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What safety measures should fishing vessel operators take?

Many people in and around New Orleans are involved in the commercial fishing industry. The Gulf of Mexico and the lakes and bayous of Louisiana can be great places to harvest fish, crustaceans and other tasty sea dwellers. Strong and intelligent workers are needed to make this industry operate. But working in this industry is not without its risks.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, commercial fishing is one of the most dangerous jobs in the country. The fatality rate in the commercial fishing industry is nearly 40 times higher than that of the average American job. Hazards encountered while on the job include falls overboard, machinery on deck and vessel disasters such as capsizing or sinking.

Hours of service must be recorded in a truck driver log

Truck drivers in Orleans Parish and across the country are required to comply with federal hours-of-service regulations. These rules limit the number of consecutive hours that drivers can work. They also mandate that drivers take rest periods during and after their work periods. These regulations exist to keep everyone safe on the road by encouraging truck drivers to get sufficient rest.

How are these hours-of-service regulations enforced? Drivers are required to keep a truck driver log in which they record their work hours and periods of rest. Government officials may inspect these logs to make sure that drivers are properly recording their hours and adhering to the hours-of-service rules. Scrupulous adherence to hours-of-service rules, coupled with rigorous enforcement efforts by government officials, can minimize the likelihood of an injurious or deadly commercial vehicle accident caused by a fatigued truck driver.

Keep an eye out for faulty products this holiday season

With the holidays just around the corner, Louisiana residents will be exchanging gifts with family, friends and loved ones. During this time, Americans may notice an increase in reports highlighting certain products that may be harmful or hazardous to users. It is important to pay close attention to these reports, as every year, consumers are injured or killed due to defective or dangerous products.

Lives changed forever after Louisiana car accident

Our readers know that car accidents happen every day throughout the country. This is just a reality of living in a country where so many people eschew public transportation and drive their own cars. The byproduct of that ingrained social behavior is that any driver or passenger on the roads is inherently placing their own safety in the hands of other drivers. And, in some cases, everyone involved in a car accident pays the price for one party's negligence.

According to a recent report, a car accident occurred in Louisiana in which one driver, a 20-year-old female, died at the scene. The reports indicate that this young woman was driving a Toyota Camry when for unknown reasons she crossed the center line of the road she was on. Her car slammed into a Honda CRV. In the collision the 20-year-old female, who reportedly was not wearing a seatbelt at the time, was ejected from her vehicle. After that, she was struck by a third vehicle, a Ford pickup truck.

Helping families file wrongful death claims in New Orleans

It is commonplace in our society to refer to unfortunate and unexpected incidents as "accidents." For example, every day throughout the country there are thousands of car "accidents" that are covered in the nightly news programs. Or, there are workplace "accidents" that leave workers injured or ill, unable to return to work. In the worst of "accidents," a loved one might die.

Despite the way these incidents are labeled, the fact is that in many cases the "accident" in question was actually caused due to the reckless behavior or negligence of another party. A fatal workplace accident, for example, may have been caused due to improper training or a lack of safety devices. A fatal car accident could be caused by another driver's lack of focus on the road or use of alcohol before driving. Whatever the circumstances, whenever a fatal accident occurs there are sure to be loved ones left behind to deal with the emotional and financial consequences.

What is required for the safety training of maritime workers?

Information is power. When New Orleans workers are armed with the necessary information for their job, they have the power to perform efficiently and effectively. Not only do workers need to know the skills necessary to do their job tasks, they must also be aware of information that can help them stay safe on the job. This minimizes the chances of injury to oneself and others, and maximizes the likelihood of workers enjoying a long career in their profession.

The benefits of safety knowledge are particularly obvious for drill ship workers and other maritime workers. While many offshore petroleum workers enjoy a relatively high rate of compensation, they also deal with relatively high risks. The federal government understands these risks and has enacted regulations on how employers must educate their workers on the dangers of well operations.

Helping truck wreck victims in Orleans Parish

Semi-trailer trucks seem to be everywhere on the streets, roads and highways of Orleans Parish. These trucks are, for the most part, driven by professionals who observe reasonably safe driving practices. There are a few drivers who don't, however, and even a good truck driver can have a bad day. Also, the efforts of even the most skilled and dedicated truck driver can be thwarted if the driver's truck company does not share that skill and dedication to safety.

The consequences of a truck wreck can be horrific, with multiple serious injuries, and even deaths not out of the question. The victims of negligent truck operation deserve answers and compensation for their injuries. At our law firm, we do our best to pursue these goals for our clients.

Fatal offshore accident statistics are rising in Louisiana

Boating can be a way to earn money and to seek pleasant diversions in Louisiana. However, no matter how experienced a person is or what activity they are enjoying when out on the water, there is a chance that there will be an accident. In the worst case scenario, it will be a fatal offshore accident. Keeping track of trends regarding boating accidents and subsequent deaths can help victims be prepared and understand their circumstances to consider a legal filing for compensation.

There has been a significant uptick in fatalities on the water in 2016. The numbers are higher than they were at the same time one year ago. In fact, there were seven fatalities in September this year. A representative for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries stated that in 2016, 22 people have died on the water. This is in comparison to 13 through September of 2015. There were certain aspects of the fatalities that were common. Those who died were not wearing a life jacket. It is being stressed by the department that people need to make certain to boat while sober and to take the proper safety precautions.

Tests indicate rate of Takata air bag product malfunction

The news regarding defective air bags from Takata has grown so common that it is easy for Louisiana residents to become inured to it and perhaps miss important new revelations. Air bag inflators might not have been a significant concern when people purchased their automobiles, but given the number of people who have suffered serious injury and even death as a result of product malfunction of this defective auto part, it is imperative to keep track of new information that arises regarding how and why it happened to determine whether or not it is possible to pursue compensation in a legal filing.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a report stating that hundreds of air bag inflators that Takata used for its air bags experienced a rupture when being tested. According to the company, there were 245,000 inflators that were tested and 0.27 percent of them ruptured. That came to 660 of them or one in every 371. The agency provided four different reports regarding this issue. Included were its own. There was a variance in the ruptures depending on the location from which they came. Louisiana was among the humid southern states with the higher rates.

Examining altered consciousness brain injury

When a New Orleans resident is in a car accident, there are numerous issues that can result from it. One that can cause a significant amount of damage is a brain injury. Understanding the different problems that a person can have indicating brain injury after the auto accident will help the victim and his or her family be able to recognize them and seek treatment. In some instances, these problems do not show themselves immediately. With that, it's possible that the family might have missed the chance to move forward with a legal filing to be compensated.

Altered consciousness encompasses several different factors and all can lead to short and long-term damage. This includes a coma, being in a vegetative state, a minimally conscious state, locked-in syndrome or brain death. With a coma, the person will be unconscious and have not knowledge of what is happening, nor able to respond to stimulus. A person might recover from this or might be permanently damaged and fall into a vegetative state. With a vegetative state, the person might be able to open and close his eyes, move and respond reflexively. This can be permanent or the person might become minimally conscious.