking, but they’re often running and playing in black clothes on the street. In addition, Halloween’s increase in drunk driving threatens other sober drivers on the road. These facts make Halloween one of the deadliest nights of the year. The combination of vehicles and children on the roads makes a dangerous mix by itself, but it’s amplified when alcohol is involved. The National Highway Traffic Administration stated that almost 45 percent of Halloween road-deaths were a result of drunk driving. These numbers spike when Halloween falls on a Friday or Saturday night. When the holiday falls on weekdays, the weekends before and after are also dangerous. It’s obvious that Halloween is dangerous, but what can be done about it? Approaching Halloween Night You’re in a good position if your children are at an age when they can’t trick-or-treat alone. If you’re with your children, make sure to be alert to your surroundings at all times. Even residential neighborhoods are vulnerable to drunk drivers, so it’s essential...

Tips for Maximizing Your Personal Injury Accident Settlement

Over 8 million people are hospitalized as a result of slips and falls each year. Add to that the number of people injured via car accidents and other events, and you have a lot of Americans needing to ask themselves some very serious questions. How will I pay for my medical bills? What will I do if I can’t work? Why did this happen to me? If you’re like millions of people struggling from the effects of a personal injury that occurred through no fault of your own, you may be considering filing a lawsuit against the responsible party and getting a fair accident settlement. To make sure that you get the compensation you deserve, our team has put together this list of quick tips to maximize your settlement amount. 1. Investigate Thoroughly When it comes to accident cases, there is going to be a lot of “he said/she said.” To get past exposition and expose the facts, you or preferably your accident attorney will need to do some serious digging. Be sure that witness statements get collected, police reports are obtained, and you get your medical records. Furthermore, consider working with private investigators to see what other kind of critical evidence can be dug up. 2. Never Release Your Records to The Opposite Party’s Insurance Company After an accident, a 3rd party insurance company may request access to your medical records. Never sign them over. While your insurance company may be allowed access to your records, 3rd parties are not entitled to that information. If they get granted access, they may use the information against you. 3. Don’t Jump at the First Offer Insurance...

What to Do if You Suspect Nursing Home or Caregiver Abuse

Placing your loved one in the care of a nursing home or caregiver is a difficult decision. It’s hard to trust a facility or service with the safe care of your loved one. One concern when using a nursing home or caregiver is abuse. How do you know if your loved one is suffering from abuse or neglect? What can you do about it? Keep reading to learn what to do if you suspect nursing home or caregiver abuse. Identify the Abuse Senior citizen abuse happens in many ways. Not all of them are physical. Look for these signs your loved one is being neglected: Sudden weight loss Bruises or other injuries Refusing help from specific caregivers Not talking Isolation Missing personal belongings These are signs of suspected elder abuse. Address them immediately with your loved one and the facility staff. Stay Calm Unfortunately, elder neglect is a serious problem. Reports say 1 in 60 elder Americans age 60 or older experience a form of abuse. Emotions can run high if you think your loved one is being abused. But it’s important to stay calm when gathering information and pursuing options to resolve the situation. It is critical to your loved one’s safety to stay calm. Talk with them and try finding out what’s wrong. Approach administrative staff with your concerns. Be respectful. Take notes during conversations and keep written communication. Work toward a resolution in a calm way. Report The Abuse If talking with administrative staff doesn’t resolve the situation, you can report elder abuse. Officials are dedicated to managing the level of elder care in your State. Call the National...

A Brief Guide on What to Do After a Car Accident Injury

If you’ve ever been in a car accident, even a minor fender bender, you know how it can leave you shaken. That’s why it’s a good idea to read up on what to do after a car accident injury ahead of time. If it ever happens to you, you’ll be prepared! What To Do After a Car Accident Injury Even if you haven’t sustained an obvious injury, it’s important to take these steps as preventative measures. Some injuries, like whiplash and back injuries, might not be apparent immediately but will cause you untold pain and suffering down the line. 1. Safety First Assess the scene immediately to make sure everyone is safe. Call an ambulance if necessary. Next, turn on your flashers or set up flares surrounding the accident site to prevent additional motorists from getting hurt. 2. Do Not Argue About Whose Fault It Was In fact, it’s best not to discuss the accident at all, except to give your statement to the police. Don’t let the other driver engage you in a debate about what happened. 3. Exchange Information The only words you should speak to anyone else involved in the accident should concern their personal contact information — name, address, telephone number — and insurance information. Get the license plate number of their car, too. 4. Speak to Witnesses If there were witnesses to the accident, make sure to get their contact details, too. If your case ends up going to trial, you might need these people to testify on your behalf. Even if a trial isn’t the outcome, the police may want to speak with them. 5. Contact...

Understanding Malpractice: When Should You File a Medical Lawsuit?

When people think of medical malpractice, they think of the age-old tales of surgeons leaving tools inside a patient after surgery. However, that isn’t a common form of malpractice these days due to procedures put in place to prevent it. Understanding the medical malpractice definition and how to file a medical lawsuit is a good place to start. Common Forms of Malpractice The most common form of medical malpractice comes from medication. A medication error can come from a number of issues, including incorrect drug labeling, incorrect dosage, wrong medication time period, wrong medication, not monitoring drug side effects, and not prescribing medication. If any of the above happened due to the negligence of a doctor, then it is a medication error. Any harm that comes from it can be considered medical malpractice. In these cases, it becomes about proving that the doctor did not act in the standard duty of care that other doctors would have abided by. Medication Errors However, medication errors in terms of medical malpractice can be difficult cases at times. If you were prescribed the wrong medication or medication not technically for your illness but had experimental effects on your illness, then these cases can be straight-forward. However, if there was incorrect or confusing labeling, then the case becomes a bit difficult where the doctor can defend themselves or shift blame to the pharmacy. Yet, if you suffered horrible side effects or your illness became worse due to a medication error, you shouldn’t just deal with it. It is medical malpractice and you are owed compensation for any side effects or worsening condition that you suffered. Medical Malpractice Lawsuit...

