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Toxic exposure in the workplace: A real problem

Depending on your profession, you may realize that you work in close proximity to toxins on a regular basis. Of course, you take the proper safety precautions in an attempt to avoid injury or illness.

Unfortunately, there are times when workers receive exposure to toxins and hazardous chemicals. In some cases these people are aware of the exposure. There are also situations in which a person doesn't learn about the exposure until later on.

How will cerebral palsy affect your child?

As a Louisiana mother whose child has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, you will have many questions. How will your child's life be affected? Will cerebral palsy negatively impact them in huge ways? Will their growth or development be stunted, and if so, how badly?

CerebralPalsy.org states immediately that this ailment does not define the afflicted. Those who suffer from cerebral palsy will, however, have certain hurdles that other children will not have to face. Your child could be affected to a mild, moderate or severe level depending on the location and severity of the injury that caused the cerebral palsy. As a neurological disorder, it can have an impact on many different aspects of your child's life. This includes:

  • Motor skill development
  • Fine motor skills
  • Oral motor functions
  • Coordination

What are the symptoms of placental abruption?

Expecting parents in Louisiana may benefit from understanding the possible signs of placental abruption. This way, potential issues can be identified before they cause any serious or irreversible damage.

Placental abruptions aren't entirely common. Though the American Pregnancy Association says placental abruptions only occur in 1 percent of the population, they can still potentially be harmful. If you're after your 20th week of pregnancy, you could be at risk for this type of ailment, especially if you've suffered from a placental abruption in the past.

How is a medical malpractice claim commenced?

Before filing a lawsuit for medical malpractice, Louisiana law requires claimants to submit to certain prescribed procedures. Only after complying with the requirements of procedural law can a claimant file a lawsuit against a qualified healthcare provider.

First, a claimant must send a request to the Division of Administration for review of the claim for malpractice. The request must ask for a medical review panel to be assembled, which is comprised of three healthcare practitioners who specialize in providing services in the same areas of medicine as the putative defendant. An attorney is appointed to provide substantive legal advice to panel physicians.

Companies aim to improve vehicle safety

Too often Louisiana residents are presented with horrifying news about car accidents in which innocent people are severely injured or even killed. These incidents are often caused by the negligence of other human drivers. Whether due to intoxication, fatigue, distraction or some other general disrespect for the safety of others, reckless drivers make bad decisions on a regular basis. This is a primary issue that those involved in the development of autonomous vehicles hope to address.

By taking away the control for a vehicle from a potentially negligent driver and handing it to an objective computer, the goal of improved safety and reduced accidents may well come to fruition some day. Two companies that are involved in different aspects of these technologies are coming together to work to this end. Innoviz is a company based in Israel and it has a LiDAR technology that can be used to detect objects in its range. This is done by 3D mapping.

Is it malpractice? Here's how to tell

You went to the hospital in poor shape. You had been in an accident, and you needed help right away. Instead of being treated immediately, you waited for hours.

Finally, after you saw people who came in after you get taken to the back, you asked when you'd be able to see a doctor. The registration desk attendant looked meek and told you it would only be a second. You were taken back moments later.

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.

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