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Were you injured in a ferry boat accident?

Maybe you take a ferry boat to and from work everyday. Or maybe you take a ferry boat ride when you're looking to enjoy a peaceful afternoon in Louisiana.

While there is no denying the fun and convenience of a ferry boat ride, it's critical to keep your safety in mind at all times. There are many common causes of ferry boat accidents, including the following:

  • Operator negligence, such as taking the boat out when weather conditions are too severe
  • Improper safety equipment, such as a lack of life preservers
  • Too many people on the boat
  • Improper storage of cargo
  • Negligent maintenance
  • Boating under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Mechanical failure
  • Reckless driving, such as operating at an excessively high speed

Interview your surgeon to protect yourself against trouble

If you find that you require a surgical procedure to improve your health, you're sure to have a variety of questions and concerns. While it may not be the first thing you think about, it's critical to implement a system for finding the best surgeon.

Once you make the right decision on who will do the surgery, it's easier to proceed with a clear mind and confidence that they'll do everything in the appropriate manner.

When must small boats carry fire extinguishers?

Fire can be very dangerous if it breaks out on a boat on the water. If you are on board, you risk smoke inhalation, fire burns or injury from a fuel explosion, and since you are not on land, it is harder to seek emergency aid from Metairie first responders. This is why state law requires small boats, under certain circumstances, to have a fire extinguisher on hand.

The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries website explains that state law necessitates boats that are less than twenty-six feet in length to carry one B-1 U.S. Coast Guard approved fire extinguisher should one or more of a number of conditions exist. Living spaces are one such issue. If a small boat contains an enclosed living space, a fire extinguisher needs to be available on the vessel.

Understanding different types of comas

The ramifications of a brain injury can severely impact the life of a person in Metairie. After sustaining a head trauma, a person may enter a state of unconsciousness known as a coma. Comas vary in their severity, and unfortunately some people never emerge from one. WebMD explains the different types of comas that exist and their levels of severity.

In some instances, a head trauma may deprive the brain of oxygen for a few minutes, which can result in a coma. This condition is known as an anoxic brain injury. When the brain loses access to oxygen, brain tissues start experiencing cell death and can result in serious disability, persistent coma or even death. This type of injury can also result from a heart attack, poison, or a drug overdose.

Parasailing accidents: A summer vacation hazard

It's summer, and many Metairie families will be flocking to the Gulf Coast beaches from Biloxi to the Florida Panhandle. There's much fun to be had, from golfing to surfing and lying poolside drinking umbrella cocktails.

But there may be one beach activity to which your and your children should give a definite pass - parasailing.

Brain injuries in the workplace

People sustain brain injuries in countless ways, whether their brain is injured as a result of medical malpractice or they are involved in a motor vehicle collision. In this post, we will look into some of the issues surrounding brain injuries that occur in the workplace, from the ways in which these injuries can take place to the options that may be available to victims afterward. If you recently sustained a brain injury while working, it is imperative to take advantage of any resources that are available to help you move on.

Some fields, such as construction, can present an especially high risk of brain injuries. For example, a construction worker may fall off of a roof and hit their head, or they may be struck by a falling object. Moreover, even jobs which do not seem to be very dangerous may lead to a brain injury, such as an office employee slipping on a wet floor and hitting their head. Workers may also sustain a brain injury while they are driving, such as delivery truck drivers.

Family sues hospital after mother collapses in waiting room

The healthcare system in the United States is recognized as being among the best in the world. The quality of care that the system produces may mandate that it be costly. The high cost of healthcare may often serve as a deterrent from people in Metairie seeking treatment when it is needed (as they may worry about being able to afford it). Yet lawmakers realize that this should not happen, especially in situation where emergency care is needed. Thus, the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act was established so that patients who present to the emergency room or labor and delivery unit receive the treatment they need. 

According to EMTALA, such care should be stabilizing treatment. A patient's ability to pay should not be a factor in delivering such care. Yet a California family is claiming that is was in a medical malpractice lawsuit filed against a local facility. The family claims that their mother collapsed in the hospital emergency department waiting room after presenting the facility with difficulty breathing. The family's lawsuit details how diagnostic testing on the woman indicated that she was suffering from a potentially life-threatening case of heart failure. Still, the ED staff simply offered her medication and discharged her. After collapsing, the woman slipped into a coma, which doctors now believe she is unlikely to ever wake up from. 

What is a “never event,” and what are its implications?

When medical industry participants in Louisiana or elsewhere reference a “never event,” they’re spotlighting something that flatly never occurs, right?

Not exactly. They are actually referring to medical outcomes that do happen, but never should because they are so egregious.

How to prevent a traumatic brain injury

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can have lifelong ramifications for Louisiana residents. This potentially severe head injury occurs in many different ways, such as from playing sports, falls or as a result of maritime, workplace, traffic or recreational accidents. It is important to learn how to best prevent these brain traumas from happening. 

According to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, there are approximately 1.7 million traumatic brain injuries that take place each year in the United States. Furthermore, there are about 5.3 million Americans living with a disability that was caused by this type of head injury and the costs are immense. Many of these cases could have been avoided if certain precautionary actions had been taken. 

Life after a brain injury can be challenging

If you were injured in an accident and suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI), life as you knew it may never return. This means that TBI survivors will have to learn how to adapt to the new normal that has become their lives.

Family members and other loved ones will also have to adjust their relationships with you in order to accommodate the changes wrought by the accident. This can have a deleterious effect on some of the closest relationships you may have. Below are some tips to help with the adjustment process.

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