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Trouble with Day Cares

Posted by on Sep 22, 2017 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

Most people expect daycare to be a place where their children are safe. Before they go to work or school, parents drop children off with the expectation that they will be comforted, cared for, and watched after by a group of a responsible adults. And usually, that’s the case. Most people who choose to work for daycares love children and want to make sure they’re providing the best possible care for other people’s sons and daughters. But even when staffed by the best possible people, accidents can happen. For example, look at the recent accident in a daycare near Dallas. A student driver, only 17 years old, was practicing his skills when he lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a nearby day care. Five children and one adult suffered injuries. Fortunately, no one was injured, but one of the children is still in critical condition. Another one has been admitted to a trauma ward for care.

This is going to be a very stressful time for everyone involved. The children who were hurt may have injuries that affect them for the rest of their life. Their parents must be suffering greatly at the idea of the pain their kids are going through. Those who work in the day care must feel that they could have done more to protect the people in their care, though there is no reason for them to feel any responsibility for the accident. No matter how careful they were, there is little that can be done to guard random accidents such as this one. And the teen who was driving the car obviously must feel very distressed, as anyone would, at the idea that he is responsible for doing so much harm to several children. It’s a situation no one, on any side of it, should have to go through.

But still, “shoulds” have little bearing on what happens in life. Though we do the best to protect ourselves and those we care about, often there are so many circumstances outside of our control that it is impossible to guard against any of them. According to the website of these Brownsville personal injury lawyers, 87,000 people suffered injuries from car accidents in Texas alone for the year 2012. So, just as important as taking the right safety steps to prevent an accident from occurring is knowing what to do if and when something does.

Basic first aid and CPR courses are easy to find and often very cheap to take. In fact, many employers will offer them to employees if they seem as necessary. It seems simple, but knowing those simple skills can be the difference between someone’s life and death in the right situations. Always know safety and evacuation protocols for any area you may be. And be sure to always stay vigilant, on the lookout for anything that could be a danger to you or others. With these tips and the right training, you can be prepared to handle a wide variety of situations.

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Factors That May Influence Workplace Air Quality

Posted by on Jun 17, 2017 in Ventilation | 0 comments

One of the most overlooked factors in the workplace is air quality. This is kind of sad when you think about it, because air quality can directly affect productivity and safety in the workplace. If employees are exposed to bad air quality, they may sustain illnesses, call in sick, and produce nothing for the day. Poor air quality is basically bad for both employer and employee.

There are certain factors that may influence the air quality in the workplace, and the employer and the employee should make sure that these factors are taken into consideration while trying to accomplish their goal of having good air quality at work.

Ventilation System

When you think about air quality, the first things that should come into your mind are air movement, humidity, and temperature, because those are the most basic things that need to be addressed. The simple solution is to install an adequate and properly designed ventilation system, such as that from RoboVent. It also helps if the system can filter dusts and other particles.

Workspace Design

A workspace is often crowded, both by people and equipment. This crowdedness and tightness may result into poor air quality, specifically because of poor air movement due to barriers and obstacles. The work area should not be too crowded and should be properly designed, and the work equipment should be placed in a way that doesn’t block air pathways.

Area Maintenance

A work area should also be maintained properly, to avoid the buildup of possibly hazardous organic and inorganic materials, like bacteria, dust, and mold. The equipment in the area should also be maintained, especially the ventilation system. This prevents defects, malfunctions, and accidents that may arise from either. A clean work area is not just safe, as it is also aesthetically pleasing.

Pollutants

Pollutants can come from the outside or inside of the workplace. They may come in many forms, such as carbon emissions from office equipment, construction heavy machines, and vehicles, dust particles from construction and manufacturing techniques, or bad airs from gases and tobacco. To avoid pollutants, it is wise to separate the equipment and processes that produce them from the general workspace or air pathway to it.

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The Dangers of Traumatic Brain Injuries

Posted by on Mar 1, 2017 in Brain Injuries | 0 comments

Traumatic brain injuries are sustained if the brain receives a substantial amount of force. Damaging your brain can have devastating effects that may even alter the way you live. For this reason, brain injuries should be taken seriously.

This is especially true if the injuries have been sustained because of somebody else. According to the website of these long term disability lawyers, innocent parties who have been seriously disabled as a result of other peoples’ negligence may be able to qualify for benefits to help them live relatively comfortably.

Common Signs of Traumatic Brain Injuries
Traumatic brain injuries may be classified according to their severity. There are mild, moderate, and severe traumatic brain injuries. Their symptoms are mostly the same, only differing on their severity as well.

The most common symptoms include the obvious mental lapses, like confusion, memory loss, dizziness, loss of balance, and difficulty concentrating. There are also symptoms that don’t directly involve the mental capacity of the victim, such as loss of smell, vision problems, and sensitivity to light and sound.

The more severe the traumatic injury is, the greater these symptoms become. For severe traumatic brain injuries, there may be additional problems that need to be taken care of, such as difficulty in speaking and understanding language, severe problems involving the senses, like the loss of temperature and touching sensations, and loss of hearing and sense of smell. The worst traumatic brain injuries may even result into seizures and other behaviors related to epilepsy.

