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Falls among seniors sometimes result in hip fractures

One group of people for whom falling accidents can be particularly devastating is the elderly. There are many different types of severe injuries senior citizens can suffer in such accidents. One such injury are hip fractures.

Falls are by far the most common cause of hip fractures. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, falls are behind over 95 percent of such fractures.

Louisiana car accidents sometimes caused by unsafe roads

When it comes to causes of auto accidents, much of the societal focus is on the conduct of drivers. However, driver conduct is not the only thing that impacts traffic safety. For example, sometimes, car accidents come about due to a dangerous road.

Ideally, all roads in Louisiana would be safe. Unfortunately, reality sometimes doesn't match this ideal; some roads have dangerous conditions. There are many different things that can make a road unsafe.

Driving can be affected by certain over-the-counter meds

People tend to view over-the-counter drugs as being fairly innocuous types of medications. After all, if a medication doesn't require a prescription, how much trouble could it really cause?

However, there are certain instances in which failing to pay proper attention to the effects of a nonprescription drug could cause a good deal of harm.

Do changes need to be made regarding window blinds?

Homes here in America generally have products of all different sorts in them. For any product for home use, it is vital that the product is safe and does not pose dangers to home occupants, particularly a home’s youngest occupants. When a child comes into contact with a dangerous product, truly tragic events can ensue.

Some serious child safety questions have arisen regarding a product that is incredibly common in homes in Louisiana and throughout the country: window blinds. Window blinds are probably not the type of product one would think of when thinking about what products would be potential safety risks in the home. However, some incredibly sad accidents have occurred regarding window blinds that have one particular feature: cords.

Who can be eligible for recovery under the Jones Act?

When a person is hurt by the negligence of another while aboard a commercial aquatic vessel, special laws may apply regarding what their potential recovery options are. For example, under certain circumstances, an injured individual may be able to receive compensation through a lawsuit done under the Jones Act, a federal law. There are several requirements a person must meet to be eligible for recovery under the Jones Act. We will go over some (though not all) of these requirements in today's post.

For one, the injuries a person suffered must have happened aboard a navigable vessel. Typically, any vessel that is capable of aquatic transportation falls under the definition of a navigable vessel. One notable thing that generally does not qualify as a navigable vessel are fixed structures out on the water, such as fixed oil rigs.

The aftermath of a t-bone accident

One moment you are legally going through an intersection, minding your own business. The next, the side of your car is struck by the front of a vehicle that entered the intersection when it wasn't supposed to (perhaps in disregard of a stop sign or stop light).

This is something far too many individuals in Louisiana have had to experience. These sorts of traffic crashes are referred to as t-bone accidents.

Google Glass: the new form of distracted driving?

Texting is an incredibly popular form of communication in our world. The most common device used for texting is the cellphone. While sending text messages using a handheld phone can be incredibly convenient, there are certain times when it simply shouldn't be done. One of these times is when an individual is driving. The distracted driving dangers of texting while driving are well-known; 44 states prohibit texting when behind the wheel. People can end up getting significantly hurt when drivers fall to the temptation to text and drive.

As technology has developed, new ways to send text messages have arisen. For example, texting can be done through Google Glass, one of the forms of wearable computer technology that has come up in recent years. The texting process for Google Glass is hands-free. A natural question that arises given the texting capabilities of this computerized eyewear is: does texting using Google Glass create a dangerous distraction for drivers?

What are some of the more common sites of falls?

Trip-and-fall and slip-and-fall accidents can occur in all different sorts of properties, whether they be residential, commercial, industrial or some other type. There are certain locations on properties where such accidents can be particularly likely.

Some of the more common areas on a property for fall accidents to occur are: stairs, ramps, doorways and high-traffic areas. Thus, these are areas that property owners may want to direct extra care towards when it comes to ensuring the safety of their property.

Car/booster seats and child passenger safety

For parents, there is no more valuable cargo that they could have in their motor vehicle than their children. Thus, child motor vehicle safety is a remarkably important issue. We are reaching the close of an awareness week that is focused on this issue, Child Passenger Safety Week. This awareness week began on Sunday and ends tomorrow.

For younger children, an important car safety device is a car/booster seat. Unfortunately, there are things that can impair the ability of such seats to protect a child.

Defects in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors can be alarming

We tend to view our homes as places of safety. However, certain things can make a home a very unsafe place to be. A couple of examples are if there is a fire or if there is a carbon monoxide leak in the home. When such things occur, being able to quickly be aware of the problem and thus to promptly take proper action in response, such as leaving the home and getting help to fix the problem, is incredibly important. That's why having working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in one's home is so important. These relatively simple devices have the ability to save lives.

Given the vital role such alarms can play in keeping the residents of a home safe, it is essential that such devices contain no defects that impact their ability to perform their intended function. When a smoke or carbon monoxide detector fails to go off when it is supposed to, the results can be tragic.

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