How To Prevent Maritime Accidents

Over the years, there has been a reported decrease in the number of maritime accidents. This has been attributed to improvements in the shipping industry as well as efficient navigation systems. However, despite making great strides in the field of safety, maritime accidents have still happened. According to the website of Williams Kherkher, most of the accidents were preventable if not for the negligence of the owner or crew of the vessel.

The good news is that maritime accidents can be prevented by taking the necessary precautions and safety measures. Here are some ways of preventing injuries and fatalities in the maritime industry:

Conduct Crew Training. The incompetence of the ship’s crew had been a major cause of accidents and injuries in ships. Providing sufficient training to the crew can greatly help in reducing unnecessary accidents. The employer must instill a “safety first” mindset on their crew.

Improve Equipment and Material. Lack of equipment and poor material may also play a huge factor in causing maritime disasters. When equipment fails, a disaster or accident is bound to happen. For example, when the ship is not able to detect an incoming vessel, there could be a collision and many lives could become lost.

Strengthen passenger training. Training is not only important to the crew but also to the passengers. Under international law, passengers must be given a safety briefing within 24 hours before the ship departs. The passengers should be oriented as to where they need to go or what should be done in case something happens at sea.

Abide by maritime rules. Just like the rules of the road, it is important for ships and other maritime vessels to follow the rules of the sea. The guidelines for maritime travel are contained in the Coast
Guard’s Navigation Rule: International-Inland as well as the International Regulations for Preventing Collision at Sea of the International Maritime Organization.

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Types of Damages

When you hire a personal injury lawyer to help you with your claim, you are essentially giving them the responsibility of ensuring that the compensation or settlement given to you will be “fair” and coincides with the injury that the accident caused. A great number of personal injury claims often lead to settlement out of court, mainly because going to court would be costly and will not always provide a good result. It is therefore important for personal injury lawyers to have a justifiable injury settlement to avoid spending unnecessary time, effort, and money for a court-based process.

Each personal injury claim is unique, and so Crowe & Mulvey, LLP, suggests that in order for you to have a fair and appropriate amount of compensation for your damages (legalese term for injuries and losses), you have to understand the damages that are applicable in your own specific case. Damages have three basic types: the economic, non-economic, and punitive. Unless the injury was very severe and the defendant acted very egregiously, punitive damages may not be necessary and will not be a part of the settlement. Economic damages can easily be proven with records, documents and receipts showing your expenses (both past and future) relating to the injuries and property damage, while non-economic damages will cover for emotional and/or psychological damages that the accident caused. This may be harder to compute and would need further evidence to be presented in order to justify the amount given.

After an amount has been determined, it will be your lawyer’s responsibility to inform the other party through a demand letter. There should always be room for negotiation, so it is highly advised to have an amount higher than the “bottom line”. The other party will present a counteroffer lower than your given settlement, and negotiations between both parties will eventually lead to a settlement. If not, then the claim will go to court and either the judge or jury will decide on the amount of compensation.

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Exposure to Toxic Substances

All careers have some risk associated with them. Even desk jobs can lead to injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome. However, some careers are far more dangerous than others. Employees of these jobs are at a much higher risk for severe injury or danger. Some jobs, such as construction, require employees to work closely with a variety of substances that are considered toxic to be exposed to. If these toxic substances are not properly stored or handled, there can be severe consequences if employees are exposed to such a substance. It is important to be aware of the chemicals, the proper precautions that must be taken when handling them, and the potential consequences that can occur If these precautions are not taken, so that employees may be as prepared as possible when working closely with these substances.

According to the website of Oklahoma personal injury attorney Ed Abel, effects of being exposed to a toxic substances can include: poisonings, respiratory illnesses, brain damage, some forms of cancer, and neurological damage. There are three different types of toxic substances. The first is chemical substances- these are inorganic substances and are most commonly found in the workplace on construction sites. The next is biological substances. These occur naturally and result in bacteria and viruses that can cause sickness and infection. Physical toxins, such as asbestos, are toxic due to the way their physical nature interferes with biological processes.

Sometimes injuries or diseases caused by exposure to toxic substances are due to a tragic accident that could not be avoided. However, sometimes these unfortunate situation occur due to the negligence or carelessness of an employer or other party. In these cases, the victim of such an exposure to a toxic substance may be entitled to certain damages.

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Never Shake a Baby

Infants require more care and attention than your fantasy football league and fine china combined. However, sometimes there is such a thing as too much attention if it is from someone who does not have a baby’s best interest at heart. Shaken Baby Syndrome or Abusive Head Trauma is a prime example of this.