How to Prevent Traumatic Brain Injuries
To prevent traumatic brain injuries, it is important to know their most common causes, such as traffic accidents, sporting activities, and slip and fall accidents.

To prevent traffic accidents, avoid reckless behaviors like distracted driving, driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs, speeding, street racing, tailgating, and weaving. If other vehicles are the ones doing these behaviors, stay away from them as far as possible.
In the case of sporting activities, prevention can be harder because there are sports that inherently have physical contact, such as basketball, football, and hockey. But the damage can be limited by wearing the proper protective gear, such as helmets.

For slip and fall accidents, the first thing to have is the appropriate footwear to maximize traction to the floor and prevent slipping. It is also important to remove possible obstructions, such as loose wires and worn carpets, to prevent tripping. Adequate lighting is also essential to prevent accidents that can be triggered by low visibility.

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Whiplash: An Alarming Injury Caused by Rear-End Collisions

Posted by on Oct 19, 2016 in Car Accidents | 0 comments

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, car accidents accounted for a total of 32,675 deaths in the U.S. during the year 2014. Comparing this to data gathered from previous years, it’s clear that the number of fatal motor accidents have been decreasing. This, of course, doesn’t automatically mean that our roads are becoming less dangerous. While trends show that car accident victims are now more likely to survive after a crash, they are sure to walk away with some form of injury.

Take whiplash, for example. Also referred to as a neck sprain or whiplash-associated disorder, this type of injury is common among vehicle passengers involved in rear-end collisions or rear-end accidents. Whiplash is a soft-tissue injury that is caused by the sudden back-and-forth movement of the head and upper back. This movement can cause the stretching and tearing of neck tendons and muscles, which then leads to stiffness, pain, and loss of range of motion.

Initial symptoms of whiplash include headaches that begin around the base of the skull, tenderness in the upper back and arms, as well as dizziness and fatigue. However, as Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC points out, most people don’t experience these symptoms immediately after the collision that caused the injury. In some cases, due to the adrenaline that fires up in high-stress situations, whiplash symptoms can take time to appear. This doesn’t mean that it won’t get worse without proper medical attention. If ignored, symptoms of whiplash can become worse and more bothersome, causing lapses in memory, irritability, insomnia, and even depression.

The most alarming thing about getting a whiplash injury is how long it could take to treat. Recovering from whiplash involves managing pain through medication, as well as exercise and physical therapy. Without proper treatment, whiplash can turn into a persistent, chronic problem, which can then affect a person’s lifestyle and ability to earn an income.

If you had been involved in a rear-end collision recently, it’s important to seek medical attention right away. You don’t know what impact these types of injuries can leave in your life. After receiving a diagnosis, it’s best to seek out legal counsel to learn more about your options for just compensation.

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How Do You Treat Dog Bites?

Posted by on Jun 18, 2016 in Dog Bites | 0 comments

They say that dogs are a man’s best friend. They will protect you, give you companionship, and be a loyal friend. But their bite can lead to a variety of problems. It can cause minor or severe injury, depending on the degree of bite. According to the 2013 – 2014 APPA National Pet Owners Survey Statistics : Pet Ownership & Annual Expenses, there are approximately 83.3 million dogs in the United States and they are kept by 56.7 million households.

Figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that there are over 4.7 million dog-bite incidents yearly. From that number, 800,000 will require medical attention and 386,000 will need emergency medical treatment. When not treated right away, dog bites can cause significant damage to underlying tissues in the skin, bones, muscles, tendons, blood vessels, or nerves. Infections include tetanus and rabies.

There are several reasons why a dog will bite. They are either scared or threatened, protecting themselves, their puppies, or their owners. So make sure to keep these in mind when near a dog. Be alert to prevent a potential bite situation. But nevertheless, if what you are afraid of happens, here are some simple first aid remedies you can do for treating dog bites:

Clean the wound immediately. Run it under warm water for a few minutes to ensure it is thoroughly cleaned. Use antibacterial soap in combination with the water.
If the bite is not bleeding, encourage it by squeezing the wound. This will help prevent bacteria from entering the wound.
Provide pain relief by taking over-the-counter painkillers such as Paracetamol or Ibuprofen.
If there is a risk of infection, it is recommended that you seek medical advice. According to the website of the Law Offices of Yvonne M. Fraser, once the bite gets infected, it can lead to blood poisoning (sepsis), infection of the endocarditis and meningitis.
Big bites may require stitches so it is best to see a doctor
Get updated on your tetanus shot. Doctors recommend a booster after a dog bite if your last immunization was more than five years ago.
Be alert for any signs of infection. If you think that the bite is getting infected, see the doctor right away. Here are the symptoms of an infected dog bite:
Worsening pain
Swelling
Redness or warmth around the bite
Fever
Pus-like discharge

Dogs can be adorable to have as pets. However, they can also be deadly. Follow these treatment methods for dog bites.

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