The Dangers of Summer Driving – 100 Deadliest Days of Summer

While summer usually means vacations and trips to the beach, it’s also a dangerous time for teenagers to hit the road. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety calls these months the 100 Deadliest Days because teens are more likely to be involved in a deadly crash. Learn why these days are so dangerous and what you can do to help your teen driver stay safe. Why Summer is Dangerous While car crashes are already the leading cause of death for teenagers, the summer months are even worse. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, the time between Memorial Day and Labor Day sees the average number of fatal teen driver crashes climb 15 percent when compared to the rest of the year. Teens’ inexperience in dealing with a variety of driving situations, combined with more time spent on the road during the summer, is the main factor behind this increase. Teen Drivers Are More Distracted While inexperience plays a big role in the increase in teen driver crashes, it’s not the only reason. Distraction is blamed for nearly six out of 10 teen crashes. Teens already have a difficult time putting their cell phones down when they’re driving, and summer driving is no exception. Plus, you also have to add the distractions that come from having additional friends in the car. Speeding and Time of Day Play a Role In almost 30 percent of fatal crashes involving teen drivers, speeding is a factor. Driving instructors say speeding is one of the biggest mistakes teens make when they’re learning how to drive. Plus, the clear and warm weather conditions...

Avoiding Injury During Hurricane Season

Hurricanes are deadly forces of nature that can cause massive damage when they strike. As you prepare for the next hurricane season, it’s important to know what you need to do to avoid injury when a hurricane or tropical storm strikes. Read on for important hurricane safety tips to help protect your property and your family. Remove Potential Flying Projectiles Even a Category 1 hurricane has winds that range between 74 and 95 mph, which can cause any loose objects around your home to become dangerous flying projectiles. Before the hurricane hits, walk around your property to find and put away anything that can become a flying object. This includes patio furniture, trash cans, and gardening tools. It’s also a good idea to trim back any dead or weak tree branches to prevent them from breaking off and becoming projectiles during the storm. Stock Up on Emergency Supplies If you’ll be riding out the storm in your home, you must make sure your emergency supply kit is fully stocked. You’ll want enough nonperishable food and bottled water for everyone in your house, a battery-powered radio, flashlights, extra batteries, and a first-aid kit. It’s a good idea to put together your emergency supply kit at the start of hurricane season. If a storm is heading your way, stores might start running low on supplies as people try to stock up at the last minute. Know Your Evacuation Route It’s important to make sure you know your evacuation route. As the storm approaches, pay attention to local weather reports, make a plan for where you’ll go if you have to evacuate,...

Facts about Anesthesia Mistakes & Personal Injury

When you’re undergoing surgery, an anesthesiologist will provide sedation or general anesthesia to ensure that you don’t feel the pain of the procedure. However, anesthesiologists are human beings, so they can make mistakes just like anyone else. Hospitals and clinics around the country implement protocols to protect patients, but mistakes can still happen. Frightening Statistics Close to 40 million procedures involving anesthesia are performed every year in the United States. According to a study performed at Johns Hopkins, more than a quarter of a million people die each year due to medical errors, making this the third-leading cause of death in the nation. While not all of these deaths are directly related to errors made by anesthesiologists, some of them are, so it’s certainly cause for concern. Dosing Errors One of the most common mistakes made in the process of administering anesthesia is an error in the dosing. Medications must be dosed carefully based on the age, height, and weight of the patient, along with other critical factors. Errors in dosing are often made by anesthesiologists who don’t have a lot of experience, as well as those who are using different types of equipment or devices than they are used to using. Carelessness, haste, and inattention account for over 5 percent of the dosing errors made, according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information. Mistakes in Documentation When it comes to medicine, documentation is critical to ensure proper quality of care and transfer between the various staff members who might attend to a patient. Before, during, and after a surgery, a patient may interact with a number of medical professionals, so...

Tips to Avoid Construction Site Accidents

Construction site accidents are all too common, but they can have serious consequences. Not only can accidents impact the physical and emotional health of the workers, but these mishaps can also delay projects and make it difficult to get crews onsite to handle the critical tasks. By following a few tips, you can reduce the chances of having major incidents and keep your construction site safe. Concerning Statistics It’s no secret that construction sites are some of the most dangerous places to work. In fact, out of nearly 4,700 worker fatalities in 2016, 21.1 percent were in the construction industry, according to statistics from the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The highest risks include falls, being struck by objects, electrocutions, and being caught in or between walls or other objects. OSHA Training One of the best ways to protect your construction site is to require every worker who will be on the site at any point to attend an OSHA training session. OSHA provides detailed training manuals and resources designed to help construction companies create their own training for their workers. It’s important to follow their guidelines and topics to ensure that every worker on the site receives training that applies to their job. Some of these topics include fall prevention, hazard communication standards, general requirements in scaffolding, respiratory protection, and ladders. Maintain Proper Signage On a construction site, it’s impossible to communicate updates to every worker when people are coming and going at all hours of the day. You could have the concrete team starting their pours early in the morning, while some crews could come in later...

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