Shaken Baby Syndrome occurs when one shakes a baby enough to where their brain rattles around in their skull and ruptures blood vessels and nerves and tears brain tissue. The damage is especially worse when the shaking ends with an impact of the baby’s head on a hard surface.

Abusive Head Syndrome can happen to a child up to five years old. The average age of a victim is three to eight months, but the highest rate in which Shaken Baby Syndrome occurs is six to eight weeks, when babies cry the most. Babies with special needs or siblings are more at risk than those not a part of these demographics. Children in low income households are also more at risk.

Males are a clear majority when comparing which gender causes Shaken Baby Syndrome more often. 70% of the culprits are men, many of which are either their fathers or their mother’s boyfriends. Most of the people that cause Shaken Baby Syndrome are in their early 20s.

Normal interaction with a baby will not cause Shaken Baby Syndrome. It is okay to bounce your baby on your knee or rock them to sleep. However, if you are mad at or annoyed with your baby, it is best to keep your distance until you can calm down.

The website of the Chris Mayo Law Firm says that coping with the injury of an infant is difficult for parents to face. If your child’s caretaker has a bad temper and doesn’t know not to shake the baby, they could cause serious harm. It goes without saying, but it’s good to reiterate: only leave your child in the hands of people you absolutely trust.

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Pregnant Women and Xarelto

There have been as yet no extensive human studies of the effect of Xarelto (rivaroxaban) for women who are pregnant. However, there are indications in animal studies that the drug may not be the best option for pregnant women. Extremely high doses of Xarelto resulted in bleeding, miscarriages, or low birth weight in pregnant rabbits and rabbits. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has classified the drug as Category C, meaning that the potential for risk to a human mother and fetus is unknown, but have resulted in adverse effects in animal subject, and not recommended unless the benefits outweigh the possible danger.

Xarelto is typically prescribed for patients with atrial fibrillation, non-valvular atrial fibrillation, deep vein thrombosis, and as post-surgical treatment following hip or knee replacement. If a woman who is taking Xarelto becomes pregnant, it may be necessary to discontinue the treatment. It will all depend on what the attending physician believes is in the best interest of the patient.

There are other options that are considered safe for pregnant women with blood clot problems such heparin, but there may be instances where the patient is unable to switch to available alternative medication because of an allergic or other adverse reaction. In such cases, Xarelto may still be a viable option.

It is important to note that a Category C medication may still be safe to use despite the discouraging results of animal studies because animals don’t always have the same reaction to drugs as humans. It is a case of loading the dice on the part of the FDA; ultimately it will boil down to the needs of the mother.

However, as discussed on the website of the lawyers at Williams Kherkher, Xarelto poses an increased risk of uncontrollable bleeding in all patients, pregnant or not. There have already been claims that the drug is inherently too dangerous to be taken, and that drug distributor Janssen Pharmaceutical and maker Bayer AG knew or should have known that the risks outweighed the benefits of taking the drug. If you were prescribed with Xarelto, and you or your baby sustained some serious injury as a result, you may have a case against one or both companies. Consult with a dangerous drug lawyer familiar with Xarelto to find out more about your legal options.

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The Effects of a Serious Injury 

A serious injury from an accident (whether from work, at home, or anywhere else) can lead to a number of problems: from physical to financial. Aside from the physical pain and suffering, a serious injury can cause bills to pile up because you are not able to go back to work, and often serious injuries also call for expensive treatments. This often causes people with serious injuries to file for bankruptcy.

According to Hach & Rose, LLP, medical debt is accounted as one of the leading factors for bankruptcy filings, a great 62 percent for personal bankruptcy cases are due to medical debts. Once medical bills accumulate, they can completely devastate a family’s financial situation for a significant amount of time. Because of this, more than 25 percent of people choose to stop taking their medications to limit medical costs, a short term fix that often trigger more expensive medical treatments in the future.

Health insurance may be helpful, but it is not always enough to cover or act as buffer for the medical expenses. Even credit card charges will increase because of the expenses for medical treatment. Because of this, the majority would file for bankruptcy, but will it be a good option to pursue this option?

Filing for bankruptcy due to medical debt can depend on what type of bankruptcy you apply for. Chapter 7 bankruptcy tackles medical debts, and under Chapter 7 bankruptcy medical debts are treated as non-priority unsecured debt. This type of debt means that even if a part or the medical debt is paid during the bankruptcy, if discharge is given by the court then the medical debts can be completely wiped out. It is part of dischargeable debts that can be eliminated by filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, regardless of the amount of medical debt.

Once a serious injury occurs, it is important to focus on treating and healing the injury rather that worry about the excessive bills that come along with it. This is not easy to do, however since medical costs are high and when required treatment is long. Knowing your options to help you through a financial crisis following a serious injury can help ease you mind and will give you the chance to start your life over again.

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