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Regular and irregular side effects of anesthesia

Louisiana patients trust their doctors and surgeons with their lives. Unfortunately, mistakes can still be made, and unforeseen circumstances can make a routine procedure quite dangerous to the patient. This is especially true when anesthesia is thrown into the mix.

Mayo Clinic lays out different types of rare side effects of anesthesia that do not occur often but are much more serious. This can include stroke, heart attack or failure, muscle damage, blood pressure increase or decreases, breathing disorders or pneumonia, allergic reactions, or a rapidly rising body temperature. In a worse case and most extreme scenario, it is even possible for a patient to die. Allergic reactions cannot always be predicted either, making them a dangerous concern.

Liability when a government vehicle crashes

With so many state and local government vehicles on the road, Louisiana residents could end up in a collision with one of these vehicles. When such an incident occurs, it is important to note that government agencies have special protection from liability that one does not find in cases against a private individual or company.

As the Louisiana Record explains, a couple in New Orleans is suing after a U.S. Postal Service truck rear-ended them. The complaint notes that they filed a claim to the federal agency in a timely manner and that they are "alleging negligence under the Federal Tort Claims Act." This is due to the added protections granted to governmental entities. 

What is Erb’s palsy?

If your child has been diagnosed with Erb’s palsy in Louisiana, you may be wondering how this happened and what can be done. Many people do not realize that this condition is generally due to errors made by a doctor as he or she was delivering the baby and these injuries can affect your child indefinitely.

 

Do you understand the top causes of car accidents?

Driving a car is a serious responsibility that you should never take lightly. If you are going to spend any time behind the wheel, it's imperative that you understand the trouble that could come about.

No one wants to be part of a car accident, but sometimes you are not given a choice. Instead, another driver makes a mistake that causes a crash. At that point, you need to deal with the aftermath in the appropriate manner.

Understanding Erb's palsy

Expectant parents in Louisiana understandably want to be excited for the birth of their new loved one. However, it is also important for moms and dads to be educated about the potential problems that they should watch for during labor and delivery and even after birth. It is possible for a newborn to experience an injury during the birthing process that leaves them permanently disabled. Erb's palsy is one such disability.

According to the Mayo Clinic, when labor extends for lengthy periods of time or when a baby is feet first instead of head first, the risk of Erb's palsy may increase. These situations may make it more likely for the baby's shoulders to get lodged in the birth canal.

Is distracted driving illegal in Louisiana?

Louisiana drivers likely understand by now just how dangerous distracted driving can be. It has been reported by some news outlets as "the new drunk driving", causing high numbers of dangerous and even lethal crashes every single day. But are these dangerous activities legally limited?

According to USA Today, a number of activities that could cause distracted driving are, in fact, illegal. You could face penalties for distracted driving if you text at any point while driving, regardless of how old you are, what you're writing, or what kind of device you're using. All wireless electronic devices that can allow you to send, read, or write electronic messages and texts are not allowed to be used while you're behind the wheel.

Trucks with older drivers, heavy loads a hazard

Many Louisiana residents spend a significant amount of time behind the wheel in their day-to-day lives, and with this in mind, it is important to stress the safety issues that come being on the road with large trucks. With aging drivers and heavier loads, the hazards posed by trucks are increasing.

According to the Press Herald, 2016 saw 3,852 fatalities on American roads that involved large trucks. This number has been rising since 2009, which had the lowest amount of deaths involving trucks since the 1970s. The weight of the load a truck carries has a large impact on how damaging a crash can be, which is why there are 3.5 million safety checks at truck weigh stations each year.

What should you know about workplace injuries and accidents?

Louisiana workers deserve an environment that they feel comfortable and safe in. Unfortunately, accidents can happen anywhere, and some of these accidents can be deadly. At the Schwalben Law Firm, we work to help you through the difficulties of losing a loved one to workplace accidents.

Certain work environments can be more dangerous than others. Warehouses, chemical plants, and factories all have the potential for large-scale or very harmful accidents, as do many other industrial locations. Specific risks that can occur in areas like these include:

  • Exposure to toxins or chemicals
  • Fires
  • Explosions
  • Machinery accidents
  • Structural accidents

Boy dies of heat stroke and parents sue

The parents of a Louisiana boy who died of heat stroke last summer are going to court, according to The Advocate, and they believe the National Guard Youth Challenge Program should be held accountable for their son's death. Their son, who is described as "obese" in the filing, was only in the first week of the program when he died on July 16, 2016. 

On July 15, with temperatures in the 90s and a heat index in the upper 90s, the boy was outside doing intense physical activity when he fainted. After coming to and having a rapid heartbeat, chest pain and trouble catching his breath, the boy was seen by a nurse. He explained that he was also feeling nauseous and had lost the feeling in his fingers and toes. The nurse consulted with the program's doctor, but ultimately he was not seen by anyone else.

Things to do if you're injured in an industrial accident

Any type of industrial accident is one that can cause serious injury or even death.

Even though you are aware of the potential dangers of your career, this doesn't mean you should move into another field. Instead, you should do whatever you can to remain safe at all times.

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